Fiscal Year 2007 City of Long Beach Weed and Seed Communities Application


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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.

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Fiscal Year 2007 City of Long Beach Weed and Seed Communities Application

  1. 1. APPLICATION: FY 2007 WEED AND SEED COMMUNITIESI. NAME AND LOCATION:Site/Neighborhood Name: Long Beach Police Beats 4 and 5City: Long BeachState: CaliforniaUSAO District: Central District of CaliforniaProposed Weed and Seed Site – Basic Description:Approximate size of site: __2.02_______ Square miles __45, 308________PopulationIs this an area in a jurisdiction with an existing Weed and Seed site? ___No___If so, provide site name: _________________________________________Identify specific boundaries of the designated focus area: Provide the streetname/numbers that border the designated Weed and Seed area.West Boundary: Los Angeles RiverEast Boundary: Cherry AvenueSouth Boundary: Anaheim StreetNorth Boundary: Hill StreetIndicate the census tract #’s (CT) included in the site:Complete CT’s ___575401_, __575300__, __575201____, __573001___,___573300__, __573202___, __575402___, ___575202___, 573002 .Map of the designated focus area: Provide a map of the proposed site delineating itsperimeter, and showing its relation to the city or county, as appropriate.Rural or Indian Tribe/Tribal community: Yes ______ No __X______ U.S. Department of Justice – 1 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
  2. 2. U.S. Department of Justice – 2 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive ProgramCity of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
  3. 3. II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:The City of Long Beach Police Beats 4 and 5 Weed and Seed Program began as an adhoc committee that grew out of the Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Task ForceReport presented to the City Council in 2003. While some progress has been made toaddress and recognize the number of at-risk and troubled youth and young adults, thereare those who have not been as fortunate in their efforts to live successfully in today’senvironment. The City has reached a point where a coordinated and comprehensivecitywide approach must be undertaken to sustain our motto, “Diversity is Our Strength,”especially in a climate where violence among the youth and young adult’s populationhas continued to take center stage.Organization Composition:The primary composition of the Weed and Seed Project is the City of Long Beach:Department of Health and Human Services; the Long Beach Police Department; andthe Community Development Department. Administrative oversight is the purview of theDepartment of Health and Human Services and policy oversight is the purview of theWeed and Seed Steering Committee. The Co-chairs of the Steering committee are therepresentatives of the United States Attorney’s Office and the Chair of the Youth andGang Violence Prevention Task Force.Steering Committee:The Steering Committee is composed of representatives of the City of Long BeachDepartment of Health and Human Services, Community Development, Parks,Recreation and Marine, City Manager, Library, Building and Planning, Public Works,Long Beach Police Department, and Office of the City Prosecutor, United StatesAttorney, Drug Enforcement Administration, social service agencies, faith based andcommunity based organizations and residents. The Co- chairs of the SteeringCommittee are Dr. Lydia Hollie of the Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Task Forceand Grace Denton, Coordinator of the United States Attorney’s Office.Subcommittee Structure:The subcommittee structure is divided into a Weed subcommittee and a Seedsubcommittee. Each subcommittee has a chair and a co-chair with residents on eachsubcommittee.City/Demographics: • The city of Long Beach has a population of over 487,000 residents. • It is the 5th largest city in the State of California and the 2nd largest city in Los Angeles County. • Long Beach is one of only three cities in California with its own Health Department and Energy Department, and the only city in California with its own Oil Department. • Incorporated in 1886, the Long Beach area is 52.3 square miles and was designated by the Census 2000 as the most diverse large city in the nation. U.S. Department of Justice – 3 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
  4. 4. • Youth under the age of 18 make up 28% of the population. 19.2% of Long Beach residents live below the national poverty rate 12.6% and 10.5% for the state. • There are approximately 100 gangs in Long Beach and approximately 5,000 gang members • There are currently 6,500 high school dropouts. • Long Beach was named one of the 100 Best Communities for young people in 2005.Weed and Seed Site Description: The target site is Long Beach Police Beats 4 and 5,which encompasses the area east of the Los Angeles River, south of Hill Street, west ofCherry Avenue and north of Anaheim Street. The service areas include the zip codes of90806 and 90813. The area is within the designated Enterprise Zone in the City of LongBeach, a Redevelopment Project Area and Community Development Block GrantTarget Zones. • The proposed project services area is within the State of California, the County of Los Angeles, the City of Long Beach in Police Beats 4 and 5. The population of police Beats 4 and 5 is 45,887. • Of the target area population, the majority is Hispanic 55%, Asian 17%, and African American 16.9%. • 14% are below the age of six; 13% are between the ages of 12 to 17; 13% are between the ages of 18 to 24; and the largest age group, 16% are 35 to 44. • 17% have less than a 9th grade education, 46% speak Spanish, and 34% are non-citizens. • Total households in the area are 11,624, with 81% renters and 19% owners, and 1,017 vacancies. • The median household income is $21,728, the majority of the residents 52% average less than $15,000 annually. • Total Part I and Part II crimes in Beats 4 and 5 for 2004, 2005 and 2006(January thru June) are 3,787; 3,756 and 2,048 respectively. • The citywide arrest of juveniles for 2004 are 2,266; 2005 are 2,437; and 2006 are 332 as of January 2006. • Los Angeles County Probation violations in Long Beach for minors in 2005 was 1133 and 2006 was 1221; 927 had search conditions on their probation.Direction of Multi-Year Plan (1-5 Years): Long Beach Police Beats 4 and 5 Weed and Seed site will begin its first year of activities by focusing on the problems areas identified by the target area. Law Enforcement: • Reduce narcotic related activity in Police Beats 4 and 5. • Reduce gang-related activity in Police Beats 4 and 5. • Reduce truancy in the target area. • Reduce graffiti within Police Beats 4 and 5. U.S. Department of Justice – 4 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
  5. 5. Community Policing: • Implement the Community Oriented Public Safety (COPS) Philosophy within Police Beats 4 and 5. • Enhance the partnerships between the target Community and the Long Beach Police Department. • Enhance a lasting and continued relationship within and among state and local law enforcement, probation and parole agencies. Prevention/Intervention/Treatment: • Provide educational, career preparation, social and economic/life skills activities. • Coordinate existing prevention services for youth. • Implement Parenting/Grandparents who parent youth Support Groups. • Provide services for Substance Abuse Treatment/Aftercare. Neighborhood Restoration: • Improve the quality of life in Police Beats 4 and 5.Overview of Year 1 and Year 2 efforts:Year 1:Law Enforcement and Community Policing:The Long Beach Police Beats 4 and 5 Weed and Seed Program will begin its first yearlaying the foundation for the five-year duration of grant implementation. With a lawenforcement strategy to increase drug related arrests annually by 5%, the tasks will beto identify high-risk locations for narcotic activities, increase focused drug enforcement,utilize an inter-agency task force including local, county, and state agencyrepresentatives, and enforce compliance of parolees and probationers in the targetarea.The Prevention/Intervention/Treatment strategy:Is to provide education, career preparation, social and economic/life skills activities forthe target area, measured by the number of residents who receive services. The effortswill entail teaching job readiness skills, work with placement agencies, coordinateexisting services and bring in new resources, present drug and gang prevention andeducation program at Safe Havens, churches, schools and other locations, promoteeducational programs to ex-offenders to assure work skills for employment.Neighborhood Restoration:Improve neighborhood livability measured by reduction in substandard units, a decreasein graffiti and trash. U.S. Department of Justice – 5 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
  6. 6. Year 2:Each succeeding year will continue to build on the strategies implemented in year 1 ofthe problem statements based on the compilation of data from the original 950community surveys and input from community representation on the SteeringCommittee.The Weed and Seed Steering Committee determined the following problem statements: • Weed Problem Statement: Violent Crime in Police Beats 4 and 5 is too high • Seed Problem Statement: Lack of adequate affordable housing and gang violencePerformance and Outcome Measures (Primary Activities for one Weed and one Seedeffort):Weed Effort:Performance: • Reduce narcotic activity in the target area • Identify and target high-risk locations • Support an inter-agency task force to enforce parole and probation ComplianceOutcome Measure: • Monthly comparative crime analysis of statistical information • Track number of Narcotic related search warrants • Year-To-Date Arrest Statistics • Number of Task Force Operations • Track drug related Calls for Service • Track the number of Field Interview Cards completed • Track probation violations related to narcotics • Track parole violations related to narcoticsSeed Effort Performance: • Residents in Beats 4 and 5 will be assessed and placed in training/employment • Reduction in school drop-outs • Participants enrolled in GRIP program • Number of participants in Adult Education/GED programs • Number of ex-offenders in Adult Education/Work skills programOutcome Measure: • The number of community service linkages U.S. Department of Justice – 6 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
