Panel agrees to state anti-gang czar, pushes prevention

first_imgSchwarzenegger spokesman Bill Maile said the governor’s anti-gang plan, unveiled May 25 in Oakland, already provides “a comprehensive strategy that includes prevention, intervention and suppression strategies to combat the gang problem in California.” The program provides ample state and federal funds and grants for vocational courses, equipment and teachers, after-school programs and school counselors, Maile said. “We are pleased that legislators share the governor’s view that we must make it a priority to confront gang violence,” said Maile. But the budget-conference committee’s select panel on youth-violence prevention, which held hearings last month in Oakland and Los Angeles, said programs such as family and community services also must be bolstered. “Law enforcement tells us again and again that we can’t beat the gang problem with suppression alone,” said Assemblywoman Anna Caballero, a Salinas Democrat who chaired the select committee. “This package will be a tremendous boost to cities struggling with gang violence.” SACRAMENTO – A joint Senate-Assembly committee mulling Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed budget said Wednesday that it agreed to a plan to fund a statewide anti-gang czar position, but funneled more money to prevention strategies. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, said the Legislature’s tweaks to the budget “funds the governor’s proposal for a statewide anti-gang coordinator, but shifts the emphasis to include more strategies that intervene in the lives of kids at risk of joining gangs or trying to get out of gangs.” The Legislative Budget Conference Committee adopted a bipartisan anti-gang package that provides nearly $10 million in grants for local gang prevention, intervention programs targeting at-risk youths, and re-entry strategies for former gang members leaving prison. To receive the funds, local agencies would have to match the grants, dollar for dollar – boosting the total for the programs to nearly $20 million. The legislative gang package adds a total of $9.5 million to the state Office of Emergency Services budget. Cities in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas that have heavy gang concentrations would receive $3 million in grants. Other cities could compete for $4.5 million in grants, with $2 million in grants available for community-based organizations. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

What on Earth is Mario Balotelli ranting about here? Star goes mad on Twitter

first_imgOn Wednesday afternoon Mario Balotelli had what you might call a Twitter meltdown.There was something about a woman, a pornstar and a poster of him.Have a look at these tweets from the former Manchester City and Liverpool striker. 1 What is Mario Balotelli going on about here? last_img