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HERTZBERG - DAVIS
FORENSIC SCIENCE CENTER


HERTZBERG - DAVIS
FORENSIC SCIENCE CENTER

Message from the Chairman of The Los Angeles Regional Crime Laboratory

Facility Authority pg. 1
History of the Crime Lab Project:
The Realization of A Vision pg. 2
In the Beginning pg. 2
Documenting the Need pg. 2

Project Facilitator:
Edmund D. Edelman pg. 3
Seeking the Funds pg. 3
Formation of the Internal Planning Unit (IPU) pg. 3
The Los Angeles Regional Crime Laboratory Facility Authority (JPA) pg. 3
Project Coordinator: Patrick J. Mallon pg. 4
The Design Process and Economic Downturn pg. 4
Construction Management and Design Team pg. 4
California Forensic Science Institute pg. 6
Naming the Los Angeles Regional Crime Laboratory pg. 9
Eco-Friendly Aspects: A “Green” Building pg. 10
Overview of the New Facility pg. 13
Description of Disciplines and Floorplans pg. 10
The Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center Medallion pg. 25
History of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Scientific Services Bureau pg. 26
History of the Los Angeles Police Department Scientific Investigation Division pg. 29
History of the California State University, Los Angeles
Department of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics Program pg. 32
History of the California Forensic Science Institute pg. 36


Message From The Chairman of
The Los Angeles Regional Crime
Laboratory Facility Authority

For centuries, science has gradually crept into criminal investigations by producing new methods to gather and examine evidence. While technology has forged ahead, the law enforcement profession, by no fault of its own, has not always been as successful in keeping with the
advancing pace of science. Despite the incredible capabilities of our law enforcement offi cers and criminal laboratory personnel, fi nancial defi cits and personnel shortages prevented the acceptable nexus of science and crime fighting.
The essential need to bridge the gap between modern science and outdated criminal laboratories was clearly visible in the facilities utilized by law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles County.
Outdated equipment, inadequate work space, and lack of personnel plagued the old labs. “Cold case” fi les lay unsolved year after year, while crimes continued to occur. Many of these cases held clues within them encrypted in forensic evidence with no means to fi nd them. The need to bring criminal laboratories into the 21st century became crucial to solve crimes and protect the public.
From this need a partnership developed between the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles Police Department.
The concept to build a joint-agency crime lab, which also housed a university, soon took form.

 

Former California Governor Gray Davis, Speaker of the Assembly Robert Hertzberg and Los Angeles County Supervisor Edmund D. Edelman were instrumental in the final triumph:
$96 million in funding to build a multi-jurisdictional crime lab in Los Angeles.
Today, May 11, 2007, the Los Angeles Regional Crime Laboratory Facility Authority dedicates the
Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center. In opening the doors of this state-of-the-art criminal laboratory and education center, we are simultaneously providing criminal investigators the opportunity to apply decades of scientifi c advancement toward their investigations.
This facility houses the criminal laboratories of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles Police Department, as well as classrooms for the California State University, Los Angeles, School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics, and the California Forensic Science Institute. It will also provide criminal laboratory services to numerous law enforcement agencies within Los Angeles, such as the District Attorney’s Offi ce, 46 police agencies, and the City Attorney’s Offi ce.


This monumental achievement was made possible through the visionary work of countless individuals. The work of architects from Harley Ellis Devereaux, contractors from S.J. Amoroso Construction Co., construction managers from Jacobs Facilities Inc., and staff from the City and County of Los Angeles and California State University, Los Angeles have all made this dream facility a reality.
This book highlights those individuals and organizations who were paramount to the successful completion of the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center.

 

History of The Crime Lab Project:
The Realization of A Vision

Large capitol projects such as the Los Angeles Regional Forensic Science Center just do not
happen over night. They can literally take decades. Consider the complexities involved
in an average construction project, and then multiply those complexities by a project
encompassing a joint City and County crime lab, with the added educational component of a
University. To say the least, it takes vision and persistence.

 

In the Beginning…
In 1994, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Scientific Services Bureau Crime Lab Director
Barry Fisher attended a reception at the California Department of Justice Crime Lab in the City of Riverside to celebrate the awarding of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD-LAB) accreditation. During the reception, Fisher had
occasion to meet a Dean from the University of California, Riverside, School of Engineering. The Dean related that there were tentative discussions to build a new Department of Justice crime lab on the University’s campus. He had recognized that a working crime laboratory on the campus
would be valuable to both the University and the California Department of Justice.


Professor Anthony Longhetti, a retired Deputy Chief in charge of the crime lab for the San
Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and later head of California State University, Los
Angeles’ Criminalistics Program, was also in attendance. Longhetti suggested that Fisher send
him a letter outlining the idea. Longhetti briefed the Department Chair, Deborah Baskin, who
in turn briefed her Dean, Don Zingale. The idea eventually made its way up to the University’s
President, James Rosser.
Everyone who heard the proposal liked the idea. For years, the Los Angeles County
Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles Police Department laboratories, as well as other crime
labs throughout the state, hired master’s degree graduates in criminalistics in large numbers. It
seemed to be a natural fit to house a criminal laboratory on the campus of a University.
Documenting the Need

In 1997, in a separate initiative, the Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury undertook a study
focusing on the adequacy of police forensic laboratories within the County. The study concluded that the existing crime labs for both the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles Police Department were antiquated and egregiously undersized for current demands. Forecasts for growth in forensic science needs for both agencies led to the conclusion that the two laboratories
were in desperate need of expansion and/or replacement. The Grand Jury’s final report also
suggested that the two labs should consider consolidation. Their vision brought the Los Angeles Police Department into consideration as a partner in a joint crime lab venture.

Funding for any new building, however, continued to be an issue. Using the Grand Jury’s study
as a foundation, the Sheriff’s Department provided funding for a “Needs Assessment” study. A
local architectural firm, Fields–Devereaux, was selected to complete the study. Their report,
completed in 1998, concluded that to meet the needs of the two law enforcement agencies and
provide classroom space for the University, a facility totaling approximately 320,000 square feet was necessary. The estimated cost for such a facility in 1998 was a daunting $132 million.

 

Project Facilitator :
Edmund D. Edelman
Recognizing that this project now had a multijurisdictional
face, a facilitator was needed
to bring the parties together and develop a
common focus. The person chosen for this task
required a broad base of experience in dealing
with City and County political processes, have
contacts within the University, and knowledge
of the California state government system.
Edmund D. Edelman, a former Los Angeles City
Councilman and retired Los Angeles County
Supervisor, was brought in as a consultant on
the project.
Edelman recognized that financial support
was going to be nearly impossible to obtain if
the individual agencies each focused only on
meeting their particular needs. The project
would gain far wider support if the individual
requirements were brought together as a
single vision. Mr. Edelman provided just such
leadership.

Seeking the Funds
Speaker of the Assembly Robert Hertzberg
was the first person outside the county, city
and university to pick up the “forensics torch.”
Speaker Hertzberg recognized the wider need
for improved forensic science capabilities
throughout the State of California. Along
with State Senator Richard Polanco, Hertzberg
sponsored the “Crime Lab Construction Bond
Act of 1999,” also known as Proposition 15.
This bond measure was intended to address
crime laboratory needs throughout the state. In
spite of their best efforts, including substantial
campaigning in Los Angeles County,
Proposition 15 failed at the ballot boxes in
March 2000. The initiative was not a complete
failure, as it received wide voter approval from
Los Angeles County residents.

Undeterred with the statewide setback and
emboldened from the support of Los Angeles
voters, Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy D.
Baca pressed forward. In 2000, the California
State Legislature, led by Speaker of the
Assembly Robert Hertzberg, in concert with
Governor Gray Davis, granted the Los Angeles
region $96 million to meet, at least in part,
the funding needs for the forensic science
laboratory. While the $96 million was short of
the documented need, it provided the breath of
air needed to make the project move forward.

Formation of the Internal
Planning Unit
Concurrent with the effort to support
Proposition 15, as well as the progress on other
fronts to obtain funds, Edelman facilitated the
formation of an Internal Planning Unit (IPU).
This group was comprised of representatives
from each of the project partners, as well as
voices representing virtually all stakeholders
in the delivery of forensic science services, and
served as the basis for project development.
Stalwarts in the Internal Planning Unit effort
included Los Angeles Police Department’s
Captain Paul Enox, Commanding Officer Steve
Johnson, Crime Lab Director Greg Matheson;
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Captain
Chris Beattie, Crime Lab Director Barry Fisher,
Lieutenant Nick Berkuta, Assistant Crime Lab
Director Harley Sagara, Deputy Paul Bustrum;
and California State University, Los Angeles,
Dean James Kelly and Assistant to the Vice
President Benjamin Figueroa.

