Los Angeles Police Department
Community Police Advisory Board Executive Committee
Southwest Division Police Department
June 3, 2013 6:30PM
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by Co-Chair Johnnie Raines.
Welcome & Introduction of Members: Civilian Co-Chair Mr. Johnnie Raines was introduced and requested that other C-PAB members mention who they are, their community affiliations.
Captain’s Comments: Captain III Paul A. Snell, provided some updates on the USC events.
Constitutional Policing: About a month ago we had officers responding to a loud party call. The two person call responded initially around 2AM in the morning. Two parties going on concurrently…one occupied by minorities and the other primarily Caucasian. Both were told to close their parties down. The Caucasian party did and the first party did not. Additional units were requested. Police were not allowed into the back yard and the crowd became agitated and the incident escalated. There were reports of bottles being thrown. An additional request for more officers went out. What started with 2 officers became almost 80 officers including supervisors. At one point there were over 200 students in the streets. Six were arrested, and several were officers injured.
Since then, the Urban League, LAPD and the students from USC came together for a meeting. A workgroup was established to collaborate and determine what went wrong and how to prevent it from occurring again. Our own C-PAB Chair, Johnnie Raines represented the community, along with student groups representing USC students. It should be noted that the community called us into this matter as a result of the loud school parties. We will continue to move forward and develop a protocol for both sides.
Teen C-PAB Comments: Annabel Castenata representing Teen C-PAB announced they were working with youth of the Southwest area to discuss problematic issues in our schools and how they can help the community. Sometime over the summer, Teen C-PAB will plan and participate in a neighborhood improvement project. Note: Annabel is also a member in the Cadet program and will be graduating high school on Thursday, with plans to attend Cal State Los Angeles in the fall.
Basic Car Reports:
SLO Jackie Fort (Basic Car 15) West Adams, acting SLO, this is my first C-PAB meeting and thank you for helping me ease into the area. My area is experiencing some bicycle thefts. Other than that we did have a homicide on May 26. The victim was visiting his girlfriend and was shot several times. The issue was gang related. We also continue to have problems with prostitution on Western.
SLO Jose Saldana (Basic Car 63), for Baldwin Village, advised that this community is experiencing problems with Burglary from Motor Vehicles. Please don’t leave valuables in the car and keep your vehicles locked. I’d also like to invite you to come out on June 12th, 9:30am—11:30am for “Coffee with Cops” at the McDonald’s on La Brea and Rodeo. On July 7th come and enjoy the park which is also getting new baseball fields, there will also be free food. “Summer Night Lights” will be located at 4000 S. La Brea.
SLO Geraldine Brawner (Basic Car 19) serving North University Park, advised attendees to please lock and secure your windows. Open windows on hot days provide easy entry into your homes. Quality of Life issues we are focusing on are the 110 Freeway and pressure sidewalk cleanings. We’re working with businesses to also keep clean ups ongoing. Working with the community we’ve set up many events to happen over the summer, swimming classes, etc.
SLO Sean Anderson (Basic Car 99) Vermont Square, advised of an increase of residential burglaries due to open windows. Commercial robberies have also seen an increase. He also announced that he would no longer be a senior lead officer, but would remain at Southwest Division. This is a personal decision and also a tough one.
SLO Sam Salazar (Basic Car 57) representing University Park, stated “sneaky” people breaking into houses as a result of open windows. Six auto related crimes.
SLO Sunny Sasajima (Basic Car 73) Leimert Park, advised there were a couple of robberies in the area and were able to arrest two suspects. The Department of Health is reaching out to the homeless population. We’ve had a few success stories including one homeless person was provided with help four years ago and is now a bus driver. We experienced a couple of domestic calls and six small robberies, mostly shop lifting.
SLO Pierre Olega (Basic Car 55) serving the Jefferson Park/King Park community, stated like others, this community is dealing with a slight increase in residential burglaries.
- Captain III Paul A. Snell, reminded everyone about the active committees that we are requesting everyone sign up and help with a committee that interests them, for instance Blight, Membership, Block Club Training, etc. But let’s diversify and have representatives from all of our community. I will also be assigning a SLO to help your workgroup.
- 77th District had 14 gang related shooting incidents over the weekend. They also include three homicides and 7 aggravated assaults. Unfortunately, this can also be time related with temperatures heating up and schools closing for the summer.
- Sherrie Gordon stated that there will be a merging of Gang prosecutors with neighborhood prosecutors. She will still be assigned to USC. She has not been given anything for the recent USC party incident. She is also covering Southeast and the prostitute problems. Another neighborhood prosecutor, Bryan Bowers (also a gang attorney) will be assigned to the rest of the Southwest area. All misdemeanor cases are being held in East L.A.
- An update on Medical Marijuana facilities, the city is waiting 30 days for them to close on their own after which, the City Attorney’s Office will send letters out to those that remain open asking them to close. The city will start closing down the most egregious first then moving up. Only the original dispensaries will be allowed to remain open.
- Valerie Shaw with the Dept. of Public Works, guest speaker stated her office is the third largest department in the city. They are coordinating with other departments to work together on 10 projects in South Los Angeles in a strategic way to improve things in this district. An organized community with a strategic plan can tackle many problems and provide many results. What has been unique about this project is the accountability component. Finally, over 5 years, work got done and we are pleased to announce that we have affordable housing coming into the area, streets resurfacing, and much more. Plan should be released next month and will also be available online.
- Dept. of Sanitation is holding an open house on Exposition this Saturday from 9am to 5pm.
- Johnnie Raines noted there is an additional public hearing on USC leasing the Coliseum. The first was held on May 30th and a second one held June 1. It is to lease the coliseum to USC for a total of 99 years. USC is requesting control on the lots for 25 days out of the year, mostly on Saturdays for games. Museums are impacted from loss of parking and there is revenue involved with parking for the museums. If there are enough community members involved in the next meeting, the vote could be postponed to Wednesday, June 5th at 9AM. Meeting will take place in California Science Conference Room.
- Empowerment Congress is holding a Community Breakfast at the Barack Obama Global Preparation Academy on June 8th, 9:30AM—11:30AM.
- National Night Out is scheduled for August 8th. We are also looking for the communities help to make this OUR best National Night Out.
- Marcie asked that everyone consider a committee and sign up next month.
Approval of May Minutes: Minutes were not available and could not be approved.
The meeting was adjourned.
Next Meeting will be: Monday, July 8, 2013 6:30PM (subject to change)
Southwest Community Police Station
1546 West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90062
Minutes prepared and submitted by Jeff Camp