Southern California cities and nonprofits receive millions for gun violence prevention, Newsom announces – Daily News

Southern California cities and nonprofits will receive combined millions of California dollars to implement gun violence prevention programs, part of $156 million in citywide grants. state announced by Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday, June 9.

The money, which Newsom announced just two weeks after the tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, will come from California’s Board of State and Community Corrections.

San Bernardino, Long Beach, Hemet, Pasadena and Pomona are on the list of 79 cities and nonprofits that will receive money from the latest round of California’s Violence Prevention and Intervention Grant Program.

The grants will go to cities and organizations in the Southland, including the Inland Empire, and Los Angeles and Orange counties.

CalVIP, which in 2017 replaced the former California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention grant program, aims to provide funding to cities and community organizations in areas disproportionately affected by violence.

Applicants submitted grant proposals in November for the fourth round of fellowships, and funds will be distributed from next month until December 31, 2023.

The state will reopen requests for prevention proposals on Friday, June 10 to award the remaining $53 million from the CalVIP grant fund. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 15.

“The CalVIP program has been great at augmenting police work and having a hands-on approach to intervening in gang and group violence,” City of San Bernardino spokesman Jeff Kraus said Thursday.

San Bernardino will receive $3.8 million for an ongoing program designed to break the cycle of community violence across the city and improve outcomes for youth at risk of violence. The program uses street outreach, trauma-informed and culturally relevant interventions, and other means to do so.

CalVIP awarded the city $500,000 during the initial grant period and an additional $1.5 million the second time around, said David Miranda, director of the San Bernardino program.

This money has helped fund the city’s intervention program for the past three years.

The San Bernardino grant, Kraus said, “will allow us to expand the (violence intervention) program and pay (program managers) more for the next three years.”

Newsom announced the grants as the country grapples with the fallout from several recent high-profile mass shootings, which has renewed conversations about gun regulation and the role of guns in America.

Last month, an 18-year-old gunman shot and killed 19 children and two adults at a primary school in Uvalde.

Nine days earlier, a gunman killed one and injured five others during a Taiwanese lunch at a church in Laguna Woods.

And a day before that, 10 black people were killed in a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York – a police attack that qualified as a hate crime.

The shootings once again catalyzed efforts to create tougher gun control measures.

The annual March for Our Lives, which advocates for greater gun safety and gun regulation, will take place in more than 300 cities across the country on Saturday, June 11.

Still, any federal action on the gun control proposals is unlikely, with Republican members of Congress staunchly opposed to regulations they say would violate the Second Amendment’s guarantee of the right to bear arms.

Even California recently saw the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit strike down one of its gun regulations.

“As traffic jams and divisions block progress on the national stage,” Newsom said in a statement Thursday. “California is leading the way with common-sense gun safety laws and prevention programs like CalVIP that save lives.”

This latest round of state grants will see Long Beach receive $3.9 million for a citywide safe communities program, focused on 13 neighborhoods in the northern and central seaside metropolis that are impacted by disproportionately through armed violence.

The program will expand the city’s gun violence response protocol, increase responder/peacekeeper engagement, and provide support services and economic opportunities to youth and families experiencing gun violence.

Pasadena will receive $2.5 million for a program that aims to interrupt the cycle of youth gang and gun violence by identifying at-risk and high-risk youth.

The state will give Pomona even more money – $5.1 million. This money will be used to establish a neighborhood violence prevention and wellness office.

This office will serve those residents most at risk of being involved in violent crime and those most directly affected by it. It will do this through street outreach, community stakeholder engagement, cognitive behavioral therapy, diversion, professional resources, intensive case management, mental health services and mentoring.

Hemet will receive $964,000 to develop a “community-wide collaboration” to better understand the dynamics of violence in the community. This program will also strive to interrupt the cycle of violence and provide ongoing life coaching.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire, meanwhile, are among the organizations receiving grants, as are Centinela Youth Services in Inglewood, Homeboy Industries and the Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade, and Black United. fund, inc.

Ari Freilich, director of state policy at Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, touted the grants in a statement.

“Dozens of programs across the state will soon be able to expand their work to reach and heal more survivors,” Freilich said, “Stop more retaliation, train the next generation of disaster response professionals. violence and keeping more families whole and safe and free from violence.”

California was ranked the top state in the nation for gun safety last year, according to the Giffords Law Center.

The state’s gun death rate is 37% lower than the national average, and Californians are 25% less likely to die in a mass shooting than residents of other states.

“We are doubling down on these successful measures — tested and proven in California every day — as part of a comprehensive approach to making our communities safer,” Newsom said, “and ending the tragic cycle of violence playing out in schools, churches, workplaces and public spaces across the country.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Bernard P. Love