National Night Out fights crime
Residents take back the streets
More than 500 residents participated in the Newton Police Division’s National Night Out, which included full barbecues, a low-rider car show, and Lucha Libre wrestling on the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Main Street.
For more than 15 years, the Newton police division has participated in this countrywide effort to generate support for anti-crime programs and enhance the alliance between residents and police, said LAPD Capt. Jorge Rodriguez.
Last year, with combined residents, police departments and private businesses, nearly 37 million people participated in the event across the country.
National Night Out was created in 1984 by National Association of Town Watch in an effort to encourage participation in anticrime efforts on a national level by raising awareness and giving the communities the opportunity to come out and feel safe in their own neighborhoods.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Communities throughout the Southland will participate tonight in the 29th Annual National Night Out crime- and drug-prevention event.
"National Night Out is designed to heighten crime- and drug-prevention awareness; generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back," said Stephanie Martin of the Manhattan Beach Police Department.
Trayvon Martin’s family marked the anniversary of his death with a candlelight vigil in Manhattan.
Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, were joined by actor Jamie Foxx and a crowd of about 200 people on Tuesday evening in Manhattan’s Union Square Park. They lit candles and held a moment of silence at 7:17 p.m., the time Martin was fatally shot on Feb. 26, 2012.
Council District 9
Curren Price Jr.
Council District 15
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—An attorney representing people in three Los Angeles council districts accused city officials today of illegally using race as the basis for redrawing council district lines.
Leo Terrell, who is Black, said the redrawn boundaries were created to strengthen the Black voting bloc in the 10th District represented by Council President Herb Wesson, while carving Koreatown into several different districts, effectively diluting the voting power of the predominantly Asian neighborhood.
A meeting of the First Community Development Council at First Church of God . . . Center of Hope in Inglewood with representatives from the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) illustrated just how wide the gulf is between the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Line the MTA wants to build and the line the community wants.
That gulf seemed almost as wide as the distance from where the train starts to where it ends—a distance of about 8.5 miles.