  7. 7. • The number of participants receiving services from linkagesIII. PROBLEMS AND NEEDS ASSESSMENT/SITE SELECTIONThe Weed and Seed program can effectively contribute to the prevention, control andreduction of violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in the designated Beats 4 and5 Weed and Seed site by identifying, assessing and prioritizing various criminal andsocial problems and activities. These problems can be impacted by reducing thenumber of violent crime, reducing the number of gang related offenses and increasingthe number of activities to positively impact community crime and increase self-esteemand self-worth.The 2000 Census data derived from Clarita’s Market Place report was used to providestatistical information located within a one mile radius of the target area. The LongBeach Police Department provided criminal statistics for Beats 4 and 5, which is thetarget area.Like other large cities in recent years, Long Beach has experienced a decline inreported Part I crimes, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports the numbercontinue to be excessive. The violent crime (murder, forcible rape, robbery andaggravated assault) rate for the city over the past two years (2005 and 2006) is 3,348compared to the target area; Police Beats 4 and 5 is 941, which is 28% of the violentcrime citywide (2005 and January-June 2006). The property crime (burglary, larcenytheft, vehicle theft and arson) rate for the city for the same period is 13,432 compared tothe target area was 1,920, which is 14% of the property crime citywide (2005 andJanuary-June 2006). In Los Angeles County adults age 18 and over account for 92.6%of the arrests related to drug abuse violations, and juveniles ages 10-17 account for7.4% of the drug abuse violations.Part I crime in Police Beats 4 and 5, the chosen target area for the Weed and Seedproject has started 2007 off with two gang related deaths as reported in the January 4,2007 edition of the Press Telegram newspaper.Part II crimes have shown a steady upward trend in Police Beats 4 and 5 for 2004 and2005 at 1,795 and 1,845 respectively, and for January to June 2006 the crime rate was1,080. Although the City of Long Beach as a whole is experiencing a decrease in crimethe Police Beats 4 and 5 continue to increase.III.A. Adult/Juvenile Crime and Reentry:Description: Evidence of serious violent crimes makes up the number of Part I crimes inPolice Beats 4 and 5. According to the Long Beach Police Department total Part Iviolent crimes for 2004 is 1,992 and 1,911 in 2005. January – June 2006 reports 950violent crimes in Beats 4 and 5. Refer to Appendix 1 Map 1-7, 2004, Appendix 2 Map 1-7, 2005, Appendix 3 Map 1-7, 2006. U.S. Department of Justice – 7 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
  8. 8.  In 2005, adults (persons 18 years of age and over) accounted for 88.8 % of all persons arrested in California.  Adults accounted for 84.2 % of persons arrested for violent crime in California.  In California, persons under 25 years of age comprised 44.3% of all those arrested.  Adults were arrested most often for drug abuse violations than any other offense, and juveniles (persons under 18 years of age) were arrested most often for larceny-theft offenses in California.  Historically, juveniles have had a high involvement in arson offenses. In 2005, 48.6% of persons arrested for arson were juveniles, and of those juveniles, 59.4% were under the age of 15. (According to FBI statistics for California).Arrest statistics have been used as the main barometer of Juvenile delinquent activityover the past decades. Unfortunately many juvenile offenses go unreported and thus donot become a part of the national statistical picture. Many minor offenses committed byjuveniles are considered part of growing up and are handled informally rather thanarrest and adjudication. The most severe sanction that a juvenile court can imposeentails the restrictions of a juvenile’s freedom through placement in a residential facility.Youth who are released from institutional confinement are more likely to succeed if theyhave access to services that can help them thrive in a non-institutional environment.When high-quality reentry and aftercare services are available, youth need to spendless time in confinement, and the overall cost of juvenile corrections can be reduced.Part I Crimes Year 2004 2005 January – June 2006 Homicide 7 13 2 Rape 16 21 12 Robberies 313 229 124 Aggravated Assault 399 387 153 Burglaries Residential 129 120 68 Garage 33 43 29 Commercial 72 75 37 Auto 188 228 123 Theft Grand 73 62 30 Petty<50 79 75 46 Petty>50 129 133 54 Bicycle 51 35 17 Auto 476 479 251 Arson 27 11 4 U.S. Department of Justice – 8 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
  9. 9. Part One crimes consist of murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, residential and commercial burglary, auto burglary, grand theft, petty theft, bicycle and auto theft, and arson. In the year 2004, there were 1,992, in 2005, there were 1,911 and from January to June 2006, there were 950 Part One Crimes in the target area.Part II Crimes Year 200 2005 January – June 4 2006 Other Assault 533 497 256 Forgery 96 145 39 Fraud/Embezzlement 51 55 32 Receive Stolen Property 8 11 5 Sex Offenses 54 66 36 Offense vs. Family 8 10 15 Narcotics 302 259 153 All Other 743 802 562Refer to Appendix 4 Map 1-3, 2004, Appendix 5 map 1-3, 2005, Appendix 6 Map 1-3,2006.The number of citywide arrests for juveniles increased from 2,266 in 2004 to 2,437 in2005. Available data for 2006 provides a snapshot for one month of 332 arrests. Adultarrests citywide shows an increase from 17,292 in 2004 to 19,452 in 2005 with aJanuary 2006 snapshot of one month of 3,040. Refer to Appendix 7 Maps 1-2 forViolent Crime Hot spots and Property crime hot spots for 2004, 2005 and Januarythrough June 2006.Reentry Crime: According to the Los Angeles County Probation Department, there are1,221 juveniles and 1,133 adult probationers returning to Long Beach annually.Nationally, the recidivism rate for this population is 67% to commit new crimesaccording to FBI arrests statistics.State parole expects to return over 120,000 parolees annually to the streets ofCalifornia for the next 5 years. For the six-month period from January to June 2006,there were 31,728 male felon parole violations returned to custody or pending parolerevocation, 3,376 more than the Spring 2006 projections for the state. There were 2,812female felon parole violators in the state for the same period of January to June 2006,183 more than projected in the Spring 2006 projections. The average time served forparole violations was about 3.4 months. It is estimated that 750 adults and 818 juvenileparolees will commit new crimes. Over the next five years it is estimated that 11,770probationers and parolees will be returning to the streets of Long Beach. U.S. Department of Justice – 9 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
  10. 10. III.B. Social Problems and Needs:Description: The population total in Police Beats 4 and 5 Weed and Seed designatedsite is 45,887. The ethnic make up in the designated site is 5% Caucasian, 17% AfricanAmerican, 55% Hispanic, 3% American Indian, 17% Asian, 1% Native Hawaiian, andless than 1% other. The Weed and Seed Steering Committee distributed communityassessment surveys to the residents in the community. There were approximately 950surveys returned.The following outcomes were assessed: • 33% of the residents, identify themselves as a stakeholder in the community. • 83% are renters and 11% owners. • 39% rate the neighborhood as unsafe. • 14% think that neighborhood crime has increased. • Of the residents contacted, 20% think gang activity has increased. Refer to Appendix 8 Maps 1-3 for gang activity from 2004 to 2006.In the survey, residents were asked to identify the five most pressing issues in thecommunity. The residents identified the following as the most pressing social problemsin the target community:51% Drug use or Drug Dealing38% Affordable Housing31% Gang Violence30% Graffiti22% not enough green space/parks12% Substance Abuse and AddictionAdditionally, the community identified these social problems: truancy, school dropouts,gang activity, teen pregnancy, delinquency, substance abuse, unemployment, literacy,number/location of welfare recipients, housing code violations, and social services.Truancy:Over the last 3 school years, truancy has decreased but continues to be high incomparison to other cities, which may be a factor in the high dropout rate in LongBeach. According to the Long Beach Unified School District Truancy Center, thefollowing number of students, district wide have been cited and received tickets. Targetarea specific data is unavailable. School year Detentions Ticketed 2003-2004 1,350 1,258 2004-2005 1,216 1,096 2005-2006 1,047 949 U.S. Department of Justice – 10 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
