The Transit Coalition advocates for a first-rate and robust transit system all throughout Southern California. Part of our advocacy work includes keeping our communities free from gang crimes so that our transit fleets and stations remain clean and safe which are patronized by a productive labor workforce, not mired in graffiti or crime.
In the Inland Empire, the Press Enterprise has been providing continuous coverage of independent groups peacefully fighting to take back their communities from local street gangs. The tactic that these groups are using is preventing vulnerable youth from joining the criminal culture in the first place. Gangs rely on new members to replace those either killed or incarcerated.
Last October following the murder of 6 year old Tina Ricks, groups in Moreno Valley worked on stepping up their efforts to connect with at-risk youth. More recently, a former Inland gang member who turned away from this culture after serving time in jail has been working very hard to provide a positive place for troubled teens. Terrace Stone founded Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy in 2001. There are centers throughout San Berardino County and Moreno Valley. In addition, numerous religious organizations provide mentors, job leads and help for incarcerated youth to prevent them from returning to the gangs upon release. Our Inland Empire transit blog goes into deeper detail of how stopping gang violence benefits transportation mobility.