Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Patt Morrison for Thurs 8/13


Thursday, August 13, 2009

1-3 p.m.


1:00 – 1:40

Why Doesn’t It Happen More Often? Lessons from the Chino Riot

Looking at the carnage from this past weekend’s riot at the California Institution for Men in Chino, and considering that the prison was operating at almost 3,000 inmates over capacity, it’s amazing that more intense violence doesn’t regularly occur in California’s prisons.  Is there a way to safely house violent offenders from warring gangs with bitter racial enmity?  And how will the coming state budget cuts, and release of thousands of inmates, impact the stressed prison system?



Rene “Boxer” Enriquez, former “carnal” in the Mexican Mafia; current inmate in California’s Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

HE CALLS US:  Line #9

  • Rene is the subject of and inspiration for Chris Blactchford’s book “The Black Hand” on the Mexican Mafia.
  • He has done two stints in Chino prison in his past and was involved in peace negotiations between the Mexican Mafia, the Nuestra Familia and other prisons gangs when he was serving time at Pelican Bay.


Lt. Mark Hargrove, spokesman for the California Institution for Men



Dennis Yates, mayor of Chino


  • He’s been raising hell about conditions there for years, thou he’s opposed to ideas like early release.
  • He’d actually like the state to expand and modernize CIM in its current location.
  • Riots like this also put a strain on his police budget.
  • His cops had to surround the place during the uprising just in case there were escapees



Joan Petersilia, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, Stanford University





1:40 – 2:00






2:00 – 2:30




2:30 – 2:40

Clifton’s – Is California’s Favorite Kitschy Cafeteria Closing Down?

The Clinton family, proprietors of downtown mainstay Clifton’s Cafeteria, is selling the building that has housed the iconic eatery since it first opened its doors in 1935. Despite assurances from the Clinton family that Clifton’s will not close down, rumors that the restaurant is on death’s door persist. If the downtown Mecca of kitsch closes what does that mean for downtown Los Angeles?



Kevin Roderick, editor & publisher of LAObserved




2:40 – 3:00

Hot Dog! Let’s Talk Tacos; The Growing Success of Mobile Food

To avoid the sting of the economic downturn many gourmet chefs are bucking the stationary kitchen and taking their fare on the road. Is the success of mobile food a fad or the wave of the future? Is the bourgeois taco truck putting the small tamale cart out of business? From restaurant to food truck and back again; what is your favorite mobile food?



Jonathan Gold, food critic for LA Weekly and Gourmet Magazine



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