  11. 11. School Dropouts By Grade and Ethnicity Citywide Ethnicity Grade African/Am Hispanic White Other 07 9 18 3 0 08 5 9 4 1 09 33 9 14 1 10 67 29 17 18 11 90 48 22 13 12 105 175 58 67Target Area African/Am Hispanic White Other 07 3 14 0 0 08 2 6 1 0 09 5 3 3 0 10 5 4 1 5 11 3 4 1 2 12 20 9 3 12 2004.2005.1Gang Activity:Currently there are approximately 100 gangs with 1 or more members, approximately55 gangs with twelve or more members, and approximately 35 significant gangs in LongBeach. There are approximately 5000 gang members citywide. According to 2003information the race/ethnicity of gangs in the city is divided into four categories. Currentantagonism in the target area is between Hispanics and African Americans. It iscurrently not known what the breakdown is: o Hispanic Gangs o African American Gangs o Asian Gangs o White GangsTeen Pregnancy:The teen birth rate in Long Beach has risen from a 2003 rate of 49.3 to a 2004 rate of51.9. These are rates per 1,000 females age 15-19. The state rate has declined to 38.1births for every 1,000 females ages 15-19, while Long Beach has continued to rise.Delinquency:The Los Angeles County Department of Probation reports 1,221 juveniles on probationin the target area. In 2004 in the city there were 2,635 juvenile misdemeanor citations,2,750 in 2005 and a one-month snap shot for 2006 of 414. In Police Beats 4 and 5 there U.S. Department of Justice – 11 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
  12. 12. are 927 under search condition (can be searched without a warrant) and 682 underweapons condition (so dangerous they cannot have a weapon on them or in theirhomes).Substance Abuse:As in many cities, data specific to adolescent drug use is rather limited. As a result, theadult population is being cited in lieu of the limited adolescent data. The adult populationstatistics are an indicator of youth usage and does provide an indication of the problemwithin the targeted population. The problem of substance abuse has reached epidemicproportions within Service Planning Area (SPA) 8, which is inclusive of Long Beach,having the fourth highest documented prevalence of drug-abuse related problems inLos Angeles County. The use and abuse of drugs and alcohol has touched the lives ofthe majority of individuals living in the targeted area. Crack cocaine has remained theprimary drug of choice among adults in Long Beach since the mid eighties, followed byalcohol and marijuana. Admissions to treatment for methamphetamine abuse haveincreased nationally, and have increased from 13 to 56 admissions per 100,000population ages 12 and older here in Long Beach.Unemployment:Low levels of education play a significant roll to the employment success and source ofincome earned for individuals in the designated site. Of the total population, 45,887 ofPolice Beats 4 and 5, 2,864 are unemployed and 12,119 are employed. Theemployment status of men is 6,562 employed and 1,619 unemployed, the female statusis 4,962 are employed and 1,244 unemployed. Los Angeles County unemployment rateis 4% and the target area has an unemployment rate of 6%.Literacy:The level of education plays a significant role in the social and economic problems inthe designated area. 17% of the population in Police Beats 4 and 5 have less than a 9 thgrade education; 10.7% between 9th and 12th grade; 9% completed high school; 10.3%completed some college; 1.4% have an Associate Degree; 1.3% have a Bachelor’sDegree and .78% have a graduate degree. 27.7% of the population has not completedhigh school.Number/Location of welfare recipients:There are 9 census tracts in Police Beats 4 and 5, and 3,236 welfare recipients live inall nine tracts. Making up 7% of the total population on welfare or public assistance, with43% of the target population living in poverty. Poverty levels in the designated siteimpact the community and contribute to high crime rates and quality of life issues. Thetotal number of people in poverty within the site is 19, 668. Of that total, 14% are under5; 22% are 5 to 11; 14% are 12 to 17; 50% are 18 to 64; and 2 % are 65 and over.Housing Code violations:According to Community Development Code Enforcement office there were 2,480violations in 2006 in the target area; 1,899 cases have been resolved with 278 currently U.S. Department of Justice – 12 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
  13. 13. active. Of the 11,624 households in the target area 2,189 are owner occupied and 9,435are renter occupied.Social Services:Although some resources do exist, they do not adequately address the problems in thedesignated site. The population levels, culture differences, geographical facts regardinghousing stock and age, single family homes and apartments, public housing andhomeownership, transient rate and unfunded projects are main factors. The proposedWeed and Seed Area has identified current resources such as schools, faith-basedcommunity, and community-based service providers, private non-profits in English,Spanish, Cambodian and Samoan. Local resources can be enhanced throughidentifying and organizing a partnership. It will double the resources and allow programsto reach a larger target than individually. (Appendix 9, schools. Parks, vacant lots,industrial area).Workforce Investment Board has established a Center for Working Families in the targetarea to provide pre-apprenticeship construction training and referrals, financial literacyeducation, partnership with Union Bank of California and Operation HOPE, and theNational Tax Assistance Program.Long Beach Unified School District provides remedial education in the district, and thereare also 2 high schools, 2 middle schools and 2 elementary schools in the area, alloffering a variety of after school programming in addition to their regular dailycurriculum. Alvarado Elementary Roosevelt Elementary Butler Middle Washington Middle School Long Beach Polytechnic High School Polytechnic Academy for Accelerated Learning Educational Partnership High SchoolParks, Recreation and Marine has several full service parks and a Teen Center in thetarget area: Martin Luther King, Jr Park – full service park California Recreation Center – Teen Center Daisy Avenue Park Officer Daryle Black Memorial Park Chittick Field – Athletic field 14th Street Park Peace Park MacArthur Park – full service parkLong Beach Public Library has two libraries in the target area; Mark Twain Neighborhood Library Burnett Neighborhood Library U.S. Department of Justice – 13 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
  14. 14. Existing service:  Recreation Activities Parks and Recreation Programs Boys and Girls Club American Youth Soccer Midnight Basketball Organization and Soccer League  Transitional programs Anger management Tarzana Residential Redgate Memorial Hospital Alcohol and Drug Treatment Substance abuse prevention ( STARS) Narcotics Anonymous Flossie Lewis Residential – Women Drug Abuse Resistance Education Hoffman House Residential – Women 12 Step Residential – Men  Mental Health Services Los Angeles County Mental Health Village Mental Health Long Beach Family Services Suicide Prevention Hotline The Guidance Center  Job Training Employment readiness Workforce Development Grace House of Hope Center for Working Families Long Beach Job Corp Career Transition Center Conservation Corp Goodwill Industries  Social Services Community Action Partnership Centro Cha Central Neighborhood Advisory Centro Shalom Central Area Association Office of Samoan Affair  Re-Entry Services Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (Parole Division) Star Program Counseling Servs/Adjustment Learning Lab Employment Devep. Department VIP Program Atlantic Recovery Services Reentry housing Long Beach City College  Medical/Health Services Dept. of Health and Human Services St. Mary Hospital Los Angeles County Comprehensive Health Memorial Hospital  Education/Schools Burnett Library Moore Educational Services Project Team Peace Builders, Inc. School for Adults Education Partnership HS U.S. Department of Justice – 14 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
  15. 15. Graduate Equivalency Degree Program E.P.H.S.  Child Care Preschool Intervention/education Parental education Boys/Girls Club Washington K-8 until 6 pm Pal 7-17 yrs old Head Start Healthy Start Early Care Education Community Day Centers Community Improvement League  Neighborhood Restoration Kaboom – building new parks Redevelopment agency Home Improvement Rebate program Free Paint program Business Improvement Rebate program Partners-in-Parks Neighborhood Improvement Strategies (NIS) area City of Long Beach Code Enforcement  Businesses Union Bank of California Anaheim Street Business Association Wrigley Business Association VIP Records Magnolia Industrial Group LB Que Mr. Baker Barber Shop  After School Programs Police Athletic League Community Action Partnership Rescue w/ Fire Department; Jr. Lifeguard Program YMCA Washington Middle School BLAST (MENTORS WITH CSULB) Boys and Girls Club (K-8) 6 pm Tutoring Math and English – 3 days a week Sports/fitness club Peace Builders CalRec Teen Center Kings Park Antioch Baptist ChurchIII.C. Crime, social problems and needs analysis:  Violent crimes, which make up the high crime rate in Police Beats 4 and 5, are murder/manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.  The social problems that have been identified are: inadequate affordable housing; drug use and dealing; gang violence; and graffiti.  Of the residents surveyed, 29% see the gang problem as decreasing, 35% rate their neighborhood as safe, 47% as unsafe and 31% think crime has decreased.  Research has shown that overcrowding is an issue. The target area is only 2.02 square mile and has a population of 45,887.  The number of units per structure: o 10-19 units 2,032 o 5-9 units 2,439 U.S. Department of Justice – 15 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
