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Archived News Release from 2005

For Immediate Release

Redwood City Schedules Community Safety/Gang Activity Follow-up Workshop

Redwood City, CA - November 8 , 2005 - As a follow-up to three community meetings held during October, the City of Redwood City and the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC) are hosting a community safety/gang activity workshop. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, 2005 from 6 - 9 pm at the Peninsula Christian Center, 1305 Middlefield Road. To make this meeting more convenient for neighbors to attend, dinner and child care are included - participants are asked to call 780-7300 to let the City know how many people will be attending, and how many children (over age 3 only) will need child care.

At the three previous community meetings, neighbors worked in small groups to brainstorm on what they can do individually, as a neighborhood, and in partnership with the City or other agencies to combat local gang activity. At this follow-up meeting participants will:

  • Revisit those brainstorm ideas;

  • Share more information about what individuals, neighborhoods, and the City are doing to address the problem;

  • Hear a presentation by the Street Crime Suppression Team, including information on gang colors, signs, numbers, and activity;

  • Talk with representatives of a wide variety of agencies, programs, and resources, which will help provide neighbors and our community with the tools to keep kids out of gangs, and fight the ongoing gang problem.

Agencies that have been invited to participate include the Redwood City Police Department, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, Redwood City Code Enforcement, Redwood City Family Centers, Boys & Girls Club, Police Activities League, International Institute, Friends for Youth, Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services, members of the Redwood City faith community, Redwood City Neighborhood Associations, and others.

Members of the community – particularly those in neighborhoods that have experienced gang activity – are urged to attend this follow-up meeting and be a part of the solution. The gang problem is of great concern to everyone, and it is only through a partnership between the City, the police department, other local agencies, and neighbors and community members that we can offer an effective response.

Interested neighbors should call 780-7300 to let the City know how many people will attend the November 15th meeting, and to reserve child care.

Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and City government.

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Contact:
Malcolm Smith
Public Communications Manager
650-780-7305

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