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L.A. gang prevention spending scrutinized

August 16, 2010 | 10:12 am

Witness L.A. is publishing a two-part series on how the city of Los Angeles spends $26 million on gang prevention and intervention work. The series is in partnership with Spot.Us, a program to fund journalism projects through contributions from the public. Here is an excerpt from Part 1:

There were too many intervention workers, some of them former gang members with extravagant tattoos and shaved heads, to cram into the rows of seats in the City Council chambers, so they spilled into the hallways instead, greeting each other fondly and chatting nervously about their fates. With the city facing a $212 million budget shortfall, the City Council was looking to do some serious fiscal trimming, and GRYD's $26 million in operating funds were slated for the shears.

Other news around Web L.A.:

Street racing in Venice: Bret at Yo! Venice! documents what happened after a Porsche and a Ferrari had an accident while street racing:

There is a longstanding rivalry between Porsche and Ferrari owners. Porsches win races, Ferraris not so much. That is with real drivers on race courses however. Racing on the streets of Venice all bets are off, especially when someone with no talent gives it a go like allegedly happened earlier this evening.

Echo Park mural painted over: The Eastsider L.A. reports on another Echo Park mural that has been painted over:

Ida Talalla, an Echo Park resident who has documented neighborhood murals, noticed that the three-panel mural -- Seeds of Illusion by Chilean painter Guillermo Bert -- was lost when the building was painted.

Man invents back shaver: The Orange County Register reports on a man who invented a device to assist hairy men in grooming their backs:

Folks who don't have hairy backs -- and those who do but don't mind -- aren't going to give a whit about Michael Fuerst's invention. But Fuerst is the first to acknowledge that he doesn't like his back hair and for seven years he worked on a self-service solution.

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