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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Valley Readies for Hot, Violent Summer

After a particularly violent night on Tuesday, police have stepped up their patrols in North Hollywood and the Northeast Valley, where a total of six shootings took place.

And how do our council memebers react to the escalation in violence? Why, by asking the mayor for more money to fund their gang intervention programs, that's how.

From the horse's mouth via the DN:

"We are anticipating a hot summer, and things happen when it gets above 100 degrees," said Councilman Richard Alarcon, whose district includes Pacoima, where two shootings Tuesday left three wounded. Alarcon said he is pushing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to speed up the funding of intervention programs in the area before summer. Both Alarcon and Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who represents North Hollywood, are doubling efforts to build Neighborhood Watch programs.

The brazen gun attacks started in Northridge about 6 p.m Tuesday, when a gray SUV with four men inside pulled alongside a 16-year-old boy walking near Wilbur Avenue and Parthenia Street. The boy told police he struggled with one of the men, who stepped out of the car and pointed a pistol at him, while another person emerged from the car and shot him with a shotgun.

An hour later, a fight broke out among nearly a dozen Armenian men outside a restaurant at Whitsett Avenue and Oxnard Street. The men appeared to have been arguing, police said, when a number of them pulled out guns and fired off more than 20 shots. An Armenian male identified as Artak Karamyan, 28, died at the scene. Police said a car-to-car gunbattle ensued, and the body of Paylak Harutyunyan, 29, was dumped at Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Vanowen Street.

The DN has a map and a timeline of the violence that errupted Tuesday night in North Hollywood, Northridge, Sylmar and Arleta.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zorro Alarcon is an idiot! There's no proven facts or documentation that state gang intervention/prevention programs work or are successful. Ask Connie Rice cause of all the gang programs in LA she couldn't find not ONE with a success rate or for that matter have any papers that said what they do. ITS ALL CORRUPT BULLSHIT. Alarcon should be educating the damn parents of these kids instead of having the problem whisked over to someone else to take care of.

May 22, 2008 3:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

When is the summer not "hot" in the Valley?

May 22, 2008 3:22 PM  

Blogger Wendy, Los Angeles said:

Both Alarcon and Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who represents North Hollywood, are doubling efforts to build Neighborhood Watch programs.

"building neighborhood watch programs"....they are truly clueless. Wonder if Janice Hahn will continue funding known gang members as "Gang Intervention Specialists" as well. jeez...

May 22, 2008 3:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alarcon and Gruel need to talk to Villaraigosa's campaign staff from 2005.

They created


for Tony V., without ever holding a public meeting.

Now THAT'S some special magic!

May 22, 2008 4:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yesterday's LAT has a blog interviewing Parks and R-T for Supe: Bernie, who claims to be so fiscally responsible, said he wants to spend 15% of what's being spent on cops and Sheriffs (which he'd be in charge of as a Supe), on intervention/ prevention programs.

That's some Billion Bucks, if you do the math. Can Bernie count that high or he is just making noise? Is he really wanting to waste that much money, or does he have no idea how much money that would be? Scary either way. Overall, R-T comes off a lot smarter, with more thought-out ideas; bad thing, he's bought by the employee unions. They both stink in some ways, wouldn't you know.

As for the victims of the shooting, see WitnessLA by activist Celeste Fremon, for a detailed history on one of the victims, a 19-year old called Jaime. She's got a photo of the shack -- literally shack, like you'd see in the worst slums of Rio -- where he lived next to a chicken coop, with an aunt and a bunch of cousins. Mom went home to Mexico a while ago and Dad split, ran away. Clearly they're illegal -- so left without parents, Jaime took to hanging in the streets with a gang.

May 22, 2008 4:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Reasons why Bitter Bernie should be glad he even got elected a clowncil moron and NOT BE VOTED FOR SUPV.

Suit Says Chief Blocked Early Rampart Probe...LA Times Sept. 27, 2000
Report says Parks misled investigators and the public
Inspector says Chief refused to cooperate with probe, then unjustly accused Prosector of fabricating controversy --LA Times March 6, 2001
97 Memo cited "Problems with Perez
Rampart: Deputy DA warning about scandal's central figure contradicts Chief's (Parks) claims that Prosecutors didn't tell Police Chief about concerns.
LA Times March 22, 2000
Ex Chief Refuses to Discuss Rampart
Councilman Bernard Parks hasn't cooperated with a city panel trying to assess the LAPD's handling of the corruption scandal LA Times August 23, 2003

May 22, 2008 5:06 PM  

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