The Los Angeles Regional
Crime Laboratory
Authority (Joint Powers Authority)
In recognition of the complexities involved in
designing and constructing a facility to mold
to the needs of many users who facilitated the
intricacies of various political jurisdictions, an
agreement was necessary to unify the effort.
Since the majority of the facility would focus
on the needs of the Los Angeles County
Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles
Police Department, the county and city became
principles of the Agreement. While the parties
stipulated that the Sheriff’s Department
would be the lead agency during the project,
the Agreement essentially established equal
standing between Los Angeles County and
City. The University, occupying a lesser
amount of space in the facility, was also given
a voice in how the facility would be operated
and managed.

The final agreement established five voting
members, two each from the County and City,
and one from the University. The County and
City executed this agreement, establishing the
Los Angeles Regional Crime Laboratory Facility
Authority, otherwise known as the Joint Powers
Authority (JPA), in 2001. The agreement also
stipulated that the Sheriff’s Department would
provide a Project Coordinator. Sheriff Baca appointed then Captain and later Commander
Patrick J. Mallon to fulfill that responsibility.

Project Coordinator:
Patrick J. Mallon
Under the leadership of the Los Angeles
Regional Crime Laboratory Facility Authority
and with the direction of Commander
Mallon as Project Coordinator, the Internal
Planning Unit (IPU) was charged with new
responsibilities. The Internal Planning Unit
gathered weekly to craft as best as practical a
building design that would meet the needs of
all involved entities.
Some common understandings were required

among the Los Angeles Regional Crime
Laboratory Facility in order to make the project
a success. Most important to the project was
a focus toward the future. Everyone realized
that the field of forensic science was bound
to face inevitable change. The design of the
facility had to be crafted to maximize flexibility
toward future technology. Another common
understanding was that the limited funding
provided required looking at new ways of
doing business. The budgetary constraint
of 73 percent of need, coupled with rapidly
escalating construction materials cost, forecast
a significant reduction of the initially proposed
320,000 square-foot facility originally identified
in the “Needs Assessment.”

Efficiency of space required sharing of as much
of the facility as possible. Lastly, the sharing
of space would require a mutual understanding
of how everyone could effectively and fairly
occupy the same space. Agreements were
required to codify expectations on cleanliness,
prioritization of use of conference rooms,
instrumentation, and use of supplies. These
specific areas required the involved entities to
maintain constant dialog throughout the life of
the building to minimize inter-agency conflict.

An additional task undertaken by the Internal
Planning Unit was the development of a series
of (ultimately seven) leases and sub-leases
required to acquire the underlying ground and
provide a structure for assignment of space to
the occupying entities. Crucial to the success
of this process were several members who
contributed countless hours to the project:
Thomas Faughnan and Karen Lichtenberg
of the Los Angeles County Counsel’s Office;
Kevin Ryan of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s
Office; Victor King, Counsel for the University;
and Deborah Cregger of the State of California,
Department of Finance.

The Design Process and
Economic Downturn
The common understanding during the design
phase was that the initial facility design was
likely to change. Everyone had to remain
flexible. No one could have imagined how
crucial this understanding would prove to be
with the huge changes on the horizon.
The economy in California was suffering
the effects of the “dot.com bust” of 2002.
California’s fiscal horizon seemed gloomy,
and Governor Davis was scrutinizing any
and all funds available to meet the State’s
financial shortfall. With only $4 million
being contractually committed, the remaining
$92 million initially allocated was retracted.
This was not the deathblow to the project that
many feared. The California State Legislature,
again under the leadership of Speaker of the
Assembly Hertzberg, restored the funds in the
form of “lease bond revenue.”

The lease bond revenue essentially provided a
financing mechanism wherein project costs were
distributed over many years. Investors purchase
financing bonds at the prevailing interest rates,
and project costs are repaid over a number of
(typically 30) years. With this financing change,
however, the dynamics of project management
also changed. The Los Angeles Regional
Crime Laboratory Authority would no longer
be responsible for managing the construction
of the facility. That task would eventually fall
on the State’s Department of General Services
(DGS), an agency that oversees most of the
State’s construction efforts.

The Department of General Services made a
strong commitment to include the Los Angeles
Regional Crime Laboratory Authority (JPA)
in the design of the building and permitted
their involvement in project management
throughout the construction phase with the
philosophy that any end product of the project
that did not meet the needs of the users was
destined for failure.


Construction
Management and
Design Team
In 2001, the Los Angeles Regional Crime
Laboratory Authority (Joint Powers Authority),
with the Sheriff’s Department taking its role
as lead agency, undertook a selection process
for project management and architectural
design services. The JPA released “Requests
for Proposals (RFP) publicly for response by
qualified companies. The following were those
companies who were selected to participate in
a project that would eventually come to be the
“Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center and
Crime Laboratory.”

Construction Manager:
Jacobs Facilities, Inc.
Jacobs Engineering, in partnership with Vanir
Construction, was contracted to provide
project management services. James Hall, a
project director with previous experience in
Los Angeles County projects, was selected for
the lead role. John Merriam was appointed as
the management team’s construction manager.
Almost immediately after their contract was
established, Hall and Merriam undertook
an evaluation of prevailing construction
costs and, based on the $96 million overall
budget, recommended the establishment
of a construction budget in the range of
$70 million. The remainder of the budget
would be reserved for architectural design costs,
construction management services, inevitable
change orders, inspection and laboratory
testing of construction material, furnishings and
equipment, and any unexpected jurisdictional
fees that might be encountered. The net
estimate of usable floor space allowable by the
budget was approximately 210,000 square feet,
or 65 percent of the defined need.
The Jacobs/Vanir team worked closely with
the State, the Los Angeles Crime Laboratory
Authority, and architects and engineering
personnel to ensure that the design met all
the functional needs of the tenants while
maintaining the best value. Jacobs ensured
that the design documents were complete and
possible before being released for bid. This
significantly reduced the risk of claims and
kept construction changes to a minimum. The
Jacobs/Vanir effort was a major reason the
project was completed within budget.
Throughout the course of construction, Jacobs
Engineering and Vanir have been diligent in
supporting the best interest of the end users
of the facility. By contract, Jacobs/Vanir has
been tasked with administering the General
Contractor’s contract, providing construction
expertise, being the official keeper of records,
chief negotiator of cost for change requests,
monitor of construction schedule adherence,
and quality assurance control.
Jacobs/Vanir controlled the schedule
by monitoring contractor performance,
anticipating schedule threats and proactively
working with the contractor and crime lab
team to resolve schedule issues before they
could impact the project. In regards to cost
control, Jacobs/Vanir helped the team find no
cost or low cost solutions to the inevitable cost
issues that come up during construction. When
changes were needed, Jacobs/Vanir helped the
State negotiate the cost, ensuring fair value for
the work. Jacobs/Vanir’s accomplishments on
this project can often be compared to juggling
several items while all the time ensuring
satisfaction to many varied interests.

Architect/Engineer:
Harley Ellis
Devereaux/HERA
Fields-Devereaux/Harley-Ellis (subsequently
Harley Ellis Devereaux), a Los Angeles-based
architectural firm, was retained for program
development and preliminary facility design.
Fields-Devereaux/Harley-Ellis partnered with
HERA, a firm specializing in hospital and
laboratory design, based in St. Louis, Missouri.
It should be recalled that Fields-Devereaux
had been retained to perform the 1998 needs
assessment and was intimately aware of the
laboratory needs for the two law enforcement
agencies.

Along with its partner companies, Crime Lab
Design and GreenWorks Studio, Harley Ellis
Devereaux sought to bring the highest level
of forensic design expertise and green design
capabilities to this LEED-certifiable project.
The project team was lead by Project Director
Steven Moodie, including William Gilliland
Architecture, Lou Hartman Mechanical
Engineering, Phillip Granitz Electrical
Engineering and Jason Lorcher Sustainable
Design Services. Marc Savelle, Norman
Patena, Fred Sajed and Geoff Tuck provided
Construction Administration services.
The firm enlisted the expertise of Ken Mohr
of HERA (Health Education + Research
Associates), a nationally known laboratory
facilities planner, to provide laboratory
consulting and forensic planning services for
the project; KPFF provided civil engineering;
John Martin Associates provided structural
engineering; and Melendrez Design Partners
provided landscape architecture services.
Harley Ellis Devereaux approached the
overall design of the facility to underscore
the consensus that the Los Angeles Regional
Crime Lab needed a strong presence to create
a robust signature gateway for the campus and
a powerful and vital image for the city. The
message in the design is both permanent as
well as forward-looking, blending a revered
traditional institution with cutting-edge
technology.

