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Posted: Monday, June 18, 2012 2:37 pm

Correction: An earlier version of this story said the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office had identified hundreds of gang members on the coast. The story should have said the multi-agency Coastside Neighborhood Response Team had made contact with hundreds of people while working to eliminate gang activity on the coast.

A multi-agency team has identified 120 gang members and another 75 associates during work to eradicate gang activity on the coast. The numbers come from a city of Half Moon Bay press release outlining statistics provided by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

The findings come as a result of the work of the Community Neighborhood Response Team, a multi-agency group composed to identify and monitor suspected gang members on the coast. The team began its work in March as part of a renewed effort by the Sheriff’s Office to staunch gang activity following shootings last year. The response team’s work followed a separate Gang Task Force assault on the local criminal problem that ballooned in the public consciousness last summer in the wake of a pair of gang shootings.

The response team consisted of an extra law enforcement unit on the coast and Lt. Larry Schumaker told the Review in March that it would include deputies who were familiar with the gang problem on the coast as well as a sergeant and California Highway Patrolmen.

The Sheriff’s Office has previously acknowledged that gang action was on the rise on the coast. The problem came to a head in 2011, when there was a shooting involving members of the Norteño and Sureño gangs in the city’s Arleta Park neighborhood. Earlier this year, deputies were called to Main Street in response to a stabbing at a wedding reception that appeared to have gang overtones.

Authorities say they could use more resources to tackle the problem. Last fall, Sheriff Greg Munks said he was unable to sustain the Gang Task Force through the winter months. San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told the Review in March that the decision to dismantle the Gang Task Force in the winter months was “100 percent budget driven.”

Officials have been reticent to quantify the extent of the problem in the past and did not offer an estimate of gang involvement on the coast during a widely attended community meeting about the gang problem in 2011.

The city's press release states the team identified 120 people who were validated as gang members and another 75 who were associates of gang members. Suspects are validated either by admitting involvement in a gang, possessing gang symbols, being implicated by a reliable source and having connection with known gang members.

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  • John Charles Ullom posted at 4:24 pm on Tue, Jun 19, 2012.

    John Charles Ullom Posts: 1106

    Based on the stories over the past year, one is in far more danger from their husband, boyfriend, grandson, and or cousin than any of the pathetic excuses we have around here for gang bangers.

    The guy with the pot warehouse, 2 Uzi's and an RPG was not a gang banger. They guy who beat on his grandma was not a gang banger. The guy who dared the law and got tased was not a gang banger.

    The guy who was providing poisonous water for his tenants wasn't a gang banger. The guy who plowed into a whole bunch of other people's property up in Princeton was not a gang banger. The fools who served him after he was plastered were probably not gang bangers.

    The guy who is accused of being a traitor by the HMB BC was not a gang banger. They guys and gals who obligated us to paying off Beachwood were not gang bangers. The guys who are trying to impose the will of Local 2400 our us are not gang bangers. Our sheriff ,who likes to have sex with prostitutes is not a gang banger.

    We have a gang problem, no doubt. But we have far more serious problems than that. Look at the police logs. 90% are drunk drivers. How many people have been hurt crossing 1 without the aid of a cross walk? Far more than have been hurt than by gang banging I'll wager. How many so called men have smacked their women around around here vs how many gang bangers have caused strangers problems?

    Better to have it and not need it THAN need it and not have it.

    I am sure that is one would here that justification at any meeting of Norteños and Sureños. Even though there is not one case of stranger vs stranger violence that I can recall around here, I am sure J W feels the need to keep his pistol ready. Let's hope he teach his/her kids that one does not need a pistol to be a man and for the sake of his family, that he locks his guns up.

  • Tyler Durden posted at 8:33 am on Tue, Jun 19, 2012.

    Tyler Durden Posts: 424

    Another example of the quality of life on the Coastside!

  • HMB_SGT posted at 7:59 pm on Mon, Jun 18, 2012.

    HMB_SGT Posts: 1

    Looks like I will be fighting for my 2nd Amendment Rights. CCW in HMB. Better to have it and not need it THAN need it and not have it. Families first.

  • August West posted at 3:11 pm on Mon, Jun 18, 2012.

    August West Posts: 350

    A report on gang activity coming from a PR firm? You have got to be kidding.

    I guess since they are saving so much money on police services, maybe...well, perhaps they should stop "saving" so much and tackle the problem.


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