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'There Have Been Too Many Shootings,' Assemblyman Alejo Says

Alejo's new anti-gang bill would help fund the the California Gang, Crime, and Violence Prevention Partnership Program.

Assemblymember Luis Alejo, who represents Gang-ridden communities like Watsonville, Gilroy and Salinas, introduced AB 310 this week, a bill that would give $3 million to the California Gang, Crime, and Violence Prevention Partnership Program.

He made the following statement through following the introduction of the bill:

Every year, crime costs millions of dollars to our communities in the form of stolen or damaged property, loss of work time, costs to operate the criminal justice system, and the pain and suffering of crime victims.

Over the past decade researchers have identified intervention strategies and programs that reduce delinquency and save lives. It is important to invest in community-based programs that can divert first-time offenders from further encounters with the justice system.

When law enforcement and communities come together to run proven programs in cities with high rates of gang activity, we have a better chance at being successful. That is why I decided to introduce AB 310, to make sure our communities are equipped with resources to stop violent crime.

There have been too many shootings, too much violence. This funding can make a real difference in making our neighborhoods safer.

AB 310 will be eligible to be heard in a California State Assembly policy committee after 30 days of being in print.

Do local gangs scare you? Do you feel like it's getting worse? What do you think of Alejo's bill? Tell us in the comments!

