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

Dortmund WILL consider selling Aubameyang – but only to Real Madrid or Barcelona

first_img1 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 32 goals in all competitions this season Borussia Dortmund will not sell Arsenal and Manchester City target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Bayern Munich – but will discuss an offer from Barcelona or Real Madrid.The striker has already bagged 25 Bundesliga goals this season to go with the 39 he scored in all competitions last year.The 27-year-old’s lethal finishing has made him one of the most wanted forwards in Europe and Arsenal and Manchester City have been keeping tabs on him.Barcelona and Real Madrid have also been linked with the Gabon international, who has previously hinted at his desire to play in Spain.However, one place Aubameyang won’t be ending up is Borussia Dortmund’s arch rivals Bayern Munich.The German champions have previously poached the likes of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski, but Dortmund general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke will not let that happen this time.“I think he will stay with us,” Watzke told Sport1.“But if Real Madrid or Barcelona come with a big offer, then we have to discuss it. We will not sell him to the Bavarians.”last_img read more