The City of Los Angeles is looking to have fewer than 400 homicides in 2007, the lowest number in 30 years.
We're down to 386. That's about a third the number we had in '92. Think about that for a second. In 1992 we had over 1000 murders in the city of Los Angeles. Of course that was the year of the riots where 53 people died, but still.
For the county, we're down 17%. Things are looking up all over.
So, I'd like to say thank you to the LA Police and Sheriffs, the LA Fire Department, the men and women in trauma rooms pulling bullets out of kids. The good samaritans who call 911 and don't hang up after twenty minutes, the people who call in tips that catch killers, the folks who don't give in to the violence and the gangs.
Thank you everyone for actually trying to make this a safer city. Group hug. Kumbay-fuckin'-yah.
Now let's keep the number steady for the next couple weeks, okay? Y'all can go back to killing each other in January.