Four gang-related homicides have occurred in east Lodi since last August. Each crime was committed with a firearm that was in the hands of a juvenile or young adult. One of the victims was an 18-year old Lodi woman. She had graduated from a local high school and, by all accounts, had no gang ties and a bright future ahead of her.
That's just part of an uncomfortable but real message I delivered during a City Council study session on gang violence last Tuesday.