No peace in Watts

Former Times reporter Michael Krikorian goes deep in today's LA Weekly with two pieces on the bloody breakdown of a gang peace treaty in Watts:

"President Bush keeps saying America is safer now that Saddam Hussein is out of power. Prez hasnít been to Watts lately. The much heralded, often copied and never equaled Watts housing-project gang peace treaty of 1992 has officially imploded, leaving bodies, grieving families and shell casings scattered over the most infamous black neighborhood west of the South Side of Chicago."

Also, Christine Pelisek writes on a Latino gang in Highland Park that is targeting African-Americans for death.

And: Erin Aubry Kaplan doesn't buy that Rep. Maxine Waters is uninvolved in a controversial but politically connected South L.A. development of dubious merit that employs her husband.

More by Kevin Roderick:
Standing up to Harvey Weinstein
The Media
LA Times gets a top editor with nothing but questions
LA Observed Notes: Harvey Weinstein stripped bare
LA Observed Notes: Photos of the homeless, photos that found homes
Recent South stories on LA Observed:
Rendon fights for neglected Southeast
Jordan Downs redevelopment
Did someone mention a lake?
Taking in Locol, Roy Choi's new Watts restaurant
Loco'l Grand Opening
Jefferson Branch Library
The 'Fences' that led to "Riot/Rebellion' in Watts
Remembering Watts, 1965: A birthday story
Previous story: Catch-up Thursday

Next story: Times ethics, part deux


LA Observed on Twitter