On the inside, the design needed to meet
the needs of the tenants, which include law
enforcement, students and administrators, in
a secure but open and inviting, flexible facility
that enhanced the environment for all. This challenge was accomplished through a series of
workshops with the tenants to establish their
goals and offer flexible solutions that meet their
needs.

The Joint Powers Authority established the
primary goal of the facility: maximize shared
space. The design team was able to achieve
a rate of 25 percent shared space, making an
extremely efficient building. These results were
a testament to the high level of cooperation
between all parties, especially the tenants,
during the design process and exceeded all
stakeholders’ expectations.
Their success in the very specialized world of
forensic laboratory design is wrought from
the best teacher: experience. With a record
of building more than 40 crime labs from
California to Kuwait, Harley Ellis Devereaux
understood the needs and the requirements
of their clients. This understanding is clearly
evident in the resultant design.

State of California,
Department of General
Services
The “Budget Act of 2002,” appropriation
AB 3000, Chapter 1124 (referred to above),
authorized the Department of General Services
to acquire, develop, design and construct a
regional crime laboratory, infrastructure and
parking on the California State University,
Los Angeles’ campus, which came to be known
as the Los Angeles Regional Crime Laboratory
Facility Project (LARCLF).

The Department of General Services, Real
Estate Services Division, Project Management
Branch (PMB), had the overall project delivery
and management responsibility. PMB Project
Director Paul Davidson, with the assistance
of Project Director Shelley Whitaker, was
assigned to assure that the project came in
within scope, budget and on schedule. Upon
project commencement and throughout the
project, Davidson worked closely with the Los
Angeles Regional Crime Laboratory Authority
(Joint Powers Authority), along with their
representative, Project Coordinator Patrick
Mallon, and assured that the project goals were
met.

As part of the project delivery, the Department
of General Services (DGS) procured and
managed project funding during design,
construction and sale of the Lease Revenue
Bonds. The Department of General Services
also contracted for and managed the services of
the Architectural/Engineering firm, the
Construction Management firm, and
prequalification and contracting of the General
Contractor. To maintain the momentum
established during the programming and early
schematic design phases, the Department
of General Services elected to accept the
assignment of the contracts with Jacobs
Engineering and Harley Ellis Devereaux from
the Joint Powers Authority.

During construction, the Department of
General Services Construction Services Section
provided extensive on-site inspections to assure
that the project was constructed in accordance
with the final plans and specifications.
Mr. Davidson and Ms. Whitaker have
commented, “The collaborative and cooperative
relationship between all parties resulted in an
extremely successful project which produced a
state-of-the-art Crime Laboratory and teaching
facility that will serve the City and County of
Los Angeles for decades to come.”
The State remained true to its commitment.
In January 2004, the schematic design of the
facility was submitted to the Los Angeles
Regional Crime Laboratory Authority for
approval. Subsequent to this approval, the
State authorized the architect to proceed with
completion of construction documents. In July
2004, the architect submitted their 95 percent
construction documents for approval. However,
during this period costs of construction were
escalating at a phenomenal rate. As the
months passed, concern grew that the project
budget would not absorb the cost escalation.

Selection of the
Contractor and
Budgetary Augmentation
The completed construction documents were
released for bid in August 2004. Because of
the complexities forecast in building a crime
laboratory, the aforementioned pre-qualification
process was undertaken to eliminate any
construction firm without large laboratory or
hospital experience. This process limited the
bidding process to four construction firms.
Another fear surfaced during the bid process.
Public entity construction projects presented a
glut to the market. Subcontracting firms were
committed to other projects and reluctant to
submit cost estimated for work on our project.
In the end, two of the competing firms withdrew
from the process. It is a well-known fact that
the elimination of competition dramatically
increases the dynamics of the remaining
bidders. This fact became a reality.

With the opening of construction bid responses,
the budgetary allocation for this phase of the
project was almost $8 million below contract
requirements. Project staff, in concert with
State Project Director Paul Davidson, scrubbed
the budget and identified certain categories that
could either be reduced or redirected to other
sources of revenue. Staff from the Los Angeles
City Administrative Office and Los Angeles
County Chief Administrative Office, with
approval from the City Council and County
Board of Supervisors, were able to allocate
an additional $6 million to fill the deficit and
identify an additional $1.3 million to cover the
cost of furnishings. With this commitment, the
project was allowed to proceed forward.
The firm of S.J. Amoroso was ultimately selected
to undertake construction of the facility. Binks
Graval was appointed as Project Executive
for S.J. Amoroso and Alex Ballesteros was
designated as the Project Superintendent.

Contractor: S.J. Amoroso
Construction Company
Since 1939, S.J. Amoroso has been successful
largely due to its people and their passion for
construction.
Under the direction of their President, Dana
McManus, Amoroso employees pride themselves
with building a lasting value for their clients
and community through their commitment
to safety, workmanship and integrity. Graval,
commenting on his experience with the
Regional Forensic Science Center project,
stated, “My role as manager of relationships,
time and money was very fulfilling. It was a
very good project for me.”
Graval added, “The Los Angeles Regional
Crime Laboratory Project was clearly a very
special project. It is rare that the partnering
efforts yield the high level of success as was
demonstrated on this project. The owners
were very positive and proactive, as were the
various end-user clients. A special thanks goes
out to the State of California, Department of
General Services, the Los Angeles County
Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles Police
Department, the State of California Criminal
Justice Department and California State
University, Los Angeles. This Project would
not have been completed on time and within
budget without their cooperation. Jacobs
Facilities, acting in the capacity of Owner’s
Representative and Construction Manager, did
a masterful job of managing all of the owners’
interests and is to be commended.”

The California Forensic
Science Institute
Another unique component of the regional
forensic science center is the California
Forensic Science Institute. During Dean James
Kelly’s administration at the School of Health
and Human Services, Director Barry Fisher
proposed the creation of a forensic science
institute to be a resource for the three partners:
the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s
and Los Angeles Police Department’s crime
labs and the University. The idea was an
outgrowth of the progress made in planning for
the new crime lab and teaching facility. The
Institute, chartered under the University, would
support those needs that could not be readily
accomplished by the partners alone. Rose
Ochi, a former official in Attorney General
Janet Reno’s Department and past member
of the Los Angeles Police Commission, was
selected for the post of Executive Director of
the Institute.

The Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center
stands as a testament to a score of visionary
people from different public agencies, each
of whom were able to set aside parochial
mandates for the benefit of the citizens of the
County and City of Los Angeles and the State
of California. In recognition of their effort, and
to memorialize the partnership that developed,
their image will be permanently displayed at
the entrance to the Center.


Naming the Los Angeles
Regional Crime Laboratory

Within every historical project lie two crucial components: an uncommon vision and
people with prodigious talent who can make the idea a reality. The Los Angeles
Regional Crime Laboratory project is an example of these two combined elements.
When Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy D. Baca presented his vision of a joint agency crime lab
in Sacramento, Speaker of the Assembly Robert Hertzberg and Senator Robert Polanco supported
the project wholeheartedly. They sponsored the “Crime Lab Construction Bond Act of 1999,”
also known as Proposition 15, to obtain the funds necessary for the project. When the bond failed,
Speaker Hertzberg continued to work relentlessly to gain funding for a joint agency crime lab in
Los Angeles.
Governor Gray Davis appropriated $96 million to specifically address the need for a regional crime
laboratory in Los Angeles. Due to budgetary cutbacks, funding for the crime lab was reduced
by millions of dollars, and the overall project faced possible termination. Governor Davis and
Speaker Hertzberg supported this meritorious and special project by endorsing Assembly Bill 3000,
the “Budget Act of 2002,” which restored $92 million in the form of Lease Bond Revenue. Once
again, their strong leadership and perseverance made the project a reality.
The support of Governor Davis and Speaker Hertzberg not only made the project possible, but
also created a unique partnership between the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Los
Angeles Police Department, and California State University, Los Angeles. The collaborative
effort of the newly joined entities will undeniably benefit the citizens of the Los Angeles region by solving crimes, taking criminals off the streets, and educating students in the disciplines of forensic science.

On November 16, 2006, during a meeting of the Los Angeles Crime Laboratory Facility Authority
(Joint Powers Authority/JPA), Sheriff Baca presented a motion (Agenda Item 4B) to name the
Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab. He moved for the Joint Powers Authority to recognize the
contributions that Governor Davis and Speaker Hertzberg made to bring the project to fruition.
In unanimous support, the Los Angeles Crime Laboratory Facility Authority voted to name the
building the “Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center,” in honor of former Governor Davis and
Speaker of the Assembly Hertzberg. This name is proudly displayed on the front of the building
above the main entry doors.

Eco-Friendly Aspects of the Facility

While there are many advantages to building “green,” perhaps the three greatest in the context of a Forensic Laboratory are reduced operating cost, improved worker productivity and longevity of
the building.

