PASADENA – After a career that started with people telling him he may not advance because he was too short and soft-spoken, Cmdr. Rod Uyeda left Pasadena on Friday to become chief of the Manhattan Beach Police Department. “I never said I wanted to be a chief of police,” Uyeda said. “I never focused on it or was driven to do that. But at this point in my life I’m very excited to be given the opportunity.”Uyeda, 49, has been with the Pasadena Police Department for almost 30 years. When he was younger, studying at UCLA, he said he never considered entering law enforcement because, at 5 feet 6 inches, he was too short. Law enforcement agencies once required applicants to be at least 5 feet 8 inches tall. The restrictions were eliminated and Uyeda came to Pasadena. But he was one of the short ones, so people would nicely say that his career might not go far, he said.In Pasadena, Uyeda has been known for being well-organized, disciplined and committed to the profession, said Chief Bernard Melekian.“He cares about his people and he knows how to take operational theory and make it a reality,” Melekian said. Manhattan Beach has about 33,000 residents and one of the lowest crime levels in the state, Uyeda said. Traffic is the primary issue for the police, he said. Uyeda said he is proud of how diverse the Pasadena Police Department has become in the past 30 years. It was primarily white males when he came, but now is one of the most diverse in the state in terms of gender, race and sexual orientation, he said. Also, Uyeda said he is pleased to see how crime has dropped in Pasadena during his tenure. It was once routine to have 20 or 30 homicides a year, he said. Now the number is between four and six annually. Lt. Paul Gales will replace Uyeda as the new commander of the Special Operations Division. email@example.com(626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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Sahitya Akademi Award-winning writer Damodar Mauzo, who has been provided police security recently following threats to his life, said on Wednesday that the Goa government had gone soft on Sanatan Sanstha, a right-wing Hindu outfit.“Why has this happened today? When in 2009 the bomb blast happened, the State government went soft on the accused. If the government had remained firm, this would not have come to pass,” he said at a solidarity meeting convened in the city to condemn the death threat to the writer. The meeting — called by the Goa unit of Dakshinayan Abhiyan, a national-level movement of progressive writers and rationalists, and prominent Goan writers like Datta Naik, Vishram Gupte, Pundalik Naik, and N. Shivadas, among others — demanded that the State government should ban Sanatan Sanstha.Two sadhaks of Sanatan Sanstha died while ferrying an improvised explosive device (IED) bomb towards a crowded Diwali function in 2009. The Sanstha has, however, maintained that it did not have any role in the bomb blast. Eight of their members were accused, but six were subsequently acquitted. A Congress-led coalition government was in power at the time. Meanwhile, Sanatan Sanstha, in a press release said that the campaign of the ‘Dakshinayan’ meeting was a clear-cut show of anti-Hindu attitude.In a press release, Mr. Chetan Rajhans, spokesman of Sanatan Sanstha said, “Those who are putting allegations of Madgaon bomb explosion on Sanatan Sanstha seem to have no trust in the judiciary or the constitution. During Congress rule, six seekers of Sanatan Sanstha were proved innocent and were acquitted by the court from the case.” Mr. Rajhans further said that there was not a single case registered against Sanstha and it has not been proved guilty in any of the cases.At the meeting, Mr. Mauzo also said that in the name of evicting Rohingyas from Assam, the national register of citizens was being used to de-list native Indians. “Do you know what is happening in Assam? In the name of evicting Rohingyas they have prepared a National Register of Citizens. Please go and see whose names have come on it. Please understand the agenda behind it and the thought behind it is betrayal of society,” Mr. Mauzo said, calling the controversial national register of citizens an “unconstitutional move.”