A nation awash in guns

Federal agents recovered 283 guns and silencers during an undercover investigation into the illegal manufacture and sale of firearms. Three Stockton men were among eight people indicted, including an employee of the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office. Photos courtesy of the U.S. Attorney's Office

Good column by Max Boot in the Washington Post:

“It simply beggars the imagination that Republicans, in thrall to the National Rifle Association, continue to insist there is no relationship between gun ownership and gun crime. Instead of effective regulations, they offer “thoughts and prayers,” as if mass shootings were acts of God like earthquakes and hurricanes that mere mortals are powerless to prevent.

“This was Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R.-La.) after the Las Vegas shooting: “I just hate to see this issue politicized. I don’t know why bad things happen to good people, but they do in this world, and what happened in Las Vegas was terrible. But we can’t legislate away every problem in the world.”

“This is the excuse for inaction as our children get slaughtered? A rationale that would not convince an intelligent 12-year-old? No, Congress can’t legislate away every problem in the world, and no one is asking it to. No one even expects Congress to stop all mass shootings. But Congress has the power to make such shootings rarer and less deadly.”

Honestly, I’m sick of do-nothing politicians whose public safety lobe has been lobotomized by the NRA. Vote them out.

Here are some reader thoughts:

• Stew Tabak: “I completely agree — it is disgusting how politicians (mostly Republicans, I should add) are under a zombie-like spell of the NRA. Money is control, and the control results in their knee-jerk mantra. I am so impressed by the fortitude of these students who are committed to seeing action; I just hope that they do not become discouraged by the political resistance.”

• Harlan Hague: “It’s so baffling that while an overwhelming majority of the American people favor gun control and background checks, politicians balk. No, it actually is not baffling. The support from gun rights Neanderthals and the NRA is the answer.”

• David Canclini: “I would like for you to stop by the Trap Shooting Range at the Stockton-Waterloo Gun and Bocci Club some Wednesday evening around 5:00 to see what kids are doing with firearms! Also, if you want to really have your eyes opened, come out and watch a youth competition shoot. You will see over 400 children from 8 – 18 years of age waking around with “GUNS’ in their hands! OH MY GOD! The thing is….. No one gets hurt. It must be a miracle!”

• Peggy Gutierri: “This is another instance where we need a middle ground (as opposed to knee jerk Pro/Con) so we come together to get ACTION.”

• Valita Schut: “What about a walk-around SUSD to inspect the school facilities where thousands of our local children go to school everyday? My classroom door opens out and cannot be blocked. To lock it, I must step outside. When I asked about this problem, I was told to keep my door locked everyday. Not a practical solution, but certainly a cheap solution.

“Why can’t we take protection of SUSD’s students and teachers seriously? We have evidence that safety issues matter and parents and the community put their trust in us. That pat answer I was given doesn’t take away the twist in my stomach when I see someone pass by the classroom window, however. SUSD should address safety from all angles – drills, facilities, workshops. I haven’t heard that any measures are being taken to address safety at our schools.”

• Bruce Adams: “After 35 years of wearing a military uniform, I see no reason why private citizens need assault rifles. Hunting deer and big game? There are hunting rifles specially designed for that. Target practice? Use a small caliber weapon if you fancy becoming a marksman.

“If you want to use an assault rifle, then our military recruiters would be happy to discuss opportunities. Plenty of places in the world today where you can project the tough guy image carrying your government issued AR-15 or perhaps something even larger depending on how macho you think you are, of course you have to prove it to some Drill Sergeants first.”

“Not your cup of tea? Then contribute to American safety by assisting police and first responders, or your local neighborhood watch.”

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Quote of the Day

“The Roundtable believes that California cannot foster a healthy business climate and stronger economy without pension reform. The State’s pension plans are dangerously underfunded. Unless California makes serious changes, pensions will consume an ever-larger share of the budget, forcing State and local governments to increase taxes and cut essential services, such as building infrastructure and maintenance, that are the backbone of the economy.”

—The California Business Roundtable, in an amicus brief filed with the California Supreme Court.

The California Supreme Court is considering a case challenging the modest and absolutely necessary reforms in the Public Employee Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) of 2012. PEPRA was far from enough reform. But public employees unions want to strike it down.

