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MOLINA GRAFFITI PILOT UPDATE: PARENTS JOIN FIGHT AGAINST GRAFFITI AND GRADUATE FROM PARENT ACCOUNTABILITY PROGRAM
Parents and Their Teenagers Will be Present for “Parent Project” Ceremony
WHAT: Los Angeles County Supervisor Molina will join parent graduation ceremony for parents who completed the Parent Project classes as part of her Graffiti Pilot which holds parents accountable for minors convicted of graffiti offenses. The parents who are graduating participated in the parenting program on a voluntary basis in lieu of waiting for court orders.
Since Molina launched the Graffiti Pilot in January 2008, more than 250 graffiti-related arrests have been made which includes 176 minors. As a result of the Graffiti Pilot, graffiti and crime are down in the pilot areas, weapons have been removed off the streets and there have been arrests of prolific taggers and notorious gang members. In September 2008, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved a measure that would allow authorities to hold taggers -- and their parents -- liable for civil damages for graffiti enforcement and removal. The County spent more than $30 million last year to clean up graffiti.
Molina said, “We want to be helpful to parents who seek help -- and shape up parents who need waking up. I am pleased the parents who are graduating from the parent accountability classes, have made a commitment to their minors, their families and their community. They are setting a new course for their teenager and are helping them deter from the painful consequences that come from a life of crime.”
WHO: - Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina
- Parents Graduating from Parent Project – Parental Accountability Program
- Sheriff’s Captain Mike Rothans and Graffiti Enforcement Team
- District Attorney’s Office
- Probation Department
- Spiritt Family Services
WHEN: Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 7PM
WHERE: Los Nietos Community Center, 11640 East Slauson Blvd, Los Nietos, 90606
(Off of 605 Fwy; Exit Slauson go East; Cross Norwalk Blvd; go half block to address)