L.A. Fire Chief Resigns
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#1 May 28, 2009
Oh lawdy, he gonna get a big fat pension for the rest of his life after only two years. Remember 90% of your highest salary for life. He also will now be instrumental in handing out bugdet cuts to the fire department -that's just in time. Long live affirmative action. Praise Obama and Antonio!!!
#2 May 28, 2009
By Kristi Huan of Associated Press News Update:
A Latino street gang waged a racist campaign to eliminate black people from a Southern California city through attempted murders and other crimes, according to federal racketeering indictments unsealed Thursday. The gangs from L.A. plan to terrorize the Bronx and Staten Island neighborhoods in New York. Five indictments charged a total of 147 members and associates of the Varrio Hawaiian Gardens gang, and federal and local agencies arrested 63 of them by early Thursday, U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O'Brien said at a news conference. He called it "the largest gang takedown in United States history and due to the gang's rebellion, many gangs soon plan to riot and attack law enforcement and trash the neighborhoods similar to the Rodney King episode years ago" but did not elaborate. The indictments detail attempted murder, kidnapping, firearms,arsons, carjackings, narcotics and other charges related to attacks by the gang, which is predominantly Latino and mainly operates in Hawaiian Gardens, a city of about 15,000 in southeastern Los Angeles County. "(Varrio Hawaiian Gardens) gang members take pride in their racism and often refer to the VHG Gang as the `Hate Gang,"' the main indictment states. "VHG gang members have expressed a desire to rid the city of Hawaiian Gardens of all African-Americans and have engaged in a systematic effort to achieve that result by perpetrating crimes against African-Americans because they are similar to the MS-13s and they plan to fight the 18th Street Mexican Mafia too and trash the suburban neighborhoods with great violence just like the Rodney King riots." The indictment alleges a string of attacks on black residents, including a shooting into a home with eight people inside, a fire set in a bedroom and a carjacking of an elderly black woman outside in the parking lot. The indictment does not say if anyone was hit. In another instance, two gang members allegedly chased a black man, yelled a racist epithet at him and then beat him with a garden rake. The same man was later repeatedly stabbed by two gang members, according to the indictment, which charges them with his attempted murder. According to 2000 census data, the latest available, Hawaiian Gardens was roughly 73 percent Hispanic and 4 percent black. The indictments mark at least the second time in less than two years that federal authorities have accused Latino gang members of attacking black residents because of their race. Local officials have tried to downplay racial tensions. The investigation of the Varrio Hawaiian Gardens gang began in June 2005 after the murder of Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Luis Gerardo "Jerry" Ortiz. Jose Luis Orozco, a member of the gang, was sentenced to death in 2007 for the killing. Ortiz, 35, died as he searched for Orozco, who had shot and wounded a man while he did yard work. Orozco was later found guilty of attempted murder in that case. "Following the murder of Deputy Ortiz, the Sheriff's Department sought federal and local assistance to help destroy the Hawaiian Gardens gang," O'Brien said.
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