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San Diego Gang Stories Retrospective

Feb. 17
These Days

What's the gang world like in America's Finest City? For several months, KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has been compiling a series of reports that she calls San Diego Gang Stories. It explains local gangs through the eyes of the people who come in contact with them. For the next hour, we'll bring you a special report that incorporates this series of Gang Stories.

Dozens Arrested In Imperial County Drug Bust

Oct. 21
By Jill Replogle
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Authorities arrested 43 people in predawn raids Tuesday that prosecutors said are linked to a large-scale methamphetamine and heroin trafficking organization in Imperial County.

'Los Palillos' Boss Gets Nine Life Terms For Killings, Kidnappings In San Diego

Oct. 14
Kelly Wheeler / City News Service
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Los Palillos splintered off from Tijuana's Arellano Felix drug cartel in 2002. It set up operations in San Diego, murdering nine people.

Council Supports Initiative To Fight San Diego Gangs But Requests Details

Sept. 29
Midday Edition
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To address gang activity, the city’s Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention proposed a new initiative that begins as early as preschool.

A Letter Parents Don't Want To Get From The Cops: Your Kid's In A Gang

May 7
By Megan Burks
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Parents can protest the gang designation, but KPBS found recently that the 10 parents who received the letters from the San Diego police didn't challenge the finding.

San Diego Gang Notification Letters Are A Win For Transparency — And So Far Not Much Else

April 28
By Megan Burks
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A new law lets parents step in before police add their child's name to a statewide gang database. So far, no one has taken the cops up on the offer.

45 West Coast Crips Gang Members Arrested In San Diego

April 24
By City News Service
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The arrest of 45 San Diego gang members is expected to dramatically improve public safety in El Cajon and Spring Valley.

San Diego County Responds To Growing Link Between Childhood Trauma And Health

April 8
By Megan Burks
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As statewide conversations on childhood trauma grow, San Diego health, welfare and education leaders push service providers to get "trauma-informed."

The Scope Of San Diego's Gang Problem

April 2
By Megan Burks
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For a city whose gang problem pales in comparison to so-called gang capitals Los Angeles and Chicago, we sure have been talking about gangs a lot lately. Here's a primer on San Diego's gang landscape.

Bringing Legitimacy – And Money – to San Diego Street Outreach Workers

March 25
By Megan Burks
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Tasha Williamson, an activist and educator schooled in fighting gangs in Los Angeles, is using her street skills to battle gang violence in San Diego. She's one of dozens of street outreach workers new group License to Serve is working to organize and support.

‘At-Risk, Whatever That Means’: Who Actually Needs Gang Intervention

March 18
By Megan Burks
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A street outreach worker in San Diego says the term "at-risk" is too vague and too broadly applied — sometimes to the detriment of those truly in danger of becoming entrenched in gang life.

San Diego Police Helping End Gang Retaliation With Text Messages

March 17
By Megan Burks
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The San Diego Police Department shares real-time information on gang homicides so former gang members can work to stop retaliation — starting at the hospital.

In Southeastern San Diego, The Fine Line Between Gang Policing And Gang Behavior

March 3
By Megan Burks
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Some community members community have likened members of the San Diego Police Department's gang suppression unit to Stormtroopers or a gang itself.

San Diego Leaders Announce New Campaign To Combat Sex Trafficking

Jan. 30
By Susan Murphy
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San Diego leaders and law enforcement Thursday unveiled a new campaign to raise awareness and help combat the growing problem of sex trafficking.

San Diego Vows Human-Trafficking Crackdown

Jan. 30
By City News Service

San Diego officials gathered Thursday to draw attention to a statewide campaign against the growing problem of human trafficking, a highly profitable underworld that enslaves its victims in prostitution and hard labor.

Sex Trafficking Overtakes Drugs As San Diego County Gang’s Top Cash Source

Jan. 27
By Amita Sharma
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According to FBI, San Diego’s rival street gangs have put aside their differences over turf and drugs, and struck up alliances to sell women and girls, some as young as 12.

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