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Foothill C-PAB Meeting Minutes

Foothill Area
Community-Police Advisory Board

12953 Branford Street,
Pacoima, California 91331

MAY 2013

Attendees: Captain Sean Malinowski, Sergeant Herrold Egger, Vicki Burch, Officer Ester Vasquez, Officer Donald Boon, Officer Rich Wall, Sulma Hernandez – CD6, Manny Figueras – CD7, Lyn Hoeft, Wayne Hoeft, Betty Cooper, Wanda Leggett, Vanessa Serrano, Reyna Salas, Inez Salas, Margaret Shoemaker, Terrance Hendricks, Lee Tarrart, Philip Tabbi, Debra Stephens, Linda Hornick, Gerald Sherman, Michael Carpenter, Elektra Kruger, Gerhard Kruger, Nina Royal, Susan Bartlett, Juno Belyea-Cochran, Stella Arlington, Alane Vorbeck, Yvette Gonzalez, Karl Kunak, Celia Garcia

I.    Meeting called to order at 6:09pm by Co-Chair Vicki Burch
II.    Pledge of Allegiance
III.    Welcome of Guests
a.    Enrique Gonzalez – Operations Manager of Athens Services – will be joining us on a permanent basis
IV.    Approval of April 2013 C-PAB Minutes
a.    Correction: IVg – Chandler Park should read Verdugo Mountain Park
b.    MOTION: by Wayne Hoeft to approve April 2013 Minutes as amended, 2nd by Sue Bartlett, vote: unanimous approval
V.    Guest Speaker: Lily Lee – Waste Management, Subject = Recycling
a.    The Bureau of Sanitation is the residential trash hauler for Los Angeles, Waste Management is a private trash hauler servicing the commercial sector as is Athens Services and others.
i.    Bureau of Sanitation serves 750,000 single family homes throughout the City of LA from Harbor to North Valley
b.    It is the blue bin that is used for recyclables (black = general trash, green = yard trimmings and compostable waste). Items that should and should not go in the blue bin – see attached flyers entitled “The Big Blue Bin” and “Not in the Blue”
i.    Aluminum cans – approx. 10 day turn-around from melt-down to market
ii.    Glass, broken or not, as long as it is not contaminated with food waste. No window glass. If the City gets a load that is more than 10% contaminated it is rejected for recycling.
1.    “Contamination” can be the result of a single contaminant source e.g., tomato juice from one can contaminating an otherwise “good” load.
iii.    No pizza box smeared with tomato sauce, this should go into the black bin
iv.    No food waste of any kind
v.    No wood waste. This goes into the green bin, unless it is large chunks of wood which goes into the black bin
1.    No wood waste with nails: Workers separate recyclable materials and could get injured or as wood goes through grinders, equipment could get damaged.
2.    Waste Management is one of two companies that recycles Los Angeles’ green bin waste with ½ going to their Sun Valley facility
vi.    No needles
1.    Elementary schools have “sharps” containers in the bathrooms because kids are self-injecting for diabetes = issues of employee safety
vii.    No hazardous waste
1.    No batteries,
2.    No nail polish bottles
3.    No container from “under the kitchen sink” that cannot first be emptied and washed out – these must go to “safe center”. If they can be cleaned out e.g., bleach, windex etc, they can be recycled
viii.    No fluorescent light bulbs – need to be brought to “safe center” because of chemicals in there – shipped to facility in Arizona where they are broken, chemicals separated, glass recycled.
ix.    Items listed on flyers apply to LA only – not necessarily to other cities. We are lucky to have such a “mature” recycling program capable of accepting a lot of stuff that other places cannot including:
1.    Styrofoam e.g., cups, egg cartons – sample end-user = a Long Beach based company that recycles Styrofoam into picture frames for Walmart, K-Mart etc. (No packing peanuts – hard to control)
2.    Single-use grocery plastic bags
3.    Saran wrap
c.    Recycling is rather labor-intensive as opposed to landfilling in which you just haul waste somewhere, dump it, compact it, bury it
i.    E.g., plastic bottles are respun into fiber to make cloth e.g., clothing, fleece, stuffed animals, furniture covering, etc.
1.    Bottles are cleaned, chipped, melted and spun into fiber. China is our biggest recycler – they receive chipped plastic in storage containers returning from supplying us with end-use products
2.    Plastic is most recyclable material out there (except maybe aluminum). Paper can only be recycled so many times, but plastic can be repeatedly melted down and reconstructed.
