Second arrest in Jeff Johnson murder case Other Issues, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Feb 28, 2008 at 4:19 pm
Police apprehended Jose Alfredo Romero, 19, on Wednesday evening as he walked out of the Jack in the Box on El Camino Real near Ehrhorn Avenue -- only a few yards from where the Feb. 7 shooting of Jeffrey Johnson took place.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, February 28, 2008, 4:06 PM
Posted by MV, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Feb 28, 2008 at 4:19 pm
Wow this is great news. I saw this yesterday as I was sitting at the light on the corner of El Camino and Calderon Ave and I saw this guy in handcuffs and 3 cop cars in the Jack in the Box parking lot. I know this won't bring back Jeff, but justice will be served.
Posted by e, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Feb 28, 2008 at 5:56 pm
good hopefully him and his boy "NASTY NATE" share a cell with some real thugs and get that "NASTY" butt love hahahhaha i hope these lil punks get raped over and over again hahaha. dont drop the soap boys hahaha
Posted by Enough!, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Feb 28, 2008 at 6:09 pm
You seem pretty obsessed with the whole soap thing. Grow up and try to say something meaningful; I realize it might be a reach for you, but you're starting to come off like a real idiot--not that I haven't been called one before on this message board either.
Posted by Lives downtown, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Feb 28, 2008 at 8:20 pm
Wednesday I saw the cops arrest a hispanic-looking guy two doors down from my house (not far away from Jack-in-the-box and Erhorn ave. They put him in the cop car and proceeded to search his vehicle and put stuff on top of the roof of the suspects car. Later I called the police department to ask what the guy was arrested for and since I live two doors I felt I had a right to know.
They said they couldn't tell me due to confidentiality.
I suspect it had something to do with the recent murder on Ehrhorn and El Camino. Kudos to the Mountain View Police for keeping their mouths shut while they roll-up all the suspects.
Why do I expect to hear hispanic/latino names in these cases? Because most of the time they do the crime. I haven't heard any Chins, Hongs, Truongs, Patels, Singhs, Raos ever get named for this vile stuff. Oh, most of them immigrated here legally. I wonder if there is a connection? Hmmmmmmm I wonder....
Posted by MV, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Feb 28, 2008 at 8:53 pm
Just an FYI the guy you saw being put in the car at jack in the Box was one of the guys who shot Jeff. Now on another topic you sound like a big racist. Legal or not legal you have no right to make such comments. Lets see the last few big killings in schools one was an Asian kid the others were white kids. Wake up man just because the kids that did this are Hispanic it does not mean that they are all bad. Every culture has good and bad and just because one person does something bad those not mean the whole culture is bad.
Posted by Lives downtown, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Feb 28, 2008 at 9:07 pm Lives downtown is a member (registered user) of Mountain View Online
The guy I saw being arrested was 4 blocks from Jack-in-the Box. Certainly in the vicinity, they probably followed him down Calderon into my neighborhood. So I am talking about a different arrest that I feel may be related.
Back to your main comments:
Around here it is mostly Hispanic/Latino's doing the crimes.
I think I am going to invent a new term: Histinos, that way we don't have to try to differentiate between Mexico and everything else that is south of Mexico.
How did you interpret what I said to mean I am saying all Hispanics are bad? Where did that come from? You must be overly sensitive about your Hispanic culture. Maybe you should start thinking of yourself as an American instead.
Still, do you ever notice it is usually hispanic/latino names in these cases, around here? Come on, you must.
Maybe you can do some Googling and find out what the real statistics are. Is it Asians doing all the killing? Is it whites doing all the killing? Why don't you verify it for me, enlighten me.
Posted by what, a resident of the Cuernavaca neighborhood, on Feb 28, 2008 at 9:31 pm
Wait, actually I just read an interesting article the other day.... information from the "US Department of Homeland Security" states that, "Indians are the fastest-growing group of ILLEGAL immigrants in the United States." Hummmm, I guess not all "Patels" or "Singhs" are legal are they? Just thought I'd point that out. Oh and as far as I know, the last name of the other suspect in the Johnson homicide is, "Talarico" which is of Italian origin.
