By Terry Dugan, Rosemont Community Association Vice President
On Nov. 30, several representatives of the (RCA) and the Rosemont Community Foundation (RCF) met with Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli and Sheriff Scott Jones regarding concerns about public safety services in our community. While expressing appreciation for the attention and services Rosemont is receiving, the Rosemont delegation emphasized the issues that have been happening over the past year or so, particularly dealing with panhandling, illegal sales, and loitering which adversely affect our local businesses, as well as various property and personal crimes that affect our residents.
The meeting provided a good and candid discussion of concerns, plans and options. Sheriff Jones described several initiatives in the works which should benefit Rosemont in the months ahead, including focused patrols, continuing the effort, launching a volunteer program to augment sheriff service levels, and an expanded youth outreach. Rosemont described the numerous programs it has underway to help address the problems here, including a growing Neighborhood Watch program with a communications network among group leaders, the Rosemont Eye which allows residents to report concerns and share information (NOT a substitute for calling law enforcement to report suspicious or criminal activity), a graffiti abatement team, and the start of a business network to assist local businesses mutually address concerns.
The meeting helped strengthen communication and cooperation between the Rosemont community and key county services at a time when we are at risk of seeing reductions in service from budget limitations. The Rosemont delegation stressed all the assets in our community and our desire and ability to be a model of how a community can help itself. There will be future such meetings to assure that Rosemont has the services it needs and deserves and is able to collaborate with public agencies in addressing concerns.
For more information and to read the letter to Supervisor Nottoli which summarized the meeting, please visit the Rosemont Community Association website at http://www.rosemontca.org/.
If you have ideas on how we can help make Rosemont safer and more desirable, please share them at the RCA website “contact us” block at www.rosemontca.org.