Judge oK’s Southside Chiques injunction

Second Oxnard gang targeted

By Raul Hernandez,
October 24, 2006

Ventura County Superior Court Judge Vincent O’Neill issued a permanent injunction Monday against the Southside Chiques gang, the second-largest street gang in Oxnard.

After a hearing in O’Neill’s court, Senior Deputy District Attorney Karen Wold said officers with the Oxnard Police Department will soon begin serving gang members with the permanent injunction.

“I would anticipate, like the last time, that they would start service slowly to ensure that each and every person is a member, which means that they’ll review all the materials on each person…,” Wold said. “It will be a long, slow process.”

This is the second gang injunction in the city of Oxnard. A permanent injunction against the Colonia Chiques gang, Oxnard’s largest street gang, was issued in 2004.

The terms of the Southside Chiques gang injunction are similar to the civil action against the Colonia Chiques, according to Wold. The new injunction would cover a 4.26-square-mile safety zone, some of which overlaps the existing 6.6-square-mile Colonia Chiques safety zone.

Wold said there are about 200 Southside Chiques gang members.

O’Neill also denied Mario DeLucas, an alleged Southside Chiques gang member, any legal standing to oppose the injunction.

DeLucas’ lawyer, Michael McMahon with the Public Defender’s Office, was in court to represent his client.

Outside the courtroom, McMahon said the gang injunction will affect many people in the community, not just gang members. He said DeLucas is mentioned in the gang injunction and his photograph appears there.

“They allege that he is one of the people that created the nuisance and then they come in and say that he can’t participate,” McMahon said. “They are seeking a judgment that will affect him, so he has the right to be heard.”

McMahon said he will consider “testing” the court’s ruling with a legal petition.

Wold said in an interview that there are hundreds of people named in the gang injunction, including DeLucas.

“However, there are certain people who were selected as designated representatives of the gang by the District Attorney’s Office,” she said. “In this case, there were 18 people. None of these people stepped up and said, ‘I want to litigate.’ Mr. DeLucas wasn’t included with those 18 people.”

The injunction forbids Southside Chiques members from creating a public nuisance by associating with one another within the safety zone. They also cannot wear certain clothing; stay outside past 10 p.m.; use gang gestures, controlled substances or alcohol; or act as lookouts to warn of the presence of police.

Those who violate the civil injunction can be arrested for contempt of court and sent to jail for up to six months, fined as much as $1,000 or both.

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