Posted by MV, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Feb 28, 2008 at 9:40 pm
Lives Downtown. Just an FYI I'm white and people like you give us a bad name. And I just wanted to say thank you Talarico is Italian wow what a surprise. Just remember next time you need some heavy work done around your house don't call a Hispanic they might be Illegal. Last I heard this country is made up of people from other countries whether legal or not they come here for better life. So I say to you if you are not American Indian then get out.
Posted by Bonnie Malouf, a resident of the North Whisman neighborhood, on Feb 28, 2008 at 10:43 pm
Whoa! How did outrage at a crime turn into slur slinging? True, Mountain View has racial tension, but this is not the forum to solve that problem. The appropriate correlation to make with crime is usually poverty. Let's keep our comments to the issue at hand and not start generalizing about groups of people. Please. Thank you.
Posted by alexis vargas, a resident of the Sylvan Park neighborhood, on Feb 28, 2008 at 10:55 pm
Okay first of all I am hispanic and I really don't apprieciate this racial profiling. Everyone is easy to judge hispanics without thinking of the good things that we do in this country. So about Jeff's killing, yeah its sad but don't point fingers just at hispanics anyone can pull a trigger..I didn't know you had to be hispanic to shoot a gun. How do you know that he didn't dig himself in his own hole??
I really hope that the MVPD comes to an end with the right conclusion, and of course the right shooter!!
Posted by BillyJoe, a resident of another community, on Feb 29, 2008 at 12:12 am
How is playing the stats racist? If I see a crime commited in Mountain View I'd put all my money on a latino because 90% of the time I'm going to double my money. That is just a good bet. I fail to see how playing the odds is "racist". Tell you what, when 90% of the crime in Mountain View isn't commited by latinos, then I'll stop betting on it.
Posted by Fubar, a resident of the Whisman Station neighborhood, on Feb 29, 2008 at 6:54 am
From looking at the history of the gangs, it seems like they are a product of the prison system were various ethnic groups banded together to defend themselves. Another recent article points out that the US is the world leader in incarcerating it's population. Perhaps we need to spend more money on boys/girls clubs, after school programs, etc..
Posted by Vespucian, a resident of another community, on Feb 29, 2008 at 8:04 am
I think the most pressing problem is more specific than poverty. It is DRUGS. The buying and selling of them create a criminal environment, and the use of, and addiction to, them severely disrupts rational thinking.
I support a two pronged attack: 1. Far more emphasis on prevention and treatment. 2. Simultaneously conduct a "weed & seed" policy where we put away dealers and gang-bangers (deport whenever relevant) with extra time (increase the gang-related penalty EVEN MORE). In large part, those teenagers and twenty-something that aren't responding to treatment and prevention measures should be "weeded" out of the community and made examples of. Even if they are not truly lost and hopeless, the community cannot afford to wait for them to clean up. Screw them.
Meanwhile, protect and concentrate on the younger kids ("seed"). Patrol the schools and neighborhoods like they are the most precious commodity ever (and they are).
For what it's worth.
By the way, how come The Voice does not offer the Gemello neighborhood in its Neighborhood dropdown?
Posted by Lives downtown, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Feb 29, 2008 at 9:53 am
If we are talking about Latino/Hispanic (Histino) gang problems, you can lay that problem at the feet of everyone who hires illegal workers.
We've let ouselves become overrun by illegal immigrants from south of the border and this is the result. I am willing to bet that a high percentage of teenage gangbangers have parents that are here illegally. Maybe if these parents weren't here in the first place their offspring wouldn't be straining our prison system, medical facilities and schools.
Everytime any of us hires an illegal we are contributing to the problem.
I've started asking all vendors if they can guarantee their workers are here legally. I now hire legal workers to do work on my home and I pay a lot more for it. I refuse to contribute to the problem just to save a buck.
Posted by anonymous, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Feb 29, 2008 at 11:33 am
One attempted murder, and two homicides within a two month period in Mountain View. Gang related, drug related or just a plain old murder, what's it going to take? The crime scene in Mountain View is escalating at a rapid pace. If you as a community member are outraged by this then I would suggest DOING SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE. Go to your city council, press the Mountain View Police Department for more patrols in our neighborhoods and be a RESPONSIBLE community member by reporting anything that looks suspicious. If you know of drug dealers or drug activity in the area, turn them in! Venting on this website will achieve absolutely nothing.
