Wednesday's annual meeting of the wasn't the first neighborhood group the county and law enforcement officials there had spoken before–but it was one of the largest.
"This is the largest community showing I've been to in the last four to five years," Sacramento County Undersheriff Rick Book told the crowd of more than 100 people at .
Several speakers at Wednesday's event said the large turnout spoke to how much residents care about Rosemont. Some urged residents to stay involved in their communities through neighborhood watch programs.
"Neighborhood watch will save your community - I guarantee it," said Sgt. Wayne Stephens, who coordinates the in Rancho Cordova and Rosemont. "We cannot do it alone … We are depending on you for your eyes and ears on the street–absolutely depending on you."
Newly selected , who also oversees the sheriff's department division that patrols Rosemont, also encouraged community engagement and communication between neighborhoods and authorities.
"In this day and age, with the economy being what it is, it's no longer us, them–it's all of us together," she told the crowd, referring to various public agencies working together.
A large number of public agencies were represented at the meeting: SMUD, California American Water, the California Highway Patrol, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, and about a dozen Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters, who handed out free smoke detectors after the meeting.
Attendees Polled for Local Likes and Concerns
The attendees at Wednesday's meeting were also given the floor for part of the evening, when Rosemont Community Association officials asked what they liked about Rosemont and what local issues concerned them.
Cindy Jo Miller said she thinks Rosemont residents should do more to promote local schools.
"It concerns me that the people on my street don't want to send their kids to Rosemont schools," she said.
Some of the other concerns voiced were related to blight at a particular home and the Sacramento City Unified School District's .
Rosemont Community Association Vice President Terry Dugan said the association would post all of the responses on its website, and see which issues are raised the most.
"These ideas, these concerns that you have are going to be the fodder with which your board will be working for the next year or two," Dugan said.