Baldwin Park mulls gang injunction as prosecutors move forward with plans for La Puente area injunction

Thomas Himes (SGV Tribune) | March 29, 2011

BALDWIN PARK – City officials may seek a gang injunction in an effort to curb violence, graffiti and other crimes committed by members of area street gangs and tagging crews.

Police Chief Lili Hadsell is scheduled to report to the City Council tonight on gang injunctions and their potential role in curbing crime in the city.

“What I keep hearing over and over again (from area police chiefs) is it’s not the be all, end all,” Hadsell said. “But gang members are left less emboldened to go out and commit crimes.”

The meeting is open to the public. It will start at 6 p.m. in City Hall room 307.

Mayor Manuel Lozano and Councilwoman Monica Garcia both said they think an injunction would benefit Baldwin Park, but they plan a more in-depth examination before moving forward.

“I think for me, in Baldwin Park, it would take us to the next level of addressing these individuals I refer to as terrorists,” Lozano said of hardened gang members.

Baldwin Park’s consideration of a gang injunction comes as prosecutors are moving forward with plans to obtain a gang injunction in the neighboring county area of Bassett.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Fern said a judge will consider issuing a temporary injunction in that area on April 19.

If the judge approves the injunction, it would make it a misdemeanor for suspected gang members and their associates to be seen together, use gang signs, be in public between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., and hang out in area parks, with some exceptions for activities like school.

The proposed injunction in that area would feature a sprawling boundary that encompasses La Puente, Bassett, Valinda and parts of Industry and West Covina.

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