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LEMON AVENUE -- La Mesa Police Chief Alan Lanning conducted a neighborhood meeting at Lemon Avenue Elementary School Wednesday night. He fielded kind questions from an apparently satisfied audience and used the opportunity to encourage residents to collaborate more closely with police on problems affecting the neighbhorhood.
Several residents brought up concerns about flagrant traffic violations by drivers along the main throughfares. Lanning said the department has six dedicated traffic/accident officers who are always looking for guidance from the community on which areas of the city need special attention.
"We have key areas we all know about and we spend a lot of our time there,'' Lanning said. "But we rely on members of the community to tell us when there are a stream of traffic violations occuring in the city as well. We will respond and check these areas more closely.''
Several residents asked about recent crimes -- robberies along Spring Street and concerns about safety at Grossmont Center after several recent bank robberies and purse snatchings there.
Lanning acknowledged recent crimes but also pointed to statistics that showed robberies in general and crime in the Grossmont Center area specifically is, in fact, at twenty year lows in the city.
Lanning said La Mesa is particularly open with the media about all crime in the city and he thought the recent proliferation in local news outlets, like www.LaMesaToday.com, have made crime reports more accessible.
Larry Savoy, assistant director of security for the Metropolitan Transit System (pictured right), also attended the meeting and fielded a few questions, explaining how trolley security is beefed up for Padre and Charger games. La Mesa has four trolley stops within city limits and often has parking and crowd-control impacts when fans head to and from local sporting events on the rails.
City Councilman Mark Arapostathis also attended the meeting and encouraged citizens to access the city's Nixle communication system to get better, more current city information on-line: http://local.nixle.com/city-of-la-mesa.