Tax Hike Would Pay For Gang Prevention

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, May 19, 2008

County Supervisor Roger Dickinson says you can see evidence of gang activity pretty much anywhere you go in Sacramento.  

"We see it in the graffiti in our neighborhoods." 

And he says gang violence is becoming more brazen. 

"Shots fired between cars on Florin Road in midday. The killing of Detective Vu Nguyen   and Thanh, if you’d come join…" 

Thanh is the widow of Detective Vu Nguyen’s who was shot to death last year by a 16 year old alleged gang member. She stood quietly next to Dickinson at Monday's press conference to show her support for his plan to raise the county’s sales tax from 7.75% to 8%.  

"We believe that a child is worth a lot more than a quarter cent but we’re asking the voters just to give us that much."   

Dickinson says a quarter cent sales tax hike would raise about $50 million for after school programs, job training and gang intervention.

So far, there is no formal opposition to the proposed measure.