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Even the LAPD agrees that law enforcement alone can’t rid the city of 700 gangs with 40,000 members, but this year’s bare bones budget will fund more cops even if that means cutting everything else. Anti-gang programs are scattered over a dozen departments with no clear mandate for goals or objectives. In the wake of the gunfight that terrified an area north of downtown last week, we’ll ask about the likelihood of improvement. On Reporter’s Notebook, is foster care a refuge or prison for juveniles?
Between Echo Park and Eagle Rock last week, several schools were locked down into the evening while the LAPD shot it out with reputed members of the Avenues street gang. Yesterday, 19 alleged gang members were picked up in North Hollywood in a sweep involving some 200 officers.
Andrew Bridge was taken from his mentally ill mother at the age of 7. After that, it was LA County’s MacLaren Children’s Center and foster homes. He’s now a graduate of Harvard Law School who’s been dramatically successful in advocating for children’s rights in court and elsewhere—including establishment of the New Village Charter School , which prepares pregnant girls for college.
Andrew Bridge, Child Welfare Initiative