Villaraigosa said he hoped that identifying the gangs would lead to a “more informed and confident community.” However, LAPD officials could not say Thursday how many members were thought to be in nearly half of the 11 gangs, or how many violent crimes each targeted gang was suspected of committing. (LA Times)
In an effort to help our readers become a “more informed community”, this question of the week may actually be a little more like homework, and may not result in making anyone more “confident”.
The assignment: in the comments let us know which gang or gangs call your neighborhood or nearby community their turf.
(Feel free to also mention any first or second hand accounts of gang activity in your ‘hood that have been of concern, or actions by residents or policy that have helped alleviate the problem.)
If you need help looking up your local gang, check out the map for your part of the city at the LAPD’s Gang Injunction page, or try StreetGangs.com, which offers a few resources including an exhaustive listing of Los Angeles gangs and their histories.
Here at LaBrea and Franklin (as well as most of Hollywood), we have the 18th Street Gang – possibly LA’s largest. While I’ve heard they’re active just east of Cahuenga, I’ve never seen or heard of activity in my immediate neighborhood.
…photo by Alley Cat L.A.…