GANG CRIMES UP OVERALL IN VALLEY.
Byline: Mariel Garza Staff Writer
VALLEY GLEN - Attempted killings by gang members in the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. increased 209 percent from 34 in January of this year, compared with 11 in January 2002, and gang crime overall rose nearly one-third, from 101 to 131 incidents, officials said Tuesday.
The disclosure came as part of a state-of-policing-in-the-Valley report to the Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Police Commission during an meeting held at Valley College by head of Valley police, Deputy Chief Ron Bergmann.
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``We had a number of shootings with multiple victims, which makes it look like there are more shootings than there are,'' Bergmann said, referring to the attempted killings. ``Nevertheless, it is a problem in the San Fernando Valley. We are having more shootings.''
Bergmann pointed out that, overall, serious crimes in the Valley are down 3.9 percent as of March 8, compared with the same time last year, and serious crimes are down 3.2 percent.
Bergmann said the Valley's Operations Bureau has begun some counter moves to combat the rise in gang crime, which contributed to the city holding the record of most killings in the nation last year.
In December 2001, Bergmann brought together a coalition of police and community members to attack the gang problem. That resulted in the formation of the San Fernando San Fernando, city, Argentina
San Fernando (săn fərnăn`dō), city (1991 pop. 144,761), Buenos Aires prov., E Argentina. It is a district administrative center in the Greater Buenos Aires area. Coalition on Gangs.
Bergmann said that without the efforts of the coalition, the rise in gang activity would have been even worse.
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``I was very impressed to hear in the report that homicides decreased,'' Cunningham said. ``I think that it is one of the true tests you look at when you evaluate the department.''
The commission meeting was one of periodic roving evening meetings in various communities around the city. The last was held in the fall in East Los Angeles East Los Angeles, uninc. city (1990 pop. 126,379), Los Angeles co., S Calif., a residential suburb of Los Angeles, in an industrial area. It has a large Mexican-American population. There is a performing arts center and a cultural center. A junior college is there. .
East Valley City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel Wendy Greuel is President Pro Tempore of the Los Angeles City Council representing the 2nd District. Greuel was elected in 2002 to fill the remainder of the term of Councilman Joel Wachs. She was elected in her own right in 2003 and reelected in 2007. also attended the meeting and announced a $31,000 donation to the Jeopardy Foundation, which helps fund the coalition's gang-prevention efforts. Greuel and council members Hal Bernson Hal Bernson served as Los Angeles City Councilman for the 12th district. He was chair of the Transportation Committee. Prior to being on the City Council, he served in the Navy.
Robert M. , Ruth Galanter, Tom LaBonge, Alex Padilla, Jack Weiss and Dennis Zine all contributed to the donation.