“In its brief, the Roundtable urges the Court to reject the California Rule* and overrule any cases that have adopted it because the Rule infringes on the Legislature’s sovereign right and duty to protect public employers, public employees, and California citizens,” a Roundtable press release says.

Stockton is in an odd position with pensions. They will double in the next decade, bringing the city to the edge of a second bankruptcy — but not over it, city leaders assert. I’m not so sure. The combined power of CalPERS (the state pension mismanagement system) and public employee unions to crush California fiscally cannot be overstated.

Stockton’s City Manager Kurt Wilson calculates that so many other cities are worse off than Stockton that the carnage of mass municipal bankruptcy surely in the offing will compel lawmakers to act. That may be so, though tellingly none of the leading gubernatorial candidates pounding the table for reform. So this court case is a battle for the future of California and Stockton.

*Holds that public employee pension benefits for years not yet worked can never be reduced.

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Helpful hints about swamp rats

"What's for lunch?"

Several readers chimed in about the destructive invasive species nutria, spotted recently near the Delta.

• James Marsh:

“Your Nutria rant is spot on. You might want to add a caution. (That is, besides, “don’t try to hold ‘em down and take a blood sample without competent help.”)

“When swimming in open water and to the untrained eye our native Muskrats could easily be mistaken for immature Nutria. Muskrats are about four times larger than a Norway rat–16-28″ long, half of that is the tail.

“Should some torchlit and pitchfork-armed citizen posse take it upon itself to exterminate anything resembling a Nutria there’s a risk of collateral damage among Muskrats. Young, (smaller) Nutria would be tough to distinguish from a Muskrat to the inexperienced eye.

“If anyone’s interested one can occasionally see Muskrats swimming near the islands in the Calaveras River located on either side of the UOP Footbridge.”

• Julie Devencenzi:

Theres an animal that lives in town now, he opossum. They’re very beneficial animals. They eat cockroaches, mice and rats. It’s possible they might even eat nutria pups if theyr’e small enough and in the nest.

“At a quick glance I think people might get the impression opossiums mght be nutria. Especially if, running through the brush, peple only see the back end. It might be a good thing to put pictures of each. Don’t go out and kill a possum.”

This state website shows the difference between nutria, beavers and muskrats — and groundhogs, for good measure.

• Bret Parker adds this website.

• Caller:

“The thing they are not doing here that they do down in Louisiana is they pay a bounty on these thngs. You put a bounty on them you’ll get some control.

“I was down there fishin’ 20 years ago at the bottom of the Mississippi, down the lower Delta, and I see this big, stinky pile of stuff on a bank down there, on a levee. And I said,  ‘What the hell is going on?’ And they said, ‘Oh, that’s nutria and they got a bounty on ‘em. That’s what you need to do here.”

• Martin Maxwell:

“Louisiana introduced 20 nutria back in 1938 to control water hyacinth, and you don’t hear them whining about aquatic weeds. Nutria could be the perfect solution to all the aquatic weeds clogging Stockton waterways.

“The State just needs to introduce something to control the nutria population. Those nature programs on television always show various critters happily pouncing on nutria. Adding yellow and green anacondas, as well as some caymans, to the Delta will take care of that. Jaguars eat nutria also, perhaps our cougars might find them tasty.

“The snakes and caymans should thrive as global warming makes the delta more tropical. Problem(s) solved.”

[The usual disclaimers apply.]

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Delta columnist has doubts about our big ships

The ships Aurora, left, Chaleur, center, and Fir are moored near the former Herman and Helens Marina at the west end of Eight Mile Road on Empire Tract in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD

Owners of the large vessels docked at closed-down Herman and Helen’s Marina outside Stockton will assure you they are making steady progress restoring their boats. Columnist Pat Carson of Bay & Delta yachtsman has doubts:

“Looking at the Aurora, the Fir, and the other ships I am sorry but I don’t see any signs of progress,”  other than nominal improvements, “Carson writes.

“I remember speaking with someone from the Aurora 7 or 8 years ago when she was tied to the end of San Francisco Pier 38,” Carson continues. “As I recall, the plan for restoration was not much more than a framework with insufficient funding to do little more than keeping her afloat, let alone any sort of restoration.

