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February 6, 2014
Re "Locos no longer locals," Feb. 4 As The Times notes in its article about gentrification and gangs in Echo Park, L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer did address the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council (of which I am a member) on the subject of supporting a gang injunction. What the article doesn't report is that the council voted against the injunction. Seeing this as an attempt by developers to market the community as "hipster ready" to potential buyers, the council was convinced that the injunction promised great harm, including racial profiling and guilty-by-association policing.
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OPINION
February 6, 2014
Re "Locos no longer locals," Feb. 4 As The Times notes in its article about gentrification and gangs in Echo Park, L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer did address the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council (of which I am a member) on the subject of supporting a gang injunction. What the article doesn't report is that the council voted against the injunction. Seeing this as an attempt by developers to market the community as "hipster ready" to potential buyers, the council was convinced that the injunction promised great harm, including racial profiling and guilty-by-association policing.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A federal appeals court has ruled that a 2009 Orange County gang injunction couldn't be enforced against dozens of people because it violated their rights by not allowing them to challenge their alleged gang member status. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal court's findings that the injunction against suspected members of the Orange Varrio Cypress gang restricted the plaintiffs' constitutional rights and used inconsistent standards to determine whether someone was a gang member.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
Sgt. Victor Arellano drove slowly through the hills of Echo Park, cruising by the places where he had seen the guys hanging out in the past. There was the market painted bright yellow with large green letters spelling out "BEER WINE" and the hidden staircase nearby. The graffitied stretch of pavement along Preston Avenue and the house where a known gangster lives. A few hours into his evening shift and the LAPD gang officer still hadn't spotted any members of the Echo Park Locos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1997
Re "Valley Gang Injunction Only Shifted Crime, ACLU Says," May 29: There in the photograph stands the ACLU's Allan Parachini as he attempts to paint the success of a court-approved injunction against gang congregation around Blythe Street as a "failure" because gangbangers took their troublemaking and crime elsewhere. There were only two "failures" with the injunction, which was a pilot effort. One was that it applied to an area less than a 30-mile radius from the trouble spot, which is what it might take to totally disorganize criminal activity in a mobile car-based society like Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Council on Friday signed off on Mayor Eric Garcetti's nominees to the Board of Police Commissioners, including one who questioned the fairness of a gang injunction proposed for neighborhoods northwest of downtown. Council members heaped praise on Garcetti's four appointees during back-to-back hearings, first in the Public Safety Committee and then during the council's regular meeting. But they also engaged in an unscheduled discussion of gang injunctions with commission appointee Sandra Figueroa-Villa, who runs the family services nonprofit group El Centro del Pueblo in Echo Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Police and prosecutors can't enforce anti-gang policies against individuals suspected of belonging to an outlawed group without first giving each one an opportunity to fight that label in court, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The decision ordering Orange County authorities to respect the due process rights of suspected gang members was the first of its kind in a federal case and should compel all municipalities to assess their anti-gang initiatives for constitutional compliance, said Peter Bibring of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2007 | Jonathan Abrams, Times Staff Writer
Riverside officials announced the county's first permanent gang injunction Friday, saying gang activity had eroded the community's ability to enjoy one of its oldest parks. Patterson Park was once a launching point for future major leaguers such as Dusty Baker, Bobby Bonds and Alvin Davis. But recently, it has become the domain of the East Side Riva gang, marked by killings and threats. "This is a park that has literally been taken over by the East Side Riva," said Riverside County Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Declaring war on a local street gang tied to three recent shooting deaths, the City Council has agreed to seek a civil injunction that would bar members from engaging in a host of otherwise legal activities. Modeled after a similar action taken by the council in 1991, the injunction would prevent members of the Shaken' Cat Midgets from, among other things, gathering in public or on private property within the injunction area without written permission of the owner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1998
