SAFE LONG BEACH to Host Another Fair Saturday to Promote Awareness of City's Safety Programs

Safe Long Beach, the city’s safety program funded by federal grants, is hosting another safety fair this Saturday, August 8 from 1:00PM to 5:00PM at Seaside Park to spread safety awareness and knowledge of the city’s safety programs.

According to a release issued by the city on Tuesday, the fair is meant to bring together residents, nonprofits, community-based organizations and city departments to “highlight a wide range of resources available to help residents and families lead safe and healthy lives.”

“I encourage everyone to attend the Safe Long Beach Fair,” said Mayor Robert Garcia in a statement. “Safe neighborhoods and crime reduction require the entire community to work together. This event will showcase ways residents can join the movement to make Long Beach the safest big city in California.”

A Kids’ Zone with inflatable jumpers, face painting, a photo booth and crafts and games will figure prominently at the fair, alongside knowledgeable city representatives available to answer questions about programs and provide information about safety resources for families.

“The Safe Long Beach Fair will empower residents by promoting the services and resources of our Long Beach Public Safety Continuum,” said Councilmember Lena Gonzalez in a statement. “There are many resources in our City that can help families lead safe and healthy lives. I encourage everyone to get engaged and join the movement for a Safe Long Beach!”

One of the sponsors for the plan is Safe Long Beach. Safe Long Beach is a product of the Safe Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan, which was approved by city council in May of 2014 and addresses a broad safety agenda aimed at reducing all forms of violence, including domestic abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, hate crimes, bullying, gang violence, and violent crime.

The city’s designation to the forum last fall allowed the city to apply for federal grant awards to implement its Safe Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan. Long Beach established Safe Long Beach and its anti-truancy programs to be in line with My Brother's Keeper (MBK), President Obama's 2014 initiative that encourages communities to implement a “cradle to college-and-career strategy." Long Beach's Safe Long Beach program was a direct response to the President’s MBK Community Challenge.

For more information about the Safe Passage workshop, call 562.570.3150.



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