Sacramento Police Dept. updates
Captain Justin Ecklund just started as a new captain for Central Command (“the grid”), and is working mainly on security and transportation plans regarding the opening of the Golden 1 Arena.
Lt. Adam Green reported back on questions from the last board meeting about the vacant lots at 20th & Capitol and next to Kupros. The Crime Prevention Unit and Environmental Design Dept. reached out to City Code Enforcement and inspected the lot. No violations were observed at the time, but residents are advised to report syringes, homeless, vandalism, etc. They are also working to contact property owners about installing additional lighting.
On June 17th, a resident called about a break in at Pacific Market (P & 25th). Due to the swift call, officers were able to catch the suspects (who had a history of burglary charges) fleeing the scene.
Crime in general is down for our area, but motor vehicle theft is still up. Lt. Green encourages the use of a club, and has offered to bring clubs to the next meeting if members place a request.
Sacramento Fire Dept. updates
Fire Chief White, Deputy Fire Chief Costamagna, and Senior Fire Prevention Officer Lee informed the community that services include fire suppression, emergency medical, hazardous material mitigation, and community risk reduction (including keeping buildings up to code).
The Fire Dept. representatives discussed an app called Pulse Point. Pulse Point sends push notifications on every call approved by the fire department in an effort to crowdsource rapid medical assistance. (e.g. Someone with CPR training a block away from a heart attack call can get notified via the app and arrive on site to provide assistance faster than Sac Fire.) Part of a larger initiative to improve local cardiac arrest survival rates.
Senator Pan's Office’s updates:
Jenny Bach, a representative of Senator Pan, indicated the office’s current focus includes the writing a children's bill of rights, and fair processes in hiring. They are holding workshops and working with Cal HR to inform communities of services offered.
Council Member Steve Hansen's Office’s updates:
Pete Fenolio, a representative of Council Member Hansen, gave updates on a bike ordinance and a tree ordinance coming up for a city council vote:
Construction will soon begin on the 19th & Q dog park. Documents have gone through the first round of plan check, and have second round coming up. Targeted opening is in late Dec/early Jan.
Assembly Member Kevin McCarty's updates
Angela read information sent by Cierra Fischer, a representative of Assembly Member McCarty, on two new bills to address the spike in concealed weapons permits. The bills will help define “good cause” for concealed carry permits, and establish mental health services at community colleges.
Transition Streets, 350 Sacramento
Richard Lentz is a member of 350 Sacramento, a group dedicated to the awareness and education of reducing our carbon footprint. He presented to the Board on Transition Streets, a program for taking action against climate change by changing habits such as water use, transportation, food consumption, and waste management. 350 Sacramento is offering this guide to neighborhoods throughout the area, and is encouraging members to look into its suggestions and possibly form a “support group” for implementing change. For more information, members can contact Richard at 916-597-2610 or www.350Sacramento.org.