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June 12, 1991 | ADRIANNE GOODMAN
The board of the Ventura Unified School District voted 4 to 1 Tuesday to toughen its dress code policy, adding a section that prohibits students from wearing gang-related clothing. The policy prohibits any item or accessory, including jewelry and notebooks, or any "manner of grooming" that indicates gang membership.
December 27, 1992
Our readers wrote letters throughout 1992, expressing their viewpoints on a variety of issues. Here are condensed versions of some of those letters to help us remember the events that mattered to Orange County readers this past year. We would like to thank the readers who took the time to share their views, and we look forward to hearing from them and others in 1992. The article "Gang War Truce," while excellent in content, appeared to glorify gang membership. The three pictures in color give the gangs publicity and pride in their membership in gangs.
February 27, 1991
I would like to applaud several judges in the county who have recently handed down stiff sentences to those convicted of illegal gang activities. I would agree with one of these judges who, in explaining his sentencing, said that it is important to send a warning that gangs and gang violence will not be tolerated. But the fear of punishment is not the only message we should be sending these young people in our communities. We should also be sending a message of hope by offering legal alternatives to gang membership.
April 9, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Candi Diedrich, coordinator of the city's volunteer anti-graffiti and self-esteem building programs for youths, has been honored for her work by the Orange County Department of Education. Diedrich is in charge of the graffiti paint-out efforts of Fullerton's CUFF (Community United for Fullerton Safety) program. The 4-year-old program's goal is to combat youth gangs by presenting programs designed to build a sense of self-worth while providing positive alternatives to gang membership.
A 23-year-old Pacoima man was found guilty Tuesday in San Fernando Superior Court of first-degree murder and also of membership in a gang, the first conviction by a Los Angeles County jury under a state law that went into effect last year. Manuel Madrigal faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life for his role in the death of 16-year-old Jimmie Torrez, who was beaten and shot to death by alleged gang members in San Fernando last August. He is scheduled to be sentenced July 23. Deputy Dist.
As state officials plan to expand a database containing the names and photographs of reputed gang members, a state arm of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union are questioning whether minorities in Orange County are being unfairly targeted by the project.
June 3, 1993
A congressional hearing on gangs in the San Gabriel Valley will take place Friday at the El Monte Community Center. The House of Representatives subcommittee on human resources will hear testimony on gang violence and suggestions for stemming gang problems, said Matthew Weintraub, assistant city administrator of El Monte. U.S. Rep. Matthew G. Martinez (D-Monterey Park), chairman of the subcommittee, and Eni F. H.
December 1, 1985
These are the major recommendations that will be made to the Long Beach City Council in a report on street gang activity by the Public Safety Advisory Commission: - Publicly funded programs should be started to provide, at no cost, recreation and vocational training opportunities for youths in gang-afflicted areas. Businesses should be asked to help pay for the program and provide jobs.
December 9, 1990 | Mike Davis, Mike Davis, the author of "City of Quartz," teaches urban theory at the Southern California Institute of Architecture; he has also written "Prisoners of the American Dream" (Verso). In "City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles," Mike Davis explores the city's dreams and realities. The hyped gang problem, and the police reaction to it, is one face of L.A. An excerpt:
A thousand extra-duty patrolmen, backed by elite tactical squads and a special anti-gang task force, bring down the first act of "Operation HAMMER" on 10 square miles of South-Central Los Angeles between Exposition Park and North Long Beach, arresting more black youths than at any time since the Watts rebellion of 1965.
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