Posted by related, a resident of another community, on Feb 29, 2008 at 12:44 pm
As i know both people who've been arrested and made examples of in this case, both are coke dealers/ ex trafficers of marijuana. Yes, Jeff may have dug himself in a hole by owing the wrong people money it still doesnt justify murder. MV needs to press on getting these dealers off the streets so another unsuspecting victim ends up in a hole of his/her own..
Posted by cynthia, a resident of the Whisman Station neighborhood, on Feb 29, 2008 at 1:45 pm
There are so many great suggestions and ideas coming from these boards! It's a shame it took the lives of two young men, one white, one brown, to get all of us on the same page. Bullets are color-blind. Instead of dividing our community with racist comments, lets start getting involved! There are many volunteer opportunities in our town, in the schools, the teen centers and through the churches. Our young people need our help and believe me, behind the tough exterior many of them (of all colors) try to display, there are kids who want to make it! Don't give up on them or us as a community!
Posted by Lives downtown, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Feb 29, 2008 at 2:50 pm
Everything you say has been tried over and over again, and things still get worse. Are you suggesting WE haven't tried hard enough? WE haven't spent enough money? WE have to raise our children and the children of others too?
WE will never get a handle on this as long as more and more keep coming.
Posted by cynthia, a resident of the Whisman Station neighborhood, on Feb 29, 2008 at 4:21 pm
I just wanted to clarify I meant all the young people in our community: mine, yours (if you have any) and everyone else's, regardless of where they were born. I did not mean to suggest "WE" don't try hard enough, spend enough money or raise our children well. I'm just saying let's not give up! I work with many of the young people (all races, legal and illegal) in our city. I'm very glad to know so many of us are willing to discuss these very difficult and tragic topics. Please do not assume I am supporting any agenda other than trying to be a positive citizen willing to exchange ideas and help our children. I do appreciate your perspective! Thank You
Posted by Enough!, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Feb 29, 2008 at 5:04 pm
Go out by one of the middle schools in Mountain View when they get out each day and you'll start to understand what we're up against. It's a pretty depressing sight to see some of the kids crossing the street while you're stopped at a light. Many look like the dregs of society, many are hispanic, and you get the feeling that they have no future. They walk hunched over, drag their feet, and wear bagging gang-like clothing. Some of the girls could pass as prostitutes they way they dress. Who in their right mind puts their kids in these schools? I say this because the victims in these shootings and stabbings, as well as some of the shooters, all grew up in Mountain View. How does the low end of the school's culture influence the higher-income families? I would suggest the Johnson case provides one outcome.
Why can't the schools get their act together and instill more discipline and respect? Whatever happened to uniforms? Some of these kids need to be pulled out of the ghetto against their will by any means possible and the schools are the best instruments to do it. Otherwise, the ghetto will be pulled into your living room and family.
Posted by anonmoose, a resident of the Blossom Valley neighborhood, on Feb 29, 2008 at 7:50 pm
Whoa, interesting comments from "Lives downtown" and "Enough". "It takes a Village" I guess.
Guys, let me guess, something tells me that you are 'not' going to vote for Barack 'Hussein' Obama, oh my..
In any case, I won't blame the schools, but I'm not so sure that they should get off so easily either. Schools aren't solely to blame for sure, but Hilary was on to something with that village thing.
In general, I think Mtv / Los Altos have good schools, And searching back thru the MTV Voice archives, there are efforts in place to try to deal with the gang issue. Web Link.
Maybe these will help more the kids currently in the pipeline. I think we need to acknowledge that this is a issue that the schools, especially middle schools, need to have a major role in. These are the 'formidable' years. (Whatever happened to "The Wonder Years" ??). The message to the school administration, the school board, the city government, should be that this is a problem the education system needs to have as a high priority.
It is a tough, complex issue and it's nice to see that there are people like Cynthia who have a positive attitude and contribution.
Hopefully, soon, we can spend our taxes (and that borrowed money) more wisely than bombs, bogus foreign occupations, tax breaks for the rich, oil company subsidies, and "No Child Left Behind".
