The mayor and city council are taking on LA's epidemic of gang violence. Can multiple agencies figure out how to make progress by working together? Can latest effort transcend the efforts of the politics past or it is another recipe for failure? Plus, three competitive bids for the LA Times.
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A prestigious group called the Advancement Project has produced a massive report on Los Angeles, now called the world capital of gang violence. Despite the efforts and expenditures of multiple public agencies and dozens of independent projects, the problem is worse than it was 20 years ago and is comparable to a public-health epidemic. Officials have decided that rather than dealing with symptoms, it's time to treat basic causes and involve the LA Unified School District as well as law enforcement. Yesterday at Los Angeles City Hall, the City Council's Ad Hoc Committee on Gangs heard a "power panel" of high-level officials respond to the report. The Chiefs of the Fire and Police and County Sheriff all said law enforcement isn't enough to deal with gang violence. We hear from the report's author and get response city officials, the committee and the LAUSD.
Laura Chick, Office of the Los Angeles City Controller (formerly) (@Laura_Chick)
Connie Rice, Advancement Project in Los Angeles (@ConnieRicePCN)
Tony Cárdenas, Democratic Congressman (@RepCardenas)
David L. Brewer, III, Superintendent, LA Unified School District
Yesterday was the deadline for bids for Tribune Publishing, owner of the Los Angeles Times. As recently as Tuesday, investment analysts were saying there might not be any bids at all. Yet, there were, from the Chandler family, the former owners; from Eli Broad and Ron Burkle, working together; and from a private equity firm interested in the Tribune’s TV stations. That’s according to Sarah Ellison in today’s Wall Street Journal.
Sarah Ellison, Vanity Fair