Tuesday, August 12, 2008

UPDATE: Juvenile Daytime/Nightime Curfew Laws Could Tighten in Los Angeles

Last week, Councilmember Jan Perry introduced a motion that would further restrict the juvenile curfew laws currently in effect regarding juveniles during daytime and nightime hours.

The motion was continued last week, and I asked CM Perry today if it would be coming back. She told me it would be coming back.

With the public demanding that the City do more to crack down on crime and violence in the streets; big public rallies demanding revisions or clarifications (or SOMETHING) regarding Special Order 40; and flaws in the system that the Shaw Family have brought to the front of the talk show burner and top of the minds of voter's Citywide...perhaps this little old motion may be a very effective tool in the meantime.

The motion is based on a curfew crack that was able to be put into effect in Long Beach, and Perry is using that as a template.

Councilmember Bernard Parks tells Zuma Dogg that the motion may have been moved because some details needed to be changed/worked out/amended. When I aksed if he would vote, "Yes" on the curfew he said he would.

Councilmember Alarcon, who I briefly described the motion to (conceptually) looked at me and gave me a sour lemon look on his face with some kind of grumble that indicated he didn't like the idea.

ZD also took CM Herb Wesson's temperature on this and although the final draft has not been presented, Herb told me he would probably vote, "yes." And when I expressed my concerns that CM alarCON didn't look too thrilled, Herb replied, "That's why there are fifteen of us."

I haven't aksed, but I assume CMs Greig Smith (can't I drop the "e" Greig?) and Denny Zine will be voting, "Yes".

Regarding the motion that you can look up on the LACity.org website (Item 16 from Friday's meeting); currently, juveniles who are playing hooky from school or drop-outs can hang out on the streets if they are with an adult.

Obviously, if kids are out of school and on the streets and allowed to hang out with adults. Then that means they are allowed to hang out with adult members of gangs. And since these kids are out on the streets during a time when their parents aren't home...well, you can see how kids are being recruited.

And not only that, but the biggest problem out on the streets are with the youngest faction of these gangs. In the old days, the O.G. shot callers could control the gang and put out orders to chill out and whatnot. Under those conditions things like Janice Hahn's Property Tax Scheme might work. But these young G's can't be reasoned with or controlled. They ain't listening to no O.G. who is out of the day to day banging, anyway.

So while we are waiting for CM Jack Weiss (who I think would vote "yes" on this, too) to hear the Jamiel's Law-related motion in his Public Safety Committee; and while we are waiting for Jamiel's Law to get onto the ballot for a possible approval from voters;

Zuma Dogg says this little old quiet motion from CM Jan Perry could be the best thing to achieve the goal the the talk radio show hosts like John and Ken and Kevin James have been demanding; and I'm sure you will be reading and hearing all about this in the newspapers and radio soon.

SO IF YOU LIKE THIS IDEA, CALL 3-1-1, ASK TO BE CONNECTED TO YOUR COUNCILMEMBER (JUST TELL THE OPERATOR YOUR ZIP CODE IF YOU DON'T KNOW THE NAME OF YOUR COUNCILMEMBER) AND TELL THEM YOU WANT THEM TO VOTE "YES".

And, oh no...what is happening here...ZD is calling attention to something that he likes and it is from Jan Perry and he's gonna have to talk good about it. BUT I STILL SAY THAT GRAND AVE PROJECT IS SHADY!!!

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