Posted by Suspicious, a resident of another community, on Feb 29, 2008 at 8:35 pm
I think, in part, schools are to blame for some of the problems--certainly not all. Unfortunately,schools are restricted in their enforcement of "school rules" by what so many consider violations of free speech or civil rights, etc. Everyone is so concerned with being "politically correct." My son went to MV High School in the 80s and, even then, I couldn't believe they never even called me when he had cut classes. Even when he was caught by the police smoking pot when he should have been in school, I was never called. When I was in school you couldn't even walk around the halls during class time without a hall pass and if you were were caught hanging out in the parking lot when classes were in session, you were hauled off to the office. I think these kids need structure and discipline. It seems they grow up thinking they can do whatever they want without any consequences. Now, at 19, two young men have ruined their lives and, at 20, another young man is dead. I just hate the violent mentality of so many young people today--violent video games, music, movies, etc. I know this isn't the only factor, but it makes me sick that so many people are making so much money at the expense or our young people.
Posted by Eddie, a resident of the Jackson Park neighborhood, on Mar 2, 2008 at 3:06 pm
quoted from the palo alto paper
May 13, 2007
Residents seek gang solutions
Mountain View citizens ask for youth center
By Banks Albach / Daily News Staff Writer
A rise in gang-related crimes in Mountain View over the past five years has some residents calling for action beyond law enforcement: They want city officials to take preemptive measures such as providing a youth center and an array of educational and recreational services for at-risk children.
From 2002 to 2005, the number of gang-related crimes in the city almost tripled, from 25 to 71. Although the number dropped to 67 in 2006 and looks to be dropping this year, police say the numbers - the highest since the mid-1990s - are a serious problem.
Robberies, auto thefts, weapon assaults and drug possessions make up the bulk of the crimes, according to Mountain View police. One man was shot to death in 2004 and there have been several stabbings since, said Capt. Bruce Barsi, who oversees a gang response team with nine officers.
"We have Surenos and Nortenos," Barsi said, referring to the rival Hispanic gangs that have multiplied throughout the state. "We don't know what the trend is yet in 2007, but we have had some significant activity in the last few years."
He said it is unclear why gang activity is on the rise.
Posted by kittykat650, a resident of the Cuernavaca neighborhood, on Mar 2, 2008 at 8:48 pm
It's too easy to blame the schools. It's too easy to blame, blame, blame and throw your hands up in the air and walk away. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in and this type of violence is everywhere. It's glorified by music and fashion. The kids see gang-banging and drug dealing as the easy way out. The fast track to money and possessions. They don't have to work an 8-hour day to get minimum wage and be treated like dirt. They can control their "micro-environments" with intimidation, ultimately violence. It is sad. What's worse is that even getting a college degree doesn't mean you get the job you want, or the money and possessions you desire. On top of it all, college is the last option for a kid like Nate who couldn't read, was disabled (blind in one eye), and never graduated from high school. The system failed him because people around here would rather focus their attention on the over achievers and send the struggling ones off to the library to get them out of the classroom, or to the alternative school who doesn't have enough staff. It does take a village to raise a child, the whole village. Even with that being said, these problems are not going to disappear. Our youth don't seem to see the big picture. They want the quick fix. If anyone has the formula to raising a wholesome child in this flat world where pornography, drugs, cell phones, internet, television,ect... are at their finger tips.....that would be truly priceless!!!! Stop blaming the underpaid overworked teachers, stop blaming the tired overworked parents, stop blaming race...be a part of the solution--not part of the problem!
Posted by Jonathan, a resident of the Cuernavaca neighborhood, on Mar 2, 2008 at 9:00 pm
i was eating at Jack in The box and this guy was sitting with a girl in the corner eating. When he walked out i saw 4 police come out of no where and tackle this guy. then about 5 police cars came out from both sides and there was like 20 police officers and 15 under covers and they were just everywhere
Posted by annonymous, a resident of another community, on Mar 4, 2008 at 9:56 am
How is there still one suspect who hasn't been arrested??? I hope that people who have information on this case will step up to the plate and tell the police. This type of violence needs to stop. I hope that those who were friends with Jeff this past year will get the help they need to stop using drugs.... and stop the criminal activity... get a real job, start building the skills necessary in assuring that you have a future in this community.... not a future that ends in jail.