The State of California, along with cities, universities, corporations, public school systems and many other organizations, have adopted LEED™ as a requirement for all new construction. The
LEED™ program allows project teams a datum to compare the performance of their designs.
Today, 21 projects are certified (two of which are laboratories) and over 340 projects are registered
for certification upon their completion.

There are many benefits to building a green building. According to the U.S. Department of
Energy’s Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development:
• Buildings consume 25 percent of wood harvest, 40 percent of the world’s energy and
16 percent of water consumption.
• Buildings are also responsible for pollutants that cause air quality problems and climate
change contributing 49 percent of sulfur dioxide emissions, 25 percent of
nitrous oxide emissions, 10 percent of particulate emissions, and 35 percent of our
carbon dioxide emissions.
• Construction, demolition and debris from land clearing constitute as much as
40 percent of the municipal solid waste stream.
• One third of all buildings have poor indoor quality, which affect worker productivity.
The LEED Green Building Rating System™ is a program of the U.S. Green Building Council,
the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry, working to promote
buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.
The LEED™ rating system is a voluntary, consensus-based rating system, based on proven technology that evaluates environmental performance from a “whole building” perspective over a building’s
life cycle and provides a design standard for what constitutes a “green building.” It introduces a
metric into the sustainable development process that gives ownership a means to ensure that they
receive a building that meets their intents and they get what they pay for.
This rating system is based on accepted energy
and environmental principles balanced between
known effective practices and emerging
concepts. The system is based on earning
points for satisfying criteria in five different
categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency,
Energy & Atmosphere, Material Resources
and Indoor Environmental Quality. Extra
points are awarded for innovation in the design
process. There are a total of 69 points that can
be met and 7 prerequisites. Different levels of
certification, certified, silver, gold or platinum,
are awarded based on the total credits earned.
GreenWorks Studio, in collaboration with
Harley Ellis Devereaux, worked with the
entire project team to develop sustainable
environmental strategies for the facility. The
result is a building that integrates the design of
the lab and office spaces for an efficient, flexible, occupant healthy and environmentally friendly
facility. Following the United States Green
Building Council’s LEED Green Building
Rating System, the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic
Science Center and Crime Laboratory offers
the following benefits:

Sustainable Sites
Located on the southern edge of the California
State University, Los Angeles campus, the
Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center
and Crime Laboratory is within a ¼ mile of
2 Metro bus lines and has over 50 secure bike
racks, locker rooms, and showers to promote
the use of lower carbon footprint modes of
transportation. Each measure above helps
reduce pollution and land development impacts
from automobile use. As part of the storm water
management plan, a 300,000-gallon rain store
system is located below the north parking area
which captures rain water for use in landscape
irrigation, reducing the need for use potable
water for irrigation. The building’s roof is an
Energy Star rated “cool roof” that reflects solar
energy to reduce the buildings heat island
effect and lower summer HVAC cooling loads
due to lower heat absorption. The site lighting
was designed to reduce environmental light
pollution and met the full cutoff requirements
resulting in minimizing light trespass from
the site and reduces development impact on
nocturnal environments.

Water Efficiency
Water efficiency is a major component of the
new facility. Landscape irrigation is provided
through the rain store system and native
type plantings help reduce potable water
consumption for irrigation by 50 percent
from a calculated mid-summer baseline case.
Interior potable water use efficiency was met
through the use of water efficient lavatory
fixtures, urinal flush fixtures, and automatic
occupant sensors to reduce our potable water
use by over 250,000 gallons per year versus the
Energy Policy Act of 1992 fixture performance
requirements baseline.

Energy & Atmosphere
Energy performance of the building exceeded
Title 24 (United States Government Code) by
24.5 percent through the use of high efficiency
variable speed chillers, premium efficiency
variable speed pumps on the secondary cooling
and heating hot water pumps, and super
efficient built up variable volume air handling
units. Contributing to the efficiency are
continuous dimming day lighting controls and
occupancy sensors for light fixtures in lab and
administration areas causing lights to turn off
when not in use.
To confirm the designed high efficiencies of
equipment, commissioning was performed on
all energy using systems during construction
to ensure optimal building performance.
The commissioning work included observing
sequences of operations for the variable
volume fume hoods, which resulted in
overall energy savings due to optimal
operations and occupant scheduling. Building
Commissioning, as required by LEED, provides
an in-depth quality assurance to optimize
the performance of the building. The chiller
plant uses environmentally friendly refrigerant
(HFC-134a for reduced ozone depletion while
minimizing contribution to global warming.

Materials & Resources
A facility recycling program provides collection
areas located on each floor for staff to dispose
of recyclables. During the construction phase of the project, a waste management diversion
plan was able to divert 75 percent of the
construction waste from being landfill. The
building materials have a high level of recycled
content and were manufactured within 500
miles of the project site. Building materials
that contain recycled content include carpet,
linoleum flooring, acoustical ceiling tile,
restroom tile, insulation, drywall, concrete, and
the structural steel.

Indoor Environmental
Quality
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) monitoring of the
return air from the administration areas ensures
optimal ventilation air for building occupants.
Laboratory fume hoods are continuously
exhausted and supplied 100 percent outside
air make-up, while maintaining negative
pressure in relation to adjacent spaces to
protect occupants. All paints, adhesives,
sealants, and carpets are low in volatile organic
compounds (VOCs). During construction,
an indoor air quality (IAQ) management
plan was implemented to adhere to the Sheet
Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’
National Association (SMACNA) standard
IAQ Guidelines for Occupied Buildings under
Construction, 1995, Chapter 3.
The interior spaces of the building were flushed
out with 100 percent outside air for a twoweek
period prior to occupancy to help reduce
indoor air quality problems resulting from the
construction process to sustain the comfort and
well-being of future building occupants.
Designing the building span across the east/
west axis provided daylight and views for
occupants. The result was a narrow floor plate
that maximizes penetration of natural light to
interior spaces, and provides north light for
laboratories and south light for offices. Light
shelves aid to penetrate daylight deeper into
the administration areas for additional comfort
of occupants.

Overview of the New Facility
Crime Laboratory Services
The Los Angeles Forensic Science Center Crime Laboratory, designed to hold both the
Los Angeles Police Department’s Scientific Investigation Division and the Los Angeles County
Sheriff’s Department Scientific Services Bureau, will be the largest local full-service crime
laboratory facility in the United States. With room for approximately 400 staff members,
they will provide forensic science support to all law enforcement agencies within Los Angeles
County. Evidence from approximately 140,000 criminal cases will be submitted for analysis
annually by both agencies. Both of the agencies’ laboratories have been accredited through
the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board
(ASCLD/LAB).

On January 14, 2005, the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Los Angeles Regional Crime
Laboratory ushered in the construction phase of a decade-long joint project. The Los Angeles
City-County Consolidation Commission first proposed a consolidation of these two laboratories
in 1980. Since then, the overcrowded and outdated conditions at both the Sheriff’s and Police
Department’s crime laboratories have been well documented in Los Angeles County Civil
Grand Jury reports. Unfortunately, for many years limited resources made the possibility of
new or expanded facilities just a dream. Although the facility is unable to accommodate the
entire staff from both the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Scientific Services Bureau
and the Los Angeles Police Department Scientific Investigation Division, the disciplines listed
in this section (as indicated by their floor location within the building) are present at the new laboratory.

California State University, Los Angeles
The College of Health and Human Services is committed to educating and preparing human
service professionals to become innovative practitioners and leaders. The College promotes
the integration of teaching, research, policy, and public service in an interdisciplinary context.
Knowledge, skill, and caring provide the foundation for educating a diverse workforce of the future who effectively serve multicultural urban communities. The College strives to be studentcentered, faculty and staff focused, and community minded.

Offering Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Criminal Justice, and a Masters Degree in
Criminalistics, the school presents to students numerous specializations—for example, on DNA,
controlled substances, and trace-evidence analysis—that emphasize the forensic perspective
within the justice system. The laboratory-based curriculum applies scientific concepts uniquely
to the forensic sciences—such as crime-scene reconstruction, legal integrity of scientific
evidence, courtroom testimony, and individualization.

The second floor will house the school’s teaching and research laboratories, primary
administrative offices, faculty offices, graduate-assistant offices, student work areas, computer laboratory and four large multi-media lecture rooms. It will also include display cases, a library and a conference room.

The proximity to Los Angeles County Sheriff Department and Los Angeles Police Department
personnel will provide countless opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations in research,
guest lectureships and student internships.

