Yakima city leaders mull what to do with gang ordinance now that anti-gang legislation passed
Yakima, WA - Now that the anti-gang bill has been signed into law, Yakima City leaders are trying to figure out what to do with the gang ordinance they passed last fall.
The state law has many components that are similar to the city's ordinance, including a definition for what a gang member is.
The Attorney General's Office approved the state's definition but not the city's.
The city's public safety committee met Wednesday afternoon at city hall to discuss what to do next.
"We didn't get everything we wanted in the gang legislation, but we did get some big pieces that are gonna help us do it better," says Mayor Dave Edler of Yakima, "So I think the questions that need to be asked are where are the holes. What can we do at the local level?"
Edler says the city council will look over the minutes from this afternoon's meeting and could make a decision on whether to do away with the gang ordinance as early as the next city council meeting this coming Tuesday.