View of an unpaved area behind two-story, brick commercial buildings in Chinatown. There is a neglected wooden structure with scrubs growing through it. The top of Los Angeles City Hall, completed in 1928, is visible in the skyline.
Mike Botula reports on a joint session of the Los Angeles City Council and the Board of Directors of the Community Redevelopment Agency. The session is being held to conduct a public hearing on a proposed Chinatown Redevelopment Plan, which includes provisions to increase housing in the area. In the session, several Chinatown residents offer statements of concern that the plan may not meet the critical needs of low and middle-income families and elderly residents in the community. Issues of increased traffic and related public safety problems as a result of the plan are also raised. The clip includes Chinatown street scenes and some segments with only Botula's voiceover (no picture).
Al Williams of the Los Angeles Police Department explains how the protection racket works, and that it has been successful because the business owners are afraid of gang reprisals against their businesses or families if they contact police. He credits two Chinese officers who live in the community with gathering evidence that has led to the indictments of some gang members and he expects more to follow. Williams also touches on the assimilation problems some Chinese immigrants face that limit their opportunities and may lead them to join gangs. Includes silent footage featuring numerous shots of storefronts in Chinatown’s central plaza.