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Community Voices Confronting gangs in Lodi: Maria Cervantes, Heritage Elementary School

‘Boys and girls walking home are scared. Families have stopped sitting in the front of their homes and are living in fear. When will the next gunshots be? ... Those are the questions that many families living in the Eastside ask themselves.”’

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Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2012 12:00 am

It seems like yesterday that I was driving on Highway 12 from the Bay Area to interview with the Lodi Unified School District to attain a counseling position.

It was a warm sunny day in July 1989. As I drove into Lodi, I was mesmerized by the beautiful countryside and the fertile farmland. Once in town, I was thoroughly charmed with the individuality of the homes and the smiles on people's faces as they strolled down School Street. My thoughts were, "I hope they offer me a job. I would really like to work in this warm and inviting community."

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