During the last Santa Maria City Council meeting, several residents spoke about the need for a gang injunction. Amen.

For many years, Santa Maria has been plagued by gang-related violence, with the last most memorable and spectacular demonstration having been in the middle of the day just last month. Several gang members terrorized Santa Maria streets with a high-speed chase that included shots fired at officers.

If I am not mistaken, our tax dollars go toward police protection, but as of late, I do not feel protected. Each sworn officer, including our own police chief and mayor, took an oath to uphold the laws and protect the citizens, yeT gang violence continues to spin out of control, jeopardizing the lives of the innocent.

During the Nov. 3 City Council meeting, Santa Maria’s police chief admitted that over 50 percent of the known gang membership is comprised of illegal aliens. This should come as no surprise to any resident who has seen our city handed over to foreign criminals. These reprobates have heard Santa Maria is a sanctuary city, and the gang members have no fear of authority.

If our mayor and police chief steadfastly refuse to protect law-abiding citizens, what is to become of Santa Maria? Our city streets belong to our children and hard-working families, not low-life criminals who use intimidation and violence to keep residents in fear.

Based on my research, a gang injunction, along with continual enforcement of same, is the only remedy.

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Alfred Blanchard

Santa Maria

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