An Azusa neighborhood has become a co...

An Azusa neighborhood has become a common ground for gang violence

There are 192 comments on the San Gabriel Valley Tribune story from Aug 15, 2009, titled An Azusa neighborhood has become a common ground for gang violence. In it, San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that:

When strange cars roll into the neighborhood at 6th Street and Rockvale Avenue, residents know it can mean trouble.

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James626

Hesperia, CA

#1 Aug 15, 2009
Nice neighborhood
Just Saying

Anaheim, CA

#2 Aug 15, 2009
"But as the years passed, the neighborhood changed. The recessions of the late 1970s and the mid-1990s, along with the the current economic crisis, have devastated the neighborhood, Rocha said."

This above statement is B.S. Neighboring Glendora has the same economic "crisis" and went through the same recessions as Azusa but without the Gang problems and incidents. Rocha speak the truth. What has changed in Azusa from 30 yrs. ago when people in this neigborhood were on a waiting list to live there, compared to today? Really what has changed, it would be interesting to compare the demographics from the late 60's to early 70's to todays demographics. I'm sure the increased crime rate would mirror the increase of a "certain" demographic. Then again this could be said for most San Gabriel valley cities that are experiencing similiar problems. It's time to place blame where it belongs, if one doesn't show allegance to a country, they most likely will not have pride in their place of resident and/or surronding areas. These problem "residents" are treating this area as if they are just renting it, similar to how they would treat a "rented" motel room or rental car. They don't have pride or an allegence, so they continue to destroy the area while people like Rocha continue to make excuses for them and not placing blame where it belongs.

Sometimes the truth is hard for some to take, but until the problem is identified, it can't be corrected and the fine remaining residents will continue to live in fear while others make excuses for the criminals. These are criminals, not victims of the recession.....you idiot!!!

Just Saying
Patches Ohoulihan

Studio City, CA

#3 Aug 15, 2009
Azusa really seems to be headed downhill lately...
LDT

Sun City, CA

#4 Aug 16, 2009
Taggers and gang members are one in the same and the other thing is that in general they tend to be second and third generation and legal ... I wish there was someone that could explain why these people are so willing to settle and have no desire to have nice neighborhoods ?
LDT

Sun City, CA

#5 Aug 16, 2009
Patches Ohoulihan wrote:
Azusa really seems to be headed downhill lately...
Little T.J. is more like it .
LDT

Sun City, CA

#6 Aug 16, 2009
By looking at the photo gallery of Atlantis Gardens no wonder the neighborhood is going to crap .... Boarded up and vacant dwellings are beacons of crime wanted here ... First the scavengers come and strip away anything of value and sell it mind you someone still owns the property ... It does not mean open season for salvage and then the gang element comes in because it's a place to PARTY ... DUH!!!!
Escape CA

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Aug 16, 2009
Just Saying wrote:
"But as the years passed, the neighborhood changed. The recessions of the late 1970s and the mid-1990s, along with the the current economic crisis, have devastated the neighborhood, Rocha said."
This above statement is B.S. Neighboring Glendora has the same economic "crisis" and went through the same recessions as Azusa but without the Gang problems and incidents. Rocha speak the truth. What has changed in Azusa from 30 yrs. ago when people in this neigborhood were on a waiting list to live there, compared to today? Really what has changed, it would be interesting to compare the demographics from the late 60's to early 70's to todays demographics. I'm sure the increased crime rate would mirror the increase of a "certain" demographic. Then again this could be said for most San Gabriel valley cities that are experiencing similiar problems. It's time to place blame where it belongs, if one doesn't show allegance to a country, they most likely will not have pride in their place of resident and/or surronding areas. These problem "residents" are treating this area as if they are just renting it, similar to how they would treat a "rented" motel room or rental car. They don't have pride or an allegence, so they continue to destroy the area while people like Rocha continue to make excuses for them and not placing blame where it belongs.
Sometimes the truth is hard for some to take, but until the problem is identified, it can't be corrected and the fine remaining residents will continue to live in fear while others make excuses for the criminals. These are criminals, not victims of the recession.....you idiot!!!
Just Saying
raza rules
Just Saying

Anaheim, CA

#8 Aug 16, 2009
Escape CA wrote:
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raza rules
Case in point, your part of the problem with your un-educated opinions. Before you ask how I know your un-educated, I defer to your response "Raza" and by-the-way, it's "La Raza" your an idiot too, just like Rocha. An idiot that can't even properly identify a group he wishes to claim.

It's people like you that give "pro abortion" proponents a valid argument to thier ideas and beliefs. pssss; that means you should have been aborted.

