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Gang Plan Presented to Supervisors

Los Angeles Sentinel, Posted: Jan 12, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- A much-delayed, proposed countywide plan to deal with gang violence was presented to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The plan's strategy is to bring together regional agencies to suppress the violence while also attacking its causes. Eighteen months ago the county Board of Supervisors called for the development of such a proposal within 120 days, but has granted a number of extensions since then.

According to a memo from county CEO William Fujioka to the supervisors, the proposal involves: -- offering specialized intervention strategies for people who exhibit risk factors for gang membership or who are already in a gang; -- developing reentry and reintegration strategies for former gang members returning to a community; -- cracking down on hardcore gang members; -- ensuring that county departments coordinate when providing a variety of services to residents.

The strategy calls for the creation of the Los Angeles County Gang Prevention, Intervention and Suppression Coordination Committee to flesh out the specifics of the strategy. No price tag was immediately placed on the plan, though it will require the creation of one new staff position and staffing support from various county departments, Fujioka said in his memo. Before going into effect countywide, the strategy would first be tested out in the gang-troubled communities of Florence/Firestone and Pacoima.

If the initiative is approved, a more detailed plan will be sent to the supervisors for approval in six months, according to Fujioka's memo.

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