OPEN GOVERNMENT L.A. Weekly reports that, according to Rev. Jeff Carr, the city's Gang Reduction and Youth Development task force chief, the process for awarding $24 million in "anti-gang" contracts is drenched in secrecy—even though the program controlled by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa relies entirely on taxpayer money. Reporter Daniel Helmpel writes:

When I tried to learn the names of the people chosen to decide which contractors would get the $24 million, Carr vaguely described the anonymous people deciding on the contract awards as experts in law enforcement or education, or agencies that deal with gangs—or just everyday citizens.
    Asked for specific names, Carr only replied that the identities of the 50 to 60 people secretly named to choose the new gang contracts are known only to Villaraigosa, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and himself (the newly minted gang czar), because of feared "retaliation" against those involved in the contract selection process.