Schwarzenegger has named former U.S. Attorney Paul Seave as State Director of Gang and Youth Violence Policy. Seave will work with federal, state and local government, community organizations and the private sector to work to curtail gang violence. He’ll also have a ten-member advisory team to help him. Today at a news conference in Fresno, Seave told the Governor it’s a ground-breaking opportunity:
“You have will established a framework that will enable state government for the first time to hold itself accountable in its efforts to eliminate gangs and gang violence.”
Schwarzenegger also announced nearly three million dollars to help with job training for gang members trying to make a change:
“We want to help them with positive alternatives so they can get jobs and start connecting again with society.”
Seave says over the past 20 years, more than 10-thousand Californians have been killed in gang-related homicides.