LB Receives 50K Grant to Prosecute Environmental Cases
2011-12-20 · By Editor
Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert announced last week that his office has secured a $50,000 environmental prosecution grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).
“This grant is significant to Long Beach’s environmental prosecution program,” said City Prosecutor Doug Haubert. “Environmental prosecution has suffered in recent years due to budget cuts and this will help give us the resources to prosecute environmental cases.”
This is the first grant awarded to the City Prosecutor’s Office since 2007. The City Prosecutor’s Office prosecutes over 15,000 misdemeanors each year, but the number of environmental cases filed by the City Prosecutor has dropped in recent years. One of the goals of City Prosecutor Doug Haubert, who was elected to his first term last year, is to seek grant funds to offset budget cuts resulting from the City’s ongoing budget crisis.
The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation is a non-profit organization established by Congress in 1984. Its mission is to further the conservation and management of fish, wildlife, and plan resources of the United States. This $50,000 grant is part of a larger sum that resulted from a federal plea agreement and earmarked “for the enforcement of environmental and public safety regulations and the benefit, preservation, and restoration of the environment and ecosystems in the Central District of California.”
The grant is administered by the California District Attorneys Association. Grant funds may only be used reimbursed the City Prosecutor’s Office for attorney time spent reviewing and prosecuting cases presented to the City Prosecutor by the California Department of Fish & Game.