“It was just a few years later that the Port of San Francisco evicted the Aurora and she arrived in the delta where paying rent is optional and apparently in water, ship work is unregulated.

“The hull of the Aurora is visibly wasted at the starboard quarter waterline with no visible attempt of repair. The USCGC Fir is half painted but in a similar state as the Aurora. It is evident that someone is doing some work on the vessels which begs the question, is Little Connection Slough a boatyard suitable for ship repair?

“Every boatyard in the Bay and Delta goes to great lengths to contain, scrub, and properly dispose of all waste material. All sanding dust that gets past the vacuum sanders is washed from the yard surface into containment areas and hauled off. Every boatyard is regularly inspected so that they do not pollute our water. Is the impromptu shipyard on Little Connection Slough doing the same?”

Read the whole thing here.

The Aurora.

Being outside the jursidiction of the State Lands Commission, Herman and Helen’s is woefully under-regulated. The falling-apart marina itself is a welter of litigation. Some vessel owners, posing as restorationists, may be stripping their vessels of metals illegally for quick recycling dough, as Carson worries. Or, at best, doing environmentally hazardous repairs.

The County of San Joaquin, afraid some owners may walk away, leaving the county with astronomical ship-disposal costs, is suing everybody and their uncle.

In my last piece on this I tried in fairness to make a distinction between the Aurora and other vessels. But owner Chris Willson took umbrage anyway and indignantly told me he’ll never speak to me again — after refusing to tell me his occupation or source of income.

Willson may be sincere. But then if the Aurora has been there for five years and Carson can’t see progress then it’s right to be skeptical. What Willson regards as progress may be a drop in the bucket compared to the multimilion-dollar restoration the Aurora needs.

One can root for these boats to be restored to a new life on the Delta and be skeptical, by the way.

Some county employee recently told the Board of Supervisors negotiations between the D.A., County Counsel and all the Herman and Helen’s parties are nearing a resolution. I inquired. The county would say only that negotiations are ongoing.

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Firends of Swenson to be formed

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Blair Hake speaks at Monday's town hall meeting concerning Swenson Park Golf Course at Sierra Middle School. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD

This message form Blair Hake, the Save Swenson activist:

“I’m an going to go ahead and  establish the nonprofit Friends of Swenson. Hopefully we can model it after Pixie Woods. That’s what I’d love to see happen. Whether the city’s interested or not, I don’t know at this time.”

The city is always interested in people or finance districts that help pay costs. So kudos to Hake and anyone who addresses their concerns about Swenson’s future by contributing to its preservation as green space.

That said, Swenson Golf Course loses six figures annually. Friends of Swenson will have to be mighty friendly to raise funds necessary to sustain the golf course, let alone to raise the millions necessary for needed upgrades. Still, a constructive step.

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Critic : basic income experiment “rewards sloth”

A writer from a “free-market think tank” takes his cuts at Mayor Michael Tubbs’ universal basic income program:

“Realistically, 500 bucks a month isn’t much to live on anywhere in California, Steven Greenhut writes in the Press=-Enterprise, which serves . If this idea takes hold, it will be followed by demands to increase the payments. I can envision the “Living Wage Coalition” that would rise up to demand more money from City Hall, the Legislature or Congress. It’s dangerous to make larger swaths of people dependent on the political process to secure their living. This already is the case to some degree, but this idea will make it far worse.”

Elsewhere in the piece, Greenhut writes:

“But my biggest fear is what it will do to the already eroded concept of work. Many people prefer to do nothing if someone else will pay their bills. “A UBI would redefine the relationship between individuals, families, communities, and the state by giving government the role of provider,” wrote Oren Cass in a National Review article last year. “It would make work optional and render self-reliance moot.” It’s one thing to provide a safety net and another to reward sloth.”

Not to dismiss the criticism, but there’s a contradiction in this argument: $500 is not enougthto live on but people who receive it will become lazy layabouts.

Greenhut is also evidently unfamiliar with Stockton’s financial state. Recipients of UBI can holler for more money, but the city of Stockton doesn’t have it to give. Besides, the money comes from a foundation, a fact Greenhut does not mention.

