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Southern California has a long and troubled history when it comes to policing. I explore a continuing disconnect between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve, look at when reforms have worked and where and why tensions remain. I'm always examining whether justice is being served.
Stories by Frank Stoltze
The LAPD and community leaders in Baldwin Village are grappling with the shooting death of a 3-year-old girl. The historically violent neighborhood tucked below the Santa Monica Freeway near Culver City hadn't seen a murder in nearly a year. The killing is a reminder of how tough it is to reduce violence in parts of LA.
Fifty officers began patrolling the streets of Skid Row over the weekend as part of the "Skid Row Safer City Initiative." The goal is to do what one crime prevention expert calls "broken windows" policing.
The LA City Council Wednesday rejected a proposed legal settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union that would have allowed people to sleep on the streets of Skid Row from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. The Mayor and LAPD had backed the plan. Skid Row businesses and residents opposed it.
Following weeks of debate, the LA County Human Relations Commission has voted to give a human rights award to Dr. Maher Hathout of the Islamic Center of Southern California. Some Jewish groups opposed honoring Hathout because of past statements he's made about Israel.
LAPD Chief Bill Bratton urged the City Council to approve a proposed settlement with the ACLU that reportedly would allow officers to clear homeless people off the streets of Skid Row during daytime hours. The chief says the number of homeless people in the area has increased dramatically since a federal court ruling earlier this year restricting police from arresting people for sleeping on the sidewalk.
Activists held a rally in downtown LA for Santos Reyes, who is serving 25 years to life under California's three strikes sentencing law. The activists say Santos' case is an example of what they call the injustice of the law.
The LA Business Council convened its fifth annual housing summit Thursday. Business, non-profit and political leaders focused on the $1-billion housing bond on the November ballot. They said the measure will help address the city's housing crisis.
Trial began Tuesday for George Weller, the elderly man charged with vehicular manslaughter for driving his car through the Santa Monica Farmers Market in 2003. Ten people were killed and dozens were injured.
The fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks was a wake-up call for many American Muslims. Some say they have endured slurs and increased scrutiny after 9/11, while others say they have used the attacks as an opportunity to teach about their religion.
The Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission is usually in the business of patching up the bonds among people. But the commission's plan to present an award to a prominent Southern California Muslim has prompted strong protests from some Jewish leaders.
Southern California Muslim leaders Thursday offered a mixed picture of the way they've fared in the five years since September 11. They said the backlash against Muslims has subsided, but discrimination continues.
LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa waited until Tuesday to endorse Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides. With only two months to go until Election Day, Angelides had hoped for Villaraigosa's support much earlier in the campaign.
The Anti-Defamation League convened a security seminar for Southland Jewish institutions Wednesday. Israel's war with Hezbollah and this summer's shooting at the Jewish Federation building in Seattle have raised concerns about a possible attack during the upcoming High Holy days.
Members of the Engineers and Architects Association began a two-day strike Tuesday morning to call for higher wages. The union has been without a contract since 2004.
Abdel Jabbar Hamdan of Buena Park spoke out as a free man yesterday for the first time in more than two years after a judge ordered him released from detention.