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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, February 11, 2013

The High Cost of Gun Violence

Santa Barbara Coalition Against Gun Violence

The Coalition Against Gun Violence (CAGV), a Santa Barbara County Coalition, is sponsoring a Community Forum, “The High Cost of Gun Violence,” Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Faulkner Gallery of Santa Barbara’s Main Library, free and open to the public.


Moderator Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider will be joined by a number of distinguished panelists to discuss one of the most critical issues facing our nation.

CAGV’s co-sponsoring coalition members include: The League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women, Democratic Women, Domestic Violence Solutions, The Glendon Association, La Casa de la Raza, Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee, and the Unitarian Society. The issue of gun violence is important to Santa Barbara as it is to many communities across the country. We will consider the high cost of gun violence not only in terms of lives lost, families shattered and victims injured but also the impact that gun violence has on the community as a whole, i.e., as tax payers in terms of the multiple government agencies involved in handling these critical incidents, such as law enforcement, the court system, public school safety and hospital and mental health interventions.

The panelists include:

• Denise de Bellefeuille, Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge

• Kris Bergstrom, Santa Barbara School District Instructional Services Division

• Paul Erickson, MD, medical director for Psychiatry and Chemical Dependency at Cottage Hospital

• Dr Jamie Rotnofsky, Licensed Psychologist, Forensic/Medical/Legal Consultant

• Suzanne Grimmesey, MFT, Santa Barbara County Adult and Children’s Division Chief, Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services

• Frank Mannix, Santa Barbara Police Department Deputy Chief

• Marisa Martinez, past president of Ventura County Parents of Murdered Children

• Toni Wellen, MFT and Chair of CAGV

The Santa Barbara Coalition Against Gun Violence is a non-profit coalition comprised of 40 member organizations, united against gun violence and committed to creating a safer community for Santa Barbara County residents through its educational programs and advocacy for effective local, state and national policies and legislation.

For information contact Toni Wellen at 684-8434

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