May 11, 2007

Community Notes:

Northwest Civic Association. General Meeting at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium (4th & F Streets), Monday, May 14th at 6:00 p.m. Topic: Turning Green—What Leadership Role Can Chula Vista Play in Environmental Sustainability? Northwest Civic Association’s mission is “To empower the diverse residents of Northwest Chula Vista to enhance, protect and preserve the unique character, quality and heritage of Northwest Chula Vista through education and group action.” For further information, please call 619-429-0610.

Assemblymember Mary Salas will host a Town Hall meeting on Gang Prevention on Thursday May 17th from 6pm to 7pm at the Tubman Chavez Center 415 Euclid Avenue. This event is open to the public. In the past three years, gang violence that used to be directed at one another has been redirected toward law enforcement. Communities that are struggling with the presence of gangs in their community are in dire need of assistance.

Assemblymember Salas will be joined by a panel of community leaders and gang prevention experts. Panelist will have the opportunity to give a brief statement, and then the floor will be open for a question and answer period.

Reward Increased in Migrant Camp Vandalism Case: North County Latino groups and Crime Stoppers are offering a combined reward of $10,000 to anyone with information leading to the arrest of those responsible for vandalizing several migrant camps in the Rancho Penasquitos area in January 2007.

Crime Stoppers is already offering a $1,000 reward, but the Latino groups have raised an additional $9,000. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Groups that helped raise funds for the reward include El Grupo, La Raza Lawyers Association, and California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation.

The crime occurred on January 27, 2007, when vandals entered the camps and slashed virtually everything they could find, including clothes—some new with the tags still attached—shoes, sleeping bags, blankets, tents, tarps, bicycle tires, and more. One migrant’s tools and medication were thrown into a nearby stream.

Anyone with information on this case can call the Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line: (888) 580-TIPS.

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