Concern over continued and increased gang activity in Madera prompted representatives from several local organizations to hold a gang intervention summit at the VFW Hall on Granada Drive.
The 2 and 1/2 hour session was moderated by Rick Farinelli, a candidate for the District 3 seat on the Madera County Board of Supervisors, and was attended by about 30 people, including several community leaders.
The Friday evening meeting was the first time that a local coalition of gang prevention, drug prevention, and mental health leaders have come together in the same room to address their respective concerns, according to Farinelli. He calls it the “full circle approach” to dealing with gangs, drugs, and mental health issues.
The program consisted of 10 speakers...