LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A group of city-elected and law enforcement officials went to South Los Angeles on Friday to help clean up communities affected by some of the city’s most notorious gangs.
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, along with the LAPD and the FBI, joined hundreds of volunteers to pick up trash and paint buildings as part of a joint Community Impact Initiative in the wake of Operation Stone Cold, Operation Red Dawn, Operation Thumbs Down and other recent sting operations.
Volunteers scrubbed away graffiti, picked up trash and bulky items, and removed overgrown brush in approximately 50 alleys located between Crenshaw Boulevard, Normandie Avenue, Jefferson Boulevard and Martin L. King Jr. Boulevard, according to authorities.
There will be volunteers on hand to assist with any homeless encampments uncovered during the operation.
Feuer told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO the initiative is designed to move young people away from lives of violence and delinquency and into productive members of society.
“We have to continue to be on the offensive,” Feuer said. “Stopping crime isn’t just about arresting people, it’s about making sure that neighborhoods shine.”
Residents and community members are invited to take part in the event, which starts at 11 a.m. at Normandie Avenue and Roland Curtis Place.