September 7, 2017
By Xochitl Abarca
There are two life-threatening crises facing children in the largely Hispanic city of Santa Ana: high obesity rates and pervasive street gangs that ensnare many at a young age. In hopes of tackling both, police have created a safe place for young people to get fit. “Our goal here is keeping these kids off of the street,” said Officer Kenney Aguilar, who oversees the Santa Ana Police Athletic and Activity League, known by locals as PAAL. “We want them to meet friends and live a positive life.