State Gives $1.5 Million in Anti-Gang Grants

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The cities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, and Lompoc each received $500,000 in state grant funding ​— ​from the California Board of Corrections and Rehabilitation ​— ​for anti-gang efforts and services. In Santa Barbara, administrators said, the money will be funneled through the Community Action Commission and serve 120 young men and women ages 14-18 who have run afoul of the law or have been deemed at-risk. Eighteen juveniles will also be offered paid internships working with the with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department Apprenticeship Program. “Social service agencies assisted 120 youth in Santa Barbara in 2012,” said Mayor Helene Schneider in a prepared statement. “We saw 93 percent increase their school attendance, 79 percent report a reduction in drug and alcohol use, and 83 percent of eligible seniors graduated from high school. The grant funds will build on these successes.”


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Greasing the wheels.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
January 2, 2014 at 7:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Of corruption? Or justice?

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
January 2, 2014 at 2:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What was being done differently before gang violence ruled the roost?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
January 2, 2014 at 2:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Now on top of Homeless Inc, we have Gang Inc.

Business is good in Santa Barbara, and Santa Barbara is good for business. At least for these two major growth industries.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
January 2, 2014 at 4:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

this is great news and will help people who need it the most.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
January 2, 2014 at 4:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Gangs don't need money for anything more than more drugs, guns and bail. Money will not help unless it gets spent on monthly depo-Provera shots until they are age 29.

Gee, maybe we can buy some more "facilitators" and sponsor more "task forces" and then re-open the 100% failed Teen Center again?

foofighter (anonymous profile)
January 2, 2014 at 8:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Foo, don't bring drugs into this, next thing you know we'll be inundated with useless wikipedia, youtube and other useless links, compliments of loony.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
January 3, 2014 at 3:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

naw, blah, this endless cut and paste is what foo DOES, see?

DrDan (anonymous profile)
January 3, 2014 at 4 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hey, here is an idea. Let's spend the money on what worked so well in the past when we also spent money on gangs.

Which I guess is no longer working since we have even more gangs, violence and wrecked lives and neighbors still living in fear.

I think the money should be spent moving people out of gang-infested neighborhoods and let the gangs create their own version of a Friday Night Massacre reality show in the free-fire zone left behind.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
January 3, 2014 at 4:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

$500,000 to spend:

1. One "facilitator" = $100,000
2. Two support staff = $100,000
3. 10 round table task forces = $5,000 each = $50,000
4. Communications with city residents = $100,000
5. One additional police officer = $150,000

Bingo: $500,000 just spent in one year, doing nothing …. again.

Or, approximately 250 gang members and 250 at risk youth = $1,000 each for one year given directly to them to buy drugs, knives, tattoos, child support, guns, or college tuition help.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
January 6, 2014 at 11:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't know which is worse- the gangs, or the cops.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
January 7, 2014 at 5:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Psychological profiles show great similarities between the two AZ. If nothing else, the unquestioning loyalty to ones comrades without questioning their ethics is very disturbing.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
January 8, 2014 at 3:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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