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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1988
I was grateful to read about Sinclair who is helping ex-gang members and ex-inmates of prisons be gainfully employed. There is so much in the newspapers that is negative, it is gratifying to read about someone who is doing his bit for society in a positive way. My hat is off to Baxter Sinclair. DORIE REVIE Anaheim
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
With tattoos up and down his arms, a long black ponytail and an even longer criminal record, Alex Renteria isn't like most people in this building. Before this job, he had done only one kind of work: "slinging dope and stealing. " Now, he slings tamales and fresh-baked pastries at a bright diner at City Hall. Homeboy Diner, which opened this week, is the latest business venture of Homeboy Industries, a Los Angeles institution that supporters say has helped thousands of gang members quit lives of crime with counseling, tattoo removal and job training.
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MAGAZINE
September 14, 2003
Many lessons can be gleaned from the story of ex-gang leader Robert Leon, not the least of which is that idleness and financial distress can lead to bad ends ("Wrong Place. Wrong Time. Wrong Ending?" by Celeste Fremon, Aug. 24). Perhaps if his employment on films had not dried up, with productions moving to Canada, this story would have had a happier ending. Rodney Marvin Producer Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2009 | Ann M. Simmons
Despite strong opposition from the city of Lancaster, state officials have decided to move forward with plans to convert a local prison reception center into a long-term facility to house hundreds of "sensitive needs" inmates, including sex offenders and former gang members. Scott Kernan, undersecretary of operations for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said his agency had given "thoughtful consideration" to the city's concerns.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 1989
Even though rapper and ex-gang member Tone Loc lectures at schools, I find it hard to believe anyone would consider him a role model to ghetto youngsters ("Tone Loc: A 'Wild Thing' in the World of Rap," Jan. 29). Dennis Hunt quotes him as saying, "For the right money, I'd play a Ku Klux Klan rally." Tone exhibits a common social disorder known as greed. I doubt he has ever been serious about anything, including gang membership. SUSAN BLAIR Wilmington
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2008
IF framing the issue of gang warfare as "civil war" will spotlight the issue, then kudos to Stacy Peralta for taking the plunge in his film "Made in America" ["The 'Civil War' in Los Angeles," by Chris Lee, Jan. 26]. As a member of the Watts Gang Task Force and through the extensive work of our staff at the City Human Relations Commission, I have seen the vital work that ex-gang members bring to the table. Their work as interventionists on the front lines needs to be further highlighted and supported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1992
When I read the article about the United Gangs Council's plan to police our schools, I could not believe my eyes ("United Gangs Council Leaders Announce Plans to Curb Violence at Public Schools," Oct. 16). Are we so desperate for an end to violence in and around our schools that we are going to be forced to deal with gangs for the protection of our children? Need I remind our city and school officials that most of these so-called ex-gang members have done jail time for offenses ranging from assault to drugs?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1999 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Drew Birtness, the last straw came when he realized he was arresting the grandchildren of suspects he had picked up years ago. The Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy had been working the streets of East Los Angeles for 21 years, long enough to be hardened by the shootings and deaths and gangs--but also long enough to try something new. "I was tired of picking up kids' bodies off the street," he said.
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December 11, 1988 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Elias Lopez never had a chance. He got sucked into something so much stronger than he was, something with a history so powerful, that there seemed no choice but to submit. He was 17, a nice, quietly handsome young man with jet-black hair and a plan. He was going to be a cop, a narcotics investigator. Sure, there were street gangs in his neighborhood, but he did not want to join one. All Elias wanted to do was look like a gang member.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A former Thousand Oaks gang member has been arrested in San Francisco in connection with a 1998 slaying in Las Vegas. Jose Francisco Martin, 30, was arrested last week in San Francisco, where he was living, authorities said. Martin, a native of Mexico, had spent about 10 years in Thousand Oaks and had numerous run-ins with local police, Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike De Los Santos said. The slaying occurred in February 1998 at the Tropicana Hotel, De Los Santos said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2009 | Ann M. Simmons
Lancaster officials are fighting the state's plans to convert a local prison reception center into a long-term facility that could house up to 1,500 "sensitive needs" inmates. The state's proposal calls for housing hundreds of inmates who could be at risk living in the general prison population, such as sex offenders and former gang members. The new accommodations, located on the prison campus, would be equipped to provide ongoing rehabilitative services.
OPINION
October 22, 2008
In recent weeks, Los Angeles city prosecutors took a significant step forward in the quest to free the city and its people from the grip of gangs. But this step involves no arrests and no crackdowns. Quite the opposite -- it allows individuals now labeled as gang members but who are no longer involved in gang life (or who perhaps never were) to be removed from widespread gang injunction enforcement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2008 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
For the first time ever, the Los Angeles city attorney's office has removed a former gang member from one of its numerous gang injunctions, which cover more than 11,000 people. City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo, accompanied by several council members, said Thursday that an ex-gang member had become the first to complete a new gang injunction removal petition process his office has set up. Authorities declined to identify the individual.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2008 | Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writer
The swami was curious to know what "homies" meant. As part of his North American tour to spread the practice of meditation and yoga, Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda, better known as Swamiji, stopped by this week at Homeboy Industries, a nonprofit rehabilitation center for former gang members and at-risk youths. "Thank you for blessing us with your presence," said Father Gregory Boyle, the Roman Catholic priest who founded and oversees the center near Los Angeles' Chinatown.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2008
IF framing the issue of gang warfare as "civil war" will spotlight the issue, then kudos to Stacy Peralta for taking the plunge in his film "Made in America" ["The 'Civil War' in Los Angeles," by Chris Lee, Jan. 26]. As a member of the Watts Gang Task Force and through the extensive work of our staff at the City Human Relations Commission, I have seen the vital work that ex-gang members bring to the table. Their work as interventionists on the front lines needs to be further highlighted and supported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2007 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
Eight years after Homeboy Bakery burned down, the business that gave former gang members a job and a chance to break from their past will reopen Tuesday in more spacious quarters near the Civic Center in downtown Los Angeles. Bakers were cleaning pans and counter tops Friday as they prepared to welcome customers this week. "It's going to do a lot of good," said Luis Rivera, 39.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1994 | BERT ELJERA
A judge and a former gang member have been invited to speak at a community forum Thursday at Tustin High School's Little Theater. Orange County Superior Court Judge Frank Briseno and Jesse Sotto will discuss gang and youth violence at the event, scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. The program's theme is "Two Views of Youth Violence and Its Consequences."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1996
A dilapidated, 70-year-old home in Lincoln Heights, once a haven for gang members, has reopened as a neighborhood center. The "Unity House," which opened Saturday, is a multipurpose facility that includes a youth activities program, a housing assistance office and a police service center. The home at 2516 Eastlake Ave. is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2007 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
A former Crips gang member who detailed his criminal exploits in a 2005 book was hammered with his own words Tuesday as prosecutors argued that he helped carry out a botched jewelry store robbery in Temecula before faking a carjacking to cover his tracks. Colton Simpson, author of "Inside the Crips: Life Inside L.A.'s Most Notorious Gang," rarely looked up during closing arguments in a case that could be his third strike and send him to prison for life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2004 | Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writer
Two weeks after Homeboy Industries ended its graffiti-removal program in Boyle Heights in the wake of the shooting deaths of two workers, most of the former gang members who lost their jobs are going back to work. Mayor James K. Hahn and labor leaders from the building and construction trades in Los Angeles announced Friday that the graffiti team members had been offered positions as apprentice painters, electricians, ironworkers and other tradesmen.
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