:LAPD Devonshire is hosting an important meeting of the LAPD Police Commission at the Greek Orthodox Church, Balboa and Plummer, on Monday , January 17 at 6:30 pm. Topic of the meeting is public safety and early release of parolees and probationers is among the issues to be discussed. You are urged to attend this meeting and make your voices heard. As I'm sure you know, there will be an increase in the number of "sober" living homes housing parolees and probationers in single family neighborhoods as a result of the early release program. The draft ordinance to regulate such facilities, the Community Care Facility Ordinance (CCFO), is still held up in the City Council's PLUM committee and until we can force it out and to the floor of the council for a vote, we're in trouble. Meanwhile, we need to let the police and the City Council know loud and clear we will not stand for sober living and/or parolee/probation homes in our single family neighborhoods. So I hope to see you at the meeting.
(Note: At that meeting, we can also voice our public safety concerns about the New Directions/ACOF facility at the Sepulveda VA. I've heard that it may be the park police who will cover that area of the VA and we need to get clarification on that as well.)
Also, we have a new Senior Lead Officer (SLO) in North Hills West: Kathy Luna is now covering the area of North Hills West between Roscoe and Lassen and the 405 to the Bull Creek Wash: Ms. Luna is a former Vice officer and is very knowledgeable. Following is her contact info:
Cell phone: 818-634-0480 (this is former SLO Ken Cioffe's old number and it may still have his name but it's now her phone number so leave a message if she doesn't answer.)
I spoke to Officer Luna yesterday about the transients at the south east and west corner of Aqueduct and Nordhoff. She is aware of the problem and they are trying to get rid of it. Part of the problem is they have to abide by the current law which does not allow LAPD to just roust them off the street. Basically, it seems they have to cite the transients, then wait for the citation to go to warrant before they can arrest them and that takes time. Also the transients seem to know when LAPD is on the street and they take off temporarily to avoid being cited and /or arrested.
Another problem and this is major folks are the bleeding hearts who give these transients/panhandlers at the freeway ramps, etc. money! Do NOT do that! First of all panhandling is illegal so you're aiding and abetting a criminal. They will never leave this area, as long as they have a source of income.
There are many excellent homeless shelters in the Valley and in LA. The freeway panhandlers will not go to those shelters because they have rules so they remain homeless by choice, not necessity. So please again do NOT give these people money or food. Pass this info on to all your neighbors and friends as well.
Aqueduct Ave. Neighborhood Watch