June 9, 1961: Mayor-elect Sam Yorty comes out swinging, with charges that the LAPD was spying on his supporters, and he takes a little shot against The Times. Police Chief William H. Parker quickly disputed Yorty's allegations, saying they were "patently false."
The relationship between the mayor of Los Angeles and the police chief is one of the most essential – and conflicted – in local government (think of Chief Daryl F. Gates and Mayor Tom Bradley, who didn’t even speak to each other). And I cannot recall a honeymoon that was shorter than the one between Yorty and Parker.
ps. That ticking time bomb you hear is the Watts riots, set to explode in August 1965.