Wednesday, January 07, 2009

L A Mayor's Gang Money Controlled By Anonymous Committee: Watch Video Here (11 min)

Los Angeles, CA. According to a December 23, 2008 report written by Daniel Heimpel, Investigative Journalist in the L A Weekly publication L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa’s new gang prevention and intervention program is going to protect the identity of fifty individuals who will be deciding which non-profit gang organizations will get generous city grants for prevention and intervention activities, only in the high violence areas of the City.

The Full Disclosure Network® presents an eleven minute exclusive video news blog revealing how approximately $24 million taxpayer dollars will be doled out to groups that have both gang members and former gang members on their staffs. The area targeted is the high violence areas of the city, according to the City's new Gang Czar. When told that the committee selecting the gang organizations to receive grants was going to remain anonymous Heimpel described the plan as "fishy".

Appearing in the video:

  • Rev. Jeff Carr, Gang Czar and Los Angeles Deputy Mayor

  • Daniel Heimpel, L A Weekly Investigative Journalist

  • Leslie Dutton, Host, Full Disclosure Network

In the video Heimpel describes his interview with Rev. Jeff Carr and his response to the questions raised about the unusual procedures being used the Mayors office to select the grant recipients, which any effort toward providing transparency.

Rev. Carr describes the Mayor’s gang program and the prevention and intervention strategies and reassures Full Disclosure that the young adults working in the program would include persons who have been incarcerated but who have been redeemed.

1 comment:

  1. I don't live in L.A., but I have kept myself moderately informed about gang related activities across the country.

    Off the top of my head, I can see the need for anonymity during the process to select the recipients of the grants; the pressure, political and otherwise, upon the individuals would conflict with objectivity and impartiality.

    Will the panel be identified after the money has been doled out?

    And speaking of full disclosure, who owns, funds, runs, and administers the Full Disclosure Network?