The injunction affects members of the Down Below Gang of the
Sunnydale housing projects and the Towerside gang, named for the
crime-stricken Geneva Towers that used to rise above the valley near the
Daly City border before its residents voted to tear them down so town home-style housing units could be erected in their place. The city attorney's
court filing claims the rivalry has led to 10 homicides in the last
In a 2007 cover story "Out of San Francisco,"
we wrote about one family who lived in Towerside gang turf that was so scathed by
the neighborhood's ongoing violence -- one son left with a traumatic
brain injury, another rendered a paraplegic from gunshot wounds -- that they
moved out of the city. At that time, area residents talked about constant gunfire and keeping their kids on virtual lockdown at night to keep them out of harm's way.
While critics charge that injunctions are McCarthyesque civil rights violations
that merely push crime to other areas, Herrera, who is currently running for mayor, presents compelling
statistics that his previous injunctions have exacted a
"mellowing effect" on the amount of non-injunction arrests of the listed gang members over time. Forty-one percent of the listed gang members were
arrested for non-injunction-related crimes in 2007, while 20 percent
were arrested for such crimes in 2009.