Is a Gang Injunction Needed in Echo Park?
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Is a Gang Injunction Needed in Echo Park?

Tomorrow, LA's new City Attorney, Mike Feuer, will ask a court for an anti-gang injunction in four square miles of Echo Park and some of Silver Lake. But crime is down, and opponents warn about racial profiling that can tag kids as gang-members for life, making them ineligible for jobs or education. Feuer wants a five-year limit and an easier way to get off the list kept by the LAPD. Also, a conversation with Josh Garrett, who set a record for hiking from Mexico to Canada: more 2600 miles in less than 60 days. Just think about it and you'll be out of breath.

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Is This Gang Injunction Really Needed? ()

Mike Feuer replaced LA City Attorney Carmen Trutanich in this year's election, but he's come down on the side of the new anti-gang injunction Trutanich wanted in Echo Park and parts of Silver Lake. A court will take up the matter tomorrow. It's been denounced at neighborhood meetings, partly as a tool of gentrification. Are those in favor just not showing up to be heard? KCRW producer Evan George went to a gathering last night in Silver Lake.

CORRECTION: Violations of a gang injunction that stem from otherwise legal behavior, like congregating with other named defendants, are considered civil contempt of court violations not criminal offenses.

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Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 59 Days, 8 Hours and 14 Minutes ()

Josh Garrett teaches exercise physiology at Santa Monica College, where our station is located, and he's just set a sort of exercise record, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail -- 2660 miles -- in 59 days, 8 hours and 14 minutes.

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Teen Dads Get Help Finding Their Way ()

California's rate of teenage birth is at a 20-year low, but two years ago there were still 28 children born for every 1000 teenage girls. Programs to help teen moms are common, but what about teen dads, who struggle with poverty, reduced education and unstable relationships?  KCRW producer Christian Bordal recently visited LA Fathers, a program to help teen-aged dads improve their prospects.

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  • Christian Bordal: Senior Producer, 'To the Point' and 'Which Way, LA?',

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