Overview of the 5th Floor
Narcotics
Case submissions include a wide variety of
stimulants, hallucinogens, hypnotics, steroids
and designer drugs. The most commonly
encountered drugs include methamphetamines,
cocaine freebase, cocaine powder, heroin,
MDMA, and marijuana. Other drugs received on
a less frequent basis include psilocybin, codeine,
phencyclidine, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol),
ketamine, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD),
gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), 1,4 butanediol
and numerous types of steroids. For a majority
of casework, a series of tests of increasing
specificity are employed. Generally, the analysis
consists of color tests, crystal tests, and some
form of instrumental analysis.

Color test - A drop or two of a chemical is added
to a small amount of the unknown substance. If
a reaction occurs, a color change takes place.
This is viewed as a screening test, as a color
reaction can occur with a variety of substances.
This test is generally employed to distinguish
classes of compounds from one another.
Crystal test - This test also uses a chemical
solution, but instead of a color change, crystal
formation is viewed microscopically. Various
substances will form characteristic crystal
shapes with specific chemicals.
Instrumental analysis - There are two
basic instruments that are currently in use:
the gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer
(GC-MS), and the Fourier transform infrared
spectrophotometer (FT-IR). The instrumental
analysis assists in the identification of a
particular compound and is regarded as a
specific test.

Toxicology Section
Forensic toxicologists are responsible for
detecting and identifying drugs and poisons in
blood and urine samples. They must be well
versed in analytical chemistry, biochemistry,
physiology, pharmacology, and pathology, and
have a familiarity with legal practices and the
judicial setting.
Blood and urine samples are examined for the
presence of drugs and/or their metabolites.
The samples are first screened for drugs using
automated instrumentation that can test
each sample for several drugs. Blood samples
are screened using enzyme immunoassay
(EIA) techniques, whereas urine samples are
screened using enzyme multiplied immunoassay
techniques (EMIT). If a screening test is
positive, the sample is confirmed prior to the
result being used in court. Confirmations of
drugs and/or their metabolites in blood and
urine are done using gas chromatography/mass
spectrometry (GC/MS).

Trace Evidence
Trace Evidence analysis involves the
examination of a diverse array of evidence items.
The work is based on the Locard Exchange
Principle: Whenever two objects come into
contact with one another, there is a transfer
of material across the contact boundaries. The
section’s primary tasks are to identify items of
physical evidence, examine them for mutual
transfer, and, if appropriate, compare recovered
questioned items to collected exemplars/
standards from a known source. Items recovered
for examination include shoe prints and tire
tracks, fiber evidence, paint chips left from hit and run automobile accidents, broken glass,
arson and explosives related materials, gunshot
residue, and many other diverse materials.

The Forensic Science Center
Medallion

The Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center provides the residents of Los Angeles with the
services of two fully accredited crime laboratories, as well as a singularly focused location for research, education, and collaboration. All of these are accomplished in an atmosphere of
corporation while maintaining the individual identity, history, and culture of each partner.
On the front of the medallion, the outer ring represents a bullet cartridge case, which, combined with the fingerprint pattern below the building, symbolize the forensic sciences. The rays shining
from behind the building signify the essence of truth and justice that those in the building strive to advance. The stars are representative of the law enforcement agencies involved.
On the rear of the medallion, the Golden Eagle is the central focal point symbolizing freedom,
strength and courage. The eagle in the design is modeled from the sculpture on the California
State University, Los Angeles campus. It is flanked by three symbols depicting the fundamental
characteristics of the involved agencies: science (represented by a DNA double helix), justice
(represented by the Scales of Justice), and education (represented by a parchment text). The three sets of stars depict three organizations partnering as joint powers to establish the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center.
Bradley Grose Enterprises, Creative, graciously donated the concept work and logo design of the
medallion to the Los Angeles Regional Crime Laboratory Facility Authority. The medallion is
proudly displayed inside of the entrance of the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center.


History of the
Los Angeles County
Sheriff’s Department
Scientific Services Bureau

History
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Laboratory of Criminological Research, or the
“Crime Lab,” was founded during the term of Sheriff William I. Traeger in 1928, and initially
consisted of two people responsible for fi rearms identifi cation, physical identifi cation, and
fi ngerprinting. The Crime Lab was housed in downtown Los Angeles within the “Hall of Justice”
building, where additional staff and disciplines were added for over 20 years until it fi nally outgrew
that location.
The lab was then moved to one of Los Angeles’ oldest buildings, 501 North Main Street. In 1969,
the Scientifi c Services Bureau (SSB) was formed, and in 1976, the growing laboratory staff was
moved to 2020 West Beverly Boulevard. This location was considered “temporary” until a more
suitable facility became available. To provide enhanced levels of service and to accommodate
a growing staff, several regional facilities were added over the years. The largest of these was
the Downey facility which became operational in 1996 and housed the Questioned Documents,
Toxicology, Blood Alcohol, Narcotics, and Quality Assurance/Training Sections.

Since its inception, the Sheriff’s Crime Lab has expanded and developed to keep pace with the
County’s growth and demand for services. Relying on physics, mathematics, chemistry, and related
fi elds, more than 140 experienced analysts are dedicated to the analysis of forensic evidence and
the unbiased reporting of fi ndings relative to that evidence.

Present
Presently, the Scientifi c Services Bureau (SSB) is comprised of the Forensic Biology, Blood
Alcohol, Latent Prints, Narcotics, Polygraph,
Toxicology, Trace Evidence and Questioned
Documents Sections, and special units such
as Photo/Digital Imaging, Evidence Control,
Quality Assurance, Information Systems and
Operations. SSB is recognized as one of the
largest Crime Labs in the United States in
terms of caseload and personnel.
The services of the Sheriff’s Scientifi c Services
Bureau are available to every unit within the
Department and all law enforcement agencies
within Los Angeles County. Analyses are also
made for Federal and State agencies, as well as
County agencies requesting the services.
While the Crime Lab is responsible for making
scientifi c examinations of physical evidence,
it also is responsible for furnishing expert
testimony in court and rendering on-thespot
technical and scientifi c assistance to
investigators. SSB also conducts research that
promotes the best interests of the Department
and all of law enforcement in general.
With the opening of the Hertzberg-Davis
Forensic Science Center, Scientifi c Services
Bureau now operates from six primary locations:
the main laboratory at the Forensic Science
Center; the principal regional laboratory
in Downey; smaller regional laboratories in
Lancaster, West Covina and Century Station;
and Latent Prints and Polygraph Sections
operating out of the former main laboratory
facility on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles.
The Downey facility, located on the old Rancho
Los Amigos Hospital grounds, houses the
Toxicology, Blood Alcohol, Narcotics and
Clandestine Laboratory Sections, along with
a training facility for latent print examiners.
The Lancaster facility is adjacent to the
Lancaster Sheriff’s Station and has Latent Print,
Polygraph and Narcotics Section personnel.
The West Covina facility is housed in the West
Covina courthouse and handles narcotics cases.
The Century facility is located on the grounds
of the Century Station in Lynwood and also
handles narcotics cases.

Significant
Historical Cases
A few of the historical cases handled by the
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Scientifi c Services Bureau include
Richard Ramirez - “Night Stalker,” Linda Sobek,
1957 “El Segundo Police Offi cers,” William
Bonin -“Hillside Strangler,” Cerritos air
disaster, “Paramount Rapist,” the Twilight
Zone helicopter crash that killed Vic
Morrow, and the “Belmont Shores Rapist.”


HISTORY OF THE
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES
DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
AND CRIMINALISTICS

Introduction
For those examining the evidence through the years, it was easy to make a case to establish
a major crime lab, such as the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center, at the California
State University, Los Angeles campus. The story simply made sense given Cal State L.A.’s
location, leadership, commitment to learning (through both teaching an d research), and its legacy of collaborating with local law enforcement agencies to advance the study of criminal science.
A major urban university located five miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Cal State L.A. has
long coupled academic excellence and a robustly diverse campus community to provide innovative
educational opportunities to a student population that reflects the contemporary mosaic of
Southern California. (Its 2007 enrollment of about 20,000 is approximately 52 percent Latino, 22
percent Asian American, 16 percent white, 8.5 percent African American and 0.5 percent Native
American.)

Established in 1947 and rooted in the culture and history of the region, the University plays a
unique role in meeting the educational needs of Los Angeles’ many communities. Indeed, most
Cal State L.A. students are the first in their families to attend college, and more than 70 percent
come from households with annual incomes of less than $36,000. And by providing educational
access and fostering academic excellence, Cal State L.A. engages the transformational power of
education to foster social and economic mobility in the region.

