Panel backs group for pact to fight gangs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The Advancement Project proposes to draw in experts from academia, law enforcement and public health while examining successful programs in other cities. Consultants will seek ways the city can hone its gang-prevention and intervention efforts, currently spread across dozens of programs costing $26 million a year. “I think it’s long overdue to look at the preventive strategies,” Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said. Gangs are “a growing problem” in her east San Fernando Valley district, she said, and she asked Rice to be sure to consult with Valley experts. While the contract is for six months, officials have indicated a willingness to consider extending it. Rice said she wants to examine whether Los Angeles and neighboring cities are getting their fair share of state money to fight youth violence, an undertaking she said could take a year. The consultant’s findings will help officials decide whether to pursue a proposal to consolidate all the prevention and intervention programs into a single anti-gang agency. The Advancement Project has also drawn the approval of the city’s ad hoc committee on Gang Violence and Youth Development. The contract now goes to the full City Council for a vote. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A nonprofit group seeking a $465,000 contract to develop a comprehensive anti-gang strategy for Los Angeles won the endorsement Monday of the City Council’s budget panel. The consulting project is part of the city’s wider effort to evaluate the tens of millions of dollars spent each year combating gangs and trying to keep young people away from violent lifestyles. “What the city has is a whole bunch of uncoordinated, unsynergistic programs, some of which do some very good work but not to scale and not together,” civil-rights lawyer Connie Rice told the Budget and Finance Committee. City analysts picked the Advancement Project, a nonprofit policy and legal advocacy group run by Rice, to evaluate the programs and create an anti-gang road map for the city. last_img

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