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North County Cities Coordinate Anti-Gang Activities

Leaders of the four San Diego cities along Highway 78 in North County plan a more coordinated approach their gang problems.

Donald Stump of the non-profit group North County Lifeline said that’s important because when one city imposes a gang injunction, the gangs simply move to the next city

“Turf has gone from geographic to a business area,” he said. “Whether they are trading in drugs or what ever they are trading in, it’s really about that rather than about the neighborhood any more.”

Escondido, San Marcos, Vista and Oceanside will chip in to fund a joint study of their gang problems, in the hope of landing a federal grant to combat gangs in the future. The San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG, will do the study which. It should be ready by September.

San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn’s office spearheaded the initiative to bring the cities together. Horn said no federal money is available right now. But he said the North County study should give the region a chance when federal funds are available.

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