Calling gang violence the No. 1 issue in his district, Los Angeles Councilman Martin Ludlow said he planned to introduce a ballot measure today to raise about $30 million a year for anti-gang programs.
He said his measure would increase property taxes by about $40 per parcel to pay for after-school programs, job training and tutoring programs. The money would mostly go to nonprofits already doing anti-gang work, including the Boys & Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
It is the second time in as many months that Ludlow has pushed the council to do more about gangs.
"People are really concerned and afraid for the safety and well-being of their children and neighbors' children," Ludlow said. "I know it's a gamble, but no community in the city is immune to gang violence."
Ludlow's 10th District includes West Adams, Koreatown and the Crenshaw area.
A majority of the City Council would have to approve the proposal by Jan. 26 to place it on the May ballot. Passage would require two-thirds approval by city voters.