I agree with him on this, though: “Stockton should focus on the basics. If officials keep their budget in order, rein in compensation packages for city employees and provide first-rate services and a friendly business climate, it could lure the jobs that are the key to a middle-class lifestyle.”

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On being part of new solutions

“To truly reform our criminal justice system, we need to move away from the mind-set that punishment is the answer to urban violence. Indeed, there is now sufficient evidence to support an entirely new model for countering violence — one driven by investment.”

—Patrick Sharkey, professor and chair of sociology at New York University, and author of “Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence” in today’s Los Angeles Times.

It’s heartening to realize Stockton, instead of sticking to the status quo, is a part of this promising trend. Stockton voters and leaders plainly realized the purely punative approach did not reduce crime.

Not that we’ve gone wholly over to the “investment model.”  Far from it. The main component of Measure A, funding for 120 new police, took a page from the old book.

But Measure A also included a permanent Office of Violence Prevention with funding for Peacekeepers to draw at-risk youth away from gangs; police brass have gone on listening tours; the PD participated in a natinal trust-building experiment; the Council recently approved the Advance Peace program; the city is even experimenting with Universal Basic Income as a way to address crime’s the root causes.

A colleague once said to me, “Stockton is so 10 years ago.” Increasingly, that notion is so 10 year ago.

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Economist: Tubbs’ basic income test won’t work

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs during press conference explaining how Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED) floor of $500 a month can improve economic security and well-being of city residents. CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD

UCLA economist Jerry Nickelsburg isn’t saying Universal Basic Income won’t work; he’s saying Stockton’s experiment with it won’t work.

“The experiment is doomed for two reasons,” Nicklesburg writes in Public CEO. “First, it is temporary. The recipients know that the money will only last two years, and that will incentivize them differently than a true UBI.

“Second, it is $500 a month, and even though Stockton has one of the lowest costs of living in California, this is still not much money. Recipients are going to view it as a windfall and not as part of their expected income.

“As with all UBI experiments to date, the temporary nature of this study pollutes the outcome. “Can I start a small business and live on $500-a-month knowing that it will go away in 2 years?” our Stocktonian asks. The likely answer is, “Maybe, but what I’ll do if my business goes bust?”

These strike me as valid arguments. Decide for yourself by reading Nicklesburg’s entire essay here.

“Since we can’t learn from such experiments, …Niclesburg writes, “the only way to find out if Thomas Paine’s idea was the right one is to put it into actual practice.”

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What to name a Stockton university?

Rick Rios writes:

“Dear Mike,

“Your article … regarding a CSU in Stockton was great! Please continue to sound the drums for a CSU in the Stockton area.

“The note I would like to add to your next article on this subject is that we need to coin a great title to the future CSU in the Stockton Area, name recognition is everything to drive any market! If we can find a way to spin the name of a CSU Stockton to something that ties in the social diversity, the wealth, the bright future and the hardy people of the San Joaquin Valley to a CSU name then we can inspire the academic world to come and establish their academic careers in Stockton.

“So please consider what California State University Hayward did a few years ago to develop a new brand name for the college. I am from the Bay Area and I know for a fact that back in the day CAL State Hayward had a problem drawing the attention of their fair share of CSU applicants due to the Hayward name( low name recognition). So they got smart and tied in their geographic location to establish a new CSU identity, they named CSU Hayward to CSU East Bay!

“So if we can do the same for CSU Stockton it would be a game changer and all the naysayers would change their view on a a CSU in Stockton for the better …

“To start off with name brands how about:

“*CSU, Greater Bay Area
*CSU, Golden State
*CSU, Big Valley
*CSU, Inland Empire
*CSU, Central Valley Region
*CSU, Majestic Valley Region
*CSU, Greater Central Valley”

Rios says we shoud have a contest with the public entering proposed names.

“The right brand name is out there and someone will nail it,” he writes.

 

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Fugazi gets her answers

Questions and Answers: Council member Christina Fugazi

Recently,  Council member Christina Fugazi objected when discussion of a motion regarding the Advance Peace anti-gun-violence program was cut off before she could ask a raft of questions.

