Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back in LA's War on Gangs
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There's good news and bad news with two gang-related arrests in the past two days. What do they tell us about the latest efforts to crack down on gangs and prevent kids from joining them? Also, there are 38 elections today in Los Angeles County, but the turnouts are expected to be dismal as usual.
Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back in LA's War on Gangs ()
There's good news and bad news with two gang-related arrests in the past two days. Today, LA's Mayor and Police Chief announced today the arrest of Steve Garcia, a murder suspect who was buying an ice cream cone in Rosarita Beach, Mexico. The bad news is that Mario Corona was arrested yesterday and charged with possessing a pound of methamphetamine. Corona, a former gang member with a master's degree in social research from USC, has been part of the controversial LA Bridges gang intervention program.
- Malcolm Klein: Professor Emeritus of Sociology at USC
- Wes McBride: Executive Director of the California Gang Investigators' Association
Election Ennui ()
There are 38 elections today in Los Angeles County, with the most attention being paid to LA. But the most attention is not very much and turnouts are expected to be dismal as usual. With almost one and a half million people registered, some observers say turnout could be as low as 150,000. A lack of news coverage gets part of the blame. Some experts contend that voters are suffering from election fatigue. Who ends up making all the decisions? We hear from a pollster and political analyst.
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