Category Archives: Gangs

A Tribute to Patrick Caruthers: When the Grit of the City Matters as Much as the Glamour and the Glitter . . .

It would not be a completely true statement to say that bureaucratic sloth and sleazy politics at City Hall killed Patrick Caruthers – the church-going 19-year-old special needs high school graduate and LA Trade Tech student – in broad daylight … Continue reading

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Who Killed Patrick Caruthers? Them — or Us?

The video above will give you the gist of a story, the teaser to make you pay attention to the full 15-minute movie about the senseless killing of 19-year-old Patrick Caruthers last week  as he sat on a bench in … Continue reading

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On the Raymond Avenue Tragedy: A Heartbreaking Personal Story

By Leslie Evans USC and the nearby West Adams neighborhood where the double murder took place April 11 are still in shock. Police are hunting the cold-blooded killer in a widening manhunt, and a new wave of fear is settling … Continue reading

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SHAMELESS!

Without a clue as to what they were doing or even why, the City Council in a joint meeting with the yes-men and yes-women of Community Redevelopment Agency board agreed Tuesday to sabotage the governor’s efforts to restore solvency to … Continue reading

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The LA Dilemma: Your Money or Your Life — What to Cut, Who Will Pay?

Never one to miss an opportunity to promote himself, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took the occasion Tuesday of the formal release of the LAPD’s 2010 Homicide Report showing murders at the lowest level since 1967 to declare: “This is not just … Continue reading

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‘Parent Trigger’ Shoots a Failing School

The Wall Street Journal suggested it could be the “shot heard ’round the world.” The New York Times called it a “nightmare situation.” The LA Times avoided such hyperbole, reporting flatly that parents with children attending McKinley Elementary in Compton … Continue reading

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Howling in the Streets: Who Needs Libraries When We’ve Got Millions of Dogs and Cats

Isn’t it about time we paid a little attention to what’s going on in our city with a leadership that increasingly looks like it is drawn from the homeless mentally denizens of Skid Row? For a measly $10 million out … Continue reading

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Crime Against the City: Closed Libraries and the City’s Fiddling Leadership

EDITOR’S NOTE: At 9:30 a.m. today, fired library workers and their supporters among city employees and ordinary citizens will stage a rally at the Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 5th and Grand, in protest against the policies of the mayor … Continue reading

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Ex-Chief Gates Blames Politics for Gutting Enforcement of Special Order 40 Against Gang Members

In the face of LAPD ‘s adamant defense of every aspect of Special Order 40, former LAPD Chief Daryl Gates said Mondaythat officers were being handcuffed by City Hall politicians (click here gatesclip.mp3)from using it against illegal immigrant gang members. … Continue reading

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The blood is on City Hall’s hands the next time an illegal immigrant gangster kills someone

Editor’s Note: The  City Council refused to take up the issue of the city’s failure to enforce the law against illegal immigrant gangbangers  for months and now says it will hold a hearing in October. If you want this issue … Continue reading

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