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DANA POINT : City Will Try Out Anti-Gang Project

Dana Point recently became the third South County city to sign up for a tri-city gang prevention project, although the City Council wants to monitor the program closely before making a yearlong commitment to the effort.

The council voted unanimously last week to join San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano in the anti-gang project run by Community Services Programs Inc., a private, nonprofit organization based in Irvine.

The program in Dana Point is on a trial basis and will target members of Barrio Chico San Clemente, a San Clemente-based gang known to recruit members from Dana Point and Capistrano Beach, according to a city report.

Council members stopped short of endorsing the program for an entire year but appropriated $18,083 for the first seven months of the program. Monthly reports will help them check the program’s progress, Mayor Mike Eggers said.

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“We’re going to monitor the heck out of this program,” Eggers said. “Every time I turn around we’re putting money into gang problems. But I’m willing to go for a trial basis.”


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