Caballero Announces $1 Million Grant to the Cities of Salinas and Gilroy for Violence Prevention Programs

Friday, July 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Anna M. Caballero (D-Salinas) today announced a total of $1 million has been awarded to the Cities of Salinas and Gilroy – $500,000 for each city – from the California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) California Violence Intervention Prevention (CalVIP) Grant Program.  Assemblymember Caballero helped secure the funds during the 2018-19 state budget process which will be directed at local efforts to improve the safety and quality of life in Salinas and Gilroy neighborhoods.  

“This is great news for the Cities of Salinas and Gilroy”, said Caballero.  “This up-front investment in violence prevention will strengthen our communities and can lead to substantial savings for taxpayers.  It will reduce incarceration costs by stopping crime before it happens, boost property values by improving neighborhood safety, and inspire young people to be forces of positive change.”   

“Gang violence has threatened the safety of our streets.  Street violence has torn through our homes and parks, and local families have had to endure the devastating consequences of death and destruction.  Enough is enough,” said Caballero.  “With the support we secured through CalVIP, our communities will have the chance to ramp up our efforts to prevent crime and make our neighborhoods safer.” 

During this year’s budget negotiations, Assemblymember Caballero led the fight to reinstate $9 million in state funding for this important anti-violence program, which has helped curb gang activity in communities across the state.  Caballero also championed efforts to strengthen CalVIP by expanding the grant program to support rural areas.  

The City of Salinas will partner with two community-based organizations, Partners for Peace and Rancho Cielo to work towards the prevention, enforcement and reentry goals of the Salinas Comprehensive Strategy for Community-wide Violence Reduction.  The funds will also be used to expand the City’s Saturday Teen Nights.

The City of Gilroy will employ the funds to expand and enhance its efforts to provide the resources necessary to prevent and combat violence.  Specifically, the funds will be used to address underlying causes of violence in the Gilroy community, increase access to safe places and afterschool programs for children, move community and police relations toward a restorative justice model and increase street outreach and intervention. 

“The funds are a much needed investment in evidence-based prevention and intervention programs that will help to transform our communities and have a real, lasting impact on gun homicide and violence rates in our state.  As gun violence continues to devastate communities across California, there is a critical need to expand and increase state-level support for the programs most effective at saving lives.  I will continue to fight to ensure that cities in the 30th Assembly District have the tools and resources they need to make neighborhoods safer and improve the quality of life for its residents,” said Caballero.

Established in 2017, the California Violence Intervention Prevention Program is a competitive grant program replacing the former California Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention (CalGRIP) Grant Program.