Friday, November 03, 2006

Public Safety Summit

I was joined by the LAPD and 300 area residents at Council District 13's first-ever Public Safety Summit, at Micheltorena Elementary School in Silver Lake. We began the day by having a discussion about various public safety issues facing the district and the City. After our larger discussion, we broke up into action groups that discussed a host of issues, ranging from police deployment to traffic concerns. I took part in the graffiti panel, where youth prevention and education was identified as a priority as part of the fight against tagging. Other groups identified possible neighborhood beautification projects for the city and community to partner on, and two Elysian Valley residents even decided to start their own neighborhood watch! Thank you to everyone who attended the summit - your input and enthusiasm made it a huge success.

We were later joined by Chief William Bratton, who celebrated his fourth year as chief of LAPD with us at the event. His leadership and his vision for a safer Los Angeles has helped transform Los Angeles into the second-safest big city in America, with crime at its lowest point since the 1950s. A few constituents even presented the chief with his very own bobblehead doll. As they said, every hero needs his own action figure!