Adams-Normandie Neighbors Take Part in National Night Out on Crime

Some fifty neighbors from both sides of Adams Blvd. near Normandie Avenue celebrated National Night Out on Crime Tuesday, August 7, by a march through the neighborhood, led by traffic-stopping cruisers of the Los Angeles Police Department. The march was followed by a big potluck. Sponsored countrywide by the National Association of Town Watch, National Night Out on Crime aims to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and promote police-community partnerships. Last year 37 million people took part in 15,000 communities.

Here locally this was our tenth year. Our event is cosponsored by the three local block clubs: the Adams-Normandie Neighborhood Association (ANNA), the Van Buren Place Community Restoration Association, and the Budlong-Juliet-Catalina Neighborhood Association. The march stepped off at a little after 7:00 pm from the home of president Marco Flores. In addition to local residents there were strong contingents of LAPD officers, USC Public Safety Department police, and youths from the LAPD Cadets.

Children and many adults blew whistles along the way, the lead patrol car tooted its siren, and many residents along the way came to the doors or leaned out of upstairs windows to see the parade go by.

The marchers assembled afterward in Marco Flores' front yard, where they were addressed by Captain Melissa Zak, commanding officer of LAPD's Southwest Division. The crowd particularly applauded our local Senior Lead Officer, Tracy Hauter, for her tireless service. Representatives were on hand from State Senator Curren Price and County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Reggie Jones-Sawyer, who is running for State Assembly, and David Roberts, who is running for LA City Council in District 9 also attended.

In addition to the potluck contributions, food was donated by Papa Cristos Greek Taverna and the La Barca restaurant.