A state appeals court has upheld an Alameda County Superior Court judge’s injunction restricting the activities of 15 alleged members of the North Side Oakland gang within a section of the northern part of the city.
A judge issued a preliminary injunction Friday against five alleged Norteno gang members in Oakland’s Fruitvale district but delayed a ruling on 35 other reputed members.
In his last day on the job, Oakland City Attorney John Russo Friday appointed Chief Assistant City Attorney Barbara Parker to be acting city attorney until a permanent successor is either appointed or elected.
The legality and the effectiveness of gang injunctions are being tested in Oakland. Around 40 gang members have been named in a proposed injunction that covers the city’s Fruitvale district.
Oakland City Attorney John Russo announced Wednesday that he will leave his post on June 13 to became Alameda’s city manager.
The Oakland City Attorney’s Office, which has filed lawsuits against two gangs in the city, still plans to file a lawsuit against a third gang at some point in the near future, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Officials at Oakland’s City Attorney’s office claim lawyers for alleged gang members are purposely dragging out gang injunction court hearings to make the process more expensive.
Alameda’s mayor wasn’t giving any early clues as to who would be the next City Manager, despite multiple published reports that one of the finalists was Oakland City Attorney John Russo.
Oakland City Attorney John Russo is reportedly one of three finalists for the position of Alameda City Manager.
For the second time in as many weeks, an Alameda County judge on Wednesday didn’t decide whether to grant a preliminary injunction that would prohibit 40 suspected gang members from gathering in an east Oakland neighborhood.