People in high-crime area invited to discuss public safety

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Speakers will discuss law-enforcement and city-government efforts to reduce crime, Sylvies said, and they will tell residents and property owners how they can help. The target of city cleanup and anti-crime efforts since the 1990s, the neighborhood is home to many street-gang members, Sylvies said. “We’ve got a lot narcotics dealing and some actual violent crime,” he said. “We had five drive-by shootings in a two-day period. We recover stolen cars over there constantly.” Law-abiding residents feared running afoul of the criminals, he said. Wednesday’s meeting will be similar to others held by members of the two-year-old Lan-CAP team with apartment owners and sometimes tenants throughout Lancaster, Assistant City Manager Mark Bozigian said. LANCASTER – City government and county Sheriff’s Department officials will talk to residents and property owners on two blocks north of downtown that have been plagued with a high crime rate. Sheriff’s deputies in Lan-CAP – the Lancaster Community Appreciation Project – have served search warrants on more than a dozen duplexes and arrested more than a dozen people in rental housing in the neighborhood in recent months. “I feel we’ve impacted the area enough that we’re going to get people out of their shells,” said Sgt. Steve Sylvies, who leads Lan-CAP. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Lancaster City Hall, 44933 Fern Ave. Letters were sent inviting property owners and residents in the two-block area – along Cedar and Corkwood avenues between Avenues H-8 and H-12 – to attend the meeting. “They decided, and I agree, it is a good idea to get everybody together and talk to them collectively,” Bozigian said about the Lan-CAP members. “Lan-CAP is very effective. They do that a lot.” The neighborhood of duplexes is just west of well-kept 1950s tract homes and newer subdivisions. It is also adjoins a new housing tract being built in the culmination of a city effort started more than 10 years ago to clean up the area. The neighborhood was among those assigned additional sheriff’s patrols in the 1990s under Lancaster’s Operation High Desert Storm, which targeted higher-crime rate areas for extra attention. In the mid-1990s, city government acquired and razed mostly vacant small apartment buildings along Beech Avenue in an attempt to drive out the prostitutes and drug dealers who congregated there. The city’s redevelopment agency sold the cleared land in 2003 for $1.7 million to the partnership that is building the new homes. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo But go with the rookie Arians did, and the early returns have been more than anyone could have expected.The rookie has connected on all nine of his field goal attempts, which is a number that is tied for the NFL lead with Buffalo’s Dan Carpenter. He is also 3-for-3 on extra points, and has consistently placed his kickoffs deep into the end zone. “That’s my job, and I’m just doing my job to the best of my ability and trying to help my team win games,” Catanzaro said. “That’s all I’m here for, and luckily we’ve won three in a row and hopefully will keep it rolling in Denver next week.” That’s the idea. However, until then, Catanzaro will spend his first bye week as an NFL player back home in South Carolina, spending time with his family and taking a breath after all that’s gone on for him over the last few months.“It’s definitely time to relax, but not relax, really,” he said. “It’s almost like a reloading week. Got to keep my legs feeling fresh. I’m going to kick back at home a little bit just to stay fresh and get ready to go to Denver and play well next week. “So it’s definitely a reloading phase, it’s nice though having a week off and getting to kick back and relax with the family a little bit.” It’s safe to say Catanzaro has earned it. Obviously Arians and the Cardinals tabbed him for a reason, but there was still some mystery surrounding him. While every great kicker was a rookie at some point in their careers, many are nervous about going with a first-year pro, especially when the outcome of big games could rest on their feet.Three games into his career, Catanzaro has yet to make a game-winning kick. However, in wins over the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers he did convert from 33 and 35 yards out, respectively, to essentially put the games away. So while he hasn’t had to make a kick with the game on the line, it is not as if he has yet to face a pressure situation. But chances are a few will arise over the next 13 games, and when they do, the 23-year-old will be ready.“You can’t shy away from that, I’m looking forward to that,” he said. “Luckily I’ve had a couple kicks that you would refer to as clutch kicks, just to seal the deal, but I’m looking forward to that first game winner where I can go out there and win the game for my team.” TEMPE, Ariz. — It almost seems silly that the Cardinals even considered not going with Chandler Catanzaro as their kicker.The undrafted rookie out of Clemson earned the job after winning a training camp battle with veteran Jay Feely, but even then there were some who wondered if coach Bruce Arians was making the right choice.After all, over the course of 12 NFL seasons Feely had made 329 field goals and was coming off his highest scoring campaign since 2009.last_img read more