Posted by L, a resident of the Monta Loma neighborhood, on Mar 4, 2008 at 11:53 am
If you want to blame anyone, you can blame certain parents for not keeping a better eye on their kids. And if you see more to blame after that, you can blame housing prices for forcing parents to have two or more jobs so that they can put a roof over their families' heads, all the while, neglecting their children. If you still see more blame, you can blame the parents for not educating themselves and getting better jobs so they could still be there for their kids. And there you are, a full circle of blame. Conclusion: It's the parent's job to properly raise their children, and if they can't do it, maybe they shouldn't have kids. Two words: Planned Parenthood.
Posted by ct, a resident of another community, on Mar 4, 2008 at 11:26 pm
Why don't you go out and get an education. You sound like a complete idiot coming on here to blame the parents of someone who lost their son. Is that really what you need to do on a daily basis to make yourself feel better?? As a good friend of Jeff's it makes me sad to see people come on here and bash on him and his family. You have no right to judge someone you never met. Three words: Get a life.
Posted by annonymous, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Mar 5, 2008 at 9:15 am
CT, I agree... "L," your statement has a major flaw... mainly, you start out by stating that it is the parent's fault for not keeping an eye on their kids.. but then you go ahead and justify their inability to properly "patrol" their children by blaming society... rising cost of living causes parents to work two jobs, lack of educational oppurtunities causes for [bad] jobs= "not being there for their kids"... so clearly you are pointing fingers at society at this point, which is fine, but then you go ahead and sum up your argument by blaming the parents (whom you just clearly made an argument as to why it is NOT their faults).
Oh, and if you are trying to use your extremely intelligent generalization on the case that you are commenting on, unfortunately it does not pan out... Both of Jeff's parent's hold college degrees ... his father is a school principal for godsake. To the best of my knowledge, neither of them had to work two jobs to make ends meet... Jeff and his brother Brett always had the best educational oppurtunities, were involved in extra curricular activities, and were properly supervised... sometimes kids in this area just choose this lifestyle for some reason or another... maybe it's due to "peer pressure" or maybe it's just plain boredom. Often times it's just part of being a kid and growing up... Tragically, Jeff got caught up in a situation that was out of his control. Something that may have started as "experimentation" took an unfortunate turn. His parent's are not to blame for his untimely death, and neither is he.
Posted by 650, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Mar 5, 2008 at 10:34 am
All I have to say is that I'm glad that this matter is being taken seriously enough for the FBI to track down worthless scum like Nate who ran away to Alabama. As for Jose, he was obviously stupid enough to commit murder, so it comes as no surprise to me that he is dumb enough to hang around the area that he committed the horrific crime. It is only a matter of time before the third suspect is found.
There is no one to blame but those who committed the murder--not parents, schools, etc. They were losers who were not going anywhere in their lives but jail. It is THEIR fault that they are where they are today. I'm glad that they are getting what they deserve, yet I pity their families that have to realize that their kids are [word removed]. They have to live with the fact that their children are murderers.
As for Jeff's family, I know and love them very much--they are good people.
So please, to all of you who have no authority on what you're saying: JUST STOP.
Posted by Disappointed, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Mar 5, 2008 at 5:11 pm
I want to comment on the spirit of this forum relating to several ideas I find misinformed and overall repugnant.
First of all, whether or not it's racist to focus the discussion on Hispanics and illegal immigrants is irrelevant. Either way, it does not correctly identify the problem, nor does it identify a solution. It's just bickering, and it doesn't matter what the statistics are or who has a right to be here or whatever. That's a much larger, more contentious issue.
The issue at hand here is the murder of Jeff Johnson and the subsequent arrests of Nathan "Nasty Nate" Talarico and Jose Romero. I knew Nate personally for a while and I can tell you his behavior has nothing to do with his ethnicity or his nationality, nor does it represent any bigger issues.
So for all of you 'concerned parents' or 'concerned residents' or whoever you consider yourself, don't misinterpret the facts. Nate's behavior was reckless and irresponsible from the beginning, whether or not drugs were involved.
I can also tell you that the police are misinformed about this 'marijuana deal.' You think people get shot over marijuana? That's ridiculous. I can tell you all there was much more at stake than some pot.
