Gang initiation time

03/18/2014 5:03 PM

03/19/2014 2:56 PM

Re "Spate of violence leaves 3 dead, 15 hurt" (Our Region, March 18): For those of us who have lived in the unincorporated parts of the county, these deadly attacks come as no surprise.

Every year in the early spring or at the first sign of warm weather, attacks against citizens and gangs are more common. Why?

The gangs are looking for new members and initiating the newly baptized. What's a real shame is that it continues.

A few years ago, there was a gang symposium given at Howe Park by the Sheriff's Department, and Fulton El Camino Parks and Recreation District. It was extremely informative to those who attended, and gave me the knowledge to know what to look for, how to tell the difference between real and want-to-be gang graffiti, and when and how to report any gang activity. This symposium should become a regular part of every community in the county where gangs thrive.

An empowered community is a safe community. Working with the authorities is the best way to stay safe.

-- Kathleen Stricklin, Sacramento

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