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Gangs, Traffic Safety Lead Northeast LAPD Facebook Survey on Quality of Life Issues

Homelessness, graffiti and DUI are trailing neck-and-neck.

Gang activity, followed by traffic safety, are the two leading "quality of life" concerns in Northeast Los Angeles so far among respondents participating in a Facebook poll conducted by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast Community Station.

As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, as many as 67 percent of the votes identified gang activity as the leading community concern, and 14 percent traffic safety.

Click here to visit the Northeast Area LAPD’s Facebook page, where you can scroll down and take the poll, which was posted Dec. 22 and announced by Capt. Bill Murphy in a Community Police Advisory Board meeting on Dec. 17.

Homelessness, graffiti and DUI trailed neck-and-neck, with 6 percent votes each, as third, fourth and fifth respectively in importance.

“What else is new, you put gang injunctions on one of L.A.’s biggest oldest gangs, and this is still the excuse?” asks one Facebook commentator, Omar A. Gonzalez. “Just because the suspects might not be white, but are Latino or black or Asian doesn’t necessarily make it gang activity.”

In reply, an officer who runs the Northeast Area LAPD’s Facebook page writes that while he would be glad to discuss the issue with Gonzalez in greater detail, “as a former gang officer myself, I make no assumptions about gang activity based on race. Street/prison gang and organized crime crosses all boundaries and has become very globalized.”

Writes Gretchen Guzman, another commentator on the Northeast Area LAPD Facebook page: “Gang activity I thought would be pretty obvious, so I am happy to see so many [votes] for traffic concerns.”

Other issues in the poll are ranked so far as follows:

School Safety: 5 percent

Loud Noise: 3 percent

Trespassing, including abandoned and foreclosed properties: 2 percent.

nonoise January 03, 2013 at 08:33 PM
La Casa, that is problem. You want to hard core issues solved, but if the quality of life issues were solved that big stuff would get solved too. Start with the small stuff and the big stuff goes away.
nonoise January 03, 2013 at 10:40 PM
I have seen that attitude before, "don't change our area", "don't clean up our area". This is the wrong attitude. When people want to improve the area people should be grateful for that and not critize it.
J, F, January 04, 2013 at 01:10 AM
HAPPY NEEW YEAR,!!! to all, by the way
Picorian January 05, 2013 at 06:50 AM
Well I hope the LAPD now know where their main priorities should be.
nonoise January 07, 2013 at 03:44 PM
LAPD knows where their priorities should be. They have never changed. That means not enforcing quality of life issues. Now they are asking the community about it. If the community does not care about quality of life issues then they will continue not caring about them either. Eagle Rock does care about quality of life issues. Hope LAPD will start enforcing laws that improve the quality of life for all areas and not just Eagle Rock.

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