Programs to fight Monterey County gangs stay alive at least through June

By SUNITA VIJAYAN • The Salinas Californian • January 27, 2009

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors today approved an additional $225,000 to keep two gang-fighting programs afloat through June.

The county’s Joint Gang Task Force will receive $156,077, and the Silver Star Gang Prevention and Intervention program will receive $68,380.

The programs have been threatened with

The injection of money follows a Dec. 16 supervisors meeting that directed the Sheriff’s Office, Probation Department, District Attorney’s Office and other partner agencies to identify cost-saving methods to save the programs. Silver Star received $47,000 in funding then to help with its $282,000 shortfall. The Gang Task Force, facing a nearly $500,000 loss in its 2008-09 budget of nearly $2.4 million, was provided $82,000.

The Gang Task Force aims to suppress gang crime while Silver Star uses prevention and intervention programs for youth to fight that violence.

The county budget deficit for 2008-09 is projected at $24.9 million.

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