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Gang Injunction Denied by Judge
updated: Jul 22, 2014, 12:46 PM

Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Colleen Sterne has denied the petition for a Santa Barbara gang injunction.

Sterne filed her 32-page decision on Monday stating there are active criminal street gangs in Santa Barbara, but also existing laws and programs that law enforcement are equipped to deal with gang situations.

Below is a response from Santa Barbara Councilmember Cathy Murillo.

"The court has said no to the gang injunction and the safety zones. The judge wisely acknowledges we have street violence and gang issues, but points out there are law enforcement and criminal justice processes to deal with gang crime.

I am glad for this outcome. I am glad for my neighbors in the Westside community, and for city residents in the downtown and Eastside neighborhoods. The so-called safety zones were one of my biggest objections in this whole legal process.

I look forward to continuing my work with the Pro-Youth Movement, the Gang Task Force, PAL, and all the youth-serving programs in our community. Many public and private and non-profit programs are aimed at gang prevention and intervention. These programs deserve full support.

The Pro-Youth Movement is in the middle of a four-part series of workshops addressing violence -- personal violence, family violence, violence on the streets. And we are looking at solutions, asking if there are gaps in services.

The gang injunction provided motivation for one important step forward: it focused the community on gang prevention and intervention. Positive solutions start in the home, in the schools, and even City Hall has a huge part to play in helping youth and families. I look forward to funding parks and recreation programs and neighborhood services that help make our families strong and our City safe."

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