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Gang violence topic of conference in EPA

Federal, state and local law enforcement officials uniting for day-long event

Gang violence in East Palo Alto is the subject of a day-long conference that will bring federal, state and local law enforcement officials to the city today, a police spokeswoman said.

The East Palo Alto Police Department is hosting the conference with the aim of gathering intelligence from multiple agencies and formulating a plan to target the Norteno and Sureno gangs and gang members, Officer Veronica Barries said.

The surge in efforts to combat gang violence comes as a reaction to the fatal shooting of a 3-month-old baby on June 5, Barries said. Investigators believe that the baby and his parents, Ivonne Garcia Lopez and Oscar Jimenez, were shot when gunmen mistook them for Sureno gang members, acting Capt. Jeff Liu said.

One of the suspected gunmen, 17-year-old Fabian Zaragoza, was allegedly beaten up by Surenos on May 31, Liu said. Officials from the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the Drug Enforcement Association, the state Department of Justice, San Quentin state prison, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, and police and sheriffs from neighboring communities are expected to attend the conference.

The event is being held at the Four Seasons at 2050 University Ave. beginning at 9 a.m. Zaragoza has been charged with murder as an adult and is expected to enter a plea in San Mateo County Superior Court on July 13.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Arch Conservative
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 6, 2011 at 11:30 am

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Posted by Give them a purpose...
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 6, 2011 at 11:50 am

Put them on the front lines in Iraq and see how brave they really can be....


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Posted by Old Palo Alto
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 6, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Instead of sending them to jail, put them in the army. If they like violence so much, lets put them to good use. Anyone with a gang tattoo or affiliation should be drafted.


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Posted by East Palo Alto Resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Sometimes it feels as if though Chief Ron Davis is doing and saying things to get his name out to the press in hopes of more publicity for himself!!!
Chief...really? C'mon!!! A press conference to say that your doing your job rather than driving around town in your black Crown Vic throwing your cigarette butts out the window?


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Posted by Another East Palo Alto resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Agree what you said about Ron Davis. Whatever he does is to make himself look good. Not what's best for our town.


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Posted by Watcher
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 7, 2011 at 12:42 am

Chief Davis has been an attention hog since he started. But many residents love him because he's accessible and takes action. He's very community-oriented and has built good relationships with many of the nonprofits and other orgs in town. That said, many other LE officers aren't impressed with him.

I think he's good at building community as well as consensus, getting help, grants and is good at planning. He *seems* to be more effective than past chiefs. Still, this last press conference seems over the top. I'm all for coming down hard on the gangs - ongoingly - but the hype around it is just silly.

BTW, 4th of July here seemed more atrocious than usual. Where was all the cracking down being done???


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Posted by Another Another
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm

RE: East Palo Alto Resident, a resident of East Palo Alto

" A press conference to say that your doing your job rather than driving around town in your black Crown Vic throwing your cigarette butts out the window?"

He smokes?


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Posted by An East Palo Alto Resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 13, 2011 at 11:16 am

You're all idiots! If the Chief wasn't going for all the publicity, EPA would have no federal, state or foundation funding that provide programs for our youth (did you notice that we finally have the PAL program back or did you miss the big basketball game last week?). The other chiefs never played the game and we never got anything. Keep it up, Chief! My child is busy with all kinds of after-school activities now and none of them involve gangs!


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