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New US Attorney Visits Skid Row Before Swearing In

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, March 03, 2010, at 10:51PM
Andre Birotte Jr Eric Richardson [Flickr]

New US Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. talks with Central City East Association head Estela Lopez at the start of the March Skid Row Neighborhood Walk.

A day before he is to be sworn in as the top federal prosecutor for Southern California, Andre Birotte Jr. took time on Wednesday evening to participate in the monthly Skid Row Neighborhood Walk. He joined a group that included City Attorney Carmen Trutanich in touring the streets and learning about the neighborhood's challenges from LAPD officers and Central City East Association head Estela Lopez.

The walks have been taking place since 2005, and the change that has taken place was a recurring theme. Speakers told of the vastly different and more dangerous scene a walk over the same route would have taken in previously, but also shared the challenges faced in trying to change Skid Row's culture of lawlessness and drugs.

Today was Birotte's last as Inspector General for LAPD, a role he has held since 2003. As US Attorney for the Central District of California, Birotte will be responsible for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties.

Trutanich first visited the walk in September, and has been back several times in the months since.


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