U.S. mayors meet in Los Angeles on economic recession

08:48, July 22, 2011      

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About 50 mayors from across the United States began a three-day U.S. Conference of Mayors Summer Leadership Meeting in Los Angeles on Thursday, with the aim of coordinating efforts to deal with the lingering economic recession.

As part of the conference, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who became president of the group in June, will show off his Summer Night Lights program, a largely successful effort to reduce gang violence during summer months when homicides tend to spike.

The conference will include a number of breakout sessions, including a discussion of the federal deficit with John Podesta, a White House chief of staff during the Clinton administration, and Los Angeles Times editor-at-large Jim Newton.

Villaraigosa's director of the Gang Reduction and Youth Development office, Guillermo Cespedes, will moderate a session Saturday about Los Angeles' efforts to reduce gang crime beyond the Summer Night Lights program. The panelists include Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and Advancement Project Director Connie Rice.

The visiting mayors, including Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Mesa (Arizona) Mayor Scott Smith, will visit Costello Park in Boyle Heights Thursday night to see the program up close.

Source:China Daily
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