Voice Mountain View Voice: Turning off gang infatuation: Intervention starts in middle school with special counselors (May 25, 2007)
The colors and paraphernalia of local gangs are showing up more frequently in local middle schools, a phenomenon that worries officials of the Mountain View Whisman school district. To combat the growing problem, a team of special counselors has been hired to intervene with students and help them steer clear of gang activity.
There’s a folded blue bandanna a student wore in his pocket, signifying the Surenos gang, and several drawings another student made on binder paper, depicting gang members, weapons and gang logos.
He recalled a meeting last week with the parents of a 12-year-old girl. The parents were worried that her erratic behavior was a sign of drug use and other correlating behavior. Garcia was able to locate her Myspace Web page, where a picture of her boyfriend was prominently displayed.
“He’s a well known Sureno,” Garcia said. “Her parents were completely shocked. And while she isn’t a Sureno herself yet, we knew she was associating with them. And that’s where it starts.”
Parents need to be wary and watchful, both men agreed.
Garcia and Noriega regularly hang out around students both on campus and off. The two men will walk around neighborhoods like Latham Street and California Avenue, known gang territories, looking for familiar faces to talk to.
Or in Realtor speak: “GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATIONS!”
Meanwhile here are the median prices in Mountain View, and the dollar per square foot:
DQNews – San Jose Mercury News Weekly Zip Code Chart
Mountain View 94040 $880,000 41.7% $641 32 88.2%
Mountain View 94041 $850,000 2.1% $685 9 28.6%
Mountain View 94043 $700,000 6.6% $521 29 -32.6%
Just think – without these gang problems, I bet $1000 per square foot would be the norm.