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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  
April 15, 2010

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Keith Weissglass (650) 688-6384


SACRAMENTO – Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California has named State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) as the recipient of its 2010 Crime Fighter Award. Simitian was singled out for his legislation to benefit youth and public safety.

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California is a bipartisan, anti-crime organization of 400 sheriffs, police chiefs, district attorneys and victims of violence dedicated to reducing crime by supporting early investments – such as dropout prevention, quality preschool and child abuse and neglect programs.

“Senator Simitian has consistently focused on smart, targeted investments in schools and kids – investments which have helped increase student success and decrease criminal behavior,” said Barrie Becker, State Director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California.

“I’m gratified to receive this recognition,” said Simitian. “Understanding what works in the classroom pays big dividends, both for at-risk kids and for local communities.” 

Simitian was presented with the award by San Mateo Police Chief Susan Manheimer in Sacramento on Wednesday.

For more information on Simitian’s education and public safety legislation, visit