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This is the city of Long Beach Weed and Seed Program application spearheaded by the Long Beach Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Task Force (chaired by Lydia A. Hollie, JD/MAED). Over 45 community members, civic, business, and education leaders, and city staff engaged in a six-month application process (June 2006-December 2006). That level of civic engagement reflect a real-time example of true collaboration. This application was submitted and administered by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services. On August 4, 2007, the funding cycle for 2007-2012 was initially awarded for $1 million, divided equally between law enforcement and the community. The nationwide competition was fierce with over 200 jurisdictional applications submitted. However, Long Beach was one of the 38 cities that received funding.