Saturday, February 16, 2008

YOU can help make our neighborhoods safer

My office regularly hosts Leadership Academies -- half-day workshops that bring local residents together to teach them about the city services available to them and train them to organize their neighborhoods to improve their communities.

Today, I met with some wonderful people from the East Hollywood community who participated in our Public Safety Leadership Academy. Participants learned how to organize a neighborhood watch, how to work effectively with LAPD, and how to report graffiti for paint out and bulky items for pick up.

The Academy also gave participants the opportunity to meet each other and forge new relationships that can make their efforts on behalf of the community so much more powerful. In fact, this group will meet again next month to work on next steps toward making the community a safer place.