Fresno City Officials Attending Gang Prevention Meeting

Representatives from the City of Fresno will join leaders from 12 other California cities to discuss gang prevention efforts during a meeting in Santa Rosa today and tomorrow.

City attendees at the California Cities Gang Prevention Network’s two-day session are Kyle Loreto, chief of staff to Councilmember Blong Xiong; Deputy Chief Keith Foster and Lt. Jose Garza of the Fresno Police Department; and Maggie Navarro, coordinator of the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Initiative.

Debra McKenzie, Fresno County’s Gang Task Force coordinator, also is expected to attend.

During the two-day meeting, participants will develop policy recommendations for state and federal levels to support gang prevention plans. They also will discuss successful local initiatives, potential funding opportunities provided by the federal economic stimulus package and how to involve hard-hit communities to maximize the effectiveness of city efforts.

In addition to Fresno, cities involved in the Network are Los Angeles, Oakland, Oxnard, Richmond, Sacramento, Salinas, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa and Stockton.

The California Cities Gang Prevention Network is sponsored by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD). According to the NLC, the Network has identified and implemented effective city-wide strategies that blend prevention, intervention and enforcement efforts over the past two years.

More information on the Gang Prevention Network can be found at

Contact: Michael Lukens, Press Secretary 559-907-1144