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June 25, 1992 | ANN MAURER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When they began hanging out together about six years ago, they looked like an emerging gang. They called themselves the Mafia STAFF, coining the acronym: Sticking Together as a Family Forever. The youths, most of them Latino, gained a reputation around Azusa as a party bunch whose members sometimes had trouble with the law; several of them have criminal records.
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August 25, 2000 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to raise awareness and improve security, police are teaching employees at St. John's Regional Medical Center how to identify gang members in their care and to be alert for potential problems. Two Oxnard police detectives recently met with a group of nurses at the hospital to discuss precautionary measures that should be taken, particularly when dealing with victims of gang violence. "We aren't doing this to make you paranoid about gangs," Oxnard Police Det. Terry Burr told the nurses.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2000 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to raise awareness and improve security, police are teaching employees at St. John's Regional Medical Center how to identify gang members in their care and to be alert for potential problems. Two Oxnard police detectives recently met with a group of nurses at the hospital to discuss precautionary measures that should be taken, particularly when dealing with victims of gang violence. "We aren't doing this to make you paranoid about gangs," Oxnard Police Det. Terry Burr told the nurses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1992 | ANN MAURER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When they began hanging out together about six years ago, they looked like an emerging gang. They called themselves the Mafia STAFF, coining the acronym: Sticking Together as a Family Forever. The youths, most of them Latino, gained a reputation around Azusa as a party bunch whose members sometimes had trouble with the law; several of them have criminal records.
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November 30, 1990 | KIRSTEN LEE SWARTZ
Experts on gang behavior will explore ways to discourage children from joining gangs during an all-day conference open to the public Saturday. The Soroptimist International of the Conejo has invited law-enforcement officials and leaders of volunteer groups to speak at Charter Hospital of Thousand Oaks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Milton (Robbie) Robinson, a Los Angeles County probation officer, will talk about warning signs of gang involvement.
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December 15, 1993 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County moved to stiffen its defenses against mounting gang violence Tuesday with the approval of a $2-million program that will dispatch strike teams of police, prosecutors and probation officers to the county's most troubled neighborhoods. The Board of Supervisors unanimously endorsed the program and the addition of 23 new prosecutors and probation officers to staff gang units in Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Garden Grove, Orange and Santa Ana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2003 | Jill Leovy, Times Staff Writer
Police Chief William J. Bratton often says his goal is to make Los Angeles "the safest big city in America," and has made reining in gang crime a central pillar of his leadership. Now, he is rolling out his chief tool to attain that goal: new anti-gang squads of specialized officers deployed throughout the city -- the latest incarnation of a type of police unit with a troubled history in the Los Angeles Police Department.
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October 11, 2001 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Violent crime plummeted in Ventura County's large cities for the first half of 2001, but total criminal offenses ticked up overall in three of four cities with at least 100,000 residents. Reported violence was down most in Ventura and Thousand Oaks, about 14% and 9%, respectively. It also dropped in Oxnard and Simi Valley, according to the state attorney general's midyear report.
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July 18, 2000 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles city councilman on Monday accused the LAPD of leaving neighborhoods throughout the city unprotected in its plans to police the Democratic National Convention next month--an allegation that was quickly disputed by Police Chief Bernard C. Parks. "The Police Department has diverted its gang-enforcement personnel to convention planning, leaving many neighborhoods in our city without its first line of defense," Councilman Joel Wachs told reporters at a morning press conference.
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August 27, 1996 | HILARY MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The final echo of the fireworks has died, the Alaskan racing pigs have rounded their last curve, and the sweet, heavy odor of fried dough has blown out to sea. Livestock that filled barns have headed home or to the slaughterhouse. The 1996 Ventura County Fair is over. "This is the most depressing day of the year--to see it all come down," says Devlin Raley, a fair publicist, packing up boxes in his trailer. "I wish it would last another week."
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June 24, 1993 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was an unlikely scene: Norwalk Mayor Luigi A. Vernola in a dapper white shirt working next to bare-chested Giovanni Estrada, a member of the Orange Street Locos gang. Shovels in hand, the two cleared trash from an alley near Cesar Chavez (formerly Walnut) Elementary School, then ate hot dogs at a barbecue, where they talked of cooperation and respect.
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August 4, 1995 | DENISE HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County's parks appear safe--for now. Their threatened closure was forestalled this week by a compromise on the county's massive budget deficit. But even as county supervisors were voting in the boardroom, a disturbing phenomenon was taking place on the streets--one that authorities will have to confront the next time county parks are on the chopping block.
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