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August 7, 1993
Supporters of the anti-gang Hope in Youth program encountered more delays Friday in their attempts to loosen millions of dollars in city and county funding to start the project. The Los Angeles City Council failed to muster enough votes to create a $2.5-million trust account to fund the program and sent it back to the Community Redevelopment and Housing Committee for further review. Later in the day, Cardinal Roger M.
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December 3, 1997 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN
A Reseda man with more than a decade-long history of burglaries was sentenced to 85 years to life in state prison Tuesday for breaking into two homes and a nonprofit charity championed by Cardinal Roger Mahony. Anthony Sposato, 38, who was convicted on a "third strike," will probably spend the rest of his life behind bars under the sentence handed down by Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Sandy R. Kriegler. "Mr.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1994
Organizers of a powerful South-Central Los Angeles community group found they had friends in high places Wednesday night when Mayor Richard Riordan and County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke said they would do their best to provide more money for a controversial anti-gang program.
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February 22, 1996 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the fervor of an old-time revival meeting, religious, political and community leaders filled a South-Central Los Angeles church Wednesday to push for prevention programs as an important, but increasingly overlooked, weapon in the uphill battle against escalating gang violence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1994
Organizers of a powerful South-Central Los Angeles community group found they had friends in high places Wednesday night when Mayor Richard Riordan and County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke said they would do their best to provide more money for a controversial anti-gang program.
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May 17, 1994 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan will have trouble delivering on two of his campaign promises, after a City Council vote Monday preserving the full-time Board of Public Works and the council's threat to reduce funding for the Hope in Youth anti-gang program. The action came on the first day of deliberations on Riordan's $4.3-billion spending package. Several more amendments are expected today.
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October 2, 1992 | BILL BOYARSKY
The other day, I received an unhappy letter from a reader, Cardinal Roger Mahony. Mahony, the archbishop of Los Angeles, didn't like a column I wrote last month about Hope In Youth, an anti-gang program he proposed along with other Los Angeles religious leaders and community organizations. It's a new but expensive approach, concentrating on parents as well as children. The cost would be $20 million a year, 80% of it from government. Mayor Tom Bradley has balked at Hope In Youth's request for $2.5 million in city funds.
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October 13, 1993 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Breaking a bureaucratic logjam that had existed for nearly a year, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to release $2.9 million in county funds that will set in motion an ambitious, church-backed anti-gang program. The vote removed the final hurdle to implementing the Hope in Youth program, which now becomes the largest anti-gang program in the county. The City of Los Angeles had pledged $2.
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September 23, 1992 | BILL BOYARSKY
It's interesting that Mayor Tom Bradley should face a controversy over anti-gang programs just as he is preparing to announce whether he will run for a sixth term. Not that his battle with Cardinal Roger Mahony and other religious leaders over the Hope in Youth Program is expected to figure in the announcement he will make at the New Otani hotel Thursday afternoon.
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July 19, 1993 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
And on the 18th day, Mayor Richard Riordan sat on the hot seat. Then he tried to show 2,500 volunteers from the city's four largest community organizations that Riordan, the mayor, will keep promises made by Riordan, the candidate. In a sweltering high school gymnasium on Los Angeles' Eastside, he signed papers Sunday that unfettered $2.5 million in city funds for Hope in Youth, a gang intervention program.
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April 26, 1995 | JOHN SCHWADA and TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Despite criticisms by the city's Community Development Department, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday voted 12 to 0 to approve a new $1.8-million, 10-month contract for Hope in Youth, the controversial anti-gang program backed by Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and Mayor Richard Riordan. The new contract, which the council immediately sent to Riordan for his signature, would expire Nov. 30. The program was first funded by the city in October, 1993.
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March 1, 1995 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hope in Youth, a fledgling anti-gang program backed by Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and other religious leaders, won a promise from the City Council on Tuesday that Los Angeles will continue funding the as-yet unproven project through December. With Hope in Youth supporters packing the council chambers, Councilman Richard Alatorre pushed through the extension, despite staff recommendations that the funding be continued only through June pending further independent evaluation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1995 | JEAN MERL
Hope in Youth, a fledgling anti-gang program backed by Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and other religious leaders, won a promise from the City Council on Tuesday that Los Angeles will continue funding the as-yet unproven project through December. With Hope in Youth supporters packing the council chambers, Councilman Richard Alatorre pushed through the extension, despite staff recommendations that the funding be continued only through June pending further independent evaluation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1995
Hope in Youth supporters asked Los Angeles County employees Monday to point out waste in county spending so that enough money can be saved to fund the anti-gang program. Last week, the Board of Supervisors denied Hope in Youth a $350,000 funding extension because of a $640-million shortfall in the county budget. Last year, the board gave the group $2.9 million in first-year funding. The group is supported by some of the county's most prominent religious leaders, including Cardinal Roger M.
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January 30, 1995 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hours after three Hope in Youth anti-gang centers in the San Fernando Valley were closed and several counselors laid off, a group of teen-agers met to figure out what they would do next and whether they had learned enough to stay out of trouble. "I see this as another challenge," said Giovanna Chan, a 15-year-old San Fernando High School student and former gang member whose best friend was killed in a drive-by shooting when she was in elementary school.
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January 25, 1995 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday refused to grant more funds to the anti-gang organization Hope in Youth, a decision that the group said will force it to close 22 centers and lay off 86 employees. "I don't think there's a member on the board who wouldn't like to help," Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said at Tuesday's board's meeting. "But the reality is the county is broke." The motion to not fund Hope in Youth passed 4 to 0.
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August 14, 1992 | HALFORD H. FAIRCHILD, Halford H. Fairchild, a social psychologist, lives and writes in Los Angeles. and
We've got our priorities mixed up. While we're still reeling from the social and physical devastation of the civil unrest in Los Angeles a few months ago, some actions by our elected officials suggest that the malaise afflicting a large portion of our city's youth will continue to get worse. It is undoubtedly the case that the fires and looting April 29 to May 3 were the product of human neglect.
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October 29, 1992 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Los Angeles Police Chief Willie L. Williams on Wednesday endorsed a proposed youth anti-gang program backed by leading religious figures and community activists, declaring that the fight against crime depends upon such efforts. The chief's endorsement came after scattered incidents of racially motivated violence in Los Angeles schools that required police intervention, and after lobbying by many of the city's most prominent religious figures and community organizers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1995
About 1,000 people packed a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors hearing Thursday to request funding for Hope in Youth, but board members made it clear that they are unlikely to support long-term financing for the anti-gang program. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, however, placed an item on next week's agenda so that the board can decide whether to grant the year-old program $350,000 to remain active for another month. Hope in Youth, which got $2.
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