Cathy P. February 13, 2013 at 04:07 AM
Gilroy is "gang-ridden?" that's news to me. Alejo's AB 310 doesn't put more police on the streets where they are badly needed; community-based diversion programs OBVIOUSLY do not work! When are we going to quit "namby pampying" these criminals and put them in prison where they belong? Yes, there have been too many shootings but throwing money into the big black hole isn't the answer. And btw way Mr. Alejo, get that phony smirk off your face.
David H. Perez February 13, 2013 at 04:09 AM
How hilarious that Alejo is trying to portray himself as some gang suppressing super hero - especially since he is the founder of the Watsonville chapter of the Brown Berets, the gang that has contributed most significantly to the degradation of Watsonville. If Alejo wants to do something about the violence in Watsonville, he should first call on his troops to quell their hatred against non-Latinos and stop their threats and intimidation tactics; and acknowledge that EVERYBODY, not just Latinos, have a right to have a stake in Watsonville's future. And Mr. Alejo, I agree with Cathy P.'s comment about the phony smirk - lose it!
OldTimeGilroy February 13, 2013 at 04:16 AM
A greasy little worm.
David H. Perez February 13, 2013 at 04:41 AM
That smirk is really giving me gas!
Hector Gomez February 13, 2013 at 02:46 PM
It's interesting to note that the people who will be receiving these funds in the Watsonville area may well be his own beloved Brown Berets.
Hector Gomez February 13, 2013 at 02:47 PM
That's the grin he uses when he talks to white people.
Hector Gomez February 13, 2013 at 02:50 PM
This is nothing but an attempt to use public funding to support his own personal local army's such as the Brown Berets here in Watsonville.
randy February 13, 2013 at 03:50 PM
The BB will be the first to volunteer in helping spend the money. We have a couple on the City Council as it is and a couple more on city committees. that smirk plus the crossed arms are hilarious. I believe that Alejo uses gangs to promote needed jobs, etc and push things (behind the scenes) like the early election. My opinion is there is too much control by little Caesar STILL in our town. Randy in a bad mood
Ron Briscoe February 13, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Where is the money going to come from, and who specifically is going to determine where, how , and who is going to spend it? I do not fear gangs here in Gilroy, I am a member of the OWP gang, and I have noticed that "gangster types" complete ignore me, probably out of fear. It takes a long apprenticeship to become an Old White Person, and the bad guys know it, and they leave me alone.
Mike McDonald February 13, 2013 at 07:43 PM
What this story does not say is that the good assemblyman founded the Bown Berets here in Watsonville and is going to personally benefit from this bill when the BBs are funded through it. A very sad amatureish attempt on the part of this political hack.
Eve Pearlman February 13, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Hey. Let's keep civil. Name-calling is not the best way to get your points across and to engage the community with real issues. ~Eve
Amelia February 13, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Where does Alejo plan to get 3 million dollars? He wants to spend money like a drunken sailor. And yes, the Brown Berets will get most of it. It is time that Alejo learned how to read a profit and loss statement and a balance sheet. I think this is a self-serving bill.
Marry Attel February 13, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Have you read the vile remarks that are posted on these pages by the assemblyman and his followers? Pure hate. I don't belve that the Patch editorial staff is in touch with the readership in Watsonville for if they were they would understand the knee jerk reaction that just the mention of his name brings. Add to that the constant hate speech from his followers and it's not hard to understand the anger.
Marry Attel February 13, 2013 at 11:56 PM
It's odd how the Brown Berets have a lot of income as a not for profit but have nearly zero expenditures except for donations to campaigns.
Marry Attel February 13, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Call him a hack but he does have a knack of looking like a good guy while lining his own nest.
Eve Pearlman February 14, 2013 at 12:08 AM
@Marry. I'm not entirely following your comment. But sounds like you're pointing out bad behavior on both sides? Not sure. In any case, I would say that if you see others behaving badly -- name-calling, insults, personal attacks -- I would urge you not to do the same yourself. Take the higher ground. Please don't hesitate to reach out any time, eve@patch.com. ~Eve
David H. Perez February 14, 2013 at 12:51 AM
@Eve Pearlman - Eve, I understand you are doing your job by enforcing your rules and regulations, and I truly respect that. If you are going to enforce your rules, though, it should be done across the board and not selectively. But also respectfully, the Patch staff seems to have no idea of what is really going on in Watsonville. What you are seeing in this article is not what we are getting. All of the knee-jerk verbal reactions you see from many Patch commentors are just the tip of the iceberg. Perhaps we need to find a different forum if the Patch is not interested in what is really going on down here and our real thoughts about it. Sorry that reality is not always pretty. Heck, then again, I don't know, maybe I should just stick to food blogs.
Eve Pearlman February 14, 2013 at 01:05 AM
@David H. Since it is clear you know a lot about what is going on in Watsonville and also have an interest in communicating about it, I would urge you to pick your blogging hat back up and get writing. I know reality is not always pretty -- especially with regard to issues of race, class and politics -- and that is why I am a fan of 1. reflection and 2. the well-crafted written word. ~Eve
OldTimeGilroy February 14, 2013 at 03:12 AM
C'mon, Evie. I thought "greasy little worm" was not only comical, but accurate. :-)
Gonzalez February 15, 2013 at 08:35 PM
You’re all a bunch of pricks with nothing else to do but waste your time commenting on the Patch. Every time I look at this website, it’s always the same pathetic people expressing their pathetic thoughts online. NO ONE CARES! Instead of talking trash, let’s see you do something about it. OBVIOUSLY YOU DON'T! You’re quick to criticize someone behind the comfort of your computer on your FAT ASSES. DO SOMETHING, and MAKE A CHANGE. There is no little Cesar, Alejo’s band of misfits in the council don't change anything besides what’s on their own agenda. Just face it, your all a bunch of immigrant haters, it’s not our fault that your obviously not doing shit with your measly little lives. I hate people that are jealous of other people or groups that push for something just because they don't do shit, don't make any real money besides what they inherit from their parents or have no real achievable goals. So find something else to do besides just speaking down to people, because no one knows who you are and no one really cares either.
Average Joe March 17, 2013 at 08:31 AM
Ass.
Average Joe April 04, 2013 at 02:49 AM
Yah Alejo! Too many shootings by Mexican gang members. Why don't you go after the gangs like MS13. No! You would rather go after law abiding citizens because they won't come after your fat ass!!!
Robert Perez April 13, 2013 at 04:34 AM
Ship all the illegals back to los angeles and mexico. Northward migration is the real cause of gang violence in the Bay Area. Lets get to the root of the issue!

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