Editor: From the agenda and minutes of the OB Crime Watch meeting held Monday, May 13th, we offer the following as a report of the meeting. As background, the OB Crime Watch formed in early October 2012 after a series of sexual assaults against women in Ocean Beach and reports of a peeping tom.
With about 20 people in attendance at the OB Woman’s Club, Mercy Baron opened the meeting with introductions. It was announced that a name change of the group was in the offering, that people thought “OB Citizens Watch” was a better title for the group.
Mercy also committed to inviting SDPD Community Relations officer David Surwilo and Lt. Natalie Stone to the next meeting of the group. Meetings of the group will be held the 2nd Monday of every month at the Woman’s Club. The next one will be June 10th.
The group will have 5 committees, and they are the Citizens Patrol, Clean Streets Initiative, Outreach, Fundraising, and Legal. The committees are asked to meet once a month, outside the regular all-group monthly meetings.
OB Citizens Patrol – Tim Nolan, owner of Tower Two is the chair, but he was not present, so Mercy – who has been involved with that patrol – covered its introduction.
Clean Streets Initiative – OB: Greg is its chair, and its goals are to reduce tagging and littering, to pressure city to write citation for littering and vandalism, to report tagging. The sub-group is holding a Paint out Party on June 12 with time TBD. There is a SDPD program that will pay $500 reward for arrest of taggers.
Outreach – Mercy will head this up, with its goals: getting the word out, informs locals, police, business owners of crime issues.
Fundraising – Needs chair; goals: raise funds to cover OBCW expenses; money spent must be approved by at least 3 committee chairs.
Legal – Needs chair; goals: investigate non-profit status, advise on projects, put pressure on city to enforce.
In other discussions or presentations, Julie Klein of the OB Mainstreet Association suggested that the group partner with “Respect OB”. In addition, a few attendees were concerned about donating food to the Loaves and Fishes OBWC program.
There was some music and a PowerPoint presentation that followed.
How can you help? Volunteer, sign up for committees, donate money, gift cards from local business’s, supplies, etc, report all crimes and suspicious activities to SDPD.
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* OBCW Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of every month at the OB Woman’s Club, located at 2160 Bacon Street. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Loaves and Fishes OB program.
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