Latino-Rights Group Fights Injunction

PODER, a Santa Barbara-based Latino-rights coalition, said this week that it will continue making phone calls and sending emails to elected officials to actively oppose the city’s proposed gang injunction. Members are contacting Mayor Helene Schneider and city councilmembers to urge City Attorney Steve Wiley — who recently announced he will retire in December — to drop the filing. They crossed councilmembers Cathy Murillo and Grant House off their list of officials to get in touch with because those two have already voiced their opposition. With the opening of the city attorney position and three potential new councilmembers, a spokesperson from PODER said community activism is crucial in these next few months.

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