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Gangs in Santa Barbara

Gangs from the Eastside, Westside, and beyond have been part of Santa Barbara for decades. But in recent years, the gang warfare - especially amongst teenagers - has escalated. This is the collection of Independent.com's gang coverage.

Realtors Oppose Gang Injunction

Councilmember Gregg Hart also argues against the legal filing. Read story.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

ACLU Opposes Gang Injunction

Says it would restrict constitutionally protected behavior. Read story.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Getting Down with the Founder of Homeboy Industries

Father Greg Boyle will visit Santa Barbara on Thursday. Read story.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Council Hears Tsunami of Criticism over Gang Injunction

Authorities argue action is needed to combat the Mexican Mafia. Read story.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Is the Mexican Mafia Making Moves in Santa Barbara?

Police net dozens of arrests and charges during Operation Falling Dawn. Read story.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Trial Date Set For Gang Injunction

The city's proposal will be heard in court mid-March. Read story.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Gang Injunction, What's Your Function?

Pro-Youth Movement's fourth meeting focuses on the controversial proposal. Read story.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

J.P. Herrada Talks Gang Intervention

Palabra's jefe and police nemesis talks about street justice and what works with would-be gangsters. Read story.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Task Force with Teeth?

Anti-gang group tracks results from the trenches. Read story.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Gang Injunction Clears Hurdle

Judge orders release of select juvenile records. Read story.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Gangbuster or Gangbanger?

Arrest of Raymond Macias casts shadow on La Palabra. Read story.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Heated Debate Over Gang Injunction

Blank check, slippery slope, or another tool in toolbox? Read story.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

S.B. Dems Oppose Gang Injunction

Crime stats show gang activity dropped this year. Read story.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Police Arrest Seven in Gang Sweep

Some charged with robbery, others with drug possession or parole violation. Read story.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Gang Injunction Further Moth-Balled

Judge takes trial date off calendar to let City gather more information. Read story.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Dirty Knobs

The Dirty Knobs and The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain ... Read More