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Gang injunction in Santa Ana will do more harm than good, critics say
Gang injunction in Santa Ana will do more harm than good, critics say

Hot dogs and carne asada sizzled on the grill in a narrow courtyard where Vanessa Cerda and friends gathered on a recent Sunday afternoon. Across the road, a bounce house was set up for children to play and nearby, a woman sold pupusas in front of her home. It was a hot but tranquil afternoon on South Townsend Street, a stretch of densely packed apartment complexes in the heart of Santa Ana. In June, Orange County prosecutors asked a judge to impose a gang injunction in this neighborhood, saying it suffers from drug dealing, violence and intimidation at the hands of the Townsend Street gang. Cerda and others here have vowed to fight back, saying an injunction will do more harm than...

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