Fugazi e-mailed her questions to Advance Peace head DeVone Boggan. Below is her letter and Boggan’s answers. I am reproducing both so we all can better understand Advance Peace.

 

On Sat, Jan 13, 2018 at 8:47 PM, Christina Fugazi <Christina.Fugazi@stocktonca.gov> wrote:

Dear Mr. Boggan,

Thank you for attempting to answer one of my questions.  I seriously thought you were going to do a powerpoint presentation or some type of formal presentation and most of my questions would have been answered at that time.  I apologize for putting you on the spot and please understand that I want the best for my city and its residents.  With so many speakers (38), there was so much misinformation amongst supporter and opponents to your program.  Please help me by answering the questions that apply to your program as it works in Stockton.  There are a lot of them, but that is my profession, asking questions.  My constituents are hoping that I am able to provide them with the answers, since they provided some of the questions in my list.

 

Thank you and enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Christina

Councilwoman Christina Fugazi

District 5

City of Stockton

(209) 937-8244

 

 

From: DeVone Boggan <devone@advancepeace.org>
Date: January 17, 2018 at 1:31:10 PM PST
To: Christina Fugazi <Christina.Fugazi@stocktonca.gov>
Subject: Re: Questions for Stockton’s Advance Peace Program

Council Member Fugazi,

I hope that this finds you well!  Please find my answers to your questions directed to Advance Peace:

1.  Does (City Manager) Kurt Wilson and the city manager’s office support this program? 

N/A to Advance Peace

2. Is the Chief & OVP in support of this program? 

N/A to Advance Peace

3. What are your (CM, SPD, OVP) concerns?  If you are neutral, why?

N/A to Advance Peace

4. Where does the program get the names of potential fellows?  SPD?  OVP?

Potential Fellows can be identified by a variety of sources including but not limited to, deployed Advance Peace street outreach/case management staff (Neighborhood Change Agents), community members, law enforcement, Ceasefire and the Office of Violence Prevention.

5. Doesn’t OVP already provide 6/7 of these services?  If so, are we eliminating this office and our Peacekeepers?  Will Advance Peace be responsible for them then?

N/A to Advance Peace

6.) Who is going to oversee the program?  Monitors its progress?

Advance Peace hires local residents to serve in the capacity of Local Program Strategy Manager, and Neighborhood Change Agents.  The Local Strategy Manager overseas the work of the Neighborhood Change Agents, the Local Strategy Manager reports directly to the CEO of Advance Peace.  The CEO, the Advance Peace Evaluation Team (National Council on Crime and Delinquency and the Institute of Urban and Regional Development at UC Berkeley) with the local team will monitor local strategy progress.

7. Where will this program be housed and managed from? 

Advance Peace is recognized as a exempt 501 (c) (3) organization.  Advance Peace will identify appropriate rental and/or shared space opportunities in Stockton California from which the work will be facilitated.

8. How many employees? 

Advance Peace will employee 3-5 employees in Stockton California.  A mix of full-time and part- time staff. All residents of Stockton.

9.) Will people from Richmond be coming here or will people from Stockton will be hired?  What kind of qualifications?  Are there any requirements for a city to get this program?

Residents from Stockton will be hired for all positions associated with the Advance Peace strategy in Stockton.  Job Descriptions will be made available for Stockton in the near future once recruitment begins (you may review the Job Descriptions for the Sacramento CA. positions attached).  The requirements for cities to participate as replication sites for the Advance Peace strategy are as follows: A formal 2-4 year commitment to implement a minimum of 1-2, 18-month Fellowship cohorts with a minimum of 50 Fellows; Committed programmatic funding of $250,000 per year over 2-4 years; commitment to provide gun violence data and work with Advance Peace national evaluation team; city ability to demonstrate public/private partnerships that promotes and invests in healthy and positive youth and young adult development; a commitment from one institutional philanthropic partner/donor (minimum); buy-in from at least one of the following: City Manager, Mayor, Chief of Police, Elected Prosecutor, local Elected Officials; demonstrated ability to identify and access the individuals targeted for the Fellowship.

