L.A.’s Safer Cities Initiative, One Year Later

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LA’s Safer Cities Initiative was launched just a year ago to address the homeless living on ‘Skid Row’, a square mile of downtown Los Angeles.  The area was flooded with police officers and crime has dropped by 40%.  Mayor Villaraigosa says he wants to “continue the momentum.”  But what is likely to happen next?  At UCLA, law students reviewed some 15,000 pages of public records from the LAPD, the City Attorney’s Office and the city’s Homeless Authority. They also interviewed more than 200 people to come up with a one year assessment.




Warren Olney