  16. 16. o 3-4 units 3,076  43% of the population is at or below the poverty level.  The median household income is $21,728, with 24,141 residents earning less than $15,000 and 74 earning $200,000.  24,241 of the population are under 25 with 8 parks for use.  Of the total population of 45,887, 34% are non-citizens, which possibly negatively impact the residents in being an advocate for themselves and others.  Of the total households 11,624, 81% is renter occupied.  Only 1695 new structures have been built since 1990, with the majority, 4374 constructed between 1950 and 1970.  The median house value is $158,166.  Only 19% of the total population are employed, 7% on welfare, 2% on SSI, and 2% retired.  Long Beach is the 5th largest city in California and youth under 18 make up 28% of the population of the most ethnically diverse community in the nation. 19.2% of Long Beach residents live in poverty, compared to the United States rate of 12.6% and California rate is 10.5%. Only 9% of the population has lived in the area less than 6 months. (Appendix 10, population density, owner occupied, median age, median household size). The population demographics in Police Beats 4 and 5 are: 55% Hispanic 17% African American 17% Asian 5% Caucasian 2% American Indian 1% Native Hawaiian <1 Other The population levels, culture differences, geographical facts regarding housing stock and age, single family homes and apartments, public housing and homeownership, transient rate and unfunded projects are main factors related to the crime, social factors and needs of the area. The following statistics represent the target area.• A Brownfield area has been identified just outside the southwest sector of the target area south of Anaheim Street near Oregon Avenue, on the sight of the old Pacific Electric Right of way. A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties increases local tax bases, facilitates job U.S. Department of Justice – 16 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
  17. 17. growth, utilizes existing infrastructure, takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment. • The housing stock is over 15 years old, with only 19% of the dwellings owner occupied. • In 2006 there were 2,480 housing code violations, 1,899 have been resolved and 278 are still unresolved. • The transient rate is 9% of the population has moved to the area within the last 6 months. • There are 4 major housing developments going up currently as a Housing development agency project(s). 1) Pacific City Lights 1643 Pacific Avenue 42 Units of Affordable Housing 2) Neozoe 1500 Line Avenue Affordable Housing 10 units 3) Olive Court 1856 Long Beach Blvd 43 Units Medium and Affordable Housing 4) Atlantic Avenue near Hill Street 58 Units – medium and AffordableThe following information was gathered through the assessment surveys completed byresidents of Police Beats 4 and 5 per the community survey as the service gaps: 28% after school programs 24% Adult Employment 23% Affordable Health Care 20% Youth Employment/Sports-Recreation Programs/Teen Center 13% Reading programs for Youth 13% Parent Resource CenterOf the over 950 residents contacted, 52% states their level of involvement in thecommunity has remained the same, 40% would be willing to attend a communitymeeting once a month if held in the evenings or on weekend; 75% have had no contactwith the police in the last 12 months and of those who have had contact, it did notinvolve youth. An average household has 4.5 people living in it with a range of 1-12 with2.2 under the age of 18, with a range of 0-9.Local resources can be better distributed, enhanced and coordinated throughcollaboration of services by community agencies and their agreement not to duplicateservices in the target area. The improved distribution can be accomplished byestablishing a specific schedule to make activities and services available to the U.S. Department of Justice – 17 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
  18. 18. community by utilizing: the Safe Havens for service locations; establish a buddy systemto look out for each other; notify law enforcement when a crime is witnessed; formneighborhood watch groups; and contact city services when a problem is identified.Youth can take advantage of Safe Havens for after school activities such as tutoring,mentoring, sports activities, and craft classes. Since there is three identified SafeHavens, there is the opportunity for services to be available from 3-5 days a week ateach site or as many days as the need warrants. Each Safe Haven will be identified asa community meeting location, to plan community events to improve the quality of lifefor the Weed and Seed area.IV. Management Structure/Oversight CommitteeThe proposed sight has a strong infrastructure, which will implement and oversee theWeed and Seed program plan in the target area. The Youth and Gang ViolencePrevention Task Force was established in November 2004 as a result of the reportentitled “Interim Report and Re-examination of the Problems of youth and GangViolence in the City of Long Beach” was submitted to the Mayor and City Council by theHuman Relations Commission. Law enforcement, and educational, business andneighborhood organizations have committed to assist in the process. Because thefactors that contribute to community demise and youth violence are multifaceted,representatives from youth-serving organizations, faith-based organizations andcommunity-based organizations will be involved in oversight. Throughout the past threeyears, the Task Force has focused on the following issues: youth and gang violence,delinquency prevention, workforce development, parent and family services, andcommunity education and mobilization. Therefore, the Taskforce created an ad hocweed and seed steering committee to oversee the weed and seed process. The Weedand Seed Steering Committee, as the planning and oversight entity for this grantprocess.How the strategy was developedThe Steering Committee was formed as an Ad Hoc group for the application for Weedand Seed Community in June 2006. The committee is comprised of members of theTask Force, a coalition of decision-makers of youth serving agencies, faith-basedcommunity, community based organizations, residents, City governmentrepresentatives, law enforcement, Drug Enforcement Administration, Los AngelesCounty Department of Probation, State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation,U.S. Attorney’s Office and Office of the City Prosecutor.The strategy was developed by the members of the Weed and Seed SteeringCommittee and Subcommittees using the strategic prevention framework forimplementation using the logic model of problem identification, sustainability plans andevaluation that will result in a collaborative service delivery system. This system willprovide for an effective coordination of resources to ultimately implement a singlesweeping law enforcement, crime prevention and community revitalization strategythroughout the Police Beats 4 and 5. The five core products of the prevention U.S. Department of Justice – 18 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
  19. 19. framework for implementation are: 1) complete a community assessment; 2) develop alogic model, with problem identification; 3) action plan 4) evaluation plan; and 5)sustainability plan. The Steering Committee separated into two subgroups: Weed-primarily law enforcement with residents and Seed – prevention/intervention/Treatmentand community restoration with residents as well. The subcommittees met at regularintervals to identify the problems, analyzed the problems based on the logic modelframework of: (i) But why?; (ii) But Why Here?, these subcommittees established thestrategies to bring about the solutions that will collapse the problems in theneighborhood.The Plan for day to day management:The City’s Department of Health and Human Services will be the administrative agencyoverseeing the Weed and Seed Strategic Plan.The Weed and Seed Site Director will work closely with the Long Beach PoliceDepartment in implementing the law enforcement element and community policingelements of the strategy. As an employee of the City’s Department of Health andHuman Services (DHHS), this person will have direct involvement in seeding activities,which include all prevention curriculum, family and parenting services, and communityeducation and mobilization. The Site Director will Coordinate with the SteeringCommittee approval, respond to the needs of the Steering Committee and serve as itsconduit between the various government and private sector systems to recommendresources and provide communication between partnerships and form linkages toresources required to accomplish tasks. The Site Director will also manage all full-timeand part-time personnel who oversee the various components of the Safe Haven andother program services. Each Safe Haven will be under the direct supervision of thefacility Site Director or Supervisor. The Weed and Seed Site Director will provideoversight assistance to all three Safe Havens. Facility operations will remain with thatfacility. Types of activities and services will be approved by the Steering Committeealong with days of specific services.The Weed and Seed Site Director will be a key player in the day-to-day operations andas such, will commit 100% of his/her time to oversee the implementation of the strategyon a day-to-day basis. These responsibilities will include: providing staff services for theSteering Committee and it’s subcommittees; coordinating their efforts; managing anddirecting program staff; coordinating program activities; serving as liaison betweenpublic and private agencies and in addition; maintaining grant compliance and reporting.How assessment will be addressed?The staffing and steering committee members and Evaluator will be responsible foroversight of the assessments. Individuals will be divided into committees to organize thecompletion of these duties in a systematic way so as to prevent placing a burden on anyone individual or agency: U.S. Department of Justice – 19 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
