U.S. Attorney says his office is in Salinas for long haul
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The U.S. Attorney for Northern California pledged long-term support for Salinas' battle with gangs today. "We are here for the long-term," U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello said at a meeting with the Community Alliance for Safety and Peace. "It's not going to be a hit and run."
The comments came a day before Russoniello will lead a day-long meeting with local law enforcement, federal and state heavy hitters, including state gang czar Paul Seave, who was also at the CASP meeting.
Both Seave and Russoniello told CASP that they need a strategic plan for gang prevention, intervention and suppression. "There has to be a strategic approach," Seave said. "Ultimately there has to be a plan."
Salinas Police Cmdr. Kelly McMillin announced that the National League of Cities' California Cities Gang Prevention Network will be giving Salinas a technical grant to do a strategic peace plan.
Russoniello, who offered frank pointers for Salinas, questioned CASP representatives whether they had analyzed what is driving the gang problem in Salinas.
Monterey County Health Department Division Chief Wayne Clark said the group has done a resource assessment and shifted focus to bringing job, education and literary programs during the summer.
Read more in Thursday's Weekly.