Safer and Healthier Neighborhoods
In neighborhoods throughout South LA, crime and violence are a serious issue of concern. South LA residents prefer smart and effective ways to reduce and PREVENT crime and violence without increasing policing or creating a revolving door to incarceration in their community.
For years, residents living in the 39th and Western Ave. neighborhood have been fighting to reduce crime and violence in their neighborhood, which at one point had double the citywide average in violent crimes.
In early 2009, residents and Community Coalition launched a new grassroots community effort to make their neighborhood safer, cleaner and healthier. Watch the video and then check out the victories below.
In less than two years, residents have made significant progress:
- Residents got the City to place tough conditions on Century Market liquor store to hold them accountable to public safety standards and to reduce nuisance activity in the area.
- They pressured the City to speed up stalled renovations at the MLK Therapeutic Center, which had been closed for months due to toxic mold.
- Residents organized a successful Day of Service with 150 community members and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to clean up and beautify their neighborhood.
- A successful Resource Fair was held in the community bringing together much-needed resources, programs and organizations in contact with residents, families and youth.
Residents have been working to ensure that youth in their neighborhood have access to fun and safe programs throughout the year, especially in their park during the summer months – peak times for youth crime and violence.
In 2010, King Park became a Summer Night Lights (SNL) park. SNL is the City’s anti-gang prevention and intervention program that keeps local parks open and operating with activities for youth that include athletic activities, arts, crafts, movies and even dance classes throughout the summer. SNL will continue in 2011 with free food and activities for children and youth.
Recently, in June 2011, over 100 residents came together for "A Conversation with the City Planner" to bring to the attention of the city the issues caused by the Dan Mar Motel, the Pinetree Motel and the W & W Recycling Center. Residents met with the City Planning Director Michael LoGrande who will be getting back to residents about starting public hearings against these nuisance sites. Read more about this story here.
Join Community Coalition and local residents as we continue to continue to work to make our neighborhoods safer and healthier for everyone. Our campaign will continue to focus on securing yearlong programming for the park, including a permanent skate park.
Call us at (323) 750-9087 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read more about our campaign in the news. Check out these stories:
Residents Want Crime-Free Park, La Opinión, July 11, 2010
Residents Organize to Change Park, Hoy, April 9, 2010
CoCo Helps Reclaim a Neighborhood, LA Wave, April 8, 2010
CoCo Celebrates Eggstravaganza at King Park, LA Watts Times, April 8, 2010
CoCo and Residents Revitalize a Neighborhood, South LA Report, April 5, 2010
CoCo Marks Easter Festivities Celebrating Changes at MLK Park, KPCC, April 3, 2010
Community Coalition Leads South L.A. Clean Up Effort, Los Angeles Sentinel, June 25, 2009
Community Coalition Organizes a Resource Fair, The Wave, June 24, 2009
Controversy over South LA Liquor Store, KCET Webstories, April 16, 2009
Community Coalition Protests Century Liquor Store, Our Weekly, April 9, 2009
CoCo Protest to Revoke Liquor Store's License, ABC 7 News, March 26, 2009
Los Angeles protesters seek Villaraigosa's aid in fighting liquor store, LA Times, March 27, 2009
Community Coalition Launches Campaign to Clean Up Neighborhood, LA Times, March 9, 2010
South LA Residents Help Save Park, La Opinion, April 4, 2010