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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
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
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."
May 22, 2014: Mister X Revealed in
Gang Injunction Trial
May 15, 2014: Gang Injunction Trial
May 7, 2014: PODER Responds to
April 30, 2014: Filing of Claim For
April 29, 2014: More Defendants
Dropped from Gang Injunction
April 23, 2014: City Council Defends
April 21, 2014: Juvenile Justice
Opposes Gang Injunction
January 16, 2014: Claim For Damages
January 7, 2014: PODER Gang
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