LOS ANGELES – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion authored by Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District and co-authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn, to reduce violence countywide.
“Our communities have endured so much this last year and a half stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and that extends to an uptick in violence in their neighborhoods,” shared Chair Solis. “We must work to identify the root causes that lead to increases in violent crime and providing communities with the tools to prevent it, including community-based approaches like gang-reduction efforts. Acknowledging the increase in violent crime, the County is committed to increasing financial investments to address this issue through the Office of Violence Prevention and to ensure that all impacted communities, including survivors of harm have the resources they need to address community trauma.”
The Board of Supervisors created the Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) to address and prevent this violence, but the full financial investment necessary to operate and maintain this program has not followed. In spite of financial barriers, the Office of Violence Prevention has not been deterred. They developed their Trauma Prevention Initiative (TPI), which “supports a community-driven approach to public safety.”
“The recent increase in violent crime across the County is alarming, and we need to make sure we act now and use all the tools in our toolbox to keep our communities safe,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “Research has shown that a community-driven approach to public safety is most effective, so we are investing in expanding the Office of Violence Prevention’s Trauma Prevention Initiative to areas that have seen a recent increase in violence, including Hawaiian Gardens in my District.”
TPI was initially focused on South Los Angeles, however, after OVP was directed to develop a pilot in the First District, it proposed recommendations on creating a survivor-centered approach that would coordinate with both County and community stakeholders to address community violence in the region. In addition to its continued work in the Second District and OVP’s expansion into the First District, the Board of Supervisors must ensure they are able to work in other areas as well, where there has been an observed increase in rates of violence.
The passage of this motion directs the Chief Executive Office to identify $5,000,000 in unobligated funding from the Measure B Special Revenue Fund to support the Department of Public Health’s Office of Violence Prevention. This should include expansion of services in Supervisorial Districts, in addition to the Second District, with a particular focus on Trauma Prevention Initiative (TPI) communities, including East Los Angeles, Commerce, Hawaiian Gardens, La Puente, and Puente Valley; and the Antelope Valley. This should include support of community-based organizations conducting gang intervention work.
To view the full motion, click here.
Stephany Villaseñor, Communications Director, (213) 308-9017 or SVillasenor@bos.lacounty.gov