Winning public safety projects announced


(Friday, Dec. 27, 2013) - Mayor Thomas S. Richards today announced the results of the public vote for the "Voice of the Citizen" Budgeting for Public Safety initiative. The two-week voting period ended on Monday, Dec. 16 with a total of 840 votes cast.

The Southwest quadrant winner was the Jobs for Life career and community education program which will provide job referrals and mentors for 30 adults and tutoring for 60 youth in science, technology, engineering and math. The project also includes seminars on block club leadership, civic engagement, financial literacy and home buying as well as a youth disaster recovery workshop that teaches skills in disaster preparation.

The winning project in the Southeast quadrant includes civic engagement opportunities like traffic calming discussions and implementations, neighborhood enhancement projects such as mini-Clean Sweeps, gardens, landscaping and community collaboration events such movie nights, health fairs and holiday celebrations.

The Northwest quadrant winner was entitled Crime Prevention through Environmental Design. The items to be funded in this project include tactics to encourage pedestrian traffic and discourage loitering, street drug sales and gambling. These would be high visibility pedestrian crossing signs, increased brightness of street lighting in select areas, outdoor café seating for rotating use among the quadrant's restaurants, stores and delis, sidewalk plantings and hanging baskets and vacant storefront art.

The Northeast quadrant winner was the GIS Scholars Program. The VOC funding will allow the program to add 5 to 10 more students to take part in after-school training in the operation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. The students will create a mapping project designed to assist with crime prevention in selected areas. They will collect data and identify crime rates through the mapping technology, create maps to plot variables surrounding crime such as property ownership, poverty, proximity to services and others. They will publish and share their results.

Mayor Thomas S. Richards dedicated up to $200,000-up to $50,000 per city quadrant-to be spent on projects that were wholly created and developed by citizens. The winning projects are scheduled to proceed to the implementation phase in January.

This City Newspaper article also give some background:

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Comment by John Boutet on January 9, 2014 at 3:37am


There was some discussion of the submission from the PLEX community to the City at the December SW Common Council meeting.  The minutes from that meeting have just been posted SWCC Minutes for 12.19.13 .  The minutes themselves don't mention "Jobs for Life" in those terms but you can listen to the discussion about it at the tail end of the video of the PLEX report at the meeting:  PLEXGloria Edmonds and John Curran - Video of presentation: .  Actually John Curran's presentation of the "PLEX C.A.M.P.U.S." concept in the video is related to the suggestions that were sent to the City.  Judging from what Gloria Edmonds mentions in the video, it sounds like John Curran summarized some of the suggestions that the group had come up with.  John Curran and Dawn Noto would probably be good people to contact with questions.

The PLEX C.A.M.P.U.S. concept is going to be the main topic at the December 15th  SWCC Education Committee meeting at 6:30pm at the Gandhi Institute: SWCC Education Committee Meeting at the Gandhi Institute for Nonvio....  John Curran will be one of the presenters.

Comment by Kseniya Popov-Huang on January 8, 2014 at 11:58am

Is there any more information about the Jobs for Life career and community education program? I tried to google them but didn't find anything. It sounds like an interesting program.

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