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Violent Crime Spikes in LA … Silver Lake, Echo Park Outraged at LA Times

DAILY NEWS TO HOST MAYOR’S TOWN HALL - The Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, will answer the public's questions in a town hall on Monday, May 23, at 6 p.m. at Reseda High School. [link] You must make your request to attend before May 18.

The Town Hall comes at a time when violent crime is up significantly in the City, [link] including three in Ed Reyes' Council District 1 in the past week. Among the past week's murder victims are:

Gabriel Aron Ben-Mier, an MTV music coordinator, killed in Mid-Wilshire Sunday morning. [link]

Mickey David, a clerk at Trader Joe's in Silver Lake, killed in Echo Park Saturday morning.  [link]

Jose Antonio Madera, 19, killed in Cypress Park Saturday morning.  [link]

Blanco Hernandez, allegedly killed by her son in Pico-Union Monday (son killed by police).

People in Silver Lake and Echo Park are outraged that the Times' coverage of the murder of Ben-Mier has apparently excluded coverage of the murder of popular clerk Mickey David.

The murder of Madera has been similarly neglected.

The beating of a SF Giants fan five weeks ago at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, also in Reyes' district, remains unsolved despite the fact that there were over 100 witnesses to it.  (Follow this story and Joseph Mailander's commentary at street-hassle)

(Joseph Mailander is a writer and an observer. He blogs at where this column was first posted.)

Vol 9 Issue 38
Pub: May 13, 2011