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Oceanside residents gather to stop gang violence

The city of Oceanside held a meeting last night to mobilize community groups against gang violence. Oceanside has at least 12 gangs with more than a thousand documented members. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The gang prevention gathering was prompted by a political tug of war over whether federal and state funding should be funneled through a relatively new faith- based group or through community groups that have worked in the city for years. Concha Hernandez Green, whose son was killed in gang violence, said neighborhood partnerships that existed in the mid 90s need to be revived.

Hernandez Green: "We're out there at 10:30 at night trying to help them with what's going on with the violence, so this is what we need people from the community to come together again, I guess we fell asleep for a while because it was safe, but to come together again and take our neighborhoods back."

The city council agreed to solicit funding for a collaboration yet to be forged between groups working to fight gang violence in several Oceanside neighborhoods. Alison St John, KPBS news.

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