The Neighborhood Prosecutors program puts city prosecutors out into neighborhoods to address criminal problems like drug sales, prostitution, illegal dumping, graffiti, and street racing before they grow into more serious offenses and erode the quality of life in our neighborhoods.
Neighborhood Prosecutors are embedded in the community, working closely with schools, neighborhood councils, homeowner and residents associations, chambers of commerce and other civic organizations. The program was curtailed in 2010 as part of citywide budget cuts, but it’s about to make a comeback.
City Attorney Mike Feuer has just announced that he’s doubling the number of Neighborhood Prosecutors, from 8 to 16, and says he will soon expand it to 21. “Neighborhood Prosecutors are community problem solvers and make a real difference in people’s daily lives,” said Feuer. The 16 Neighborhood Prosecutors will hold “Meet Your Neighborhood Prosecutor Forums” throughout the city.
There is one tomorrow, June 4, at 6:30pm at the Community Coalition, 8101 S. Vermont Ave. See below for other meetings in the near future.
The Neighborhood Prosecutors as assigned to LAPD Divisions (Newly assigned NPs in bold):
Raffy Astvasadoorian, West Valley Division
Alvan Arzu, Southwest Division
Susan Chung, Foothill Division
Verónica de la Cruz-Robles, Olympic Division
Ayelet Feiman, Mission Division
Tamar Galatzan, Van Nuys and North Hollywood Divisions
Cynthia Gonzalez, Hollenbeck Division
Lauren Halligan, Harbor Division
Kurt Knecht, Central Division
Jackie Lawson, Hollywood Division
Claudia Martin, West Los Angeles and Pacific Divisions
Karine Philips, Topanga Division
Gabrielle Porter Taylor, Northeast Division
Erika Sandoval, Newton Division
Bethelwel Wilson, 77th Street Division
Mehrnoosh Zahiri, Wilshire Division
Wednesday, June 18th, 6:30 p.m.
Canoga Park High School
6850 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Tuesday, June 24th, 6:30 p.m.
Port of Los Angeles Administration Building
425 S. Palos Verdes Street
Thursday, July 10th, 6:30 p.m.
3150 N. San Fernando Road