  20. 20. 1. Conduct continuous risk and resource assessment, including reviewing and interpreting data, monitoring and evaluating programs. 2. Provide leadership and support to the target community and to the agencies implementing services. 3. Assist in the development of a comprehensive action plan that is compatible with the resources, groups and programs already operating in the community. 4. Hold the community accountable for planning and carrying out the project by visiting programs on a regular basis and being highly visible in the community via the creation and grant review. 5. Conduct outreach and recruitment activities with parents, student groups, organizations and others on a regular basis. 6. Review reports submitted by all components to monitor the completion of goals and objectives, ensure compliance, and make recommendations for improvement. 7. Ensure the Steering Committee is kept informed of all policymaking decisions.The Weed and Seed Site Director will report through the Steering Committee but froman organizational standpoint, will be an employee of the Department of Health andHuman Services.The Steering Committee will be responsible for Policy level decision-making while day-to-day operational issues will come through the DHHS by way of the Supervisor.Monitoring of site activities will be coordinated through the Supervisor and the SiteDirector.All activities relating to implementation on a day-to-day basis will be brought to theSteering Committee at their quarterly meetings for analysis, evaluation and approval.This information will in turn be brought forth to the Oversight Committee for furtherdiscussion to ensure that the overall strategy is in alignment with the Department ofJustice Vision, as well as target area initiatives and goals.IV.A. Steering Committee Membership:United States Attorney (USA) Leadership: • Provides leadership in joint law enforcement operation planning and implementation • Ongoing involvement with the Steering CommitteeThe U.S. Attorney’s role includes, but is not limited to, the following: • Convening/co-chairing the Steering Committee • Oversee the law enforcement strategy • Approving requests for use of U.S. Attorneys Fund U.S. Department of Justice – 20 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
  21. 21. • Approving final selection of a Site Director before the person is hiredThe Steering Committee reflects the key partners who are committed to or live in thetarget area, willing to work cooperatively to develop the strategy and bring resources toimplement the strategy in the future. The Committee is responsible for establishingWeed and Seed goals and objectives; working on task identified to achieve strategicgoals; designing and developing programs; providing guidance on implementation; and,if funded, making future budget recommends and assessing program achievements.The following stakeholder groups are included on the list of required membership.(Beat 4 and 5 residents have an * following their name below).Required Members Name: George Cardona Title: Interim U.S. Attorney Organization affiliation: United States Attorney’s Office, Central District of California Specific contribution: Leadership Strategic role/responsibilities: Convening/co-chairing the Steering Committee, Oversee the law enforcement strategy, Approve requests for use of U.S. Attorneys Fund, Approve final selection of a Site Director before he/she is hired, grant management Pertinent Experience [If any] United States Attorney, oversee all DOJ programs in Central District of California Name: Grace Denton Title: Coordinator of Department of Justice, Weed and Seed Organization affiliation: Department of Justice Specific contribution: Co-chair Police Beats 4 and 5, City of Long Beach Weed and Seed Program Strategic role/responsibilities: Technical assistance and guidance to all applicants, grant management Pertinent Experience [If any] Coordinate all Weed and Seed Program in the Central District of California Name: Dr. Lydia Hollie Title: Co-chair, Long Beach Weed and Seed Steering Committee Organization affiliation: Long Beach Youth and Gang Prevention Task Force Specific contribution: Trainer, writer, and community advocate Strategic role/responsibilities: Liaison to the Task Force Pertinent Experience: Chair of Long Beach Youth and Gang Task Force since 2004, Past Chair, City of Long Beach Human Relations Commission Name: Reginald Harrison Title: Deputy City Manager U.S. Department of Justice – 21 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
  22. 22. Organization affiliation: City of Long Beach, City Manager’s OfficeSpecific contributions: Coordinated overall City approval and supportStrategic roles/responsibilities: Grant Management, liaison for CitygovernmentPertinent Experience [If any]: Managerial oversight of City approvalName: Darrell Alexander*,Title: Resident/Business OwnerOrganization affiliation: LBQ’s Bar-B-QueSpecific contribution: Coordinated community support of projectStrategic roles/responsibilities: Liaison with business communityPertinent Experience [If any] N/AName: Michael Baker*Title: Resident/Business OwnerOrganization affiliation: Mr. Baker’s Barber ShopSpecific contribution: Coordinated business support of projectStrategic role/responsibilities: Liaison with business communityPertinent Experience [If any] N/AName: Michael Bates*Title: PresidentOrganization affiliation: Grace House of HopeSpecific contribution: In-kind meeting space, community fairsStrategic role/responsibilities: Liaison to faith-based communityPertinent Experience [If any] Provide faith-based counseling to childrenand adultsName: Wayne Chaney, jr.*Title: PastorOrganization affiliation: Antioch Missionary Baptist ChurchSpecific contribution: In-kind meeting space, program activities for youthStrategic roles/responsibilities: Liaison to faith-based communityPertinent Experience [If any] Provide faith-based counseling to youth andadultsName: Jose Flores *Title: Resident/MemberOrganization affiliation: Central Neighborhood Advisory CouncilSpecific contribution: Advocate Weed and Seed Program in thecommunityStrategic role/responsibilities: Coordinate Weed and Seed in CentralNeighborhoodPertinent Experience: [If any] N/AName: Tom Flores* U.S. Department of Justice – 22 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
  23. 23. Title: Resident/MemberOrganization affiliation: Central Neighborhood Advisory CouncilSpecific contribution: Advocate Weed and Seed program in communityStrategic role/responsibilities: Liaison to Neighborhood Advisory CouncilPertinent Experience: [If any] N/AName: Daniel Morales*Title: ResidentOrganization affiliation: Long Beach Unified School District Head StartSpecific contribution: Child Care servicesStrategic role/responsibilities: Liaison to the Head Start CommunityPertinent Experience: [If any] Provide youth servicesName: Lillian Parker*Title: Vice-Chair/ResidentOrganization affiliation: Citizen Police Complaint CommissionSpecific contribution: grant writerStrategic role/responsibilities: Liaison to the Police Complaint CommissionPertinent Experience: [If any] Vice Chair Citizen Police ComplaintCommissionName: Hillary Rivers*Title: Victims Advocate, ResidentOrganization affiliation: NoneSpecific contribution: Co-chair Seed Subcommittee, recruit communitymembersStrategic role/responsibilities: Liaison to the ResidentsPertinent Experience: [If any] Member of Youth and Gang Task ForceName: Autrilla Scott*Title: Community Activist, ResidentOrganization affiliation: NoneSpecific contribution: Recruit community membersStrategic role/responsibilities: Liaison to residentsPertinent Experience [If any]: Member of Youth and Gang Task ForceName: Charles Wade*Title: ResidentOrganization affiliation: NomeSpecific contribution: Recruit community membersStrategic roles/responsibilities: Liaison to CommunityPertinent Experience [If any]: Faith-based counseling for youth U.S. Department of Justice – 23 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
  24. 24. Name: Anita Sum*Title: Resident and InternOrganization affiliation: Department of Health and Human ServicesSpecific contribution: Collect surveys, assist at meetings, and collate dataStrategic roles/responsibilities: Liaison with Youth communityPertinent Experience: [If any] Member Long Beach Youth CommissionName: Virgie Wade*Title: Resident, MemberOrganization affiliation: Central Neighborhood Advisory CouncilSpecific contribution: recruit membersStrategic role/responsibilities: Liaison with residentsPertinent Experience [If any] Member Neighborhood Advisory CouncilName: Cecile Walters*Title: Resident, Special Projects OfficerOrganization affiliation: Long Beach Work Force InvestmentSpecific contribution: Represent the Workforce Development BoardStrategic roles/responsibilities: job training programs for youth and adults,and grants managementPertinent Experience [If any]: Staff support to Long Beach Youth andGang Task Force, Economic Development, Board National Association forthe Advancement of Colored People, Block CaptainName: Ty HatfieldTitle: Lieutenant, Youth ServicesOrganization affiliation: Long Beach Police DepartmentSpecific contribution: Weed subcommitteeStrategic role/responsibilities: Oversee the development of the Weedstrategy for law enforcement, selected programs/problems, Liaison withlaw enforcementPertinent Experience: [If any] Oversee youth services for PoliceDepartmentName: Josef LevyTitle: Lieutenant West DivisionOrganization affiliation: Long Beach Police DepartmentSpecific contribution: Meeting space, community education meetings, andTask Force operationsStrategic role/responsibilities: Liaison with law enforcementPertinent Experience [If any] N/AName: Gary MorrisonTitle: Police CommanderOrganization affiliation: Long Beach Police DepartmentSpecific contribution: Co-chair of Weed Subcommittee
