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Pope replies to letter from juvenile gang member jailed in Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA): Convicted juvenile Carlos Adrian Vazquez Jr. lost the will to live at age 16 as he began serving an 11-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter. Then he wrote a letter to Pope Francis. "I asked for forgiveness for what I did," Vazquez told CNN en Español in an interview inside juvenile jail.
Source: CNN    Date: March 4, 2016

Oxnard police participate in round up of suspected gang members (Oxnard, CA): Some 15 members or associates of the notoriously violent MS-13 gang were arrested this week in an operation involving numerous law-enforcement agencies, including Oxnard police.
Source: Ventura County Star    Date: March 4, 2016

Felony Complaint Filed Against 16 MS-13 Gang Members (Santa Barbara, CA): Prosecutors are moving forward with charges targeting members of the trans-national gang known as MS-13. The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office announced on Friday that a felony complaint was filed against 16 people arrested in Thursday's 'Operation Matador.'
Source: KEYT 3 News    Date: March 4, 2016

Gang member arrested near Salton Sea (Indio, CA): A man detained by Border Patrol agents Thursday was a member of the Sureños criminal street gang, officials said.
Source: The Desert Sun     Date: March 4, 2016

South L.A. motel alleged to be a gang and drug hub is ordered closed (Los Angeles, CA): A judge ordered a South Los Angeles motel to close for one year after its owner failed to meet the terms of an injunction aimed at ending rampant gang and narcotics activity, the city attorney's office announced Thursday.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: March 3, 2016

5 maps that show how Coachella gangs terrorize the city (Coachella, CA): Riverside County law enforcement have filed an injunction against Varrio Coachella Rifa, a powerful gang that has overwhelmed police in the valley's namesake city.
Source: The Desert Sun     Date: March 3, 2016

Thousand Palms homes searched, 1 arrested Thursday (Thousand Palms, CA): A suspected gang member was arrested Thursday morning during an investigation into a Feb. 14 assault with a deadly weapon that occurred in Thousand Palms.
Source: The Desert Sun     Date: March 3, 2016

MS-13 gang members arrested in connection to Santa Maria homicides (Santa Maria, CA): The Santa Maria Police Department announced Thursday that members of the MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha) gang are among those arrested in a multi-agency sweep throughout California and as far away as Columbus, Ohio.
Source: KSBY News    Date: March 3, 2016

Gang-banger Arrested for Stabbing (Ventura County, CA): Simi Valley’s Rancho Community Park was the scene of a violent gang fight during daylight hours of February 27th when, according to Simi Valley Police Department’s Sgt. Darin Muehler’s report to the media, a pair of suspected area gang members aged 41 and 19 were “approached by four suspected rival gang members.”
Source: Crime Voice    Date: March 3, 2016

Sacramento City Council Approves Grants To Help Combat Gang Violence (Sacramento, CA): The Sacramento City Council has approved grants to 18 different neighborhood organizations to help reduce gangs and violence. Councilman Rick Jennings chairs the city's gang task force. He says this is the beginning of a long-term solution to the problem.
Source: Capital Public Radio    Date: March 2, 2016

After deadly start to 2016, police say shootings dropped in Santa Ana last month (Santa Ana, CA): After starting 2016 with a five-year high in shootings, Santa Ana police are attributing a 29 percent decrease last month to stepped-up law enforcement targeting hotbeds of gang activity.
Source: The Orange County Register    Date: March 2, 2016

Arrest made in gang-related shooting that left one teen dead in Garden Grove (Garden Grove, CA): A 25-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a gang-related shooting that left one teen dead and another injured in Garden Grove last year.
Source: The Orange County Register    Date: March 2, 2016

The warlords of Coachella (Coachella, CA): On the morning of March 30, 2003, Eric John Lerma, a known gangster, walked into an AMPM market in Coachella. Lerma had pulled a gun in the store the night before, and now he returned to the scene to remind witnesses of the rules of Coachella: If they called the cops, his gang would hurt them.
Source: The Desert Sun     Date: March 2, 2016

Gang violence task force eyed for northern Santa Barbara County (Santa Barbara County, CA): A task force in southern Santa Barbara County is cutting down on youth gang activity and making such a difference that county officials hope to bring the program to the northern part of the county.
Source: KSBY News    Date: March 2, 2016

Gangs Task Force May Be Tried in Santa Maria After Southern Santa Barbara County Reports Success (Santa Barbara County, CA): Efforts to reduce youth gang activity on the South Coast have been so successful the past five years that Santa Barbara County officials are talking about starting a similar task force for North County.
Source: Noozhawk    Date: March 1, 2016

Kern County prosecutors announce guilty verdict in 'serious gang case' (Bakersfield, CA): The Kern County District Attorney's Office said a man was convicted Monday in a "serious gang case." Paul Timberlake was found guilty of second-degree murder.
Source: KBAK Eyewitness News    Date: February 29, 2016

Community wrestles with gang prevention (Santa Maria, CA): As community efforts continue to emerge in response to violence among city residents, an emphasis on how to keep young people from joining gangs has become a common theme.
Source: Lompoc Record    Date: February 28, 2016

Police: Teenager is latest arrested in Atwater gang violence (Atwater, CA): A sixth arrest was announced Saturday in connection with a recent series of gang-related attacks in Atwater, the Police Department reported.
Source: Merced Sun-Star    Date: February 27, 2016

Simi Valley man arrested in gang-related attack that left 2 injured, police say (Simi Valley, CA): Police said they arrested a man in connection with a gang-related attack at a Simi Valley park Saturday that left two men injured.
Source: Ventura County Star    Date: February 27, 2016

Riverside County District Attorney seeks gang injunction in east valley (Riverside, CA): Prosecutors are seeking a gang injunction in a stretch of the eastern Coachella Valley. Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said Thursday he is seeking the injunction to crack down on the Varrio Coachella Rifa gang.
Source: KESQ News Channel 3    Date: February 26, 2016

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