Moreover, it is absolutely absurd to suggest that this kind of thing can be prevented by some kind of after-school program or "boys and girls club." Do you have ANY idea of what generates this kind of behavior? It's not because kids have nothing to do after school. And guess what? It doesn't matter what elementary or middle or high schools they went to. The solution has nothing to do with re-appropriating or re-distributing municipal funding. The problem is on a much smaller scale. If you want to blame something, blame the naive parenting from people who fail to understand their own children and don't realize there is a problem until their child is arrested for murder or in jail.
Lastly, it is so quintessentially American for people to play the blame game. When something happens, every goddamn American starts questioning whose fault it is. Taking responsibility for something has nothing to do with whose fault it is. It is incumbent upon the community to solve its problems. Gang-related crime should be heavily punished. Although gangs often deal drugs, drugs aren't the heart of the issue. I know corporate executives and financial analysts and Stanford professors who use hard drugs and marijuana and they sure as hell aren't causing any violent crime. The problem is gang-related violence and negligent parents. Who cares who's to blame. Let's fix this [word removed].
Posted by MVer, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Mar 5, 2008 at 8:01 pm
These comments are ridiculous. A person was murdered. People should not use these forums to express their ignorant views on racism, immigration or gang crime in Mountain View. This is a place to comment on what happened and possibly provide information/relief to those affected by this crime.
If you want to express unrelated information get a blog. I'm sick of seeing stupid subjects brought up on comment pages relating to the murder of my friend.
Posted by Trevor, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Mar 5, 2008 at 9:07 pm
Jeff was my friend, and as much as I would love to get most of you people alone just so I could beat some sense into you, i would like to take a moment to tell all of you that this is not the way you honor someone who was killed so please stop talking this way about someone who had zero impact in your life other than he fell somewhere within the vicinity of the area you live. Talking this way makes you part of the problem, all the anger and hate that I feel toward these people who have commited this atrocity has made me want to do some pretty bad things myself to those who have done wrong. I've been told that i have anger problems and this was the first time that at the end of it all I just wanted to have these people be caught and punished acordingly. Tell me I'm wrong tell me that they deserve to die on the street riddled with bullets, I dare you, because i'll tell you that you are wrong. I lost a friend as did so many people, a friend a brother a relative, he was so many things to so many people and it hurts to hear that people could say so many bad things about such a great person just because he got in with the wrong crowd. I was at the service, I had to watch everyone mourn the loss, not just their own, but Jeff's loss, he had so much to live for and someone took that away. Look into his brothers eyes and tell me what you see?!?!............ A boy without his brother. A friend of his from High School was so enraged that his friends felt they couldn't control him. Who can blame him, everyone wonders were this anger comes from, were all the violence comes from, well im tired of seeing all these comments on so many different sites were everyone tries to blame someone for the anger in this world, well you know what?! STOP looking at their race, or were they grew up, or what schools they went to and start thinking that maybe it is the individuals fault that they went out and took someone elses life not their home town, the hometown didnt pull the trigger on my friend. think about that before you write your next thoughtless comment. As the MVer said this is not the place for your rubbish.
Posted by Trevor, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Mar 5, 2008 at 9:20 pm
And "L" I suggest you leave your incorrect negative thoughts about jeff or (Jeffs) parents and how he was raised out of your nasty comments. However if you still feel the need to use this forum as you are you have some other issues going on and if you would like I can make myself availible to you if you would like to continue taking about something you have no idea about and would like someone to hear you babble. Because that is all you seem to like to do...........babble.
Posted by high schooler, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Mar 5, 2008 at 11:33 pm
i go to mvhs, i know about everything that has to drugs and shootings around mv. i think the number of cops rollin' around is more then enough. i also KNOW not believe KNOW that the cops in mountain use racial profiling to a very high degree. if you really want results in our schools we should put a uncover cop in MVHS, and LAHS. something like a sting. i dont know about Los altos but i kknow mountain view high school has a horrible problem with drugs. so a good way to get rid of teen drug dealers, is to do a sting operation in the schools with fake students that ask for drugs, HOWEVER, i know that not all the people that sell drugs are bad people. i have many friends that do and sell drugs. THEY ARE NOT BAD PEOPLE. and just to let you know, RACE is not relevent, i know just as many, if not more, white people that do and sell drugs then mexicans and african americans. im not going to lie, i do not like the cops. mostly because they harrass teens that arent even doing anything wrong. i do believe that cops keep mountain view in order though. I AM WHITE if you were wondering, and im sorry about all the grammar problems, thats just the way i type. thank you and lets keep the streets safe.
