Money to gang mem­bers? How’s that?

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion -

I be­lieve I heard re­cently that the Fresno City Coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing pay­ing gang mem­bers $500 per month to dis­as­so­ci­ate them­selves from their gang af­fil­i­a­tion. Can this pos­si­bly be a se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion?

How will these in­di­vid­u­als be mon­i­tored for com­pli­ance? We do not have the man­power or the re­sources to pay for such. Much gang ac­tiv­ity takes place when most busi­nesses are closed for the day, so who will be the in­di­vid­u­als driv­ing around to check com­pli­ance in the late night, wee hours of the morn­ing?

If I heard cor­rectly, the City Coun­cil has the votes nec­es­sary to pass this ini­tia­tive, and our only hope for com­mon sense is our mayor.

If this passes, I think I should find a gang to join as the $500 per month for “fun” money sounds appealing.

– Ch­eryl Browns, Fresno

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