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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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March 21, 1993 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Echo Park activist William Nettles voted against Mike Hernandez when he won the 1st District City Council seat 18 months ago, but said Hernandez never held a grudge. As a member of the Echo Park Improvement Assn., Nettles has since been won over by Hernandez's sincerity and willingness to work with the neighborhood. "He's the best councilman we've had," said Nettles, who, due in part to redistricting, has been represented by five people in the past nine years.
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December 6, 1989 | SHANNON SANDS and CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One moment, the high-school senior boasts of spray-painting graffiti, fistfightingrivals and guzzling beers with his "home-boys." The next, he asks a visitor to avoid trampling the colorful flowers his mother planted outside their beige apartment near UC Irvine. "My mom will kill me," explained the slight, pale youth, who would only give his name as "T.L." T.L.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1988 | DAVID REYES, Times Staff Writer
It started as a shoving match. A girl at a Fountain Valley skating rink pushed a smaller girl. A boy stepped in to defend her. A larger boy pushed him. The fight was on. Within minutes, hundreds of youths from Orange and Los Angeles counties--mostly Vietnamese--joined in. By the time police broke up the melee last Jan. 16, one 17-year-old had been stabbed. His alleged assailant and five others were arrested.
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April 25, 1988 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
It was an open-and-shut case. Three Vietnamese gang members had robbed an auto repair shop, and the victim identified all of them to police. But when the case came to Orange County Superior Court, his memory failed. He hadn't seen any of the robbers' faces, he insisted. The case had to be dismissed. John D. Conley, a deputy district attorney, said a prosecutor who specialized in gangs could have made the difference.
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July 15, 1990 | SAM ENRIQUEZ and ELLEN YAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A federally funded office began six years ago to help schools nationwide deal with student violence by using old-fashioned discipline. Today, the National School Safety Center in Encino draws praise from police agencies and many school districts that have turned to it for advice. "You can pick up a phone from anywhere and ask, 'Are there any school districts using dogs to sniff out drugs?' or 'Is there any school policy that is effective at reducing bullying?' " said Wesley Mitchell, chief of police for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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November 14, 1994
I cannot believe that Prop. 187 passed. To what depths will we descend to find a scapegoat for the problems of our economy? It only leads me to ask, what is next? How about concentration camps for all illegal aliens, and secret police to rout out all who are undesirable. Do all of you think that this is the "final solution" to the immigrant problem in this state? California, your ignorance is showing. EDWARD M. FLORES Altadena The people of California have overwhelmingly approved Prop.
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May 26, 1996 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A $50-million plan to rebuild a major portion of the aging, gang-plagued Pico-Aliso public housing project in Boyle Heights isn't just another construction job. According to some, it's a social experiment to try to turn around one of the toughest neighborhoods in Los Angeles--a roll of the dice for a part of town that hasn't had much luck. "It is more than just a housing project," said Xavier Mendoza, the man the Los Angeles Housing Authority has put in charge of the construction work.
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