NEWSFLASH! There are gangs in Venice. They have been here for a long time, and although their activity has waned due to policing and community vigilance – they are still here. Also, this particular gang that left their signature above had a fight at the basketball courts with another gang which resulted in the shooting of youth pastor Oscar Duncan…preceded by a rash of taggings just like this. Did you know that local gang just hosted a BBQ and softball game with a South Central gang at the Oakwood at the community center – displacing kids who were getting free school backpacks donated? Can you believe that? Is that the kind of community togetherness you want… when local gangs are getting along with other gangs to the point they host weekend get-togethers in your park? They may be trying to keep the peace, but really? What do gangs do when they “team up”? My guess is they aren’t planting trees… especially when they kick needy school kids to the curb, or expect them to hang out next to 100+ gang members.
Just a thought… if you are going to march and protest and line the streets for a skateboarder, or a frigging post office – maybe you might want to think of being equally or more outraged when a group responsible for drug sales, violence, shootings and death in your own neighborhood flare up like a big ugly cold sore on the face of our community. LAPD found Oscar Duncan’s killer. Question their tactics on bits and pieces of what you know all you want – LAPD keeps things glued together here so it isn’t an all out war and they do a GREAT job too. You have two captains who really care and invest a lot of time going to meetings and listening to all groups when their jobs are to FIGHT CRIME. They balance a lot, because they care.
This needs to end folks, but it will only end if you help put a stop to it. Contact the H.E.L.P.E.R. Foundation and ask them to help combat this gang graffiti. Tell LAPD that you are pissed off too… unless you aren’t. If you aren’t, make sure to duck if you hear gunfire. Come to think of it, I know a few groups with time on their hands along the boardwalk that have lots of paint…and they supposedly hate violence, want PEACE and love to protest. Maybe they can help paint over the violent taunts?
If you see or hear this kind of vandalism happening CALL 9-1-1 it is a crime in progress and the dispatchers know how to route the calls… don’t hide from it or pretend it isn’t there. It is, and you live here. Sack up and at the very least REPORT IT so it gets GONE.