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Right Goal, Wrong Strategy (The Wide Angle Blog, May 11, 2011)

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The Bus Has Left the Station (City Journal, April 1, 2011)

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UCLA Leads the Pack (The Wide Angle Blog, March 29, 2011)

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Mixed Race Marriages and Our Attitudes (The Wide Angles, March 25, 2011)

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Israeli Consul General, Palestinian Lobbyist Reach Mock Peace Agreement (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, May 6, 2009)

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Critical Issues Seminar—Mock Peace Summit in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, April 29, 2009)

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L.A. at the Tipping Point (www.RonKaye.LA, February 13, 2009)

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Theatrics by the Teachers (Daily News, February 8, 2009)

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The Good News About Gaza in America (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, January 21, 2009)

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What Oakland Should be Protesting (Los Angeles Times, January 19, 2009)

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Attention Politicians: Pandering Won’t Fly (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, November 12, 2008)

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Presentation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali of Ziegler Prize for Courage of Conviction (Japan American Theatre, October 22, 2008)

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Find Fresh Ideas to Battle Hate, Letter to the Editor (Los Angeles Times, August 4, 2008)

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Fast Food Freeze is a Good Choice for South LA by Jan Perry, Los Angeles Times, August 4, 2008)

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Do You Want Poppycock With That? by Tim Rutten (Los Angeles Times, August 2, 2008)

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Fast-food Moratorium is Meddling (Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2008)

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Critical Issues Seminar on the Role of Race in the 2008 Elections in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, June 27, 2008)

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Shalom is not Funny (Letter to the Editor, Los Angeles Downtown News, June 23, 2008)

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A Dangerous and Precedent Setting Intrusion (Jewish Journal, June 13, 2008)

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“Ziman and Lee” (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, May 16, 2008

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Families Deserve More than a Moratorium (Los Angeles Times, Blowback, April 10, 2008)

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On Any Given Sunday, Rev. Wright is Wrong (www.theroot.com, March 26, 2008)

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Obama’s Minister (KPCC’s Airtalk, March 18, 2008)

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LA Gang Violence Spikes (Associated Press, March 6, 2008)

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Critical Issues Seminar on The State of the Black Civil Rights Movement Today in conjunction with the Los Angeles Public Library and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, February)

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Asking Too Much (Los Angeles Times, January 31, 2008)

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Playing a Frayed and Faded Race Card (Jewish Journal, January 18, 2008)

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Limiting Fast Food Outlets---Path to Better Health? (KCET’s Life & Times, December 20, 2007)

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The State Bar and Revealing Data on Minority Passage Rates (KCET’s Life & Times, December 18, 2007)

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Divisions in the Jewish Community—Talking About Jerusalem (KCET’s Life & Times, December 12, 2007)

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Do Los Angeles’ Anti-Gang Programs Work? (KCET’s Life & Times, December 6, 2007)

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Critical Issues Seminar on Charter Schools in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, October 5, 2007)

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Civil Rights in Louisiana (To the Point, KCRW-FM, September 20, 2007)

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Board Vote Not Aimed At Students (Los Angeles Daily News, September 9, 2007)

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Mexican Americans and Drunk Driving (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, June 6, 2007)

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Baseball and the Decline in African-American Players (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, May 30, 2007)

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Los Angeles Unified’s New Board (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, May 23, 2007)

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Drop the Race Card (Washington Post, April 15, 2007)

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“Gangs of New York and LA” (Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, January 26, 2007)

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“Does Abe Foxman Have An Anti-Anti-Semite Problem?”, (New York Times Magazine, January 14, 2007)

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Racism Claims a Stretch" (Daily News, December 1, 2006)

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"Racism in Entertainment", (KCRW's "Which Way LA?", November 27,2006)

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KCET’s Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding “Border Fence---Boondogle or Barrier?” (life & Times, November 15, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "Immigration Debate Divides Conservatives" (Life & Times, October 5, 2006)

