Schwarzenegger Gives S.B. Anti-Gang Grant

Gov Doles Out $369,000 to Prevent At-Risk Teens from Joining

Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, Police Chief Cam Sanchez, and Assistant City Administrator Marcello Lopez drove to the Los Angeles Police headquarters Friday afternoon as part of a ceremonial event at which Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that Santa Barbara’s south coast would receive $369,000 in anti-gang state grants. Santa Barbara was one of 24 cities to win such awards; in all, the governor announced the distribution of $9.2 million in anti-gang grants. The money will be used principally for gang intervention efforts, said Lopez, funding a multi-jurisdictional effort involving the County Office of Education and the Community Action Commission to identify teens most at risk of joining gangs and supporting efforts to keep them out of them. The grant in question is for two years; it comes at time when funding from a similar state grant is about to expire.

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