SOURCE: Town Hall Los Angeles

TOWN HALL Los Angeles

October 21, 2009 15:46 ET

Panel of Experts Discusses Breaking Los Angeles' Historical Gang Cycle

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 21, 2009) - "Changing LA History, Breaking the Gang Cycle" is the subject of a panel discussion hosted by TOWN HALL Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in downtown Los Angeles.

The panel will address positive steps that community and civic organizations, government, police and activists are taking to diminish gang activity and present gang members with alternative life paths. Panelists are Brian Center, Executive Director, A Better LA; The Hon. Janice Hahn, Councilwoman - District 15, City of Los Angeles; Fabian Montes, Senior Case Manager, Homeboy Industries; Greg Ridgeway, PhD, Director, Safety & Justice Research Program and Center on Quality Policing, RAND Corporation; and Captain Phillip Tingirides, Captain III - Southeast Area, Los Angeles Police Department. The panel moderator is 89.3FM KPCC Reporter Frank Stoltze.

Locally, there are scores of organizations working to stave off gang violence such as LA Bridges, Stop the Violence Increase the Peace Foundation, Pico Youth & Family Center and the Watts Gang Task Force. In June 2009, gang violence within the city accounted for 10 homicides, 225 crimes of aggravated assault, 140 robberies, and four attacks on police officers. There are currently 37 active gang injunctions in the city, involving 57 gangs.

TOWN HALL has hosted programs on the topics of law enforcement with LAPD Chiefs William Bratton, Daryl Gates, Bernard Parks, and Willie Williams. One month after the 1992 Riots, President George H. Bush delivered the address "Lessons from the LA Riots."

One of the Top 10 Leadership Forums in the nation, TOWN HALL Los Angeles has been a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization since 1937, supported by Angelenos, foundations and corporations who believe in open public discussion. We advocate for no side, represent no particular ideology and stand solidly in support of free speech, civility and a belief that knowledge is a priceless commodity. To learn more visit

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When:  Tuesday, October 27, 2009
       8:00 AM Breakfast; 8:30 AM Panel Discussion with Q&A

Where: National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
       111 North Central Avenue
       Los Angeles, CA  90012

Tickets $20, call 213.628.8141 or

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