Details of the initiative were disclosed just before the California Cities Gang Prevention Network’s annual two-day conference in Santa Rosa, which was happening Thursday and Friday.
In addition to getting their tattoos removed, the Clean Slate program gives students eight weeks of life skills classes – learning everything from how to speak well to building a resume.
East Palo Alto is celebrating the opening of its first skate park – a facility intended to help reduce youth violence in the area.
Officials with both the City of San Jose and the San Jose Police Department were invited to share what the city is doing to reduce gang activity.
2011 got off to a violent start in San Jose, with six murders within the first few weeks of January.
More than 100 Oakland fifth-graders will graduate from a gang prevention program Friday, the Oakland Unified School District said.