Posted by Sad, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Mar 6, 2008 at 5:50 am
I knew Jose Romero as a young boy. I saw no signs, he is a boy my child played with on the playground. I am shocked and so sad. I am sorry for all involved. I blame drugs! People from all cultures and socio-economic backgrounds are prey. Stay atuned to your kids
Posted by bosnan, a resident of another community, on Mar 8, 2008 at 10:10 pm
Try living in Boston, if you want to see racial profiling. A person born in Chelsea (part of Boston) is not considered a native when found in South Boston. Both areas are primarily white. So stuff your racism crap. You may not remember bussing and people throwing stones at buses to keep those other kids from integrating our schools.
Posted by concerned_citizen, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Mar 8, 2008 at 11:08 pm
A few things:
1. It is not racist to say that Mexicans, legal or illegal have a part in our problem with drugs. There are many Mexican people that come to this country for the sole purpose to establish drug distribution centers; these are the people that need to be deported. A lot of drugs are smuggled into the United States through Mexico. However, most of the people that come here via Mexico are hard working people that want to make a nice life for their families, just like all of the other groups that have come to America.
Go into a predominantly hispanic neighborhood and you will not see that all hell is breaking loose, you will see people out and about with their children and doing all of the usual things you see in other neighborhoods, there are only a few bad apples.
Ever been to a poor white community? I've lived in one. There was one murder done by shooting, a rape and someone who was stabbed to death. Our family was robbed. Young kids came home to empty houses, there was domestic violence.
2. When talking about drug related crime, let's not forget who is buying the drugs. People who buy drugs, even those who "just do a little pot" contribute to violence and crime. What was the guy's last name who bought the drugs? Johnson? Isn't that a European name? Isn't Mr. Johnson and the other guy who was shot just as bad as the shooters? If you purchase illegal drugs, you have blood on your hands.
People need to realize that when they buy illegal drugs they are sanctioning murder, and when you sanction murder, you may as well be pulling the trigger yourself.
Posted by upset, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Mar 9, 2008 at 3:52 am
Stop these comments. I agree with "MVer" and "Trevor" Its ridiculous to hear such crap written about someone who was murdered. Get over yourselves and talk about something important or relevant or don't talk at all.
Posted by Friend of Jeff's, a resident of another community, on Mar 9, 2008 at 11:03 am
Hey Enough! Did you ever think that e was a friend of Jeffs and wants the worst to come to the people who did it?!?! Like come one now, he was the first friend that I knew from 1st grade to get killed..and it was over bull shit....so I do hope that the 2 guys get raped and beaten to death. They deserve it.
Posted by dont trip., a resident of another community, on Mar 9, 2008 at 1:02 pm
jose is innocent!!!!..i know jose and he doesnt have the heart to take another life..he is very nice n kind.best friend ever..all u stupid people dont kno shit...i wish the mvpd would do a better job.everyone who is talking shit is an idiot..
Posted by WTF, a resident of another community, on Mar 9, 2008 at 3:37 pm
Hey, "concerned citizen" your "theory" is wrong and stupid. I will explain later. But, you aren't very smart and shouldn't say stupid things. Oh and if jose is involved in the least he deserves to go to jail for a long long time. Jeff Johnson was the shiznit and I love him and his family to death. Whoever killed him desreves to never see the light of day.
Posted by WOW, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Mar 9, 2008 at 11:12 pm
"concerned citizen", how can you dare say that jeff johnson was just as bad as the people who shot him? What kind of logic is that? Jeff Johnson was a loving, hilarious and wonderful person who did not do anything to deserve his death. Many Many teens experiment with drugs, and although that is not a good thing, it does not make them a bad person, and it definitly does not justify murder. If you did not personally know Jeff then I ask that you please keep your hurtful thoughts to yourself. How would it feel if you had a son that was killed and someone said that he deserved it? No one deserves to have their life taken away from them at such an early age. May god be with the Johnson family and with you concerned citizen because quite frankly, you need someone to lead your horrible thoughts in the right direction.