SOURCE: Town Hall Los Angeles

TOWN HALL Los Angeles

October 15, 2009 19:42 ET

Panel of Experts Discusses Breaking Los Angeles' Historical Gang Cycle

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 15, 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 of experts will address positive steps that Los Angeles community and civic organizations, city government, police and activists are taking to diminish gang activity and present gang members with alternative life paths. Panelists include: Brian Center, Executive Director, A Better LA; The Hon. Janice Hahn, Councilwoman - District 15, City of Los Angeles; 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.

In Los Angeles, there are more than 42 organizations working to stave off gang violence. Included among those are Homeboy Industries, LA Bridges, Stop the Violence Increase the Peace Foundation, and Pico Youth & Family Center. For the month of 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.

Historically, TOWN HALL has hosted programs on the topics of law enforcement, violence, and our nation's youth, including a community forum on crime with LA District Attorney Gil Garcetti; and Marian Wright Edelman on "The State of America's Children." 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; visit

All accredited members of the media are invited to cover this event.

**Please credit TOWN HALL Los Angeles in your coverage.

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

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Deborah Weinberg
    Director, Media Relations
    Email Contact