The fate of a bill that would require parents of young gang members to take parenting classes now rests with the governor. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has until Oct. 12 to sign the Parental Accountability Act, officials said. Under the bill, juvenile court judges will order parents of first-time gang offenders to sign up and pay for anti-gang violence parenting classes. The bill’s author, Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, said he hasn’t heard any word yet from the governor’s office but is hopeful. If the bill is approved, the Department of Justice will develop the curriculum and determine who will teach the classes. Mendoza expects the first classes to take effect in 2009. The classes will show parents what fines and jail time await their children for additional gang-related crime and what the penalties they face if they help their progeny commit crimes. They will also get a chance to meet face to face with parents who lost loved ones to gang violence. The program seeks to teach parents how to identify gang and drug activity in their children, how to communicate with teens, give them an overview and contacts for intervention agencies plus show them where to get educational support, job training and recreational activities for young people. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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