Food prepared by Sacramento Basket; Pizza supplied by Tom Sumpter; Coffee donated by Old Soul
Cops & Coffee (Tom Sumpter, Kevin Gardner, Mike Hight)
Tom Sumpter provided an overview of the history of Cops & Coffee at Oak Park meetings
Captain Kevin Gardner, East Command, reported:
- A common element in several recent burglaries has been doors that were left unlocked.
- Crime was down city-wide in 2013 by 10.1%.
- Measure U has helped increase police staffing levels.
- Stockton and Broadway were identified as areas where an increased police focus has had a positive impact.
Sergeant Mike Hight, patrol, introduced himself and reported:
- Having a well-lit residence with trimmed landscaping helps deter crime.
- Sgt. Hight responded to questions from the membership.
OPNA Announcements (Michael Boyd, President)
- Michael Boyd introduced OPNA board members.
- Monthly OPNA meetings will be moved to the Food Bank, starting in March.
Elections (Bill Knowlton, Vice President)
- OPNA’s board member elections are staggered so that each year different positions come up for reelection.
- Candidates apply prior to the general membership meetings; the board then assembles a slate and presents it to the membership for voting.
- Candidates must attend 3 meetings in the past 12 months and submit their application in advance. This is an all-volunteer, unpaid board.
- The monthly board meeting is held on the fourth Thursday of the month at 5:30pm.
- Information can be reached at 572-OPNA(6762). Applications and printed materials will be available at future general meetings.
- Discussion followed. There was a motion to table discussion; the motion was seconded and was carried.
The following slate was presented and confirmed by the membership:
- Tamika L’Ecluse
- Jarrod Fischer
- Michael Boyd
- Penni (PetSytlista): has launched a new dog-grooming business, and will be having an open house on Saturday.
- Ron: goes regularly to city council meetings, and encourages others to go with him to support reducing murder.
- Zerben: has started a Zynergy Center in Sacramento for people interested in identifying skills that can help make them money.
- Thom: presented upcoming library programs, which can be found at
http://www.saclibrary.org/Home/Events/. This month the library is featuring iPad
Storytimes (the first in Sacramento), and a community Seed Swap and Gardening Workshop on February 22nd.
- Tamika: heart crafts made at this meeting will go to support children at the UC Davis
Medical Center, Sutter, and other locations.
Presentation: Broadway Triangle Project (Ron Vrilakas)
- Ron gave a power point presentation on the Broadway Triangle and took questions from the membership.
- The site is on Broadway between 34th and 35th, and is constructing 29 residential homes, with 19 homes for sale and 10 apartments to rent.
- The project includes two ~2500 sq ft locations for restaurants, including the historic Gostick building, and three to six 450 to 850 sq ft retail locations.
- The first three homes have been built and sold.
- The meeting then divided into groups to discuss their vision for the Broadway Triangle, and the meeting was adjourned.