Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Demolition of gang haven on Drew Street

Today we razed 3304 Drew Street, a house in the Drew-Estara neighborhood notorious as a base for the Avenues gang to sell narcotics and lead other neighborhood gang activity. Between 2002 and 2005, the LAPD conducted 14 narcotics operations at this house that resulted in 13 arrests and the confiscation of drugs and automatic weapons. Although the family that lived at this Avenues Gang nerve center was evicted and ordered to stay away from the home. Thanks to a successful lawsuit by City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo through the Citywide Nuisance Abatement Program, we were able to get rid of this home that was a blight on the community.

I am proud to represent this neighborhood for all of the law-abiding families who live here. We’ve worked together to turn this neighborhood around by reducing crime, increasing job opportunities for adults and educational and recreational opportunities for kids, and beautifying the neighborhood with nice new places like Juntos Park down the street from this house. Last week in this neighborhood my office coordinated a health fair at the park. We’ve hosted numerous job and community resource fairs, gone door-to-door to hear directly from residents about their concerns and ideas and to encourage them to get involved, led public safety seminars, hosted neighborhood clean ups, held school forums, and more.

Today, we took yet another step toward making this neighborhood a cleaner, safer place for families.