Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has secured an injunction to stop the habitual criminal activity of the San Fernando Valley’s Columbus Street gang. The injunction was signed on June 27, 2013, by Judge Rolf Treu in Department 58 of the Los Angeles Superior Court.
“For too long, the Columbus Street gang has used intimidation, violence and fear in holding this community hostage to its nefarious activities,” said City Attorney Trutanich. “Today, our prosecutors and law enforcement partners have secured an important tool to curb illegal activity in our neighborhoods and bring safety and security to our residents.”
Filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in Feb. 2013, the injunction is designed to severely restrict the ability of the gang to engage in criminal and nuisance activities within an established safety zone. The zone is defined as a 2.7 square mile area covering territory generally bounded by Plumber Street to the north, Sepulveda Blvd. to the west, Saticoy St. to the south, and Woodman Ave. to the east. The safety zone includes neighborhoods in Panorama City and North Hills.
Terms of the approved court order include many of the standard gang injunction provisions, including: limiting the gang’s ability to associate in public with other members, intimidating witnesses, selling or possessing drugs, driving or possessing another person’s vehicle or possessing weapons or graffiti tools.