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has delayed until today a ruling on a preliminary injunction against a street gang that police say has intimidated, terrorized and extorted residents and merchants near the USC campus. If approved by Judge Reginald A. Dunn, the injunction will make it illegal for 29 of the gang's members to associate with each other in public.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A federal appeals court has ruled that a 2009 Orange County gang injunction couldn't be enforced against dozens of people because it violated their rights by not allowing them to challenge their alleged gang member status. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal court's findings that the injunction against suspected members of the Orange Varrio Cypress gang restricted the plaintiffs' constitutional rights and used inconsistent standards to determine whether someone was a gang member.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Hailey Branson-Potts
One firefighter was injured Thursday night battling a huge house fire in Beverly Hills that took nearly two hours to extinguish. The blaze in the 1000 block of Wallace Ridge was reported just before 9 p.m. and required firefighters from Los Angeles city and county, Culver City and Santa Monica departments to help douse the flames. Aerial video showed the roof of the 4,500-square-foot, multi-million dollar home being swallowed in flames. No civilians were injured but one firefighter suffered minor injuries, officials said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Firefighters were battling a massive house fire in Beverly Hills late Thursday that sent flames shooting into the night sky. The two-alarm blaze in the 1000 block of Wallace Ridge was reported just before 9 p.m., KTLA reported . Aerial video showed the roof of the large home engulfed in flames. There were no reports of injuries, Beverly Hills police said. Firefighters were trying to keep the blaze from spreading to other homes in the area, KTLA reported. ALSO: Gang injunction granted in Echo Park¿ Retailer sues West Hollywood over ban on fur apparel Five months later, Michael Jackson death suit in jury's hands hailey.branson@latimes.com Twitter: @haileybranson | Google+
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Council on Friday signed off on Mayor Eric Garcetti's nominees to the Board of Police Commissioners, including one who questioned the fairness of a gang injunction proposed for neighborhoods northwest of downtown. Council members heaped praise on Garcetti's four appointees during back-to-back hearings, first in the Public Safety Committee and then during the council's regular meeting. But they also engaged in an unscheduled discussion of gang injunctions with commission appointee Sandra Figueroa-Villa, who runs the family-services nonprofit group El Centro del Pueblo in Echo Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Council on Friday signed off on Mayor Eric Garcetti's nominees to the Board of Police Commissioners, including one who questioned the fairness of a gang injunction proposed for neighborhoods northwest of downtown. Council members heaped praise on Garcetti's four appointees during back-to-back hearings, first in the Public Safety Committee and then during the council's regular meeting. But they also engaged in an unscheduled discussion of gang injunctions with commission appointee Sandra Figueroa-Villa, who runs the family services nonprofit group El Centro del Pueblo in Echo Park.
OPINION
May 4, 2012
Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas has spent three years defending an indefensible tactic that denies individuals the right to due process before they are named in a gang injunction. A federal judge has ruled it unconstitutional, but Rackauckas has now appealed that decision. He should abandon this costly and misguided legal battle that is little more than an attempt to bend the rules. Injunctions are powerful tools that can help law enforcement combat gangs. The theory is that by placing restrictions on the conduct of gang members - such as imposing curfews on them or limiting where they can congregate - the injunction will undercut a gang's ability to control the streets and commit crimes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1995
The Pasadena branch of the NAACP on Tuesday filed legal papers opposing an injunction that prohibits reputed gang members in a troubled neighborhood from committing illegal acts as well as legal activities, such as carrying beepers and riding bicycles. The branch of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People filed papers as a friend of the court challenging the injunction, said Burt Boorhees, the group's attorney. "We filed . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Police and prosecutors can't enforce anti-gang policies against individuals suspected of belonging to an outlawed group without first giving each one an opportunity to fight that label in court, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The decision ordering Orange County authorities to respect the due process rights of suspected gang members was the first of its kind in a federal case and should compel all municipalities to assess their anti-gang initiatives for constitutional compliance, said Peter Bibring of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2011 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
In their ongoing battle against the city's entrenched gangs, Los Angeles prosecutors and police increasingly have relied in recent years on a favorite legal weapon: court-ordered injunctions. The injunctions aim to severely curtail gang activity by, among other things, prohibiting gang members and their associates from socializing with each other, carrying weapons or wearing certain clothing anywhere inside of so-called "safe zones" that typically encompass the neighborhoods where the gangs are active.
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