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  • Policing the Police

    The American Prospect reports on police abuse of citizens and examines the potential of civil law to influence police practices. The story points to trends nationwide, but focuses mostly on cases in Los Angeles. The major examples include recent successful lawsuits on behalf of people bitten by police dogs, and some controversial shootings by sheriff's deputies in Los Angeles County. There is a "baffling disconnect" between lawsuits and police internal investigations, the story reveals. The author finds that a possible solution to the problem could come from nonprofit legal groups in every city, which would take on individual police abuse cases.
  • Hot asphalt

    Los Angeles Times Magazine looks at the potential health hazards that residents of Shoshone, California, may face, if 127 California becomes the state's busiest transportation route for nuclear radioactive waste. The story reveals the concerns of local environmentalists that radioactive waste shippers are inevitably going to be in accidents. The reporter also cites property owners, who find that the converting the highway into a waste tract will have bad effect on local businesses.
  • RUN, Don't Walk

    The New Times reports on pedestrian safety -- the lack of it -- in Los Angeles. Los Angeles is second only to New York in pedestrian fatalities, and has far fewer pedestrians. Portland has six city employees that deal with pedestrian safety and planning, Los Angeles has none. Other problems include confusion over right-of-way at unmarked crosswalks, a shrinking number of traffic enforcement officers, clogged freeways that push extra traffic into arterial roads and road rage. Due to legal quirks, Los Angeles even had to raise the speed limit on one of the streets it wanted to slow down in order to be legally able to use radar detectors to catch speeders.
  • Death Without A Ripple

    The Los Angeles Times Magazine reports on just one of L.A. County's Jane or John Does that the medical examiners office tries to match with an identity each year. Jane Doe #59 was found in a gully, strangled to death and afterwards burned. No one ever called to claim her and she was never matched to any missing persons reports. Eventually she was cremated and placed into a grave simply marked "1996" in the county cemetery.
  • Youthful Peddlers Swindled

    Los Angeles Times reports on "a burgeoning child labor practice that ... exploits youngsters, even exposing them to fatal accidents." The story points to statistics showing that every day an estimated 50,000 minors, some as young as 8, peddle goods throughout the country. The report reveals that teen recruiters target low-income black and Latino neighborhoods, as well as schools, and rarely pay the hired children even a part of the promised wage.
  • A Clean Sweep

    The American Prospect reports on the janitors' strike in Los Angeles in April 2000, and explains how janitors' international union, SEIU, helped them to get a wage increase of about 26%. The story looks at various labor markets and sectors of economy and examines their unions' attempts achieving pay raises. The report details the unionization of security screeners at airports, hotel workers, health care workers and nursing home workers. "In service industries that can't flee, unionization of low-wage workers can triumph, but only with heroic effort," finds the magazine.
  • The Living-Wage Wars

    Governing reports on cities that have adopted living-wage standards above the federal minimum wage laws. Living-wage standards, while serving as a rallying point for labor-minded organizations, only help the small number employees of government contractors -- 8,000 out of 3.5 million people in Los Angeles. Supporters contend that the improve individual lives and are one step towards raising overall consciousness about the working poor.
  • How California Failed Kevin Evans

    The Los Angeles Times Magazine investigates the death of Kevin Evans, a mentally ill African-American who died of alleged cardiac arrest in Twin Towers' jail, "the largest mental-health housing facility in the nation." The story reveals that Evans' medical records have been falsified, and that he was subject to violence by the hospital staff before his death occurred. The article reports on the wrongful death claims submitted by Evans' sisters and the resulting $600,000 award in settlement. A major finding is that L.A. county has provided no safety net for mentally-ill homeless people, who "at least for the present, are the responsibility of the sheriff." The reporter also looks at the "acute problems" that have persisted in Twin Towers for many years.
  • L.A. Gangs Are Back

    Time Magazine reports on the recently renewed activities of Los Angeles' street gangs, and finds that the city "is in terrible shape - again." The story cites data that shows gang murders in L.A. increased 143% in 2000, and points to the returning of gang veterans from prison as one of the reasons behind the upsurge in violence. The story focuses on the activity of the Playboys, "one of 1,300 such groups in L.A., all of them stuck in a deadly spiral of violence that the justice system has not broken..."
  • Class Project: Planning for Their Kids, Well-Off Parents Try To Prep a Public School

    The Wall Street Journal sheds light on a little-noticed trend across the country: "well-to-do parents have become increasingly aggressive about trying to improve the public schools their children attend. " The story focuses on the Cheremoya Avenue School located in an affluent Los Angeles neighborhood, where "parents have taken the audacious step of attempting to upgrade their underperforming local school before even committing to sending their children." The author examines the wealthy parents' motives to send their children to public schools, even when they have the means to pay for private schools. The story finds that some well-off parents have too high expectations for changing the public schools "overnight."