[Photo by David Reid]
The first meeting of the year of the Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch
was held last evening at Blu Jam Café. We didn’t make an official count, but there must have been at least 50 people there. It was literally standing room only.
Peter Nichols, one of the founders of Melrose Action, conducted the meeting.
LAPD presentations were made by our new (as of the end of 2016) Wilshire Division Captain Anthony Oddo and Senior Lead Officer Inga Wecker. (Other LAPD officers were also in attendance.) Most of what they spoke about — and answered questions about — were general crime issues and how to avoid being the victim of crime. For vehicles, it comes down to “Lock it. Hide it. Keep it.” Don’t leave things visible, whether it’s electronic devices or purses (even empty purses). And always close the windows and lock the doors. The same was recommended for your home. Criminals look for open doors (even back doors) and windows to make an entrance. We watched a video from security cameras as unknown people tried to enter the home of one of the local residents who was at the meeting..
By the way, SLO Wecker now has a Facebook page that you can follow.
Problems with homeless people were also discussed, including where they have set up tents and their using vacant properties or those under construction. Neighborhood Prosecutor Mehrnoosh “Nooshi” Zahiri described the various actions and limitations on actions available to her office on these issues.
So there were a lot of questions and discussion on the matters of crime and annoyances in the neighborhood.
John Darnell, District Director for recently re-elected CD5 Councilmember Paul Koretz, spoke about accomplishments during Paul’s first two terms in office. These included establishment of the Melrose Business Improvement District; moving the West Hollywood Food Coalition to a better location (at the Salvation Army’s facilities on Hollywood Blvd. near the Hollywood Freeway); improvements at the Poinsettia Recreation Center; 4-way stop signs at various local intersections; and progress regarding reducing concentrations of marijuana dispensaries in the area.
John also announced that he will be leaving Paul’s office later this week, moving to the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, and he introduced the incoming Field Representative for this area, Robert Oliver.
In closing, Peter announced that there will be more Meetings at Your Corner this spring and the National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 1st. To be sure to know about these events, and other matters in the area, subscribe to Melrose Action notices at their website.
Also, thanks to Blu Jam Café — where Melrose Action meetings started quite a few years ago — and to its staff.