Oakland lays groundwork for third gang injunction

Demian Bulwa (San Francisco Chronicle) | April 25, 2011

OAKLAND — The Oakland city attorney’s office, already embroiled in a long-running legal fight over whether it can restrict the movements of alleged gang members in the Fruitvale neighborhood, is making plans to seek a similar court order in East Oakland.

Records that City Attorney John Russo’s office released Monday show that the city has paid $20,000 to the law firm Meyers Nave in recent months to work on a civil injunction against an unidentified gang in East Oakland.

If a lawsuit is filed, it would be the third the city has pursued since Russo launched the injunction program last year. In addition to the Fruitvale case, a preliminary injunction has been in place in North Oakland for nearly a year.

“The plan has always been to do an injunction in (East Oakland),” said Alex Katz, a spokesman for the city attorney.

The future of the effort, however, is clouded. Russo is poised to leave office after 11 years to become city manager in Alameda, and the City Council has not appointed a successor.

Read more at: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/04/25/BANG1J71GB.DTL#ixzz1KkawVgpN

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