  25. 25. Strategic role/responsibilities: Oversee the development of the Weed Strategy Pertinent Experience: [If any] N/A Name: Robert Luman Title: Lieutenant Organization affiliation: Long Beach Police Department, Office of Community Oriented Public Safety Specific contribution: Represent the Chief of Police and Co-Chair of the Weed Subcommittee Strategic role/responsibilities: Liaison with law enforcement and the task force operations Pertinent Experience [If any]: N/A Name: Thomas Reeves, Title: City Prosecutor Organization affiliation: City of Long Beach Specific contribution: Represented the Prosecutor’s office Strategic role/responsibilities: Liaison with the Judiciary Pertinent Experience [If any]: Top Judge Advocate General in California Name: Lance Williams Title: Demand Reduction Coordinator Organization affiliation: Drug Enforcement Administration Specific contribution: Participate in Law enforcement strategy Strategic role/responsibilities: grant management, Liaison for the Drug Enforcement Administration Pertinent Experience [If any]: N/AAdditional Committee Members: Name: Ryan Watson Title: Police Officer Organization affiliation: Long Beach Police Department Specific contribution: Developed Weed Strategy Strategic role/responsibilities: Liaison with Law enforcement Pertinent Experience [If any]: N/A
  26. 26. Name: Melanie WashingtonTitle: CEOOrganization affiliation: Mentoring-A Touch from AboveSpecific contribution: Gang Prevention and educationStrategic role/responsibilities: Liaison with gang programsPertinent Experience [If any]: Founder of this programName: Samuel BanuelosTitle: SupervisorOrganization affiliation: Los Angeles County Probation DepartmentSpecific contribution: Participate in Task Force Operations, Re-entryservicesStrategic roles/responsibilities: Liaison with Probation OfficersPertinent Experience [If any]: N/AName: Fitzgerald JonesTitle: PrincipalOrganization affiliation: Long Beach School for Adults and ReidContinuation SchoolSpecific contribution: Tutoring, meeting spaceStrategic roles/responsibilities: Liaison on behalf of LBUSDPertinent Experience [If any]: Principal of Continuation SchoolName: Patricia LeeTitle: SupervisorOrganization affiliation: State Department of Corrections andRehabilitationSpecific contribution: Refer parolees for Re-entry servicesStrategic role/responsibilities: Liaison on behalf of State ParolePertinent Experience [If any]: Member Executive Board of Joint EffortsSubstance Abuse Program, National Leadership Committee of DeltaSigma Theta Sorority, Inc.Name: Gwen MackTitle: Principal, Poly High SchoolOrganization affiliation: Long Beach Unified School DistrictSpecific contribution: Meeting space, tutoring, and neighborhood clean upStrategic roles/responsibilities: Liaison for LBUSDPertinent Experience [If any]: Principal in LBUSDName: Karen HilburnTitle: Truancy OfficerOrganization affiliation: Long Beach Unified School DistrictSpecific contribution: Provide Truancy informationStrategic role/responsibilities: Liaison with LBUSDPertinent Experience [If any]: Unified School Truancy Officer
  27. 27. Name: Janet McCarthy-WilsonTitle: Executive DirectorOrganization affiliation: Goodwill IndustriesSpecific contribution: Employment training, meeting space, volunteerhours, apprentice trainingStrategic role/responsibilities: Liaison for Goodwill IndustriesPertinent Experience [If any]: Long Beach Chamber of Commerce,MemberName: Constance McKivett,Title: Principal, George Washington Middle SchoolOrganization affiliation: Long Beach Unified School District,Specific contribution: Intramural sports, Boys and Girls Club, JuniorAchievers, tutoring, Drumming for LifeStrategic role/responsibilities: Liaison for LBUSDPertinent Experience [If any]: Principal in LBUSDName: Brian McPhail,Title: Police DetectiveOrganization affiliation: Long Beach Police DepartmentSpecific contribution: Police Athletic LeagueStrategic roles/responsibilities: Liaison with law enforcementPertinent Experience [If any]: Youth Program OfficerName: Jerome OliveraTitle: Community Planning OfficerOrganization affiliation: Department of Planning and BuildingSpecific contribution: Provide GIS Maps, Brownfield informationStrategic role/responsibilities: Liaison with City PlannersPertinent Experience [If any]: N/AName: Cliff ParksTitle: Lead Counselor - Project TeamOrganization affiliation: Long Beach Unified School DistrictSpecific contribution: TutoringStrategic role/responsibilities: Liaison with LBUSDPertinent Experience[If any]:Unified School Program Lead CounselorName: Sony PreamTitle: CounselorOrganization affiliation: Cambodian Association of AmericaSpecific contribution: Counseling services in KhmerStrategic role/responsibilities: Liaison for Cambodian CommunityPertinent Experience [If any]: Youth Counselor
  28. 28. Name: Bryan Rogers Title: Executive Director Organization affiliation: Long Beach Workforce Investment Board Specific contribution: Approval of expenses for job training Strategic role/responsibilities: Liaison for Workforce Development Board Pertinent Experience [If any]: Executive Director of Workforce Investment Board Name: Marc Rothenberg Title: Attorney, Organization affiliation: Commission on Youth andChildren Specific contribution: Co-Chair of Seed subcommittee, Advocate for youth Strategic role/responsibilities: Liaison for Judiciary, Vice Chair of Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Task Force Pertinent Experience [If any]: Legal Advocate for youth Name: Darick Simpson, Title: Director Organization affiliation: Long Beach Community Action Partnership Specific contribution: Program advocate, co-facilitate stake-holders, computer training, tutorial services, sponsor workplace readiness, Safe Haven services Strategic role/responsibilities: Liaison for community members Pertinent Experience [If any]: Director of program services for youth and adults Name: Chris Burcham Title: Librarian Organization affiliation: Long Beach Public Library Specific contribution: Tutoring, meeting space Strategic role/responsibilities: Liaison for Library community Pertinent Experience [If any]: Youth Librarian Name: LaVerne Duncan Title: Housing Communications Officer Organization affiliation: Community Development Department Specific contribution: 1st time homebuyer education, low-income homeowner loans, and multi-family residential loans Strategic role/responsibilities: liaison for housing services providers Pertinent Experience [If any): N/A
  29. 29. Name: Jason FraleyTitle: Asst. Admin. AnalystOrganization affiliation: Community Development - NeighborhoodImprovement StrategySpecific contribution: Neighborhood clean-up program, homeimprovement rebate program, Neighborhood leadership program,operates 4 Community Police Centers, meeting spaceStrategic role/responsibilities: Liaison with Neighborhood ImprovementStrategy agenciesPertinent Experience [If any]: N/AName: Cynthia MartindaleTitle: CounselorOrganization affiliation: The Guidance Center, Mental Health ServicesSpecific contribution: Referral for support servicesStrategic role/responsibilities: Liaison with Mental Health agenciesPertinent Experience [If any]: N/AName: John R. WilliamsTitle: Community Liaison Program OfficerOrganization affiliation: Knight FoundationSpecific contribution: FundingStrategic role/responsibilities: Liaison with Community funding sourcesPertinent Experience [If any]: N/AName: Sherri Nixon-JoinerTitle: SupervisorOrganization affiliation: Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine,Specific contribution: Meeting space, Safe Haven services, After schoolactivities for age 5-12, Teen Center for age 13 and olderStrategic roles/responsibilities: Organized recreation, Safe HavenPertinent Experience [If any]: Youth Recreation SupervisorName: Michelle MolinaTitle: PresidentOrganization affiliation: PeacePartners, IncSpecific contribution: Violence Prevention skills classes for students, staffcommunity members, law enforcementStrategic role/responsibilities: Liaison with Violence prevention agenciesPertinent Experience [If any]: Violence prevention for youth
  30. 30. Name: June Pouesi Title: Executive Director Organization affiliation: Office of Samoan Affairs Specific contribution: Counseling Services for Samoan speaking population, 52 week Domestic Violence, 52 Week parenting, 52 Week anger management Strategic roles/responsibilities: Liaison with Samoan agencies Pertinent Experience[If any]: N/A Name: Mary Jo Ginty Title Director of Education Organization affiliation: Conservation Corps of Long Beach Specific contribution: Job Training Service Strategic roles/responsibilities: Liaison with job training agencies Pertinent Experience [If any]: Provides job training for youth Name: Felton Williams Title: Member Organization affiliation: Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education Specific contribution: meeting space, tutoring Strategic role/responsibilities: Liaison with School District Pertinent Experience [If any]: Member Board of EducationStrategic roles/responsibilities:The Steering Committee will act as the governing body, providing the overall leadership,management and final approval of all activities related to the Weed and Seed Strategy.The Steering Committee was responsible for developing the Strategic Plan, whichincludes the Goals and Action Plan reflective of the community’s needs.The Steering Committee will continue to meet once a month to monitor the strategy’sprogress and evaluate its effectiveness. At these meetings, representatives of thecommunity served will be invited to participate and provide input. The Committee willoffer guidance, consider all concerns brought forth, provide discussion, establishcommittees to research warranted issues, and provide final approval to anyrecommended changes. The Steering Committee will also be responsible for identifyingpotential funding sources for the project and maintaining due diligence on any contractsthat may come from these sources.The Weed and Seed Steering Committee general duties are as follows: • Meet a minimum of once a month with additional meetings as necessary; • Be active participants in all aspects of the project, including education, promotion, implementation of strategies and community mobilization and restoration.