Just Saying
nino

Covina, CA

#9 Aug 16, 2009
send in the Nukes
pancho villa

Pinon Hills, CA

#10 Aug 16, 2009
atlantis apts,those apts are THE AZUSA PROJECTS and have gone to the neighborhood gang for as long as i can remember.ever since the city closed the back entrance to the complex.now its one way in one way out.sixth and rockvale.
Had to move

Monrovia, CA

#11 Aug 16, 2009
Mayor Rocha, you have a gang problem. In 1997, I was attacked and beat up on my porch by a teen female claiming Azusa 13. She was arrested (only because I held her by her hair) but was released the next morning. I had to move due to the harassment she gave me, daily. Didn't the Glendora police give anyone this information? Oh and my crime that deserved this beating....while in my home, I opened my door due to a female screaming only to find a group of thugs fighting in my driveway. Another neighbor called the police, but I was blamed. She came to teach me a lesson that NO ONE gets in their business.
AngryWhittierRes ident

Whittier, CA

#12 Aug 16, 2009
Crappy neighborhood, you build apts, and "they will come". It's the same thing in Whittier! All of the gang problems and thugs live in a once nice area of uptown whittier. It got so bad there was a gang injunction a couple years ago from pickering to painter and beverly to hadley.
Do you know what is there??? SHTTY APARTMENTS!!
eye on things

Pasadena, CA

#14 Aug 16, 2009
Note to self: Any city or neighborhood with the word gardens in it is a place to stay away from.. Just my opinion.
OH My Goodness

Glendale, CA

#16 Aug 16, 2009
Okay people...the root to all these gang and tagging problems is oppression. This is a much bigger problem that can't be solved by slamming any particular ethnic group on a blog. People who live in an oppressed environment will compensate for what's lacking (family structure, lack of quality education, lack of quality jobs, etc). The article even quotes a cop saying the tagging group formed 2 years ago. The key word is formed, they formed because those individuals lives was lacking something, maybe a bond or connection to another person. Hmmm...it starts to make sense.
So instead of slamming a particular group, I challenge those who put the blame on others to get off their hamhocks and do something to make a difference so that we don't live in a crime rampant world.

I know, it's easier said than done and nobody on these blogs will do anything but I at least I've not put the blame on one particular ethnic group, since its a larger social problem.

Since: Oct 08

Azusa, CA

#17 Aug 16, 2009
You are always going to have low-lifes in areas were education takes a back seat to religion, regardless of race.
Really

Glendora, CA

#19 Aug 16, 2009
OH My Goodness wrote:
Okay people...the root to all these gang and tagging problems is oppression. This is a much bigger problem that can't be solved by slamming any particular ethnic group on a blog. People who live in an oppressed environment will compensate for what's lacking (family structure, lack of quality education, lack of quality jobs, etc). The article even quotes a cop saying the tagging group formed 2 years ago. The key word is formed, they formed because those individuals lives was lacking something, maybe a bond or connection to another person. Hmmm...it starts to make sense.
So instead of slamming a particular group, I challenge those who put the blame on others to get off their hamhocks and do something to make a difference so that we don't live in a crime rampant world.
I know, it's easier said than done and nobody on these blogs will do anything but I at least I've not put the blame on one particular ethnic group, since its a larger social problem.
Really, oppression...you mean like the Jewish people suffered? How about all the kids that grew up in worse areas than Azusa and became productive adults. By blaming others you too are part of the problem. People need to start taking responsibilty for thier actions and the actions of thier children. This isn't the fault of society, it is the fault of the individual and thier parent(s). This area isn't true oppression as you wish to claim. There are plenty opportunites to those who wish to educate themselves and not embrace the life of a criminal. It's amazing how you ask others to take care of thier problems yet you dont mention the lack of charactor of the individual nor responsibility of the parent(s).
Your an idiot just like this Rocha charactor.
Banger hater

Ventura, CA

#20 Aug 16, 2009
Had to move wrote:
Mayor Rocha, you have a gang problem. In 1997, I was attacked and beat up on my porch by a teen female claiming Azusa 13. She was arrested (only because I held her by her hair) but was released the next morning. I had to move due to the harassment she gave me, daily. Didn't the Glendora police give anyone this information? Oh and my crime that deserved this beating....while in my home, I opened my door due to a female screaming only to find a group of thugs fighting in my driveway. Another neighbor called the police, but I was blamed. She came to teach me a lesson that NO ONE gets in their business.
I lived in Azusa in 1980 off Rockvale and Matchwood in the condo complex. Had just started our family and there was a group living in the same complex who goal was to harrass us neighbors. I also didn't like that the main grocery store (Lucky's on Gladstone) allowed and tolerated loitering in the parking lot by day laborers. We left after 6 months. When I read these kinds of stories about Azusa, I see that not much has changed. A13 was around back then and because the city hasn't managed to fully address the gang problem, it continues to plague the city.
schnazzybo

West Covina, CA

#21 Aug 16, 2009
another case of a bunch of no-good monkeys with guns....effin waste of skin
Hillbilly

Franklin, TN

#22 Aug 16, 2009
just saying and really, it's refreshing to read intelligent comments on this blog, keep up the good work!!! and Joe Rocha, your just plain stupid.
JackSchitt

United States

#23 Aug 16, 2009
"I think we have a gang problem," Mayor Joe Rocha-Really? Did you just come out of a coma?? Scary...this guy is the mayor.

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