POLICE MOVE TO STOP GANGS; NEW LAW WILL HOLD PARENTS ACCOUNTABLE.
Byline: Douglas Haberman and Lisa Van Proyen Staff Writers
Targeting gang violence that took the life of a 16-year-old North Hills boy, police pledged Tuesday to send more officers onto the streets, while county officials passed a law that holds parents responsible for gang activity.
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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. Valley's top police officer, Deputy Chief Michael Bostic, said the LAPD 1. LAPD - Link Access Procedure on the D channel.
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``We can't control the total disregard for the rights of someone else,'' Bostic said. ``Eventually, the community has to decide that they've had enough. The parents have to take responsibility for those kids.''
``Until the community is fed up and is willing to work with us, we can't do it alone.''
On Tuesday, 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. County supervisors adopted an ordinance that could send parents to jail for up to six months and fine them $500 if their minor children commit gang-related crimes and parents didn't exercise enough control over them.
``There's been a dramatic and stunning resumption of gang violence 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. ,'' said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky Zev Yaroslavsky (born December 21, 1948) is a Los Angeles County politician. He served on the Los Angeles City Council from 1975 until 1994, when he was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. He was preceded in both offices by Edmund D. Edelman. , whose son attends Monroe High. ``The minute you walk outside the boundaries of the school you're literally taking your life into your hands.''
The supervisors also said they will consider opening an investigation into the breakdown of a long-standing gang truce, and they debated an anti-loitering ordinance targeted at gang members.
Although the county's action affects only unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, board members said the plague of gang violence must be stemmed at all corners.
Prosecutors formally charged Luis Acosta, 18, with Avelar's death on Tuesday. He was being held in lieu of $1.5 million bail.
Police said they believe that among the reasons for the collapse of a long-standing gang truce and rise in violence in the Valley is that young gang members are starting new rivalries.
Acosta has been with the Langdon Street Gang since he was 10 or 11 and became one of the top leaders, Devonshire Detective Brad Cochran said.
``Despite his age and the other young gang members, they are just as dangerous or more dangerous than their older counterparts,'' Cochran said. ``We've got most of the older Langdon Street guys in jail, but the serious narcotics activity keeps things alive out there.''
On July 21, Avelar was walking home from school in the 9000 block of Langdon Street when he was confronted by two teen-agers who asked if he was affiliated with a gang. One of those youths is believed to be Acosta.
Avelar said he wasn't a gang member, and one of them began punching him, police said.
During the fight Acosta allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot Avelar several times in the upper body.
The accomplice remained at large by late Tuesday.
Police say Avelar, a model student from El Salvador El Salvador (ĕl sälväthōr`), officially Republic of El Salvador, republic (2005 est. pop. 6,705,000), 8,260 sq mi (21,393 sq km), Central America. who hoped to help support his family, is the ``epitome'' case of an innocent victim.
``As far as we know, the entire incident was just about turf,'' Cochran said. ``There was no other reason except they didn't think he belonged there. It's just tragic, but everything is driven by narcotics.''
His death comes as a gang truce in place since 1993 has crumbled.
Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich Michael Dennis Antonovich (born 1939 in Los Angeles, California) is a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors representing the Fifth District, which covers northern Los Angeles County, the Antelope, Santa Clarita, Pasadena, and parts of the San Fernando and San said he will introduce a motion next week calling for an investigation into the unraveling of the gang truce brokered in 1993 by a county agency.
Antonovich's proposal was prompted by a Daily News report Sunday that gang-related crime has risen in the Valley as the truce has collapsed.
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3. the Daily News analysis of police statistics, crime attributed to gangs was up 3.65 percent in the Valley for the first six months of 1999, compared to the same period in 1998. At the same time, serious crime - including gang-related offenses - was down nearly 10 percent overall in the Valley.
Based on the troubling statistics, the LAPD planned to implement the Community Law Enforcement and Recovery, CLEAR, program in the Devonshire Division.
The program, conceived in 1995 in the wake of the slaying of 3-year-old Stephanie Kuehn in Cypress Park, northeast of downtown Los Angeles Downtown Los Angeles is the central business district of Los Angeles, California, located close to the geographic center of the metropolitan area. The sprawling, multi-centered megacity is such that its downtown core is often considered just another district like Hollywood or , gives officers quick access to records and suspends the probable cause Apparent facts discovered through logical inquiry that would lead a reasonably intelligent and prudent person to believe that an accused person has committed a crime, thereby warranting his or her prosecution, or that a Cause of Action has accrued, justifying a civil lawsuit. requirement for searches of homes of probation violation suspects.
And, once in place, CLEAR will add more officers to the area, which already is receiving extra attention, Bostic said.
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To put into a rage; infuriate.
[Middle English *enragen, from Old French enrager : en-, causative pref. about the rise in violence in North Hills, members of Familias Unidas plan to hold a news conference today to call for a return to peace and for more youth programs that can serve as alternatives to gangs.
Chart: Gang crime on rise