Villaraigosa appoints gang czar – will Pulido take follow suit?

The differences between Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are substantial. They have some commonalities – they are both Latinos and they both serve big cities, but today we saw yet again why Villaraigosa manages to be the more effective of the two.

The L.A. Times reported that, “An ordained minister who has spent much of his career developing social service and youth programs in some of Los Angeles’ poorest neighborhoods will be named today as the city’s new gang czar, officials said.

Jeff Carr, chief operating officer for Sojourners/Call to Renewal, a liberal evangelical group based in Washington, D.C., will work directly for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as director of gang reduction and youth development programs.”

Pulido would not even allow the word “gang” to be used when naming our gang prevention commission, which we ended up calling EPIC (Early Prevention and Intervention Commission). He is so busy trying to avoid admitting that Santa Ana has a gang problem, that he has yet to take the issue by the horns.

Perhaps Pulido will note what his fellow Mayor to the north is up to and wake up…

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