Posted by Bernie Brightman, a resident of the North Whisman neighborhood, on Apr 26, 2008 at 11:16 am
Sounds like the real problem is that these gang members have parents who are gang members and the reason they are is that they don't have enough prosperity. If this is really the case, it's not going to be an easy one to solve and may be beyond the municipal level.
Posted by Jose Hernandez, a resident of the North Whisman neighborhood, on Apr 26, 2008 at 9:26 pm
The Police need to establish a rapport with the young people here in Mountain View. The only time I see officers is in a reactive state and are very quick to arrest and place these young people in the system. What happened to walking the beat? Park your patrol car and walk through the neighborhoods you police, you might find that most of us here are good people and many of the kids are too. I've got kids that have been in trouble with gangs and it's not easy. Having the Police as a partner and not as an organization to be treated with distrust and suspicion is the first step.