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Local gang activity doesn't make the papers much anymore but the Crips and Bloods are still here. Maybe we've just grown accustomed to gang warfare as a part of our daily lives. Maybe we've just gotten good at hiding the problem. Maybe it's now just a part of our culture.

That doesn't stop us from wondering about what Laura Bush is going to do as our newly appointed gang czar to deal with the myriad of problems in the inner-city that leads to the proliferation of gangs. What does Laura Bush know about urban malaise? The folks of Pennsylvania (her first stop in her war on gangs was Philly)don't think she's up for the job. Earl Ofari Hutchinson thinks the problem isn't really Laura Bush, it's that President Bush rarely funds the big programs he touts with the money necessary to really make them work. In fact, this current plan only provides about a million dollars in funding for each state per year to deal with the problem.

LAist is less concerned with these debates about funding and the relavency of Laura Bush. We're too busy placing bets with our friends on how long it will take before there is a scandalous headline about the obviously red colored Bloods getting more support than their blue hued rivals, the Crips.