Bill aims at gang violence
AB 1290 would allow communities to form a joint powers authority. “It will enhance local law enforcement efforts to communicate with each other,” Mendoza said. MORE MENDOZA: The state Assembly voted 74-0 Thursday to approve Mendoza’s AB 357 that would make it easier for candidates to raise and spend more for a recount. The bill excludes funds spent on a recount or an election contest when determining whether a candidate has reached the voluntary spending limits. It also allows a candidate to establish a legal defense fund for the purposes of initiating a recount or election contest. REPUBLICAN MEETING: Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich will speak at the 7:30 a.m. Friday breakfast of the Southeast chapter of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs. The group meets at Geezer’s Restaurant 12120 Telegraph Road, Santa Fe Springs. For reservations, write LACLC, 6055 E. Washington Blvd. suite 228, Commerce, 90040, or call Peter Bylsma, (323) 215-4500 or e-mail [email protected] JUDICIAL NEWS: Phil Mautino, supervising judge for the Los Padrinos Juvenile Court in Downey, will speak at the 11a.m. May 11 lunch meeting of the Whittier Republican Women Federated. The club meets at the Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Drive, Whittier. For reservations, call Carole Gardner, (626) 968-2125. Cost is $17. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562)698-0450; phone (562)698-0955; e-mail [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We need to help some parents take back control of their kids,” he said. “We need to break the cycle of gang activity in families and stop the revolving door of juvenile gang-members going in and out of jail,” he said. “The Anti-Gang Parental Accountability Bill is a great first step because it’s flexible enough for all family situations.” Deputy District Attorney Michael Enomoto Jr. a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney from the Hardcore Gang Division, said parental education is needed. “Based on my experience as a gang prosecutor, I’ve learned that most gang members begin their activities in their early teens,” Enomoto said. “With parental education and intervention at early stages, we stand little chance of reducing gang activity in the long run.” Enomoto said the other bill would allow communities to work together and to seek funds. Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. As a teacher in East Los Angeles, Assemblyman Tony Mendoza saw the first-hand effects of gang violence. Now as a rookie legislator, Mendoza, D-Norwalk, is trying to do something about it with bills that will mandate parent education and help law enforcement agencies share resources and get grant funding. The Assembly Public Safety Committee Tuesday approved AB 1290, the law enforcement bill, on a 5-1 vote and AB 1291 – the parental education bill, on a 7-0 vote.