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Spitzer, Choi and Murray announce Safe Communities Meeting

(Irvine, CA) – In the wake of the February shootings in Orange County, dubbed "17 days of bloodshed," Third District Supervisor Todd Spitzer called for a community meeting to begin the healing process and search for solutions to the nationwide problem of violence. Irvine Mayor Steven Choi and Tustin Mayor Al Murray are set to co-host the event.

The Safe Communities Meeting will be held Wednesday, April 17 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Lakeview Senior Center, 20 Lake Road, Irvine, near Alton and Yale Loop. The event is co-hosted by Spitzer, Irvine Mayor Steven Choi, Tustin Mayor Al Murray, the Orange County Health Care Agency and the OC Human Relations Commission.

Parents, family members, neighbors, and anyone with a stake in creating a safer community are invited to attend.

"It's so important to have this dialogue on the safety of our community in Orange County," Spitzer said. "That's why I called for this public discussion to bring healing to the victims' families and to try to answer the question of why violence happens and how we might detect early signs of that behavior."

Victims' family members – including the family of freeway shooter Ali Syed victim Melvin Edwards and Paul Wilson, whose wife Christy was killed in the Seal Beach salon shooting – will speak out at a special panel. In addition, experts in psychology, drug addiction and more will be on-hand to share the research on the causes of violent behavior.

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