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Bay Area crime offensive is a 'success'

By John Coté
The San Francisco Chronicle

EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. A nine-month crackdown on crime in East Palo Alto that blended undercover agents from the state Department of Justice with community activism and street-level diplomacy resulted in what Attorney General Jerry Brown called "real success."

"What we're seeing today is a definite dent in this crime wave," Brown said Tuesday at a press conference at East Palo Alto City Hall to announce lowered crime rates since the state and city began working together in response to a spate of violence starting in late 2006 that left six people dead.

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