Los Angeles Gang Injunctions

gang injunctionPersuasive Essay Writing Prompt: Should the LAPD institute a gang injunction for gangs in the Echo Park area?  Why/Why not?  Do you think this would be effective tool in stopping gang activity in the city? Does this violate peoples’ civil rights? Write a argumentative essay, backing it up with textual details from the following articles/videos.  You may also refer to our class texts, Luis Rodriguez’s Always Running and Elijah Anderson’s “The Code of the Streets.”



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Los Angeles River Essay

lariverWriting Prompt: Like the city that shares its name, the Los Angeles River has a very tortured and complicated history. One writer, Jenny Price, calls it an “outsize concrete sewer…most famous for being forgotten.” Write a persuasive essay about how the city of Los Angeles should handle the future of its river. Back up your argument with specific evidence. Include cited evidence from the Los Angeles Times articles and other online resources. Online resources:

Congratulations to our LA Marathon Finishers!

Congratulations to our Civitas and Roybal 2014 LA Marathon Finishers: Janina, Brian, Guemil, Oliver, Daniel, Aileen, Raymond, Evelyn, Fernando, Pablo, Jose, Ms. Stratton and Mr. Nittle!

Not only did our students all finish, but they did it in grueling heat. As one of the signs from a marathon spectator read though, “Pain is temporary, pride is permanent!” Thanks, students for inspiring us all.

Special thanks to Ms. Thompson for being our chaperone, supporting us in Santa Monica. And also, huge appreciation to Mr. Ortiz, Mr. Gurrola, Ms. Warren and all the students that came out to cheer us on with oranges and water at Mile 5. You kept us going!

Finally, this season couldn’t have been possible without an amazing coaching staff. I’ve been honored to serve alongside the fabulous Ms. Stratton, Ms. Warren and Mr. Runkle all year. It’s been a joy!

Ready to register for the 2015 LA Marathon, anyone?!!