10.) Is Richmond keeping this program or renewing it in their next fiscal year?

Yes.  The City of Richmond continues to support and celebrate this work and its impact and contribution on gun violence reduction in its jurisdiction.  This work will be kept in the budget in the next fiscal year. The City of Richmond invests nearly $1M annually in support of this work.

11.) What are the specific qualifications to be selected as a fellow?  Are there any reasons for a fellow to be “exited” from the program?

Advance Peace is a gun violence reduction strategy.  Advance Peace seeks to invite/enroll individuals for its Fellowship that are thought to be the most likely to commit and/or the most likely to become victims of cyclical and retaliatory recurrent gun violence.  Advance Peace focuses intense resources on the small percentage of individuals who shoot in the community, but whom law enforcement is unable to build a case against.

The ways in which a Fellow is exited from the program are as follows: individual decides to withdraw from program, individual is placed in criminal custody/incarceration, individual becomes deceased, or individual graduates the program.  If it is believed that a Fellow is suspected of continuing to engage in gun violence and ONLY if individual remains free from criminal justice custody/incarceration during this belief, Advance Peace will continue to work with the individual in an ongoing effort to change the mindset that gives rise to the lethal behavior – in an effort to reduce any future lethal impact that the individual can have on the community.

12.) Who knows outside of the program who is IN the program?

Advance Peace supports preserving the confidentiality of its Fellows (city residents).  Advance Peace is not a mandated program nor does it receive formal participant referrals from any source.  Participants identified who meet AP criteria are invited, but volunteer themselves to participate in the Fellowship. If a Fellow would like to make his participation in the Fellowship known publicly, the individual may do so at their discretion.

13.) What happens if a “fellow” commits a crime while in the program or after successful completion of the program? 

Advance Peace does not condone criminal activity by any of its Fellows.  If a Fellow commits a crime while in the program and remains free from criminal prosecution or incarceration, Advance Peace will continue to work with the individual in an ongoing effort to change the mindset that gives rise to the lethal behavior – in an effort to reduce any future lethal impact that the individual can have on the community.  After successful completion of the program (Fellow is no longer seen as a threat to public safety), Fellows are typically looking for employment, or are working, or pursuing educational or other positive opportunities.

Some graduating Fellows however have been known to remain involved in other illicit behavior that doesn’t include gun violence.  What all graduating Fellows have in common (no matter what road they take) is that they are no longer using a firearm to solve conflict and they are no longer thought to be involved in gun violence by law enforcement personnel.  Like most healthy people, after a Fellow completes the Fellowship, these individuals are interested in being alive and are equipped with a healthier disposition to “figure life/it out” and to “make the best out of the lives they have” without the use of a firearm.  Again, Advance Peace is a gun violence reduction strategy.  Advance Peace is not a “Jobs” program or a “gang prevention/intervention” program.

14.) Has this program been evaluated by an independent outside expert or these internally gathered reports?  Maybe Dr. Braga from Harvard?  Someone from UC Berkeley that is an expert in crime?

Yes, the program has been independently evaluated: http://www.nccdglobal.org/sites/default/files/publication_pdf/ons-process-evaluation.pdf

For our work in Sacramento and Stockton California, the evaluation team is made up of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) led by Dr. Angela Wolf and the Institute of Urban and Regional Development at UC Berkeley, led by Dr. Jason Corburn.

15. Can someone expand on the evidence-based cognitive behavior therapy? 

16. Who is providing this and what are their qualifications for this? 

17. Where was this therapy developed and where is it currently being used by this program outside of Richmond and Sacramento?

15., 16., 17. Advance Peace (AP) works with its Fellows to overcome emotional distress and trauma by teaching skills to enhance self-control and reduce violence.  Advance Peace is trauma-informed and [culturally] responsive to its participants.  AP provides extensive training and development for each staff member in each of the six evidence-based practice areas that the Fellowship is grounded.  Where necessary, Advance Peace utilizes [paid] licensed clinicians with requisite expertise in CBT. Where Advance Peace can identify at the local level existing agency that has extensive experience delivering CBT, AP will assess its ability to do so with our Fellow population, and perhaps work with the local organization(s) if capacity is positively determined.

