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Proposition A Fails, What That Means for the Law

Posted on: November 7, 2008 at 11:25 a.m.

Proposition A was a ballot measure that would have raised $30 million a year for Los Angeles anti-gang programs, and it fell just shy of the two-thirds vote needed to pass, according to unofficial returns tallied this week.

The anti-gang measure was defeated by six-tenths of a percentage point, according to unofficial returns. Supporters hope late absentee and provisional ballots may change the outcome.

Proposition A, which would have charged property owners in Los Angeles a flat rate of $36 per year, was one of dozens of tax measures that saw a surge of support thanks to the high general election turnout across Los Angeles County.

Anti-gang measures often target violent crimes. Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys often represent gang members and alleged gang members, focusing their criminal defense tactics on laws that increase penalties if it can be proved that the accused belonged to an organized crime group.

Many television shows such as "The Shield" and "Law & Order" depict gang activity and the criminal defense attorneys in Los Angeles who defend them. While these aren't always accurate depictions of how gang members and criminal defense attorneys collaborate, it does show the laws and the anti-violence angle of law enforcement.

Violent crimes carry heavy penalties, including jail time, fines, community service and more. Violent crimes are prosecuted as felonies, and only skilled Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys are able to either plea them down to misdemeanors, or get the accused off. Those found guilty of violent crimes are also heavily sentenced, especially when gang activity is linked to the crime.

If you have been charged with a serious criminal offense, do not hesitate to call Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP at (877) 781-1570. Our knowledgeable legal team can evaluate your case and advise you of your legal options.

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Comments:

Tatiana Vardanyan on November 30, 2008 at 11:51 p.m. wrote:

We can target gang related violence in creative and not so costly ways. Los Angeles is already implementing various anti gang measures such as Summer Nights Lights (SNL) in an attempt to battle gang related activities by organizing sports and arts programs for the youth who are vulnerable to gang involvement and The Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) program was implemented last year in an attempt to reduce gang involvement and activities by seeking funding and improving opportunities and services for the youth. These programs are not costly and getting the community involved can definitely produce some promising results.


Phillip Huynh on November 15, 2008 at 12:32 a.m. wrote:

I think that Proposition A should have been passed for Los Angeles. Gang related crimes are a big problem in Los Angeles and we need more involvement into trying to stop gang activity. The 30 million from Prop A would have helped Los Angeles reduced the gang activity in the area because there would be more resources available to law enforcement. I think it was a big mistake that Prop A did not get passed because people lives are worth the cost of Prop A.









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