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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1988 | DAVID REYES, Times Staff Writer
Citing a dramatic rise in Orange County gang violence, Dist. Atty. Cecil Hicks and Supervisor Roger R. Stanton have asked the Board of Supervisors to approve a $450,000 anti-gang unit for the district attorney's office. A memo to the board signed by both Hicks and Stanton said that there are at least 83 gangs in the county today, contrasted with 54 three years ago and that many are "well organized" and "dangerously armed."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1989 | MARIA NEWMAN, Times Staff Writer
Orange County school officials still deny their campuses are plagued by growing skinhead activity despite a report issued last year indicating there are at least 100 skinheads locally who are loosely organized in about six gangs, experts told 250 educators at a symposium Thursday. "There's a reluctance; school board members and others don't want to look bad," said Rusty Kennedy, executive director of the Orange County Human Relations Commission.
NEWS
April 16, 1992 | CAROL WEINSTOCK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Chicano Secret Service plans to pack some extra punch lines when it performs at Haydock Intermediate School in Oxnard on April 24. The added wallop will come from Tomas Carrasco, Oxnard homeboy. Carrasco, one of the troupe's three comics who lampoon racism, politics and social stereotypes, is writing new material for his hometown debut. "Oxnard has its own culture and lingo," he said during a recent interview at his parents' home in South Oxnard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2001 | SANDRA MURILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It looks like unincorporated East Los Angeles will finish 2001 with the lowest number of homicides in decades. The area, home to 128,000 people and patrolled by the Sheriff's Department, has had only five homicides as of Thursday, compared with 18 killings in 2000. "That is kind of incredible," Sheriff's Homicide Bureau Lt. Ray Peavy said. "I almost don't want to say anything because I don't want to jinx it." You have to go back to the 1970-71 fiscal year for an East L.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1992 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They came from East Los Angeles, Whittier, Echo Park, Pomona and El Monte, most of them battle-scarred gang members hoping to escape the bloody cycle that has torn their neighborhoods for generations. Gathered for nearly eight hours Wednesday at the USC campus, they talked of Brown Pride, of what it means to be Chicano, of how to sever the deep roots that have kept la raza locked in a violent, self-destructive battle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1990 | SHANNON SANDS
In a year when Orange County's gang violence has escalated to a record level, one of the county's most respected gang prevention programs has gone out of business. Lack of money forced the 15-year-old Turning Point Family Services Inc. to close its doors last week after the agency had spent 3 1/2 years battling gang problems in central Orange County.
OPINION
October 13, 2002 | Frank del Olmo
Given how troubled the recent history of the Los Angeles Police Department has been, the City Council vote confirming Mayor James K. Hahn's selection of William J. Bratton to head the LAPD for the next five years was notably noncontentious. In the end, the only dissenters from Hahn's choice were Councilman Nate Holden and a small group of Mexican American activists. Holden has spent the last few years being City Hall's quasi-official contrarian, so his "no" vote was not that surprising.
NEWS
March 5, 1989 | SIOK-HIAN TAY KELLEY, Times Staff Writer
About 250 eager learners flocked to Rincon Intermediate School last Saturday, but they weren't trying to chalk up extra credit. They were parents attending a Rowland Unified School District conference on ways to give their children a boost in school. And they were learning in their native tongues. Some 30 translators with command of Spanish, Mandarin, Korean and Tagalog (for those from the Philippines) helped fill classrooms of the West Covina school with a cacophony of sound.
NEWS
December 5, 1990 | HERMAN WONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The front cover of Barrio Warriors is the first hint that you won't find light reading in this new community-written magazine. It pictures eight young men, all staring unflinchingly into the camera. Some are carrying rifles, the others schoolbooks. And at bottom are the words: "Weapons of Wisdom Over Weapons of Death." This stark theme runs through the entire 52-page Barrio Warriors, a privately supported, nearly advertising-free publication making its debut in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
NEWS
November 19, 1992 | AMY LOUISE KAZMIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At age 17, when he lived in East Los Angeles' Maravilla housing project, Gus Frias lost his best friend in a gang ambush. Later, he recalls, an adult handed him a gun and demanded that he avenge the death. " 'If you want peace, you better wake up, because there is no such thing,' " Frias remembers being told. " 'If someone kills one of our own, the laws of the street demand pay-back.' " Many others might have committed the revenge killing, but Frias refused.
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