Captain Blake Chow taking lunch orders at Pete's Cafe during Tip-A-Cop 2009, a LAPD sponsored fundraiser for Special Olympics. Chow was assigned as Commander in late 2009 and currently assists in overseeing LAPD's Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau. His duties include handling major public events around Downtown, and putting out fires during riotous post-Laker championship celebrations. Photo: Ed Fuentes
TIPS FROM COPS: They grow up so fast. A daughter of one of my many cousins will be in L.A. for a final stage of testing for and with the Los Angeles Police Department. Since moms are always moms, I was asked what a potential recruit can see or eat at a planned diversion to Olvera Street.
It is not uncommon for L.A.'s birth place to be the go-to destination for those not familar with Downtown. Yet it had me wondering where cops working in the city dine? After all, they rely on knowing the streets. A quick note was sent to LAPD Commander Blake Chow asking if he can tip me on some of his favorite places. His first response: “Healthy or not-so-healthy?”
Either; after all, you are the commander.