Leadership
Long a champion of collaboration among public institutions, Cal State L.A. President James M.
Rosser took an early and active role in the formation of the Joint Powers Authority (JPA) – from
selection of the site to securing CSU Board of Trustee’s approval. He envisioned the University’s
School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics students benefiting greatly through internships and from other opportunities and interactions that would come from sharing a major criminal science
facility with the LASD and LAPD. Against the historical backdrop of the University’s decades
of leadership in criminal science education, he could also see how the profession itself would be
well-served by educating future practitioners amid the day-to-day challenges and operations of two
excellent law-enforcement agencies—and by creating research collaborations of university faculty
and forensic professionals that “bridge the gap between scientific advancements and their effective use in crime laboratories.”

and excellence comprehensively in education,
Cal State L.A. became a major factor in
developing a highly educated criminalistics
workforce that more closely reflects the
communities it serves. (In 2007 at Cal State
L.A., about 80 percent of the graduate students
in criminalistics are female, and about 65
percent of the undergraduates in criminal
justice are Latino.)
CSULA Vice President for Administration and
Finance, Dr. Steven N. Garcia, serving as the
University’s representative to the JPA, led a
complement of campus administrators, faculty
and staff. In concert, they successfully addressed
the myriad of financial, legal, logistical and
other challenges to emerge from such a complex,
unprecedented partnership.
The Early Years
Los Angeles State College opened in September
1947 with 136 students. Two years later, with
an enrollment of more than 2,000, it became
Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts &
Sciences and began offering six evening courses
in police science: Introduction to Police Work,
Elementary Criminal Law, Advanced Criminal
Law, Radio Car Patrol 1 & 2, and Police
Administration. In 1950, the campus offered
graduate classes in the discipline for the first
time and introduced a bachelor of science degree
in police science. When the Police Science and
Administration Department was organized in
1951, William R. Barker was appointed its chair
and its instructors came primarily from local law
enforcement agencies.
By spring 1954, enrollment exceeded 6,000,
forcing the college to turn away some qualified
students; meanwhile, the Police Science and
Administration Department had ten faculty
(mostly part-time). With the campus urgently
needing a permanent home, in 1955 the former
Rancho Rosa Castilla, a 175-acre hilltop site
on the eastern edge of the city, was chosen as
a site.
In 1956, the first classes were held in temporary
bungalows on the new site and a Masters Degree
emphasizing police science and administration
was offered. The campus was ultimately
constructed at a cost of more than $35 million
just north of the San Bernadino Freeway at
Eastern Avenue.
Under G. Douglas Gourley, who became
department chair in 1957, the Police Science
and Administration Department soon offered
27 different classes, mostly in the campus’s Fine
Arts building. With the opening in 1962 of
North Hall (now King Hall, named to honor
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), the department
had a new home equipped with classrooms,
laboratories, and lecture halls.
Criminalistics
Program Evolves
In 1963, with enrollment eclipsing 19,000
students and full-time faculty growing to 650,
the institution was renamed California State
College at Los Angeles and the program
continued to evolve, offering a master of
science degree in criminalistics for the first
time in 1965. That’s when Raymond H. Pinker
arrived and began teaching criminalistics and
police photography. Anthony Longhetti, a
criminalist with the San Bernardino County
Sheriff’s Department, joined the faculty (parttime)
in 1966; and Charles V. Morton joined
to teach advanced criminalistics and police
photography in 1969.
In the early 1970s, when Charles V. Morton
headed the criminalistics program, Cal State
L.A.—which officially gained “university”
distinction in 1972—began offering a Master
of Science degree in Police Science and
Administration. In 1974, with Richard Hankey
serving as department chair, the program was
renamed the Department of Criminal Justice.
At this time, the program also offered a Masters
Degree in criminalistics and criminal justice
and a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice.
In 1977, Walter ‘Jack’ Cadman began teaching
at Cal State L.A. In 1981, Ernest R. Kamm
assumed leadership of the department. In 1985
it became the Department of Criminal Justice
and Safety Studies in 1985 and began offering
two new certificates: International Criminal
Justice Administration and Occupational
Safety and Health.
In 1989, the department returned to its simpler
name of Department of Criminal Justice. The
department chairs since then have included
Howard H. Earle, Thell Glascock, Anthony
Longhetti and Delos Kelly.
Under the leadership of Deborah Baskin,
who became chair in 1995, the department
became the School of Criminal Justice and
Criminalistics in 2003.
Joseph Peterson was appointed director of the
School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics
in the fall of 2006.
The current faculty includes Katherine
Roberts, who joined in 1998, and specializes
in mitochondrial DNA technology and trace
evidence. Roberts received her Ph.D. from
John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)
concentrating in forensic science. Donald
Johnson, the School’s other criminalistics
faculty member, received his graduate training
in biology from UCLA and arrived in 2003.
Johnson specializes in forensic biology and
crime-scene investigation and reconstruction.
As the anchors of the Cal State L.A.
criminalistics program, Roberts and Johnson
oversaw the design of the teaching and research
laboratories in the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic
Science Center.
Bio file: Raymond H.
Pinker (1905-1979)
Modern science methods formally moved in with
policing in 1927 when the nation’s first crime
laboratory was established in Los Angeles. Two
years later, Raymond H. Pinker—with chemical
engineering training and a Bachelor’s Degree in
Pharmacology from the University of Southern
California—became the first civilian employee
of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)
crime laboratory. A consummate criminalistics
generalist, he perhaps became best known as
a skilled crime scene investigator. Pinker and
Leland Jones are credited for transforming a
modest, cramped laboratory into the foundation
for today’s comprehensive modern scientific
facility. As an early pioneer in criminalistics
in California, he helped found (along with Jack Cadman) the California Association of
Criminalists. He also investigated the Elizabeth
Short (or notorious “Black Dahlia”) case of
1947, worked with the 1950s television series
“Dragnet,” and was portrayed in the 1997
movie “LA Confi dential.”
Bio file: Anthony
Longhetti (1928-2001)
Anthony Longhetti became nationally
recognized as a highly respected criminalist
and educator. With a degree in technical
criminology from the University of California,
Berkeley, he started the San Bernardino County
Sheriff’s Department Criminalistics Laboratory
in 1957. He retired as the deputy chief of its
Scientifi c Investigations Bureau in 1989, the
same year he was appointed assistant professor
at Cal State L.A. after more than two decades
of teaching criminalistics part-time on the
campus. The American Academy of Forensic
Sciences awarded Longhetti major honors in
1989 and 1993, as did the California Association
of Criminalists in 1996. At Cal State L.A., the
Anthony Longhetti Endowment Scholarship is
a testament to his commitment to students and
early vision to create a new regional crime lab.
Bio file: Walter “Jack”
Cadman (1918-2003)
In September 1948, shortly after graduating
from the University of California, Berkeley
with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Technical
Criminology, Jack Cadman established the
Orange County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Forensic
Science Laboratory. Cadman is credited with
developing innovative gas chromatographic
methods to identify accelerants in fi re
investigation debris and for the analysis of
alcohol in blood, breath and urine samples.
One of a handful of founding members
(along with Ray Pinker) of the California
Association of Criminalists in 1954, Cadman
was also a Fellow of the American Academy
of Forensic Sciences and a former president
of the American Society of Crime Laboratory
Directors. In the late 1970’s he chaired the
Criminalistics Certifi cation Study Committee,
the forerunner of today’s American Board of
Criminalistics, the principal certifying body in
this fi eld. Professor Cadman served as director
of the Cal State L.A.’s graduate program in
criminalistics until his retirement in 1989.
Bio file: Charles V.
Morton
With a Masters Degree in criminalistics from
University of California, Berkeley, Charles
Morton joined the Cal State L.A. faculty in
1969, a year after becoming a member of the
California Association of Criminalists (CAC).
The CAC recently honored Morton, who had
been the organization’s president in 1976,
for his more than 40 years of criminalistics
practice, which included extensive experience
examining physical evidence (from fi rearms
to fi bers), engaging in crime-scene processing
and reconstruction, as well as laboratory
administration. Morton was involved in
numerous notable cases, including those of
Ted Bundy, Jeffrey McDonald, O.J. Simpson,
Wayne Williams, and the incident at Ruby
Ridge, Idaho. He was also involved in the reexamination
of evidence in the assassination of
Senator Robert F. Kennedy. As an independent
voice in the fi eld of criminalistics throughout
his career, he was known for the quality and
integrity of his work, and for producing results
that led to important changes in several
laboratories’ staffi ng and procedures.
College Of Health And
Human Services
The University’s College of Health and
Human Services (HHS) prepares students and
current professionals to become innovative
practitioners and leaders. Under the leadership
of its dean, Beatrice Yorker, the College
integrates teaching, research, policy and public
service to provide an education of knowledge,
skill and caring to a diverse workforce of the
future. In doing so, it focuses particularly on
preparing individuals to serve multicultural
urban communities.
James Kelly, HHS dean from 1995 to 2001,
played key roles in strengthening the University’s
criminal justice and forensic programs, elevating
campus awareness to the benefi ts of having
a forensic facility, and unifying the various
entities to be housed in the new Herzberg-
Davis forensic center. Mitchell Maki, acting
HHS dean from 2001-2005, continued Kelly’s
leadership, provided important insight into the
design and architectural plans of the facility.
Yorker, dean since 2005, has continued to
coordinate various campus units’ involvement
in the center and the development of fi nal
administrative plans.
Along with serving as home to the School
of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics and
the California Forensic Science Institute,
the College includes the Department of
Child and Family Services; the Department
of Communication Disorders; the School of
Kinesiology and Nutritional Sciences; the
School of Nursing/Health Science; and the
School of Social Work; the Child Maltreatment
and Family Violence Institute; and the
Applied Gerontology Institute. Its certifi cate
programs address gerontology, youth agency
administration, child abuse and neglect, and
substance abuse.
With more than 60 full-time and many more
part-time instructors serving approximately
4,000 undergraduate and graduate majors, the
College faculty is renowned for its scholarship,
teaching, community partnerships and
community service. For example, the College’s
School of Nursing ranks among the top nursing
schools in the nation; and students contribute
thousands of hours each year to health and
human service agencies through fi eldwork and
clinical service.
School Of Criminal Justice
And Criminalistics
For decades, the demand for universityeducated
personnel in criminal justice has
grown unabated; and today, law enforcement,
judicial, correctional and forensic science
agencies at all levels actively recruit Cal
State L.A. graduates. Now situated within the
Herzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center, Cal
State L.A.’s School of Criminal Justice and
Criminalistics will be well-positioned to address
the professional community’s educational and
workforce needs, particularly in Southern California. With additions to the criminal
justice faculty, state-of-the-art lecture and
laboratory facilities, the School—under the
leadership of Joseph Peterson—is embarking on
an exciting period of innovation and leadership.
As it does, it will continue its strong teaching
and internship programs, strengthen its ties
with the criminal justice community, remain
engaged in important research, and offer inservice
training and policy studies to benefi t
the justice system.
The School offers programs leading to
the bachelor of science degree in criminal
justice, a master of science degree in criminal
justice (with options in administration and
forensic mental health), and a master of
science degree in criminalistics (which builds
upon undergraduate studies in the natural
sciences). Its programs integrate social and
physical science perspectives of social-legal
and evidentiary problems to provide students
with the skills required to pursue contemporary
advanced scholastic and professional positions.