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Award Dispute", KPCC's Airtalk, September 15,2006

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KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "California's High School Exit Exam?", ( Life & Times, August 23, 2006)

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"4 Los Angeles Latino Gang Members Convicted of Anti-Black Conspiracy" (Los Angeles Times, August 2, 2006)

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Did Anti-Semitism Take Root at the South Central Farm? (Jewish Journal, June 23,2006)

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KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversations regarding Immigration and Employment (Life & Times, June 21,2006)

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Letter to the Editor regarding Race, Religion, and Demographic Change (Los Angeles Times, June 4, 2006)

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Debate education policy, not race (Los Angeles Times, April 22, 2006)

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Border Protests Not Fight for Civil Rights (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, April 7, 2006)

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Civil Rights? How About Lawlessness? (Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2006)

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Disputed Film Draws Muted Response (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, February 10, 2006)

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Blacks vs. Latinos at Work (Wall Street Journal, January 24, 2006)

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KCET’s Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation “Gang ‘Marshall Plan’ — Will It Work?” February 14, 2007


Val Zavala>> It's a call to action with a big price tag. A major report is urging the city of Los Angeles to spend nearly a billion dollars to rid itself of gangs. It's been dubbed a kind of anti-gang martial plan, but will it work?

For a lively discussion on that question, we brought three people together at our Kitchen Table. Joe Hicks of CommUnity Advocates; David Zahniser, a reporter for the L.A. Weekly who's skeptical about the gang plan; and Bill Martinez with the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State L.A. who says it's time to take a big step. Our Kitchen Table segment is funded by Ralph Tornberg.

Joe Hicks>> Well, this killing of fourteen year old Cheryl Green in Harbor Gateway certainly seems to have spurred a whole round of new energy, if you will, around gangs. You know, the mayor's holding conferences. You participated in the writing of the report that Connie Rice's project has released that, even though it costs six hundred thousand dollars -- yikes -- maybe offering some new ideas about what we do. What is there that's new? Bill Roosevelt seemed to think that he didn't hear anything that this whole thing is new.

Bill Martinez>> Maybe nothing new when it comes to the types of programs. But the need to put them all together and think systematically about them and think really structurally about them. What we have to do is make our suppression work by taking a lot of pressure off of them. You can do that by eliminating need, which means you invest in prevention and intervention.

You put that money out front, you don't need as much on the back end. The savings cut across city, county and state levels. It's one of the things we pointed out. So you want to put your investment in there to stay in the marketplace, so to be more efficient, you cut down on your expenses. If you want to take that analogy, that's a lot of what we're trying to do, and create a systematic approach doing just that.

Joe Hicks>> It's clear that, you know, gangs cost us a lot of money. A lot of people sense there's a lot of concern of the human toll, but you've written about it. What do you think is really there that might advance the ball down the field a bit?

David Zahniser>> Well, I think what's happened is that the authors of the report have given it a much more global take, which is that they're asking the city to look at everything. They're asking the city to work with the school districts. They're asking the city to look at the county. They're asking the city at one point to engage in a media campaign to convince the entertainment industry not to glorify gangs.

I think what's happened is that, among some of the elected officials in the city, there's been sort of a "Holy crap, this is really big!. In a small way, I think they're a little bit paralyzed because where do you begin when you're told that it could cost as much as fifty-five million dollars to keep every child moving because one high school in South Los Angeles from joining gangs?

I mean, that cost is enormous. The idea that you multiply that out times every high school in Los Angeles Unified, that suddenly becomes a really daunting thing. Add on to that, they still haven't quite tackled the issue of how do you show that the programs you have are working? Since they haven't, they have to both embark on a new big program and figure out a way to hold the existing programs accountable.

Bill Martinez>> And there's no sense throwing good money after bad. I think that's one of the points we're trying to make in that particular case. To say, well, if we're going to do this, let's make sure we are getting fund money back on our side. And if not, then we have to take another approach. So, yeah, I think that's one thing that we've always been lacking and a lot of that is because we haven't been given the resources needed to really kind of develop that aspect of programming.

