City to host Community Meeting on Violence Prevention Saturday

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long-beach-city-sealIn its on-going commitment to making Long Beach a safe place to live, work and play, the City of Long will be developing a comprehensive Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan. The City will be hosting a series of community meetings inviting the public to learn about the planning process for the Violence Prevention Plan and how to get involved. The community is invited to attend the first of these forums on Saturday, March 9, 2013, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Cesar E. Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave. Translation services will be available. Free breakfast is provided and child care will be available for children ages 5 to 12.

“Nothing is more important to us than a safe and thriving Long Beach,” says Mayor Bob Foster. “The development of a Violence Prevention Plan will help to make Long Beach safer, where residents and visitors feel safe and our young people will be able to grow up safely.”

On July 5, 2011, at the request of Vice Mayor Robert Garcia and Councilmembers Patrick O’Donnell, Dee Andrews and Steven Neal, the Long Beach City Council voted to request the preparation of the Violence Prevention Plan. With direct oversight by the City Manager’s Office, Long Beach Development Services is spearheading the development of the Plan in conjunction with City Departments, the community, and subject matter expert consultants. The Plan will focus on all forms of violence including family, school, and community violence.

The Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan process has started in earnest with the development of a Steering Committee and Inter-Department City Team. The focus of this community meeting is to lay out the purpose and activities to develop the Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan.

For more information, contact Tracy Colunga, Violence Prevention Coordinator, at or at 562.570.4413.

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