Two Lancaster surveys: one dealing with crime, the other preparedness
Both are efforts to improve city services
On Saturday, the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Bureau, along with numerous teams, volunteers and city of Lancaster staff will conduct a survey in a specific Lancaster neighborhood with the purpose of identifying local crime and nuisance problems.
Teams will begin the door-to-door survey around 9 a.m. and continue until they have reached out to the nearly 600 homes in the area. The area to be surveyed is 10th Street West to Beech Avenue, and Avenue I to Avenue H-8. The area was identified after analysis of call and crime volume was conducted.
The interview involves five questions concerning neighborhood issues, said Lt. Keith Lieberman of the bureau. The neighborhood issues range from crime to nuisances such as transients, environmental issues such as lighting, sidewalks or any other problems seen by the residents. Said Lieberman: “These surveys are a great way for the city, station and community to partner in order to make a safer neighborhood.”
Following the survey, specific operations will be developed to target any crime-related issues. “Other issues will be forwarded to city services to be acted upon,” he said. Lieberman added that following the survey a community meeting will be held to allow one-on-one interaction and plans can be further developed.
The community is encouraged to participate in the survey and answer the questions openly. A recent survey in Palmdale has already begun to show results, Lt. Larry Gregg said, “The deputies and neighborhood are engaging each other and sharing information and ideas on how to create a safer community. Positive impact has been made in the area since beginning our missions only a little over a month ago.” Gregg said he expects similar results in the Lancaster survey area.
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Also, Lancaster residents are being encouraged to take a new survey in order to determine any additional preparations which may need to be made in case of an emergency. Results of the survey will be incorporated into the Hazard Mitigation Plan, which will be used to identify and minimize risks the community does not believe have been adequately addressed.
“It is imperative that we continually look at the risks we face as a community during any sort of emergency and how we can minimize those threats to public safety,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “By preparing and educating now we can prevent needless damage and physical harm should a disaster strike our city, or the surrounding areas.”
Residents are encouraged to take the survey located on the home page of the city’s website at www.cityoflancasterca.org under the “special notice” section.
“The city wants to hear from the public regarding any potential areas of risk so that we can put together a solid mitigation plan,” said an assistant to City Manager Kelvin Tainatongo. “This survey gives us the opportunity to determine how ready our residents are in preparation for emergencies, and enable the city to then structure outreach programs based on the feedback we receive.”
The city of Lancaster is now accepting applications for the fourth annual Uniting Neighbors in a Team Effort (UNITE) program.
Applications for the UNITE program are available on the city’s website at www.cityoflancasterca.org/unite and must be submitted by Friday, June 14 at 5 p.m. (postmark dates will not be accepted).
The program, which aims to help build safer and stronger neighborhoods, offers residents an opportunity to propose neighborhood improvement projects and compete for the resources and funding needed to make those projects a reality.
Palmdale’s public safety and community relations department will host a Neighborhood Watch Orientation presentation for property owners and residents on Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, 38300 Sierra Highway Suite B.
Participants in Lancaster’s Youth in Government program met for the second of their three meetings recently to suggest designs for the area of the city located at Ave. 15th West, from Avenue K to Avenue J-8. The city’s Youth in Government program has been in existence for 22 years and helps high-achieving high school students build skills through a series of activities regarding city operations.
The Lancaster City Council is expected to vote on Dec. 11 on whether to appoint Cassandra D. Harvey to the council to replace Ron Smith, who was elected to the California State Assembly.
If approved, Harvey would be sworn in and take the seat that day and finish out the remainder of Smith’s term until April 2014.
She would also be the first African American woman to sit on the city’s governing body.
Harvey was nominated by Mayor R. Rex Parris.
The city of Lancaster, in collaboration with High Desert Runners and Rite Aid, is hosting a one-mile fun run/walk through downtown Lancaster. All are invited to take to the streets at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, as the trek from Lancaster City Hall down The BLVD in the Monster Mash Mile begins.