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November 27, 2009 | By Ann M. Simmons
A plan to patrol Lancaster with an airplane that would record the movements of people on the ground has stoked the concerns of civil liberty advocates while being embraced by some residents who say they would support any means to crack down on crime. The piloted plane would circle the High Desert town 16 hours a day, recording video footage that would be transmitted to law enforcement officials, according to the plan. The plane, its designer said, would fly at an altitude of about five miles, making it all but invisible to residents.
November 21, 1999
Re "Hate Crime Deserves Special Legislation and Punishment," Nov. 7. It is truly unfortunate that our elected representative Brad Sherman can advocate legislation that is patently unconstitutional. Mr Sherman, can you say "equal protection under the law"? This is nothing more than latest fad of identity politics. If someone intentionally does me bodily harm, I will consider that a hate crime. Sherman should spend more time studying the Constitution and less time with political posturing on feel-good legislation.
January 28, 1994 | From a Times Staff Writer
Gov. Pete Wilson's summit meeting on crime, postponed because of the Northridge quake, has been rescheduled for Feb. 7 and 8, according to the governor's office. The summit will take place at the First Presbyterian Community Center on North Gower Street in Hollywood.
April 17, 2003
Re "Tag This One Tough Battle for Chief Bratton," April 14: People commit crimes when they vandalize property. [Convicted vandal] Toomer is wrong when he claims that graffiti is used to gain respect. Graffiti shows disrespect for all people, including those who commit the crime. Graffiti lowers property values and induces more criminal activity. Toomer and his fellow criminals deserve to spend a long time in jail for the harm that they commit. Scott Ackman Long Beach
January 10, 2001
Re "Hate Crimes in the Name of God?" Voices, Jan. 6: In the past, when someone said something that made a tyrannical king feel uncomfortable, the king would treat the speech as a crime and have the person thrown in prison, or worse. Now Bob Minick wants us to treat speech that makes him feel uncomfortable as a hate crime. Minick tries to make it seem that it's about other people denying him his right to free speech, but in reality, this is about Minick trying to deny others their right to free speech, by persuading us that certain kinds of speech are "crimes."
August 2, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
The creation of a gang unit was credited with a 21% decline in violent crime during the first six months of the year in the unincorporated areas and five cities patrolled by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. "They've been very effective and very, very busy," said Sheriff's Capt. Ron Nelson, noting that the gang unit stepped up enforcement in mid-June, conducting parole violation inspections and drivers license checkpoints that resulted in 49 arrests.
September 23, 2006
Re "It's a crime how we misjudge the young," Opinion, Sept. 17 Statistics like these are insignificant unless the under-40-year-old group is also asked: How likely is it that you would report criminal activity to the police? Having lived in a lower-class neighborhood for 30 years and taught in its local public schools, I can assure you that most youth wouldn't be caught dead reporting a crime to the police. Police are considered the enemy, outside intruders and insensitive bureaucrats.
October 1, 2008
Re "Good intentions, but ...," editorial, Sept. 26 Your editorial on Proposition 5 is a stunning distortion of the proposed reform act. The horrors you conjure completely ignore judicial discretion written into the law. The judge still has the final word, and if he feels the individual poses any threat, the defendant gets locked up. You suggest that we skip Proposition 5 and wait for something better. We've been waiting for prison and parole reform for decades, and our prisons are now at 170% capacity.
April 19, 1994
After being a victim of violent crime in my neighborhood, I chose to start Townkeepers Action Group, a much-needed and extremely effective organization. It is recognized by international, national, state and local media, and I have recently received a national award for the hard work and dedication put into the community to make it a better place to live. I want to clarify one thing: I do not just "sit at donut shops" as The Times suggests. This program goes much deeper, involving five long years of patrolling the streets, being politically active, holding monthly meetings on community issues, being a counselor and an educator for communities throughout Los Angeles and speaking at schools and functions.
July 3, 1992
Well, now. The FBI reports that 58 bank robberies have taken place already this year ("Bank Robberies Occur at a Record Pace," June 19). The FBI speaks of one person who robbed three in four months and was sentenced to four years and three months. Now let's see. With today's "good time' and overcrowded conditions, he might do maybe 1 1/2 years. So it seems crime does pay after all. So let's do the right thing and get out and register and vote now. RICK GREEN Simi Valley
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