It's always been, okay, let's get this out there. Let's worry about whether or not it's working later because we'll figure out how to do that, but it's never been designed in. So, yeah, it's one of the things I think -- and that goes across the board. That's prevention, intervention and suppression. Let's see where the real payoff is in all of these various steps.

Joe Hicks>> But, you know, we spend a lot of money annually right now on so-called gang intervention projects, L.A. Bridges and those kinds of projects that supposedly are community workers intervening these gang activities and hopefully preventing, you know, gang killings and gang involvement. Do these even work? Is that just money down a rat hole? Is it doing us any good at all?

David Zahniser>> Well, I think there hasn't been enough of an assessment to figure out which ones are working. They've had short-term assessments where they actually did find -- I know of an example from three years ago where there was a program. They filled out all the forms and, when they finished the assessment, they concluded that that program had diverted exactly two people from gangs.

The reaction that the Council had to that assessment was, "Oh, my gosh, this program has not been getting the resources they need to do the paperwork right." What happened was that that program got more money, not less. They didn't say zero out the money for the program with the bad numbers. They actually said, you know, they're having trouble with the administrative side, and they actually went the other direction.

What's happened in this latest round because, like I said, it goes in and out of vogue every three years, is no one quite wants to say that now we're going to hold them accountable. Everyone is kind of dipping their toe in the water and, oh, let's have an audit. There are two or three elected officials now going for an audit, but that means we telescope out another six to eight months. By that time, we're talking about how to refurbish the Los Angeles River or whatever the new vogue is in the discourse.

Bill Martinez>> See, and that's just the point. That's why we had to be as global as we were and as inclusive of all the elements of the body of services that had to include funding, it had to include evaluation, it had to include this interaction of various jurisdictions. Because otherwise, you're absolutely right. You know, we have plenty of evidence of, you know, when the next thing comes along, they have to divert their time and energy and resources to those topics. So we don't have the opportunity to see these things really work out the way they should.

Joe Hicks>> For years, we sang this mantra of more programs, more government funding. That's all we do. Programs that will deter kids from gangs. That's been the thirty-year mantra. Is that where we need to start? If it hasn't really proved in the past, what would new expenditures in that arena do?

David Zahniser>> I think, for example, the city has measured the after-school program and they like the results they've seen out of that. I think the city has a message of more police and found that there is a nexus between more police and lower crime. I don't think --

Joe Hicks>> -- not exactly rocket science, you know.

David Zahniser>> But I think it's something that isn't always assumed. I mean, there's been a lot of talk in this latest discussion about, well, we can't arrest our way out of this crisis. I think that's true. I also think the city never really saw it. I mean, frankly, we have fewer police than we had a decade ago. The numbers have actually gone down compared to 1997 and 1998 to the year we're in now, 2007.

There are fewer officers because it's like every other initiative. It loses focus and it loses steam and then you retread, and that's what happened with police staffing and, in terms of the attention span, that's what's happened with these programs.

Joe Hicks>> Is part of what's scaring the crap out of some of these city leadership types the almost Bladerunner kind of racial violence that we've seen taking place? Is that what's really scaring people that all of a sudden it's the levels of rampant black on brown and vice versa killings in the city?

Bill Martinez>> I don't think so because really the whole idea for the ad hoc committee and for the report started a while ago. It was Martin Ludlow when he was on Council who prodded the need to do this. So it was well in advance of this recent state of interracial violence.

I think it's just a matter of what scares them is that doing this is going to hold the coin on what they're used to. It's not fifteen separate Council districts. It's one city working together and it's a whole bunch of departments having to work together towards an end and they don't do that typically.

Joe Hicks>> Well, I'm sure we'll have to come back and talk about this more, but this ain't going away any time soon. It hasn't gone away in several generations, so we'll have to come back and talk more about it. Thanks, guys, for coming in.

 

 
   
 
 
   

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