The 50 square blocks of L.A.’s Skid Row have been notorious for decades. Street dwellers have formed elaborate tent encampments where prostitution and open drug use run rampant. The streets are littered with garbage and human excrement. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has launched an effort to clean up Skid Row, known as the “Safer Cities Initiative.” This initiative is based upon the “Broken Windows” theory of policing, which has been successful in cleaning up New York and other cities across the country. But the efforts of the LAPD have been criticized by homeless and civil liberties advocates as a draconian crackdown on the rights of the poor.
|9:00 AM||INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
James Q. Wilson, Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University
|9:25 AM||PANEL DISCUSSION I: SAVING SKID ROW FROM SQUALOR, OR CRIMINALIZING HOMELESSNESS?
Heather Mac Donald, Contributing Editor, City Journal
Andrew Smith, Commander, Los Angeles Police Department
Mark Kleiman, Professor of Public Policy, UCLA School of Public Affairs
Carol Wilkins, Director of Intergovernmental Policy, Corporation for Supportive Housing
Moderator: Adrienne Alpert, Host, “Eyewitness Newsmakers,” KABC-TV
|10:45 AM||PANEL DISCUSSION II: LESSONS OF SKID ROW: IMPLICATIONS FOR PUBLIC SPACE AND ORDER
George Kelling, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Gretchen Dykstra, Former President, Times Square Business Improvement District
Estela Lopez, Executive Director, Central City East Association
Torie Osborn, Senior Advisor to Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Mayor of the City of Los Angeles
Moderator: Brian C. Anderson, Editor, City Journal
|1:00 PM||Keynote Address: William Bratton, Chief of Police, Los Angeles Police Department|