In virtually his last official act as San Jose police chief, Larry Esquivel walked through one of the city's more troubled neighborhoods.
Esquivel, along with his captain, walked through Gramercy Place Thursday, an area where neighbors said drugs and guns are as common as the mailman.
Maria Mundia said her family stays indoors because she fears for the safety of her children. Residents said it is common for drinking on Saturday nights to erupt in gunfire, with drunk neighbors shooting into the air.
The chief wanted to see the troubled neighborhood for himself. Esquivel vows Captain Tony Mata and the next chief will look into neighbors' concerns.
Esquivel will turn his badge in on Friday. And when he is gone, Esquivel promises San Jose police will not forget about Gramercy Place.