Chair: Robin Doyno
There were approximately 25 attendees
LAPD Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Adrian Acosta made a presentation on crime deterrence:
- “A good neighbor is the best deterrent to crime.” Neighbors can recognize suspicious behavior
- Block captains play a key role in deterrence by interfacing and sharing information with SLOs through phone, e-mail, social media (Twitter and Facebook) and quarterly meetings.
- In April, Pacific Division implemented “predictive policing,” using property crime data for the past five years to create a daily algorithm that predicts probable locations for crimes. Available through the LAPD. the program has significantly reduced property crime in MV.
- Individuals can reduce the “opportunity” for property crime by: 1) locking doors and windows when they leave the premises; 2) leaving TV, radio, and lights on (or on a timer); 3) If alone, before answering a knock, say ‘”Honey, I’ve got the door;” and 4) following the other precautions on LAPD fliers handed out at the meeting.
- Contact LAPD through:
- Crime in Progress: 911
Non-Emergency (suspicious activity or suspected crime): 877-ASK-LAPD – 877-275-5273
- Pacific Division Watch Commanders
- Commanding Officer of the Pacific Patrol and Pacific Division
- Crime in Progress: 911
Website/Social Media. The WMVNA Website (www.westmarvista.org) is up and running as a forum for neighborhood issues, exchange of ideas and information, Thanks to Mike H. and Andrea Bell for developing the site. We have also developed an e-mail list of approximately 130 Members for newsletters, and access to Facebook and Twitter
Upcoming Events include:
- 10/16 (10:16 am – “Great California Shakeout” Earthquake Response Drill
- 10/18 -Mar Vista Community Fall Festival –Mar Vista Park (Palms and McLaughlin)
- 10/22 SLO Meeting
- 10/31 The Charley Brown Great Pumpkin Festival – MV Park.
- The Santa Monica Airport: The site www.itsourland.org is backing Santa Monica Ballot Initiative LC (“local control”), which would limit airport development, noise pollution, etc.
- Exploitative Vehicle Task Force: curbing “musical chair” derelict vehicles in the neighborhood.
- Fixing potholes: need to bombard officials with photos, names, etc. – as “Squeaky Wheels”
- Emergency Preparedness: Robin is working to set up a CERT program for WNMVA members = participation encouraged.
- We encourage Members to attend Mar Vista Community Council (MVCC): meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at the Mar Vista Recreation Center (Mar Vista Park)
- Distribution of “Hello Neighbor” door-hanger/flyers, to all District 6 residents – approximately 5,000 people in 1.2 square miles. Thanks to the MVCC for financing the printing. Block captains and volunteers will distribute the flyers door to door.
Upcoming Meetings: We encourage Members to attend and/or provide input for concerns of agenda items through the WMVNA website
- The Steering Committee will meet on 4 pm the first Sunday of each month at Robin’s home (12551 Barbara Avenue, at the corner of Barbara and Frances).
- General Meetings will be held quarterly at Robin’s House (or a location TBA – such as the LAPD Pacific Division station).
Thanks to Robin and Helen for their hospitality and cold drinks on a hot afternoon.