Where AP cannot identify local resources, AP will bring in its partners who have long demonstrated expertise to assist in the development of such culturally competent and responsive capacity with both local AP staff and interested community organizations.  AP utilizes a variety of evidence based sources and tailors them to the needs of our Fellow population, including Power Source and the TFUAR (Thinking, Feeling, Urges, Actions, and Reactions) CBT approaches.  CBT work with this highly at risk population has been facilitated successfully for more than 10 years in Richmond California.

18.) Is County Social Services a partner or does the program just act as a “handler” taking fellows through the different service agencies?

Advance Peace acts as a surrogate caregiver and assists each Fellow in their navigation of both the public system and community-based social, human, educational, vocational and employment services maze.  Where public system social and/or healthcare services can provide “expedited-access” services opportunities for AP Fellows, this has proven productive and has yielded high impact outcomes.  This is an area that AP will work with the community to build local capacity.

19.) What types of internships are offered?  Is there job training also provided?

Employment counseling and training is provided through-out a Fellows 18-month Fellowship engagement.  Internships vary and are based on each Fellows personal interests and passion.  Fellows are typically placed in internships no sooner than 18-months or after the conclusion of their Fellowship engagement.

20.) Can you provide a list of milestones that fellows need to meet within the 18-month period?

Fellowship milestones are based on each Fellows unique circumstances and person-centered Life Management Action Plan.  Milestones are tied to the following areas and personal proficiency: Healthy Relationships, Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Positive Parenting, Building Healthy Personal/Professional Networks, Spirituality, Recreation/Health and Wellness, Personal Safety, Transportation, Education, Employment, Safe Housing, Healthcare, and Financial Management.

21.) What is the cost of the program?

The cost of each Fellowship cohort is $750,000/year for 25-40 Fellows.

22.) Who is handling the money from the donors, doing the hiring and firing, collecting the data, etc.? 

Advance Peace.

23.) Speaking of data, when will the council and donors be updated on progress and how, when, and what are the methods for collecting data?

Advance Peace and its evaluation team will provide the Mayor and City Council with a written progress report each quarter after first Fellowship cohort launch (approximately June/July 2018).  Advance Peace agrees to provide Mayor and City Council with an annual progress report presentation at City Council by request.  Each donor has their own schedule independent of one another with regard to reporting requirements and timelines.  The Advance Peace Evaluation Team will sit down with a select group of community stakeholders to determine agreed upon data collection and success benchmarks.

24.) How do we know if it has been successful if we have to rely on their self reporting?

N/A to Advance Peace.

Advance Peace is designed to reduce recurrent, cyclical and retaliatory gun violence. If gun violence that is cyclical and retaliatory in nature has been reduced since implementation of the AP strategy, then we’ve been successful.  The Advance Peace Evaluation Team will sit down with a select group of community stakeholders to determine agreed upon success benchmarks.

25.) What if the program needs more money or the funding runs out before the program completion, is the city on the hook for it or will the donors increase their funding?

Advance Peace and Mayor Michael Tubbs is responsible for raising private contributions for the entire strategy over the period that the Fellowship will be facilitated in Stockton.  The City of Stockton (because of Mayor Tubbs ability to identify and secure private resources) is the only city of the four that will replicate the Advance Peace Fellowship, that will not be contributing resources from its general fund budget, thus the City of Stockton  IS NOT “on the hook” for anything.

26.) Does Mr. Boggan get a salary or collect a fee?

Mr. Boggan serves as Chief Executive Officer and receives an annual salary from Advance Peace as determined by the Advance Peace Board of Directors.

27.) Mr. Luebberke questions –By signing this resolution, could the city be sued by a family who is a victim of a crime due to a “fellow”?  And even if we were able to be victorious in court, would there be a cost to the city to defend the case in court?  And if there were multiple cases, could the cost go into the millions?  Could the Mayor’s Office and individual council members be listed in the suit as well?  Could Advance Peace be sued?

N/A to Advance Peace

I hope that this is helpful.


Best,

-db-

 

DeVone Boggan
President & CEO 
devone@advancepeace.org

ADVANCE PEACE

 

 

 

 

 

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