Gang audit funds passed

Gang audit funds passed
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Article Last Updated:07/06/2007 08:56:51 PM PDT

Taking the next step in its efforts to control gangs, the Los Angeles City Council on Friday approved spending $500,000 to audit and gauge the effectiveness of existing anti-gang programs.

The council’s 12-0 vote provides Controller Laura Chick with the money she needs to analyze the dozens of city programs, which cost taxpayers more than $178 million a year.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has made reducing gang violence a top priority, has promised to cut funding to programs that do not work.

Councilman Tony C rdenas, who chairs the council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Gangs, pushed for an audit after a blue-ribbon study released last year by civil-rights attorney Connie Rice questioned the programs’ effectiveness. Chick has said she will launch the audit as soon as possible, but could not say when it would be completed.

Last month, Villaraigosa appointed a deputy mayor to oversee the city’s anti-gang programs. Jeff Carr is scheduled to begin work Aug. 1.

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