Mayor Villaraigosa, LA Politics, and Gangs
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In what one columnist called his first re-election speech, Mayor Villaraigosa addressed the multitude of gang programs, now to be centralized in his office. Can he make them more effective and more accountable for what they do? On Reporter’s Notebook, the gang “feedback loop” between LA and El Salvador.
Mayor Goes to War on Gangs ()Mayor Villaraigosa's speech this week on the State of the City was devoted heavily to the fight against crime, with special focus on gangs. After two weeks of dispute, the City Council recently voted to centralized anti-gang initiatives in his office. And, despite cuts in other departments, he wants to increase funding from 19 to 24 million dollars a year.
The El Salvador Gang Connection ()
One of the factors leading to City Hall’s latest focus on gangs was a massive report by civil rights attorney Connie Rice. She just back from El Salvador with a study of the connections between gangs in that country and gangs in LA.
- Constance Rice: Civil rights attorney based in Los Angeles and Co-Director of the Advancement Project in Los Angeles
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