Judge Strikes Down Gang Injunction

Judge Colleen Sterne

Nick Welsh (Santa Barbara Independent) | July 22, 2014 There were no ifs, ands, or buts in Judge Colleen Sterne’s unequivocal ruling that Santa Barbara city police and prosecutors failed to make the case necessary to support the gang injunction they’ve been seeking since March 11 three years ago. Sterne faulted the gang-related data presented […]

Realtors Oppose Gang Injunction; Councilmember Gregg Hart Also Argues Against It


Nick Welsh (Santa Barbara Independent) | February 27, 2014 The Santa Barbara Association of Realtors Board of Directors voted to oppose the City of Santa Barbara’s proposed gang injunction because of “the stigma” the injunction would place on large portions of the city designated as “safety zones.” Board president Ed Fuller said real estate agents […]

Community Group Airs Concerns Over Gang Injunction

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Kyle Rokes (Santa Barbara Independent) | October 28, 2013 PODER Santa Barbara held a forum at La Casa de la Raza last Thursday night called “How Will a Gang Injunction Affect Your Community?” Billed as a chance for community members to learn about the city’s proposed lawsuit against 30 alleged gang members, PODER reiterated its […]

Injunction Goes to Juvie

Juvenile Defense Atty Tara-Haaland-Ford

Chris Meagher (Santa Barbara Independent) | February 23, 2012 A juvenile court judge will have to decide whether the city can use juvenile records to bolster its case for a gang injunction, Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Colleen Sterne said Tuesday morning. The proposed injunction, which the city unveiled last March, would create safe zones […]

Gang Injunction Who’s Who

Gang Injunction Meeting

Chris Meagher (Santa Barbara Independent) | April 14, 2011 “The baddest of the bad.” That’s how Santa Barbara officials portray 30 people named in the city’s gang injunction, but news of the civil document has been met with varied community response and concerns about its constitutionality, necessity, and thoroughness. Authorities see it as a tool […]

Gang Injunction Targets Speak Out, Part 2

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Santa Barbara Independent | March 25, 2011 Taped interviews recently filmed and released by Youth CineMedia — a nonprofit that works with at-risk youth by getting them off the streets and into the production room — depict individuals who say they were wrongfully named in the city’s gang injunction announced last week. The injunction seeks […]

Gang Injunctions to Be Filed Soon

Hendry’s Beach

Nick Welsh (Santa Barbara Independent) | March 3, 2011 In a matter of weeks, the City of Santa Barbara is expected to file civil injunctions against 25 to 30 known adult gang members, which will bar them from associating with fellow gang members and setting foot in certain parts of town, as part of the […]

Eastside alleged gang stabbing the latest in a wave of violence


OSHUA MOLINA (The Daily Sound) NOV. 16, 2010 In the latest gang attack to rattle Santa Barbara, a group of men chased and beat a 21-year-old man with a club and a knife, stabbing him several times before running from the scene, authorities said. That attack occurred near the corner of Milpas and Yanonali streets […]

Surfer’s Slaying Exposes Gang Tensions in a Beach Area


JENNIFER STEINHAUER (New York Times) May 13, 2010 SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — A wooden cross nailed to a palm tree at the beach is the only physical remnant of Robert Burke Simpson, who spent much of his 44 years surfing here. His blood no longer stains the picnic benches, and his ashes have been sprinkled […]

Proposed Law Would Require Violent Crime Reporting


The Associated Press December 17, 2009 SACRAMENTO – A state Assemblyman wants make it a crime for witnesses not to report violent attacks to authorities. Democratic Assemblyman Pedro Nava of Santa Barbara introduced a measure in response to the October gang rape of a 16-year-old girl outside of Richmond High School’s homecoming dance. Nava, who […]

Gang Prevention Programs Take Hit


Financial Crisis Hinders Non-Profit, Law Enforcement Efforts to Quell Crime. By Nathan Houle (Daily Nexus – UCSB) November 30, 2009 In 2007, 14-year-old Ricardo Juarez stabbed Luis Angel Linares, 15, to death in front of Saks Fifth Avenue on State Street. The incident was a wake-up call for locals, many of whom were unaware of […]

17 are arrested in Santa Barbara-based drug probe


by Steve Chawkins (LA Times) November 12, 2009 An investigation that started with the search for a dead man’s body in an illegal marijuana garden near Santa Barbara has, after six months, resulted in the arrests of 17 people on drug charges, authorities said. The missing man, Jesus Omar Villa of Fresno, is presumed dead, […]