  31. 31. The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services will be theadministrative agency for the Weed and Seed Community Strategic Plan.IV.B. Weed and Seed SubcommitteesWeed SubcommitteeRole:The City of Long Beach Police Beat 4 and 5 Weed Subcommittee is responsible for thelaw enforcement, community policing, problem identification, program development,implementation and evaluation to work with local residents to weed out criminal activityin the target area.Objectives: • The Subcommittee meets and will continue to meet monthly on an on-going basis to assess the progress of the project and to resolve any questions or concerns that may arise. • Report to the Steering Committee of these meetings to help facilitate this process. • Serve as the liaison to other agencies that may not be directly involved in the project, but nonetheless, have an interest in or are able to assist in the project.Composition: • United States Department of Justice • Long Beach Police Department • Drug Enforcement Administration • Los Angeles County Department of Probation • State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation • Office of the City Prosecutor • Citizen Police Complaint Commission • Community Residents • Social Service AgenciesRepresentatives from the Weed Subcommittee have defined strategies that will impactthe problems identified by the residents in the areas of law enforcement, communitypolicing, prevention, intervention and treatment and neighborhood restoration topositively impact the Weed and Seed approach.Special Expertise References: • Long Beach Police Department Community Police Academy • Community Development Neighborhood Leadership • Health Leadership ProgramSeed Subcommittee
  32. 32. Role:The City of Long Beach Police Beat 4 and 5 Seed Subcommittee is responsible foridentifying social services providers and economic revitalization efforts to seed the areawith intervention and prevention services. The Seed Subcommittee with the assistanceof the residents will identify problem areas, develop programs and services,implementation and evaluation to work with local residents in the target area.Objectives: • The Subcommittee meets and will continue to meet monthly on an on-going basis to assess the progress of the project and to resolve any questions or concerns that may arise. • Report to the Steering Committee of these meetings to help facilitate this process. • Serve as the liaison to other agencies that may not be directly involved in the project, but nonetheless, have an interest in or are able to assist in the project.Representatives from the Seed Subcommittee have defined strategies that will impactthe problems identified by the residents in the areas of prevention, intervention andtreatment and neighborhood restoration to positively impact the Weed and Seedapproach.Composition: • Community Residents • Victims Advocates • Treatment Programs • Community Activist • Prevention Programs • Students • Educators • City Management • Faith Based Providers • Public Health • Community Development • Conservation Corp Agencies • Dept. Children and Family • Youth and gang Violence Services Programs • Mental Health Services • Housing Rehabilitation • Others • Workforce Investment BoardSpecial Expertise References: • Long Beach Police Department Community Police Academy • Community Development Neighborhood Leadership Program • Health Leadership ProgramIV.C. Weed and Seed Site DirectorPosition Description: The Site Director will be a key player in the operations under thedirect supervision of the Steering Committee to assist in overseeing the 3 Safe Havensites, and as such, will commit 100% of his/her time to oversee the implementation ofthe strategy on a day-to-day basis. The responsibilities will include: providing staff
  33. 33. services for the Steering Committee and it’s subcommittees, coordinating their efforts,managing and directing program staff, coordinating program activities, serving as liaisonbetween public and private agencies and in addition, maintaining grant compliance andreporting.DUTIES:• Prepares Weed and Seed program evaluations and client satisfaction surveys.• Monitors quality assurance activities.• Evaluates program performance and cost effectiveness in conjunction with public health data.• Enters, analyzes and interprets public health data to detect local patterns and crime trends.• Designs, conducts and disseminates studies.• Prepares grant program documents, subcontracts, budget and other administrative material.• Coordinates rotations and training of services organized through community partners.• Assists in the development of research proposals and supervision of research assignments.• May implement and evaluate weed and seed protocols and procedures.• May utilize Geographic Information Systems for public health data analysis.• May conduct quality assurance/quality control studies.• May assign and review the work of subordinate personnel.• May supervise, train and evaluate subordinate personnel.• Performs other duties as assigned.REQUIREMENTS:Bachelor degree preferred but equivalent work experience of four years in a specializedpublic health setting, such as: social work, registered nursing, nutrition, public healthGIS, gang/youth services and community planner. Education may be substituted forexperience on a year-for-year basis. A valid California motor vehicle operator’s licensemay be required.As an employee of the City’s Department of Health and Human Services, this personwill have direct involvement in seeding activities, which include all preventioncurriculum, family and parenting services, and community education and mobilization.The Weed and Seed Site Director will also manage all full and part-time personnel whooversee the various components of the Safe Haven and other program services. TheWeed and Seed Site Director will be obligated to the Steering Committee but from anorganizational standpoint, will report to the Health and Human Services Department.The position of the Site Director is currently vacant.
  34. 34. The Weed and Seed Supervisor will be the administrative oversight person on behalfof the Department of Health and Human Services, and will commit 25% of his time in-kind to program oversight. The position will be financed throughout the life of thestrategy through matched funding from the Department of Health and Human Services.The Weed and Seed Supervisor will work closely with the Long Beach PoliceDepartment in implementing the law enforcement and community policing elements ofthe strategy.DUTIES:• provides professional services for specialized public health or human services programs;• Monitors and maintains program compliance and service delivery;• Maintains compliance with applicable laws and regulations;• Supervises, trains and monitors program staff;• Develops, implements and evaluates various aspects of the program;• May provide individual counseling and guidance to program participants;• May act as a liaison, and represent the City to various agencies, committees, and community groups;• May coordinate program activities with public, private, and community-based agencies;• May analyze data and compile reports;• May complete and submit grant proposals and required progress reports;• May coordinate the recruitment, training and placement of program interns;• May obtain and monitor contracts with community providers; and• performs other related duties as assigned.REQUIREMENTS:Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degreein a related field and one year of professional service related to a specialized programarea which may include, but is not limited to: Family Preservation Services, HomelessServices Program, Youth Health Education Program, Tobacco Education Program,Alcohol/Drug Rehabilitation Program, Community Challenge Program, Safe and HealthyFamilies Program. Specific qualifying experience for each specialty area will becontained in the job bulletin. Experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis. A valid California motor vehicle operator license.The position of the Supervisor will be held by Michael St. Jean, his resume is listed below:Position Description: Public Health Professional IIEDUCATION: California Baptist University B.S Degree in Biology, 2004 California Paramedical and Technical College CAADAC Certification California Association Of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors - 1992
  35. 35. EXPERIENCE: Rehabilitation Services Coordinator (Department of Health and HumanService) 1994- to Present City of Long Beach • Assist the Bureau Manager in directing program Services • Overseeing daily operations of Court Mandated Drug Programs • Supervising, hiring, training and evaluating staff of 12 • Monitoring charts for quality assurance for county and state contracts • Participation member of grant proposal team to acquire new funding sources • Preparing program reports, assigned • Responsible for operations of Office of Traffic Safety Grant • Supervise daily operations of seven contract programs • Act as liaison to State, County, and City fiscal and program auditors • Develop and coordinate staff trainingsLicensures and Registered Addiction Specialist:CERTIFICATES : Breining Institute - Certification #1168 California Association of Drinking Driver Treatment Program Certification 1168ACHEVEMENTS: 1. Long Beach City College Alcohol/ Drug Studies Board 2006 2. Long Beach Drug Free Communities, Chair 2005-2006 3. Los Angeles Overdose Prevention Task Force 2006 4. Long Beach Leadership Academy: Supervisor’s Program 2006 5. Inter Coast Colleges Alcohol/Drug Curriculums Advisory 2004-05 6. Neighborhood Leadership Program Class of 2001 7. California Conference on Alcohol Problems (CCAP) Board of Directors 8. Traveler’s Aid Society of Long Beach, President Board of Directors 2000 9. California Paramedical and Technical College, Long Beach, CA Alcohol and Drug Counseling Studies Advisory Board 2003-2005 10. City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services Leadership Program Class of 1999 11. Community Police Academy, Long Beach Police Department 1998IV. D. Fiscal AgentThe fiscal agent of the Weed and Seed project is the City of Long Beach. The fiscalagent agrees to manage all future Weed and Seed funds as approved by the Weed andSeed Steering Committee and in accordance with the Office of Justice Programs (OJP)Financial Guidelines.Position description:Administrative Analyst II
  36. 36. Under direction, assists departmental management with a wide variety of administrativeresponsibilities and performs increasingly complex and responsible duties of the class.DUTIES: • Independently develops and implements analytical studies and develops, compiles, and interprets statistical data; • Develops conclusions and makes recommendations; • Assists departmental management in the preparation and control of the annual budget, and the selection, training, and evaluation of employees; • Develops and implements procedures for improving organizational accomplishments; • Develops financial proposals and forecasts; • Develops basic computer reporting systems unrelated to centralized computer operations; • May assist in marketing of services; • Performs other related duties as required.Dale Worsham will be the Administrative Analyst II for this project:QUALIFICATIONS• Twenty years of strong and diverse experience in managing finance, administration, personnel, marketing and sales promotions. Ability to manage multiple tasks.• Proficient in computer use and software programs for complex business solutions applications - Windows 9X, Excel, Lotus 123, QuatroPro, Dbase, Access, Word, Word Perfect, Power Point, Harvard Graphics, MAS 90, BusinessWorks, Crystal Reports, QuarkXPress, Illustrator and Photoshop.EMPLOYMENT HISTORYCity of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services - June 1999 to presentAdministrative Analyst IIOversee financial and administrative structure for the Bureau of Human and SocialServices.• Develops the annual budget for the Bureau of $14 million including $12 million in the Health Fund, $1.6 million in the General Fund and $300,0000 in the Insurance Fund.• Oversees the fiscal health of the Bureau’s funds including tracking monthly revenues/expenditures, developing Estimates To Close and maintaining adequate cash flow for the Department.• Manages the fiscal aspect of over 70 grants/projects funded by Federal, State, County and private sources.• Provides fiscal and operational analysis of the bureau’s grants, facilities and funds.• Prepares Personnel Requisitions and assists the manager in the administration of personnel matters.
