SJ City Council holds violence prevention summit

February 2, 2013 3:32:28 PM PST
On the heels of a historically deadly year for the city of San Jose, community members came together Saturday to discuss gang and violence prevention.

Topics ranged from getting out of gangs to neighborhood safety. This is the first year experts have addressed the issue of girls in gangs. More than 300 people attended various workshops.

"Community is very, very important in prevention because we can't arrest our way out of our problems. We have to really involve the community so we can create alternatives for our youth and prevent folks from getting involved in violence in the first place," said San Jose City Councilmember Rose Herrera.

This is the fifth year Mayor Chuck Reed and his Gang Prevention Task Force sponsored the summit.