Cardenas has waged a 15-year battle to protect our children from falling prey to gang violence and to stop teens from joining gangs in the first place.
As a Councilman, Cardenas pioneered the most comprehensive anti-gang initiative in the country, a "Community-Based Gang Intervention Model" that is now the gold standard for gang prevention in cities nationwide. As Chair of the City's Ad Hoc Committee on Gang Violence and Youth Development, Cardenas identified millions of dollars overlooked by the City to help keep kids off the streets and away from gangs. These efforts reduced crime while freeing up crime-fighting resources.
As a legislator, Cardenas co-wrote the pioneering Schiff-Cardenas Crime Prevention Act that keeps at-risk youth off the street, giving them alternatives to gangs while delivering millions of dollars that enabled our communities to put more officers on the streets and prosecute gang activity.