Dear Neighbor and area Stakeholder:
Portable Video Surveillance Project (David & Alan)
David issued fundraising update: $3,960.00 + $40 on site cash donation = $4,000.00
- Thank you to the many individual and corporate sponsors
Mr. Alan Berta-BLEND Director w/LAPD)-Video Surveillance Expert presented four (4) camera options ranging in price from $3000-6000
- All have pros-cons to be considered (i.e., infra-red technology, wireless WIFI, high resolution, etc.).
- A committee made up of Alan, Officer Bobby Hill and area stakeholders will be formed in the coming days to iron out details and move to purchase the equipment. We welcome anyone interested in informing part of this committee, including any IT experts from our business community.
- Alan confirmed that once the equipment is purchased and training completed, we can have the camera in use within a two week turnaround time.
Neighborhood Crime Report (O. Bobby Hill)
O. Hill reported a break-in on a Blake Ave. house near St. Ann’s church side of the neighborhood. Residents were asked to be on the lookout and report any suspicious activity to 911 or your local police Dept.
Be on Alert for a suspected Gas Thief driving a late model Honda Vehicle with License Plate No. 6RYM142
An alert neighbor witnessed an individual siphoning gas from his pick-up truck and took a picture of the below getaway Honda vehicle. O. Hill ran the license plate 6RYM142 and found it to be from out of the area and requested assistance in reporting any site of this vehicle to 911.
We were reminded by O. Hill that late model Honda’s and Toyota vehicles continue to be the most easily stolen vehicles. The Northeast Police station still has the CLUB available for purchase at a cost of only $12.00-a considerable saving and the best way to prevent your car from being stolen. The following common sense tips were offered for your protection:
- Never leave valuables in plain view in your car
- Thieves know that you hide your property under garments. Just leave valuable property at home.
- Place any valuable property in vehicle trunk prior to arriving at your destination/location.
- Permanently mark your valuable property with I.D. or driver license No.
- Keep serial numbers of your electronics on file (iPads, MP3’s, GPS, etc.)
- Never leave your car running unattended
- Keep your car doors locked and windows rolled up.
- Don’t leave personal identification documents in glove compartment
- If your car is stolen or burglarized, immediately report it to he police
Residents were asked to not aid the problem of homeless encampments with offers of clothes and or other assistance. Many of these folks are mentally ill and hoard what ever is handed to them-compounding the blight issue brought to the area. Recent area clean-up found clothing still with the vendor tags among the many items and waste that was hauled away.
We are experiencing a rise in illegal “swapmeet” style vending from outsiders (see below image) resulting in terrible blight to Elysian Valley. Residents are asked to report any such activity to local Police Dept. via phone or in person at the station. O. Hill recommends requesting from the answering officer that a police car be dispatched to address the vendor directly. If necessary, ask to speak to the “Watch Commander” to get proper response to these type issues.
O. Hill made mention of a Citizens Police Academy Class available in English and Spanish at the Elysian Park Academy to any resident 18yrs and older. For more information, please contact O. Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or @ (213) 485-2563.
Crimes of Distraction/Scams:
O. Hill, alerted residents to people passing themselves for utility workers (i.e., telephone, water, gas, cable, etc.) working in groups of two. One distracts the homeowner requesting access to the back of the house while the other enters the residence from the front and steal their valuables. Always ask to see their I. D. and if in doubt call 911. The lottery scam is back. People claiming to have a winning lottery ticket that they can’t claim for bogus reasons (i.e., illegal in the country, etc.) and convincing folks to access their bank account to the tune of thousands of dollars. Lastly, be aware of the Craigslist scam where a highly priced vehicle is advertised at a price to good to be true (i.e. $15K car for sale at $3K). These criminals are taking people’s money and convincing them to let them drive off to get extras put on the cars (i.e., new tires, etc.) via an alleged local contact of theirs just because they are nice people and they like you (the buyer). Leaving people without car and money. Remember, if it sound to good to be true, it usually is.
Residents were reminded by O. Hill and David that No Report=No Crime and that police resources to Elysian Valley depend on people reporting crime. A further reminder was issue to being able to report all crime anonymously. Attendees were reminded that they could always address issues with O. Hill in private if not comfortable doing so in public.
Area Emergency Preparedness-LAFD Cert Class dates 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19
Resident were reminded of the importance of this class and encouraged to attend. The next class is tonight at 4730 Crystal Spring Dr., LA, CA 90027 from 7-9:30 PM. The location is inside Griffith Park just ahead of the Merry-go Round ride. Participants who complete the training will be certified emergency responders. The classes are independent of each other and can always be made up at this or other location.
CD-13 Council Eric Garcetti Report
We did not have a representative in attendance. Questions regarding street lights installation time line (Down Blake Ave. thru Riverdale Ave.) were answered by David with the following prior response had from Alejandra.
“BSL informed us that the delivery of the poles and luminaries will take place during the second half of March (3/16 – 3/30) and the contractor expects to finish the work by mid to end of April”. Funding for the 3rd phase, which would bring lights to the entire neighborhood is still being sought. The LA-River lights are set for completion in June with partial operation already in place thru Newall St.
The Elysian Valley Neighborhood Council meets every 3rd Thursday of the Month (at 6pm) at the Elysian Valley Rec. Center on Ripple and Benedict. 1811 Ripple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90039-3841 – (323) 666-5058. All were invited to attend and to bring their issue and ideas to their community elected representatives. Our new Congressman Adam Schiff will be in attendance tonight (Thursday March 15) and resident were invited to attend.
The old Frank & Johnny’s Sea Food Site has been leased by Enterprise and will soon be a Car Rental facility.
Thank you for your much valued and appreciated participation and help in making our neighborhood safer.