Bi-monthly Newsletter No. 12 July/August 2005
Partners Part III
The Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union
By: William L. Rinehart, Chairman
their savings were secure as their holdings were safeguarded by fellow officers. As word spread, the cigar box began to overflow, and a more formal, secure and permanent location was found in downtown Los Angeles. For decades the offices of the Police Credit Union were located in downtown, including a stint inside Parker Center. As the department grew, so did the credit union. Branching out first to the San Fernando Valley, then to the Elysian Park academy, the credit union’s expansion mirrored that of the Department. But it wasn’t just departmental growth that brought about credit union expansion. Technology also played a key role. As electronic banking gained popularity, the credit union incorporated this technology into its operations. Noted first in the presence of automated teller machines, the credit union’s electronic banking options are now numerous. From web-based account access via PATROL and electronic deposits via payroll deduction to automated bill paying and electronic loan applications, the credit union offers the most current electronic banking services to its members. A banking institution that has grown from a cigar box to a 647 million dollar operation has clearly benefited from expert oversight and governance. Steven Endaya presently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the credit union. It is, and has been, his responsibility to lead the day-to-day operations of the credit union. Steven, who also serves as a director of the historical
If asked, both would attribute the credit union’s success to the hard work of the staff and volunteers. Just as the Department enjoys its own history, the LAPM staff recently uncovered a small piece of credit union history. Piggy banks undoubtedly have taken all forms during the course of time. At one point, the credit union tried to encourage savings through a paper piggy bank. This savings campaign encouraged saving one dime at a time. Once thirty dimes were collected in the slots of the paper piggy bank, it was time to make the substantial three dollar deposit. This was an admirable savings effort at the time. Unfortunately today’s thirty dimes might not even get you that fancy cup of morning coffee. Besides enjoying a common history, the historical society has been fortunate to have the credit union as a partner. From sponsoring photo exhibits to assisting with the annual Jack Webb awards, the credit union has been there to back us both personally and financially. Like those first deposits in the cigar box, the partnership has now grown into one of mutual respect and value. The credit union will continue to provide safety for its members’ finances and when they’re ready we will provide a safe place for that historic cigar box.
at Old Number 11
By: Glynn Martin,
History is more about what has happened rather than what is happening. It certainly isn’t about what is going to happen. This time around we will touch on all three areas, then, now and tomorrow. It seems appropriate to handle our subject, the city jail, that way, as recent discussions have encompassed all three aspects of time. From deep in our history, we know the first city jail was on Fort Moore Hill. As to be expected, the building was adobe. The unexpected details reveal that it was without dedicated cells which also meant there were no cell bars. When looking for the first city jail that offered cells and bars, history would take you to Second Street between Spring and Broadway where a brick portion of the old city hall was used to house prisoners. This story, has more to do with some more recent, and equally historic jails. With its December 1931 opening, the Los Angeles City Jail, a six-story structure erected at 401 North Avenue 19, expanded the jail capacity immensely.
converting them into waist length jackets for use of the male prisoners working on outside gangs in cool weather.” As much as the yearbook tells us, though, our photo archives point to some other functions that went on inside the jail. From these photos, it appears that men and women inmates alike were able to attend to their hairstyles. We also know that inmates prepared their own meals. It is clear from a recent donation that it wasn’t just the prisoners who could eat at the jail. After touring the museum recently, Carrie Gabriel donated a set of tumblers from the Graybar Grill. The logo depicted the city jail. This went along well with an imprinted ashtray of the same name. Carrie spent more than thirty-five years with the City and her kind donation has been encased and included in
of the notorious who have passed through the doors of the various city jails. It is certain that some that went through the old Lincoln Heights jail also made their way into the “Glass House” at Parker Center. For the truly ambitious offender there will be an opportunity to visit an even newer Los Angeles City Jail. The current jail is scheduled to expand in the near future. Using additional space to the west of the current jail, a new jail facility will be constructed to address the need for additional room to house inmates.