Los Angeles officials promised yesterday to dedicate more resources to fighting crime in South Los Angeles. City Councilman Martin Ludlow and Deputy Police Chief Earl Paysinger of the Police Department’s South Bureau said they will soon provide two police officers to the job of shutting down houses used for drug dealing, the Los Angeles Times says. Ludlow said he would institute an anonymous hotline for residents to report crime, and would meet with them this week on plans for a new youth center.
“Amen,” answered the congregation of St. Agatha’s Church, many of whom have been meeting since January with organizers from the Pacific Institute for Community Organization to devise with strategies that address high crime and the lack of youth activities in the neighborhood.
Residents hope that by having two officers work full time with prosecutors from the city attorney’s office, they will be able to tackle the problem. Paysinger gestured to a crowd of 500 and said, “The reason we are doing this is because they stepped forward.”
Ludlow said residents need to do their part to put pressure on politicians in Sacramento to provide funding for local government. He said Los Angeles will lose $19 million a month from now until June unless Sacramento finds a way to replace funds lost when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger repealed the car tax increase.