Violence Interrupted: Salinas Outreach Workers Pound Pavement to Quell Gang Violence

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Arvin Temkar (Monterey County Weekly) | August 9, 2013 Something was up. Boys sprinting through a Salinas park is one thing, but this group of teens seemed to be running a kid down. The Interrupter knew something was wrong. “They’re after him,” thought the Interrupter, who’d just pulled up in his car. The man called […]

Monterey County gang kingpin among those arrested in Nuestra Familia sting

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DENNIS TAYLOR (The Monterey County Herald) | May 23, 2013 A Monterey County gang kingpin long sought by the FBI was arrested Thursday at the conclusion of a sweeping investigation targeting the leadership of the Nuestra Familia regiment in Salinas, law enforcement officials announced. Officials said the multi-agency operation severely crippled the leadership and drug […]

Woman with Salinas gang ties sent to prison for 70 months

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JULIA REYNOLDS (Monterey Herald) | November 22, 2012 A woman who had close ties to prominent Salinas and Watsonville gangs has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison following last year’s Operation Garlic Press Sweeps. The case of Rosa Martinez, 32, has been viewed by some in law enforcement as a classic example of […]

Non-Gang Victim Targeted In Salinas

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Marissa Pendergrass (KION) | August 20, 2012 SALINAS, Calif- Can being in a certain age range in parts of Monterey County, put a target on your head?  Central Coast News found out just how dangerous it is to simply be a young man living in the county. We took a look at how you don’t […]

Neighbors Speaking Out About Deadly Shooting in Salinas

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Chloe Beardsley (KION) | June 16, 2012 SALINAS, Calif.– Neighbors are fed up with gang violence on their streets. Some say its gotten so bad that they’re moving out. On Friday night one man was shot to death in his car in the Acosta Plaza parking lot in Salinas. The next morning it was a […]

Salinas Police To Use Predictive Policing To Fight Crime

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Jacqueline Tualla (Kion) | June 12, 2012 SALINAS – The Salinas Police Department is taking a page from Santa Cruz to fight crime. The department is turning to predictive policing to fight gang violence. Gang violence is all too familiar in the city. That’s why Salinas is looking at an alternative to hiring more officers […]

Inmates Want To Partner With Local Cities To Tackle Gangs

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Susanne Brunner (KION) | October 19, 2011 SALINAS, Calif. – A new group is stepping up to help keep your children out of gangs and off the streets.  These mentors though, are in state prison.  They told Central Coast News they hear about what goes on outside these prison walls… Youth violence plaguing their Central […]

Tagging a City’s Identity

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Alexei Koseff (Monterey County Weekly) |  July 28, 2011 Hideous. Modern art. Criminal. Free expression. Graffiti can inspire strong, divided reactions within a community, leading to disagreements over what it is, whether it has purpose, and what to do about it. For recent CSU Monterey Bay grad Scott Lydon, it was initially a way to […]

Raids target Central Valley gangs that operate across U.S.-Mexico border

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Scott Johnson (Oakland Tribune) | June 08, 2011 LOS BANOS — State and federal agents swarmed across several small communities in and around the San Joaquin Valley town of Los Banos early Tuesday morning and arrested 75 suspected members of a prison gang and a street gang. The raid, code-named “Red Zone,” also netted weapons, […]

Budget woes could shut ‘gang office’

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JULIA REYNOLDS (Monterey Herald) | May 19, 2011 The state’s “gang office” — the department that brought the Ceasefire intervention strategy to Salinas and gang suppression funds to four south Monterey County cities — may cease to exist just one year after Gov. Jerry Brown made a campaign promise to keep it alive. Brown’s May […]

CSUMB students explore youth violence, news coverage

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MARC CABRERA (Monterey County, The Herald) | May11, 2011 In Salinas, many think media coverage trends toward the sensational, especially in a community where gang-related crimes have propelled the youth homicide rate to the worst in the state. Media coverage was the focus of a study and presentation by a group of CSU Monterey Bay […]

Gangs have a leg up on police

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JULIA REYNOLDS (The Herald) | April 22, 2011 A Naval Postgraduate School study applying counterinsurgency theories to Salinas gang violence has come up with some startling conclusions: Street gangs control and exploit information better than law enforcement, giving them an “information advantage” that city officials must work to overcome. After lengthy surveys of Salinas police, […]