HISTORY OF THE CALIFORNIA
FORENSIC SCIENCE INSTITUTE

1994 Before there could be an Institute, there had to be a place to house it. Over a decade ago,
Barry Fisher, Crime Laboratory Director for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department,
was a few years into a search for funding to build a new crime laboratory. While attending
an accreditation ceremony at Riverside’s California Department of Justice Laboratory, he spoke
to a Dean from the University of California, Riverside. The Dean mentioned that they were in
preliminary discussions with the California State Department of Justice to build a new laboratory
on the UC Riverside campus. The idea of a university-crime lab partnership was a revelation so
obvious that Fisher immediately discussed the idea with Professor Tony Longhetti, head of the Cal
State LA Criminalistics program, who was also in attendance that day. Dr. Longhetti enthusiastically
suggested that Fisher write a letter explaining the idea to California State University, Los Angeles
administration. Ultimately, through the leadership of Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy D. Baca,
the ensuing chain of events would result in the securing of a $96 million State of California grant
to build the new crime laboratory on the Cal State LA campus to house the crime lab operations
of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), as well those of the Los Angeles Police
Department (LAPD).
2001
During Dean James Kelly’s tenure at the College of Health and Human Services, Fisher next
proposed the creation of a forensic science institute to be a resource for the partnership of LAPD,
LASD, and the University. The idea was a simple outgrowth of the progress made in planning for
the new crime lab/teaching facility. The California Forensic Science Institute (CFSI), chartered
by President James M. Rosser, would meet the needs that could not be readily accomplished by
the individual partners alone. The next critical step was to fi nd a suitable leader for the Institute.
Rose Ochi, a former presidential-appointed U.S. Department of Justice offi cial at the Assistant
Attorney General level and a Commissioner for the Los Angeles Police Department, was an early,
promising choice for the fi rst Executive Director. Dean Kelly asked Fisher for his opinion of
Ochi, with whom he had worked some years earlier in a city-county project, Fisher had been
impressed by her tenacity and verve, and so he readily encouraged her selection. Initially, Cal
State LA President James M. Rosser asked Ochi to serve as Special Advisor to help with the design
and development of the organization – and thus began the California Forensic Science Institute.
Under her guidance, Cal State LA faculty and staff members met with key LASD and LAPD
offi cials to begin the planning and development process. Their initial focus was on preparing
and securing approval of operating procedures, and building an infrastructure of support and
advisement. Special credit goes to Greg Matheson and Barry Fisher, as well as Jack Smart and
former HHS Acting Dean Alfredo Gonzales, who was instrumental in the formulation of operating
procedures and the approval of the Institute’s Presidential Charter.
2002
Upon approval of the Presidential Charter, Cal State LA Provost Herman Lujan and President
James M. Rosser endorsed the recommendation of Acting Dean Mitchell Maki and appointed Rose
Ochi to serve as the founding Executive Director. She worked closely with Dr. Maki, who lent his
energy and enthusiasm to the position of Co-Chair of the Coordinating Council, along with the
strong support of Co-Chair, Dean of Natural and Social Sciences Desdemona Cardoza. The initial
focus was on building an organization and raising funds to support the Institutes’ goals.

2003-Present & Future
CFSI’s fi rst objective was to defi ne the mission,
which was to become the in-service training,
applied research, career development, and
public education arm for the new Los Angeles
Regional Crime Laboratory (LARCL). The
motto became “bridging the forensic science
gap” between scientifi c advancements and
their effective utilization in crime laboratories
by improving the preparation of the next
generation of criminalists and enhancing the
capabilities of current forensics professionals.
Director Ochi reached out to executives in
the criminal justice system, to community,
civic, and business leaders to become members
of the Honorary and Advisory Board, whose
responsibility is to support the Executive
Director and provide policy guidance.
Darlene Kuba, Ph. PA, encouraged Councilman
Gilbert Lindsay’s family and former staff to
designate his $90,000 donation to be used as
start-up funding for the Institute. Because of the
efforts of U.S. Representative Lucille Roybal
Allard, CFSI received $750,000 Department
of Justice (DOJ) earmark, which fi nanced
our efforts to develop innovative continuing
education courses for working professionals.
A Coordinating Council made up of Cal State
faculty and administrators and LAPD and
LASD managers and experts have organized
Working Groups to serve as the working body.
Working Groups focused on developing inservice
training programs in the fi elds of DNA,
drug toxicology, and fi rearms. With the opening
of the LARCL, these programs will be available
to criminalists and will be offered as a distance
learning course for other jurisdictions. Over
the past few years, CFSI has also partnered with
other governmental agencies and the private
sector to conduct in-service training, such
as courses with National Law Enforcement
and Corrections Technology Center on new
Digital Technology and the Crime Laboratory
Management Systems; Entech Instruments,
Inc. presented on the applications of “Trace
Level Analysis of Airborne and Off-Gassing
Chemicals in Forensic Science”; presented
two courtroom testimony courses with the
California Criminalistics Institute for LAPD,
LASD, and other jurisdictions; conducted
NIJ “Principles of Forensic DNA for Offi cers
of the Court” for Los Angeles County Public
Defenders and Alternate Public Defenders, and
presented “DNA in Forensic Nursing.”
The Institute also organized “The Potential
for Errors in Cartridge Case Identifi cation” for
fi rearms examiners. Beta Tam, LAPD fi rearms
expert, taught the workshop to examiners from
the LASD, DOJ CCI, San Bernardino Sheriff’s
Department, Fresno Sheriff’s Department, Kern
County Distict Attorney’s Offi ce, and, as far as,
Honolulu Police Department. The examiners
found the presentation and the material to be
informative. The course is available in a DVDvideo
format for the Firearms “Course in a Box,”
which will include instructional materials, a
media plan, and a Course Facilitator’s guide.
The Institute is currently developing curriculum
materials for other forensic science disciplines
as well.
Under the guidance of Dr. Katherine Roberts,
the Research Development Director, the applied
research development’s objective is to support
public crime laboratories by designing and
testing research in the application of advance
technology to forensic services. CFSI has been
involved in collaborative ventures with various
public and private institutions to develop
synergies through strategic partnering and to
increase the number of internship opportunities
for students. Research collaborations includes
special testing sensitivity in detecting
accelerants with the LAPD and the National
Forensic Science Training Center; detection
of fi ngerprints after a bomb explosion with
LASD and LAPD; DNA profi les in urine
and fecal matter with LASD and Cal State
L.A.; Heteroplasmy and mtDNA linear array
assay with Roche; and exploration of portable
sampling devices with Entech Instruments.
At the Fifth Annual DNA Awareness Forum,
Dr. Katherine Roberts and Professor Donald
Johnson presented their research on sexual
assault evidence. Sherille Cruz, former CFSI
research assistant and current LAPD analysts in
the serology unit, who conducted her masters
research on this subject participated in the
workshop.
CFSI has also been developing a career
development program to serve forensic
professionals and Cal State L.A. students
by exposing participants to the expertise
and experience of subject matter experts.
Initiatives will include internships, fellowships,
and seminars in conjunction with Cal State
LA SCJC, LASD, and LAPD. As a result of
Elizabeth Devine, Co-Executive Producer of
“CSI:Miami,” a CSI Endowment has been
established to support this objective. Working
with our partners, LASD and LAPD, there are
opportunities for merchandising which will
raise resources to support student internships
and research assistants.
The goal of public education activities is to
build cross-jurisdictional relationships and
improve public understanding of forensic
service policies and practices through
educational activities. CFSI will continue to
promote public education by identifying current
issues facing public crime laboratories; through
convening symposia, roundtables, and other
gatherings; and meeting with public offi cials
to advance understanding regarding forensic
matters. Some public forums CFSI hosted
include Homeland Security Forensic Services,
DNA Initiative Proposition 69, “From O.J.
Simpson – The DNA Revolution & Beyond”,
and the Fifth Annual DNA Awareness Forum.
Our last objective is Policy Development,
which fl ows from the issues that are identifi ed
from our Public Education forums, to advocate
the need for staffi ng requirements and resources
to provide adequate levels to ensure public
safety to elected offi cials.
The CFSI conference rooms and the second
fl oor classrooms will be used for board meetings,
training, and public education activities.
In the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science
Center, the LASD Scientifi c Services Bureau,
the LAPD Scientifi c Investigations Division,
Cal State LA School of Criminal Justice and
Criminalistics, and CFSI will be housed.
Together, this collaboration has the potential of
becoming one of the foremost forensic science
centers in the country.

Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center
Project Contributers
California Department of General Services
Paul W. Davidson, Project Director
Shelley Whitaker, Project Director
Reginald Demery, Area Construction Supervisor III
Dexter D. Vinson, Construction Supervisor II
DJ Nunez, Mechanical Inspector II
Raul Avila, Construction Supervisor II
June Azedera, Construction Supervisor I
Phil Ward, Construction Supervisor I
Dale Munsinger, Construction Supervisor I
Ron Thompson, Electrical Inspector II
California State University, Los Angeles
James Rosser, President
Steven N. Garcia, Vice President
Herman Lujan, Provost
Beatrice Yorker, Dean
Desdemona Cardoza, Dean
James Kelly, Dean (CSUEB Vice President)
Joseph Peterson, Director
Rose M. Ochi, Executive Director (CFSI)
Ali Izadian, M.P.A., Director
Benjamin Figueroa, Director
Charles Simpson
Deborah Baskin, Chair
Michael J. Uyeki, Facilities Planner
Mitch Maki, Dean
Sarabdayal Singh, Construction Manager
Susan Cash, A/Associate Vice-President
City of Los Angeles
William T Fujioka, City Administrative Officer
Georgia A. Mattera, Principal Administrative Analyst
Holly Wolcott, Chief of Legislative Analyst Office
James Axtel, Deputy City Attorney
Kevin Ryan, Deputy City Attorney
Maria R. Cardenas, Analyst
Melissa Krance, Financial Specialist
Wai Lau, Administrative and Research Services
Harley Ellis Devereaux
Steve Moodie, Project Manager
Dennis Bottum
Kevin Daly, Project Architect
Sean Met, Construction Administration
Steven Lopez, AIA, Associate Principal
Terence Lawrence, Construction Administration
Health Education Research Associates (HERA)
Ken Mohr, Designer
Jacob Facilities/Vanir
Jim Hall, Project Director
John Merriam, Construction Manager
Lanny Collier, Field Engineer
Amanda Russell, Project Manager
Anthony Galaz, Field Engineer
Don Tran, Document Control
Los Angeles County
David E. Janssen, Chief Administrative Officer
Tom Faughnan, Senior Deputy County Counsel
Lisa Kahn, Deputy District Attorney
Martha Littlefield, Commission Services
Peter Papadakis, Commission Services
Peter Burgis, Capital Project/Debt Management (CAO)
Tracey Jue, (CAO)
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Leroy D. Baca, Sheriff
Larry L. Waldie, Undersheriff
Paul K. Tanaka, Assistant Sheriff
Michael Aranda, Chief
Robert Sedita, Commander
Patrick J. Mallon, Commander (Retired), Project Coordinator
Earl M. Shields, Captain
Chris Beattie, Captain (Retired)
Barry A. J. Fisher, Director
Nicholas Berkuta, Lieutenant (Retired)
Nicholas G. Rampone, Lieutenant
Harley Sagara, Assistant Director (Retired)
Wesley P. Grose, Assistant Director
Wayne E. Plumtree, Assistant Director
Robert W. Taylor, Assistant Director
Erin A. Trujillo, Assistant Director
Heidi M. Robbins, Assistant Director
Dean Gialamas, Assistant Director
Carlos Hernandez, Assistant Division Director
Gary Tse, Director
Paul Bustrum, Deputy Sheriff (Retired)
Herman (Dean) Stroud, Director
Lloyd Robinson, Facilities Services
Clint W. Yates, Complex Manager II
Keri Higashi, Senior Criminalist
Sam Sklar, Project Manager
Lai Chwa, Scientific Services Bureau Staff
Los Angeles Police Department
William J. Bratton, Chief of Police
Sharon K. Papa, Assistant Chief, Office of Support Services
Rhonda Sims-Lewis, PA III, Commanding Officer, ATSB
Peter DiCarlo, PA II, Assistant Commanding Officer, ATSB
Nancy Genussa, PA II, Assistant Commanding Officer, ATSB
Yvette Sanchez-Owens, PA I, Commanding Officer, SID
Steven Johnson, PA I, Commanding Officer, Property Division
Paul Enox, Captain (Retired)
Thom Brennan, PA I, Commanding Officer, Facilities Management
Gregory Matheson, Criminalistics Laboratory Director, SID
Michele E. Kestler, Criminalistics Laboratory Director (Former), SID
Joseph Hourigan, Criminalistics Laboratory Assistant Director, SID
Cheryl Jantz, Senior Management Analyst II, SID
David Riemen, Sergeant II, Facilities Management
Lisa Floyd, Senior Management Analyst II, Property Division
Grace Hsieh, Management Analyst II, Facilities Management
Jill Falk, Management Analyst II, SID (Retired)
S.J. Amoroso
Binks Graval, Project Manager
Alex Ballesteros, General Superintendant
Roger Schwing, MEP Project Engineer
Scott Cernigoj, Project Engineer
Brian Kim, Project Engineer
Sal Enriquez, Superintendant
Chuck Harrison, Superintendant
Mark Roberts, Superintendant
Walk Tanzmeister, Superintendant
Carmina Magana, Secretary
State of California Department of Justice
Jay A. Mark, Assistant Chief
Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center Book
Contributers
Chief Editor
Dana L. Camarillo, Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau (LASD)
Graphic Artists
Ignacio Mendoza (LASD)
Sandie Enslow (LASD)
Photographers
Jaime A. Lopez, Sheriff’s Photographer (LASD)
Norman Thomas (LAPD)
John Shaw, Chief Photographer (LASD)
Myron Baasch (LASD)
Trish Branley (LASD)
Michael Havstad (LASD)
Richard Kwon (LASD)
Suji Lee (LASD)
Yoshi Ogata (LASD)
Yvette Stewart (LASD)
Roger Yung (LASD)
Don Tran (Vanir)
Staff
Patrick J. Mallon, Commander (Retired), Project Coordinator (LASD)
Dr. Joseph Peterson, Director (CSULA)
Earl M. Shields, Captain (LASD)
Cheryl Jantz, (LAPD) Senior
Sean Kearns, Director of Media Relations (CSULA)
Barry A. J. Fisher, Director (LASD)
Wesley P. Grose, Assistant Director (LASD)
Rose M. Ochi, Executive Director (CFSI)
Special Thanks to:
Harley Ellis Devereaux, for donating the funds for the Dedication
Ceremony invitations, and programs, and Bradley Grose Enterprises,
Creative, for donating the medallion design and artwork, and the
California Forensic Science Institute Sponsors.

 

 




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