In the late 1990-s, the Boston Gun Project reduced youth homicide by about two-thirds in that New England City. So, the National Institute of Justice funded a project to see if the same strategies might work someplace else. What better laboratory than the LAPD-s Hollenbeck Division, which includes El Sereno, Lincoln Heights and Boyle Heights-the home turf of some of LA-s oldest established gangs. Will the -stick-and-carrot- approach that used the structure of gangs to help cut down on the bloodshed hold any hope for the long term? We hear about -collective accountability- for gang members and the difficulty of getting public agencies to work together from Jack Riley, director of Public Safety and Justice for RAND, and we get a personal perspective on gang membership from Luis Castillo of Youth Radio in LA.
- Making News: Schwarzenegger's Plans for Inauguration, Cabinet
Arnold Schwarzenegger will be sworn in Monday as the new Governor of California. Barring rain, the ceremony will be held on the west steps of the Capitol building in Sacramento, but the public is not invited. Dan Smith, Capitol Bureau chief for the Sacramento Bee, reviews plans for Monday's inauguration, Schwarzenegger's latest cabinet choices and strategic plans for the his first hundred days in office.
- Reporter's Notebook: The King of California
The American South may be famous for cotton, but the biggest cotton farm in the world is in Central California. It was established by J.G. Boswell, whose former slave-owning family moved from Georgia to the San Joaquin Valley in the 1920-s. Rick Wartzman, business editor of the LA Times and co-author of The King of California recounts the story of the empire shrouded in secrecy.
Smith's article on Schwarzenegger's inaugural
Schwarzenegger's Transition Team
California Environmental Protection Agency
Boston Gun Project