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first_img WHITTIER – Boy Scouts of America, Rio Hondo District, will host a Bike Safety Rodeo from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Sierra Education Center, 9401 Painter Ave. Riders are required to bring their own bike and helmet. Participants will learn how to repair their bike and ride safely. For more information, call (562) 577-8312 or e-mail [email protected] `Walk for Life’ set at Biola U. LA MIRADA – Biola University, 13800 Biola Avenue, is hosting a “Walk for Life” fundraiser for the Whittier Pregnancy Care Clinic from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. “Walk for Life” aims to raise awareness about and celebrate the gift of life. Registration begins at 8a.m., and the walk-a-thon is slated to begin at 9 a.m. A parents’ forum, several children’s activities and a BMX demo will follow the event. Participants are asked to park near Biola’s soccer field, then to follow signs toward Fluor Fountain for the walk-a-thon kickoff. For more information, call (562) 902-2273 or visit www.wpcc.ewalk.org. Library seeks volunteer tutors SANTA FE SPRINGS – The library at 11700 Telegraph Road is seeking volunteers to help adults improve their reading and writing skills. Volunteers tutor adults on a one-on-one basis or in small groups. Tutor training workshops are scheduled from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 22, 24, 29 and 31. For more information, call (562) 868-7738. Fitness walk will benefit shelter WHITTIER – Shelter’s Right Hand is gearing up for its 11th annual 5K Fitness Walk to benefit its Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter. The walk is planned for April 21, stepping off at 8a.m. from Central Park in Uptown Whittier. The proceeds go to provide emergency shelter and support services to women and children who are fleeing abuse and are seeking safety and restored lives. First-place winner for collecting the most sponsor dollars has a choice from five top valuable prizes. The competition deadline is at 8 a.m. April 21. There will also be other prizes. Those collecting $100 in prepaid sponsorships by April 10 will walk free and receive an official Fitness Walk sweatshirt. If you can’t participate in the walk, but still want to donate, make donations payable to Shelter’s Right Hand, P.O. Box 9304, Whittier, 90608. To volunteer, call Lori Harris at (562) 698-1598. For further information, call (562) 696-6382 or visit www.sheltersrighthand.org. -From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This month, regional American Red Cross Blood Services is offering blood donors a chance to win two deluxe annual passes to Disneyland Park. Red Cross inventory levels have dipped far below the adequate supply, and increased donor response is needed, officials said. To encourage people to give blood in the coming weeks, everyone who signs up to donate blood or platelets at a Southern California Red Cross blood drive may submit an entry form for the Disneyland passes drawing. Entries will be accepted through March 31, and the winner will be announced by April 15. Any healthy person age 17 or older and weighing at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate blood. To schedule a blood donation appointment, call (800) 448-3543 or visit www.givelife.org. To organize a blood drive, call (800)491-2113. Bike safety rodeo set for Saturday last_img

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first_imgThe rivalry, he said, is between a set of a very old Pasadena Latino gang and a local set of the African-American gang known as Bloods. Although police said the crime cluster was definitely gang-related, they resisted labeling it a “race war.” “We don’t know exactly what’s causing this,” said police Chief Bernard Melekian. Information from sources on the street and inside prisons varies and is not necessarily accurate, he added. Melekian expressed his deep concern for the safety of Pasadenans and reiterated that the police department’s role is to “keep kids from killing each other.” It’s hard and dangerous duty enough, he noted, without society expecting public-safety officials to provide the social solutions to inter-racial problems. PASADENA – A former gang member and ex-felon from Northwest Pasadena says he has turned his life around and wants to reach out to area teens during what he terms the current gang-related race war. “City officials need to admit there’s a race war going on in Pasadena,” said Michael “Money Mike” Peterson, 38, who said he is an original member of the Raymond Avenue Crips, an African-American street gang. “I understand police and officials want to maintain Pasadena’s unblemished reputation and keep property values climbing,” he said, “but the public has a right to know what’s happening.” He said the first of four violent crimes on May 6 and 7 involved black against Latino gangs and spurred a wave of Latino-against-black retaliation attacks. The department’s Operation Safe Streets, an increased gang-enforcement effort begun in early February after several shooting deaths, had been scheduled to conclude May 9. But following a 30-day period with no deaths or shootings – before the two deaths May 7 – officials decided to prolong the operation, said Deputy Chief Chris Vicino. “We make no apologies for our efforts to stop loitering and loud parties and to give priority to all gang-related calls,” said Melekian. “Our objective is to keep citizens safe.” Melekian noted that several drive-by shootings had occurred after such parties in the city’s Northwest, and said that he is willing to take any criticism for an increased patrol presence on the streets if it protects people from violence. Peterson, a self-proclaimed authority on gang culture, is now a member of CURE, Common Unity Reaching Everybody, a Los Angeles-based anti-gang organization. As is often the case in gang culture, the basis for the fight is difficult to clearly define. Gang-related shootings occur over drug deals, retaliation or even for fun, Peterson said. “This is a race war,” Peterson said. “They’re sharing neighborhoods in Northwest Pasadena. The drug trade gets a little crowded. Some of the racial aspect entrenched in gang prison life spills out into the street. It’s about time to tell the truth.” On May 16, Jose David Elias, 20, of Pasadena; Eric Perez, 22, of Azusa; and Joseph Raymond Ruiz, 22, of Alhambra – all admitted gang members – were arrested and charged with two counts of murder for the daylight shooting deaths May 7 of Jamal Varcasia, 21, and Anthony Walker, 37, according to police. A woman – who may have been driving the get-away vehicle, according to Peterson – was also arrested. The two-day crime surge began at 11:30 p.m. May 6 when Christian Peralta, 19, was shot in the back at the Super Liquors store in the 100 block of East Orange Grove Boulevard. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more