d.    City sponsors “hazardous waste” collection days
e.    Other communities have a program called “waste watch” - police train waste truck drivers as to what to watch for in terms of unusual activity to report to trigger police follow-up just as USPS has program to report uncollected mail
VI.    C-PAB Symposium Up-Date – Vicki Burch
a.    Two weeks ago, Captain Malinowski, Sergeant Egger and Vicki Burch attended a C-PAB Symposium Up-Date where all division Captains and Co-Chairs meet and talk about the future of the C-PAB program
i.    Discussed structuring goals for the year and beyond – things that we could work on as a C-PAB:
1.    How often should we meet – review day/time of meetings
2.    What should we take care of and how should we take care of it
3.    We should take on a 90-day task completion
4.    Need to expand in terms of number of people involved, ethnic diversity of people involved to be representative of community and demographics in terms of age group – “Teen C-PAB”
5.    By-Laws being reviewed
6.    Formation of sub-committees
VII.    Foothill Area Crime Up-Date – Captain Malinowski
a.    Coming into end of May with a two-and-a-half percent reduction vs. last year. Had 7% increase earlier in the year because resources were sapped – criminals sensed decreased police presence citywide – 9 point positive swing 
i.    Following school shooting back east a lot of resources were expended to cover our schools so parents could feel secure
ii.    Resources expended on Donner case
b.    Conventional thought = can’t have 3 consecutive years of crime reduction – Foothill Division intends to prove that wrong
c.    Notable reduction in violent crime but still struggling with grand theft auto, burglaries from auto and burglaries in general
d.    Not even half way through the year and we already have more than half of the guns we had last year – approx. ¾ of the way – approx. 70 guns
e.    Use of “Forecasts of Crime” program – a program that puts officers in the right place at the right time – has worked well. If “predictive software” defines a high crime probability 500’x500’ box, community may be asked to hold local meeting
i.    Issue of “Constitutional Policing” – Civil Attys have argued that because their clients were in the “box” the police were “all over them”. Not so – still need independent reasonable suspicion
VIII.    Formation of Sub-Committees – Captain Malinowski
a.    This evening we will form 4 sub-committees which can be expanded in the future as needed. Sub-Committees are to form a “Mission Statement” + list of 3-4 “immediate goals”
b.    All C-PAB members must sign up for sub-committee of interest – if a member does not volunteer, they will be assigned one. If number of volunteers per committee is unbalanced, Members will be “reshuffled” by Captain Malinowski.
c.    Sub-Committees:
i.    Prostitution
1.    Already have a core group there
2.    Head Chairs = Officer Michelle Rodriguez/C-PAB Member Cindy Sower
ii.    Membership
1.    Task = to get out and recruit new members
2.    Head Chairs = Office Steve Nunez/Officer Adriana Munguia
iii.    Emergency Preparedness
1.    Eg with the onset of the early fire season, it is apparent that a lot needs to be done here
2.    Head Chairs = Officer Ester Varquez/C-PAB Member Nina Royal
iv.    Homeless
1.    Officer Don Boon/Officer Rich Wall
d.    Need to exploit technology – social media.
i.    Can create service to “push” information out rather than depending on recipient having to seek out information. Important in emergencies.
ii.    Utilize Facebook – Twitter
1.    During Boston Bombings there was a constant “Twitter Feed”
e.    If you have an idea that might be useful to a sub-committee you are not assigned to, share those ideas
f.    When concentrating on sub-committee format we will not have as much time to bring in guest speakers unless the subject pertains directly to something in the “sub-committee program”
IX.    Public Comment
a.    Nina Royal
i.    Introduced book that STNC approved to purchase as outreach – “It’s a disaster, what are you going to do about it” – could be used as a fundraiser: business pays for flyer ad inside book, book distributed free
b.    Officer Rich Wall
i.    Event on May 18th (see attached flyer) at Hansen Dam aquatics center – center to be opened for swimming – 40 vendors – kids safety salute – train ride – Ronald McDonald
X.    Meeting adjourned at 7:38pm