Community members will have a chance to weigh in on San Jose’s gang-prevention efforts at a series of town hall meetings this fall. The Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force will host four meetings this month through November to gather input about the city’s efforts to suppress local gang activity.
San Jose has seen a dramatic drop in gang-related crime since 2012 after a citywide crackdown in response to a slew of killings earlier this year. Through September, the city had six fewer gang-related homicides compared to the same time last year—a nearly 43-percent dip. During that same timeframe there was a 19-percent overall drop in violent gang crimes, which include homicide, robbery and assault, police announced in a Mercury News report last month.
Since it began in 1991, the task force has involved the public for guidance on how to deal with the city’s gang problem. The City Council allotted $4.6 million to spend on the program over the next couple years.
Results from the meetings will direct the task force’s 2014-16 strategic plan. Each meeting will have reps from the mayor’s office, council, police department, city manager’s office and parks and rec department.
Dates and times
• 6pm Oct. 21 at Overfelt High School, 1835 Cunningham Ave.
• 6pm Oct. 28 at Bascom Community Center, 1000 S. Bascom Ave.
• 6pm Nov. 7 at Southside Community Center, 5585 Cottle Road
• 6pm Nov. 14 at Roosevelt Community Center, 901 E. Santa Clara St.