If it happens in Figueroa Corridor -- a region of south central Los Angeles synonymous with gang-related violence -- Darryl Holter knows about it.
Not only does Holter operate seven dealerships in the area south of downtown L.A., he leads the Figueroa Corridor Partnership, a nonprofit he co-founded in 1998 that includes more than 20 businesses, colleges and universities.
The partnership's mission is to revitalize and promote the neighborhood, which is bounded on the north by Interstate 10 and on the south by Exposition Park, home of the University of Southern California.
Today, the neighborhood is much improved from what it was after Los Angeles' devastating 1992 riots.
"After the riots, everything was really rough down here," said Holter, who took over as CEO of Shammas Group in 1995 from Nickolas Shammas, his father-in-law and the company founder.
Shammas is one of L.A.'s largest dealership groups, with Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen and Chevrolet franchises.
His third day on the job, Holter reviewed the security reports from the company's dealerships.
"I took out my red pen and I was circling things like homeless guy sleeping in doorway here, break-in there, stolen car here, somebody defecating in the street, homeless people, graffiti, drug deals going on," he said.
But the Figueroa Corridor Partnership has helped transform the neighborhood. Crime is down and more than $1.5 billion in new investment has been attracted to the neighborhood.
Crews of bike-riding community ambassadors patrol the neighborhood. Last year, the partnership's clean team removed 962 tons of trash and 40,928 square feet of graffiti.
Meanwhile, the partnership and the city of Los Angeles are developing designs for $100 million in streetscape improvements in the neighborhood, funded by a 2006 state bond authorization.