Community Watch Asks for Awareness, Not Patrols

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By Bob Demchick

GGTA Board member

As many residents know, there has been a good bit of discussion about neighborhood security in light of a number of burglaries that have occurred in recent months.  There was talk of a Town Watch program possibly including unarmed foot patrols around the property.  A meeting was held in July at which several residents discussed possible solutions to the problem and those in attendance agreed to investigate further action.

Recently, at a second meeting, the entire direction of the program was modified in that the patrols associated with Town Watches will be abandoned in favor of the community watch concept encouraged by the San Francisco Police Department.

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What is a Community Watch and What Is It Good For?

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What exactly is a community watch? And why should anyone have one?

“It is about knowing your neighbors and knowing who belongs on the block,” said Mason Lee, public safety coordinator for San Francisco SAFE, which stands for Safety Awareness for Everyone. “It’s about communicating with each other and also observing and reporting.”

SAFE organizes community watch groups in the city and county of San Francisco, registers bikes, helps with disaster preparedness and more. It’s a nonprofit and funded by the SFPD.

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Affordable Housing Working Group Meetings Have Started

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(This article was submitted by Golden Gateway Tenants Association President Bill Hannan, who attended a working group meeting on affordable housing planned for Broadway and Front streets.)

On Aug. 7, I attended a “working group” meeting hosted by theMayor’s Office of Housing (MOH) at the Broadway Family Apartments, an affordable housing project at 810 Battery Street.  Our hosts were Teresa Yanga and Joel Lipski of MOH.

Present were Bob Harrer and retired architect Solomon Pan and June Osterberg (BCNA), Lee Radner (FOGG), Jon Golinger and Stan Hays (Telegraph Hill Dwellers), Stephanie Greenburg (SoTel Neighbors), Jonee Levy (NEXT Village), and Gateway activist Ernestine Weiss.  The focus of the meeting was tenant income eligibility at the proposed affordable housing project at a half-block lot on Port property at Seawall Lot 322-1 at Front and Broadway, now used as a parking lot.

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