They have gangs in south Orange County?

I need to get out more. Apparently there are violent street gangs in San Juan Capistrano and Mission Viejo, of all places. But yesterday a Judge approved a gang injunction that should help law enforcement officials check the tide of gang violence in their area.

Plus, “The judge was expected to approve another preliminary injunction against a rival gang, the San Clemente-based Varrio Chicos, later today,”according to the L.A. Times.

“The injunction, approved by Judge Daniel J. Didier, means that alleged members of the Varrio Viejo gang will be arrested if they are seen associating with one another, wearing gang clothing or making gang handsigns within a 161/27-square-mile area in San Juan Capistrano and Mission Viejo.”

Of course the gang members and their families did not take this lying down. “Those named in the injunction against the Varrio Viejo gang held a protest march late Thursday in San Juan Capistrano.”

And check out the comments made by Genaro Garcia, a 16-year-old high school junior, who “said his name was among those listed in the injunction.”

He said he feared he would get arrested even if he tried to comply with the order because his family lives in the middle of the restricted zone and his friends are on the list. “We’re locked up in our own neighborhood,” said Garcia, who said he has been in and out of juvenile detention since age 12 for burglary, trespassing and probation violations.

Wow! How can this creep even show his face in public? He feels wronged by the gang injunction, but he admittedly has been committing crimes since he was 12 years old? I’m guessing he won’t be noted as “most likely to succeed” in his high school yearbook. If he even bothers to stay in school.

Why isn’t the City of Santa Ana pushing for more of these gang injunctions? Surely we have a bigger gang problem than south Orange County does. Once again our Mayor, Miguel Pulido, and police department are asleep at the wheel.

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