Crime in Council District 14 is at record lows, not seen since the 1950s. Since Councilmember Huizar took office, Part I Crime is down 29% in Downtown, 34% in Boyle Heights, 42% in El Sereno, 37% in Highland Park, 40% in Eagle Rock and 52% in Glassell Park! Overall, that’s a 30% drop throughout the district, with Violent Crime down 40%!
Councilmember Huizar has fought for funding to keep the Los Angeles Police Department adequately staffed and promoted police-community partnerships, both of which are essential to crime prevention and reduction.
Growing up in Boyle Heights, Councilmember Huizar also strongly believes in a holistic approach to crime prevention, namely that a good education and quality youth programs can help students escape poverty, steer clear of gangs and other negative influences and lead productive lives. He has been a strong supporter of the Summer Night Lights program; brought the College Track program to Boyle Heights City Hall to prepare Boyle Heights students for college; provides direct support to after school, extracurricular programs, and PTAs throughout CD14; and hosts yearly “Adelante Awards” to honor top students. There is no better deterrent to crime than a good education, and Councilmember Huizar remains committed to honoring students who stay on a positive path. While he served on the LAUSD Board of Education, Councilmember Huizar oversaw the largest new school construction project in the nation’s history, which included Mendez High School, the first high school built in Boyle Heights in 80 years.