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SAN JOSE — Teresa Alvarado, candidate in a July 30th runoff election for District 2 Santa Clara County Supervisor, announced a comprehensive plan to improve public safety and reduce violence in the community. Alvarado’s plan involves six key strategies:

> Mobilize the community
> Expand access to jobs
> Create safe neighborhoods
> Protect women and children from abuse
> Promote positive child and youth development; and
> Make gang prevention a priority for the County

Details of the plan are available on this website.

Public safety leaders from across Santa Clara County are already lining up in support of Alvarado’s violence prevention plan, including former San José Mayor Susan Hammer.

“With less cops on the street and gang violence on the rise, Teresa has developed a thoughtful and forward-thinking plan to work with the community to keep our streets and neighborhoods safe,” said Hammer, who served as Mayor of San José from 1991-1999 and founded the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force. “Teresa is a product of District 2. She knows the streets. She knows the community. And this plan is informed by her unique perspective. She is the right leader for these troubling times.”

Alvarado’s plan has also received support from civic, community, and education leaders like San José City Councilmember Sam Liccardo, Bill Wilson Center Executive Director Sparky Harlan, East Side Union High School District Board President Frank Biehl, and Darrell Cortez, retired San José Police Officer and Past President of the California Latino Peace Officers Association.

“I’m honored that my plan for violence prevention has the support of these respected public safety professionals and civic leaders, each of whom has played a unique role in protecting our community,” said Alvarado. “I look forward to collaborating with them as a Supervisor to implement these strategies to address the many safety concerns we face as a district — and countywide.“

Alvarado is running to fill the seat vacated by former Supervisor George Shirakwa, Jr., who resigned in March after pleading guilty to misuse of public funds. She has been endorsed by former San José Mayor Susan Hammer, who created that city’s Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force, in addition to hundreds of elected and community leaders from District 2 and throughout Santa Clara County.