5 gang-fighting bills to be signed by Arnold

first_imgThe state budget also included $9.5 million in grants for cities with gang problems as well as nonprofit organizations that deal with youth and gang issues. The grant program allocates $1 million specifically to Los Angeles. The bills the governor intends to sign today include: AB 1381, by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, creates a statewide Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy to evaluate anti-gang strategies and increase coordination among different local law enforcement agencies. AB 1300, by Assemblyman Curren Price, D-Inglewood, creates new education programs for juvenile offenders. SB 594, by Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, provides more funding and expanded powers to the state’s witness protection and relocation program. AB 1291, Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, allows courts to order parents of first-time youthful offenders to attend anti-gang parenting classes. AB 1013, Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, D-Burbank, allows prosecutors in four cities, including Los Angeles, to file eviction proceedings against a person who commits certain weapons offenses. The new efforts are coming as some areas of the state are reporting an increase in gang violence. In the San Fernando Valley, for example, gang crime is up about 6 percent this year, and spiked 44 percent last year. The latest statewide statistics are not available yet, but Seave said, “Certainly it seems that this has been a really bad year. “Everyone calls Los Angeles the gang capital of California and the United States, and maybe the world,” Seave added. “Unfortunately, that’s true. But we’re seeing a lot more gang activity and gang violence all around the state. So the impression is it’s getting worse.” [email protected] (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger intends to sign five anti-gang bills today designed to boost law enforcement and educational tools to fight a surge in gang violence in California. The bills include new tools for prosecutors – including the ability to evict people convicted of weapons offenses – and educational aspects such as required classes for parents of juveniles convicted of gang-related crimes. The governor has scheduled a bill-signing event today in San Bernardino with District Attorney Michael Ramos. Schwarzenegger has backed several new anti-gang efforts this year, including additional funding in his budget and the hiring of former U.S. Attorney Paul Seave to fill the newly created post of director of gang and youth violence policy. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.He also has appointed a 10-member gang advisory committee. Some Democrats in the past have criticized Schwarzenegger for an approach that they say has not focused enough on education and prevention. But Seave said the governor believes in a multipronged approach, and the bills he is signing today reflect that. “These five bills focus on the suppression and the intervention aspects,” Seave said. “There’s no one right way to go about it. You’ve got to use all approaches.” Earlier this year, Schwarzenegger announced an anti-gang package called CalGRIP that includes elements such as rotating deployments of California Highway Patrol officers to gang-infested areas, new education and intervention programs, and requirements for paroled gang members to wear monitoring bracelets. last_img

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