Gang Audit Shows Good, Bad and Not So Ugly
YVONNE BELTZER (NBCLosAngeles.com)
Wed, Jul 28, 2010
An audit released Tuesday by Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel shows the city’s anti-gang programs are making progress, but the city spent more than a half million dollars to evaluate program, and it might as well have been money down the drain.
The Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development has a $26 million budget.
Is it money well-spent? That’s what the city wanted to know when it hired the Urban Institute under a $525,000 contract.
But the controller found the institute failed to determine the program’s effectiveness.
Greuel wrote a letter to Mayor Villaraigosa, the city attorney and City Council members saying “this is unacceptable.”
But the audit, a follow-up to an earlier examination by Greuel’s predecessor, Laura Chick, did praise the anti-gang programs for progress made in implementing the findings of the 2008 audit.