HAYWARD – Recent court rulings affirming the implementation of gang injunctions in Oakland may push the filing of similar injunctions in Hayward into next year as the city attorney’s office tweaks a version of its own.
Hayward City Attorney
During a work session in March, the council voiced general approval for the program, although one member in particular, Councilman Mark Salinas, worried about the message gang injunctions would send to the city’s youth. “This tool, as oppose to other law enforcement tools,” he said, “sends a very big ripple effect to how we construct on how we look at the young people in this city.” Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney reiterated at the same meeting that the vexing problems associated with gang activity consistently tops the list of public surveys.
Lawson said new Hayward Police Chief Diane Urban is up to speed with the city’s work on gang injunctions and has experience with the issue. During Urban’s 25-year career at the San Jose Police Department, the city become the first Bay Area city to deploy gang injunctions.
“Gang injunctions are just a tool,” Urban said Tuesday after her swearing-in ceremony at City Hall. “They’re not a panacea, but one of many tools. If deployed judiciously, I think it will make this community feel safer.” – Steven Tavares