Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today proposed a new statewide anti-gang program that involves treating gang members with the same harsh measures used against sex offenders and creating a new statewide anti-gang czar. The governor’s program comes as cities throughout the state have pleaded for state assistance to combat a growing gang scourge. In Los Angeles, gang-related crimes rose 14 percent last year and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has pushed state officials for more assistance. “A growing number of Californians are living a nightmare trapped inside their homes, afraid to come out unless they absolutely have to,” Schwarzenegger said. “That’s because in many of our cities, whole neighborhoods are terrorized and intimidated by street gangs.” The governor’s plan involves requiring some convicted gang members to wear GPS monitoring bracelets and register with local police after their release. It also provides 100 California Highway Patrol officers to assist local communities with high gang activity on a rotating basis. It also allows civil prosecution against gang members that will allow prosecutors to seize their personal assets and provide recovered funds to the community. More details of the plan are set to be announced at 12:30 p.m. in Oakland. To see a video of the Governor’s announcement, click here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!