  37. 37. • Prepares invoices and monthly status reports.• Represents the Bureau during internal and external fiscal audits.• Conducts periodic audits of project’s fiscal and programmatic compliance.• Prepares financial sections, reviews and monitors grant applications.• Oversees technology the purchase/lease of technology and reviews the Bureaus technology needs.• Arranges Bureau correspondence to City Attorney, City Manger, City Council, and City Clerk.EDUCATIONPepperdine University Malibu, CABachelor of Science, Business Administration - 1988IV.E. Additional Neighborhood Resource ProvidersThere are numerous organizations in the community that are a resource or coordinatingpartner in the Weed and Seed effort that do not serve on the Steering Committee or thesubcommittees, but are willing to participate as a partner in support of the strategies.The list includes the following providers: • Long Beach Ministerial Alliance, Faith-Based Counseling Services • Academic Uprise, Educational Readiness Program • Centro Shalom, Counseling Services • Good Beginnings Never End, Long Beach City College, Early Childhood Education • Long Beach Police Department, DARE, Drug Prevention Program • Long Beach Housing Authority, Community Development, Section 8 • Long Beach Commission on Youth and Children, Well-being for children • Department of Children and Family Services, Child Protective Services • National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency, Prevention and Treatment Services for Substance Abuse • Mexican American Organization-Prevention Counseling • Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation, Prevention, Intervention and Treatment • Memorial Hospital Miller’s Children’s Clinic, Medical services for Children • Substance Abuse Foundation, Drug and Alcohol Treatment and Prevention • Harbor Regional Center, Job placement for Developmentally Disabled • California State University, Long Beach, Dept. of Social Work, Education and evaluation • Long Beach Unified School District, Polytechnic Academy for Accelerated Learning, Advanced learning ProgramV. Coordination Components
  38. 38. The current partnership between the City of Long Beach and residents residing in PoliceBeats 4 and 5 via the Long Beach Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Task Force toaddress quality of life issues in and around the existing site led to the interest in the USDepartment of Justice Weed and Seed Community Program. Community residents andpolice officers voiced a strong desire to establish better working relationships with eachother during the Weed and Seed Steering Committee meetings. The national Weedand Seed model was introduced to the target area and the City’s current Youth andGang Violence Prevention Task Force served as the vehicle to encourage coordinationand partnership among residents, the City of Long Beach Department of Health andHuman Services and the Long Beach Police Department. Early on in the developmentstrategy, other partners, such as the Long Beach Community Action Partnership, LongBeach Workforce Investment Board, Long Beach Unified School District, and AntiochMissionary Baptist Church, committed to actively support the application and eventualimplementation.This collaborative effort has lead to strong federal, state, local, and private programcoordination. The coordination strategies detailed below strengthen the integratedefforts between each focused component: Law Enforcement; Community Policing;Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment; and Neighborhood Restoration. The residentsserve as the binding adhesive for each component bonding them to a sustainable effortfor lasting change in the target community. Finally, the Weed and Seed communicationplan will allow for changes within the community to be shared amongst its members tobuild momentum and interest in the program. Also, communication with the rest of theCity will create an opportunity to celebrate the changes and transformation of thisblighted community.V.A. Partnerships, Collaborations and Federal, State, Local, and Private program CoordinationThe Long Beach Police Beats 4 and 5 Weed and Seed Program mission is to create acollaboration of educational and technology based programs as well as related supportsystems designed to provide essential educational, career, social and life skillsdevelopment training and services to at-risk youth and adults in the Long Beach PoliceBeats 4 and 5. In addition, attention will be given to those who are ex-offenders in needof a second chance to reconstitute their lives and become viable, productive, andcontributing members of the community. Moreover, this collaboration will incorporate acomprehensive resource network involving subject matter experts from local school,community college, and university systems; local, state and federal governmentalofficials and agencies; businesses, religious organizations and other non-profit entities,as well experts from a variety of educational and community research institutions.The Long Beach Police Beats 4 and 5 Weed and Seed Site benefits from the strength ofits partnerships and their resource commitments as indicated below:Federal Partnership/Collaboration:United States Attorney Office • US Attorney serves as co-chair Steering
  39. 39. – Central District California Committee • Serves as a liaison with the US Department of JusticeHUD/City of Long Beach • Representative to sit on Steering CommitteeHousing Services and Subcommittees • Administer housing loan and repair programs • Coordinate economic revitalization efforts • Administer housing rehabilitation, relocation assistance and homebuyer assistanceUS Department of Justice • Representative to serve on SteeringDrug Enforcement Committee and subcommitteesAdministration • Liaison with intervention and prevention programs provided in the local areaEconomic Opportunity Act of • Serve as a Safe Haven site1964/ Long Beach • Representative to serve on SteeringCommunity Actions Committee and subcommitteesPartnership • Educational Skills enhancement and proficiency • Gang prevention programs and intervention services • Provide Workforce/Career Development • Provide adult computer training for individuals that meet Federal Poverty Guidelines • Provide tutorial services at our facility (780 Atlantic) for K-12 students • Co-sponsor workplace readiness training for adults and youth that meet Poverty GuidelinesState Partnership/Collaboration:California Workforce • Representative to serve on SteeringInvestment Board (WIB) / Committee and subcommitteesCity of Long Beach • Virtual One-Stop Employment PreparationCommunity Development Lab • Personal Computers and Internet Access • Job Postings and Resume Matching • Basic Computer Classes • Work-Readiness Workshops • Assistance to youth and young adults – employment referrals, work experience/internships, academic/career counseling, and service learning/volunteer opportunities
  40. 40. • Referrals to other in-demand industry training • Financial Literacy Education • National tax assistance program using the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) ProgramState of California • Representative to serve on SteeringDepartment of Corrections Committee and subcommitteesand Rehabilitation • Work closely with Long Beach Police Department, Los Angeles County Department of Probation, District Attorney’s Office and City Prosecutor’s Office to enforce strategy in the target area • Compliance sweeps and searches for parolees • Substance Treatment and Recovery for parolees • Learning Lab services for re-entry services • Parolee Outpatient Clinic for re-entry servicesLocal Partnership/Collaboration:City of Long Beach – City • Representative to serve on SteeringManager’s Office Committee and subcommittees • Promote strategy principles within the organization • Support the Steering Committee as an ad hoc committee of the Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Task ForceCity of Long Beach – Citizen • Representative to serve on SteeringComplaint Commission Committee and subcommittees • Promote public knowledge and use of the Complaint CommissionLong Beach Police • Representative to serve on SteeringDepartment – Youth Committee and subcommitteesServices/ Police Athletic • Provide truancy operations, in conjunctionLeague with the Long Beach Unified School District • Conduct curfew operations in the target area • Conduct tobacco, alcohol, and theft decoy stings • Assign additional juvenile enforcement efforts, within identified problem areas, during the highest crime periodsLong Beach Police • Representative to serve on SteeringDepartment – Committee and subcommittees