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PHOTOS: AB1301 Press Conference by Jerry Hill 09-18-2012

NCPP staff attended a press conference organized by Assemblyman Jerry Hill at the Boys & Girls Club of San Mateo to celebrate Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of Assembly Bill 1301: Retail Tobacco Sales: STAKE Act, authored by Hill. This law would require the State to suspend or revoke tobacco retail licenses for stores that are repeatedly caught selling tobacco to minors.  Assemblyman Hill celebrated by holding a press conference alongside Youth Leadership Institute, San Mateo County Tobacco Education Coalition, Breathe California, and Asian American Recovery Services, who have collaborated extensively in previous years to research and document the problem of underage youth access to tobacco products.  Among the educational displays was a collection of several packs of cigarettes purchased by underage members of the Stay Safe Youth Coalition (SSYC) of Asian American Recovery Services as part of a research project demonstrating the ease with which tobacco products can be accessed by minors.  SSYC youth conducted these purchases with adult supervision as part of years of work pushing for stronger Tobacco Retail License (TRL) laws locally.  Together with Youth Leadership Institute, the San Mateo Tobacco Education Coalition, Breathe California, and Assemblyman Jerry Hill, SSYC youth of the now retired Stay Safe Program  of Asian American Recovery Services can celebrate an important milestone in their legacy of tobacco policy advocacy.  With continued collaboration with our partners, we hope to continue making important strides in the fight against tobacco.  Congratulations!

AB 1301: http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/Bills/AB_1301/20112012/

Assemblyman Jerry Hill describing the importance of stronger tobacco policy.

Cigarettes purchased by Stay Safe Youth Coalition (SSYC) members between 2005-2010 during their work on advocating for stronger Tobacco Retail Licensing (TRL) laws.

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ADMIN: Recap on today’s string of updates 8-15-2012

Hi Folks!

Doing this media stuff is hard work!  Whew!  After a long while since the last update on this Blog, I’ve finally gotten around to finally editing down the many pictures from events we’ve participated in over the past few months.

Here’s a quick recap of the updates I posted today, many of which have been backdated to be in chronological order:

1) BOOF Presented to NCPP 5/30/12

2) South San Francisco Launched Ferry Service to Oakland & Alameda 6/4/12

3) Dr. Jei Africa honored with a 2012 KQED LGBT Local Hero Award 6/5/12

4) NCPP Youth Coalition presents their RAMA project to Daly City Council 6/25/12

5) Interns from the Office of Diversity & Equity present on their Experience 7/20/12

6) Asian American Recovery Services is hiring a Family Partner ASAP in South San Francisco 8/15/12

 

We’d love to really keep up and post as frequently as possible, but sometimes it’s tough without extra help.  If you’d like to donate some of your time and help us with creating fresh content for this Blog, please contact us.  Even if you have little to no experience, we’ll show you how this stuff works.  Just be willing to learn and have a passion for community work.

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Thanks,
-AL

COMMUNITY: So. San Francisco National Night Out Event 08-07-2012

Join NCPP and the South San Francisco Community Coalition for Safe Neighborhoods on Tuesday August 7th in celebrating our local incarnation of National Night Out.  Read the description below for more info. 

The History of NATW and National Night Out

The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) is a nonprofit, crime prevention organization which works in cooperation with thousands of crime watch groups and law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Since 1981, NATW has been dedicated to the development, growth and maintenance of organized crime and drug prevention programs nationwide. NATW’s network has grown to include over 6,500 crime, drug and violence prevention organizations.

National Night Out, ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime,’ was introduced by the Association in 1984. The program was the brainchild of NATW Executive Director Matt A. Peskin.

In an effort to heighten awareness and strengthen participation in local anticrime efforts, Peskin felt that a high-profile, high-impact type of crime prevention event was needed nationally. At that time, he noted that in a typical ‘crime watch community’, only 5 to 7% of the residents were participating actively. Due to the growth and success of these programs, he felt this percentage was too low. Subsequently, he proposed a national program which would be coordinated by local crime prevention agencies and organizations – but that would involve entire communities at one time. The first National Night Out was introduced early in 1984 – with the event culminating on the first Tuesday in August.

That first year, 400 communities in 23 states participated in National Night Out. Nationwide, 2.5 million Americans took part in 1984. The seed had been planted. In subsequent years, participation has grown steadily. The 28th Annual National Night Out last August involved 37.0 million people in 15,110 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.National Night Out 2012 will culminate on August 7th. Over 15,500 communities are expected to take part. (Texas will celebrate on October 2nd.)

While the traditional ‘lights on’ and front porch vigils remain a part of NNO, activities have expanded considerably over the years to include block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, festivals, neighborhood walks, safety fairs, contests, rallies and meetings.

Peskin said, “It’s a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out does represent the kind of spirit, energy and determination that is helping to make many neighborhoods safer places throughout the year. It [NNO] is a night to celebrate safety and crime prevention successes – and to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days.”

(From: National Night Out 2012 Website)

 

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COMMUNITY: Office of Diversity & Equity Interns Present on their Experience 7-20-2012

Mitchell Xiong and Omar Aljundi, both students from San Francisco State University, interned with the San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services’ Office of Diversity & Equity (ODE) as part of their culminating experience course in the Health Education program.  The interns presented on what they learned in working with the 7 cultural competency initiatives under the ODE.

The 7 cultural competence initiatives under the Office of Diversity & Equity include:
-African American Planning Initiative
-Chinese Health Initiative
-Filipino Mental Health Initiative
-Latino Collaborative
-Pacific Islander Initiative
-PRIDE Initiative
-Spirituality Initiative

For more information, click on the logo below to download the brochure.