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HHPNC To Vote on Security Cameras Thursday

The board has set aside approximately $50,000 to pay for the project.

The (HHPNC) will on Thursday evening consider a motion to purchase a security camera system that will monitor the area around York Boulevard and North Figueroa Street.

A motion on the agenda, submitted by member Richard Marquez, proposes that the board enter a contract with R&D System to purchase cameras for the Los Angeles Police Department that would survey areas around Veterans Square Memorial and the .

According to HHPNC member Janet Dodson, the board has about $50,000 that was allocated and sequestered in previous years to pay for the project.

"The cash is sitting there, waiting to be used," Dodson said. "In addition, Council District 1 provided some funding that they were going to use to set up their own camera systems, and subsequently decided to add their funding to the HHPNC's, so the pot a little bigger. That's what's going to allow us to put in all these systems. This last vote is to make sure the board is on board with using R&D Systems."

Like a security system located near Avenue 50 and York Boulevard, the cameras would feed directly to monitors at the Los Angeles Police Department's Northeast station.

A recent non-scientific poll run by Highland Park-Mount Washington Patch showed that, of 146 respondents, 103 were in favor of security cameras and 43 were opposed.

The motion stipulates that the vote could be delayed in order to scheduled a presentation by R&D Systems.

Margarito Martinez May 18, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Rebecca Prine, I have personally been homeless off and on since 1983...I was hit hard by the Reagan Revolution and have never fully recovered. I have personally lost so many friends to the street my life is permanently changed because of it. My info. on the goings on at Veteran's Square comes from 1st hand knowledge. It's a bad scene, and a bad crowd. They vurnerable have been preyed upon by herion dealers for a few years now. Once it was meth...I miss not being able to sit at the square and enjoy a sunny day. I don't want to be around a crowd openly smoking dope and consuming booze and partying loud in the street. what did I do when I was homeless? I kept clean by using public rest rooms at Sycamore Grove Park, I spent days collecting cans to recycle for money for food, I went around collecting branches for the fire I made in the evening to cook, and I slept in the hills at night. I finally made my way to Arizona and a place called Andre House in Phoenix. This is a place for the poor and homeless called a Hospitality Center and is run by Catholic Workers. There homeless can shower 6 days out of the week, they can get used clothing and have thier old clothes washed on a regular basis, and a soup line is ready for dinner Monday thru Saturday. The place is located next door to a Vincent De Paul where breakfast and lunch is served daily. There is also a Homeless Campus next door. Believe me, I am not stereotyping in the least. I DO know whereof I speak.
Rebecca Prine May 18, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I am glad you were able to navigate resources and change your situation. I would also be happy to meet with you to learn of additional resources in our community. I need to know these things to be most effective. For most, becoming homeless is temporary however the population that Recycled Resources focuses on is that of dually diagnosed individuals, those with severe mental illness-psychical illness- substance abuse and chronic homelessness. For this population navigating and using resources is the hardest. Let's talk. Please don't assume that people are able to follow your path, I have learned what did work for some may not work for all and the language of your posts further stigmatizes those who are homeless.
Margarito Martinez May 19, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I have long advocated on these pages and others a Local Drop In Center for people to get off the street and use facilities, maybe get a sack lunch or something. Christ Faith Mission on Echo Street had a history of helping the street people in the area up until the late 80's, I believe, whenever it was Brother Smith died. Then his adopted son Richard Kim took over and converting into a for profit senior living facility. If someone wants a good meal, St. Dominics in Eagle Rock serves the Hope Dinner For Homeless every Friday at 5:00PM. I maintain that economics are at the root of Homelessness. And frankly I think your Web Site stereotypes homeless as Mentally Ill. There are no more mentally ill among the homeless than society at large.
Rebecca Prine May 19, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Actually the population of chronically homeless adults that we serve have a 69% rate of mental illness, while the general population in America has 39%. So yes, there are a higher percentage of homeless with mental illness than America at large. Feel free to use national institute of mental illness to learn more.
Margarito Martinez May 20, 2012 at 02:46 AM
What I'm talking about is the Homeless being stereotyped as Mentally Ill in general. Not just the small group you serve. This topic is supposed to be about cameras on York and Fig. The reason it veered towards the crowd at the flag pole is obvious. It's a bad, unhealthy scene that shouldn't be tollerated. The cost is 50g's. What can your group do with those funds? Think about that.

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