Entries by Leticia Miranda

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Report: Katrina Evacuees Didn't Increase Crime

By Leticia Miranda, Feb 22, 2010 8:46 AM

(From Mira Leti)

Just after Katrina hit, police deparments in neighboring “host” cities — San Antonio, Phoenix and Houston — accused survivors of bringing crime into their communities.

However, a recent study published in the Journal of Criminal Justice showed that in Phoenix and Houston there was only a modest increase in murders with San Antonio showing no increase. None of the cities saw a hike in auto theft or assaults, which would be more likely crimes done by those who lost everything in the hurricane.

Sean P. Varano, lead author of the study and assistant professor in criminal justice at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, said to the Houston Chronicle:

“Houston, San Antonio, Phoenix … all had pre-existing crime problems they have been struggling with for generations to correct. To say they created a tremendous spike in the crime problem appears to be an overstatement. To say a group came in to a place like Houston and created a crime problem seems to be passing the buck,” Varano said.

Leticia Miranda

Saving Mexico One Can of Sun Spray At A Time

By Leticia Miranda, Feb 13, 2010 6:23 PM

For Jennifer Aniston, turning 41 meant helping out Mexico by sunbathing herself at the Palmilla resort in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California.

One might go broke at this posh resort where rooms run $9,000 a night. But money is just money when you’re trying to save Mexico.

Leticia Miranda

L.A. Gang Tours: Innovative or Dehumanizing?

By Leticia Miranda, Jan 20, 2010 2:56 PM

Hmm...voyeuristic, dehumanizing, fetishizing and exploitative sound right to me.

Alfred Lomas (pictured below) is leading the L.A. Gang Tours which will host paid bus tours through South Central Los Angeles for people who want to learn about local gangs and gang culture.

For 65 bucks, tourists will get a two-hour tour through Los Angeles, Calif. Stops include the L.A. County Jail, the Metropolitan Detention Center and the Jordan Downs Housing Project. And, all of the profits from the tours will go towards encouraging capitalist entrepreneurs through jobs, franchised tours in new areas, and microloans to inner-city entrepreneurs, according to the Boston Globe.