August 7, 1994
In recent months, 17 people were killed and 55 wounded in the dirty race war conducted by gangs in the Venice-Oakwood area. Citizens must be encouraged to speak up against violence--assert their civil rights and not be intimidated by gangs. A Times' article (July 22) stated that I was "sternly criticized for calling Venice gang members 'termites.' " Those who would coddle and defend the gangs in face of their atrocities confuse other youngsters not yet affiliated with gang-like activity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1990
Re "Cities in South County Unite to Subdue Gangs" (Oct 14): I commend Debbi Abalos for educating her neighbors in Laguna Hills as to the perils of graffiti and gangs. I also salute our community leadership for their efforts. Like Ms. Abalos, I have spent a few hours recently removing graffiti and educating neighbors. It appears the consensus among residents in Orange County is that gang activities in central Orange County are innate. The catch to this consensus is that gang activities and many other social problems native to urban areas are not bounded by municipal boundaries or social strata.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1992
The federal mandate requiring youths to sign a statement that they have not been convicted of a serious crime linked to the riots before they can apply for a job excludes those most in need (June 27). As one who moves and works with Latino gangs on the streets, I can attest to the fact that those most active in gang activity are also those most desperate and who most frequently ask my help in finding a job. Excluding these youths from jobs will result in a more deeply felt sense of desperation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1986
While I appreciate The Times' concern about gang violence in Los Angeles, a concern most assuredly shared by the Los Angeles Police Commission, I am somewhat disturbed by the framework it chose to discuss this serious issue in its two articles (Jan. 19). Combatting gang violence requires the combined and cooperative efforts of all law enforcement personnel in Los Angeles. Each and every law enforcement agency in the area is constantly striving to achieve a solution to this problem, and utilizes a variety of strategies and approaches.
November 14, 2009
Re "A deeper lesson in gang rape," Column, Nov. 7 Good for Sandy Banks. She has grasped the disturbing significance of the Richmond High School gang rape. It is far more frightening than the shootings at Ft. Hood, Texas. No matter how terrible, the shootings were the act of one deranged individual. As Banks points out, the gang rape was a community event. Everyone shares the responsibility -- students, teachers and parents. It should be a wake-up call about the decay in our social values.
February 9, 2010 |
Two reputed leaders of a drug cartel that waged a years-long campaign of terror in Tijuana were arrested Monday in the Baja California port city of La Paz, according to U.S. authorities. Raydel Lopez Uriarte and Manuel Garcia Simental are believed to be top lieutenants of a gang blamed for a string of massacres, police killings, beheadings and kidnappings that has caused many residents to flee the border city. The arrests by Mexican federal police, coming a month after the capture of alleged cartel leader Teodoro Garcia Simental, are the latest blows against the gang.
March 6, 2008
Re "Grieving father speaks of fears," March 5 Jamiel Shaw's parents did everything right to raise a beautiful son whose strong young hand was just about to grasp the knob on the door to his future. Thanks to some thug, neither Jamiel nor his parents will have the chance to celebrate what was on the other side of that door. With so much campaign talk burning the airwaves, I have yet to hear a candidate take a firm stand for gun control. I find that odd, especially in light of the many campus killings in the last year.
March 10, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - The alleged leader of a gang that brutally raped a woman in India three months ago, setting off massive protests, soul-searching and reforms, committed suicide in his cell early Monday by using fabric to fashion a noose, according to officials and local news media. Ram Singh was one of five adults and a juvenile charged with picking up a 23-year-old physiotherapy student and her male friend in a commuter bus in mid-December. Singh was the driver and "mastermind," police said.