In 2007, City staff and Anti-Gang Task Force members held a community meeting at McGrath Elementary School and the “Valle del Oro Neighborhood Committee” was formed. Residents began identifying key issues and developing an action plan to address quality of life issues in their neighborhood. In the monthly meetings that followed, representatives from various City divisions including Mayor Bob Kellar and current Mayor, Frank Ferry, participated listening to concerns and providing resources and assistance. Sheriff’s Department personnel also attended and are helping to establish a neighborhood watch group.
Since 2007, the Valle del Oro Neighborhood Committee has had many accomplishments including increasing the lighting along Valle del Oro Street, increased graffiti patrols in the area and also sponsored a “Culture Walk” to increase cultural understanding, just to name a few. Recently, the City modified the vendor ordinance regarding street and truck vending, based in large part on input from the Valle del Oro committee.
The City has applauded the efforts of committee members and encouraged all residents to call the Sheriff’s Department at 255-1121 or the Anonymous Crime Tip Hotline at 284-2-TIP and to report graffiti by calling 25-CLEAN.
The work will continue, as there is still much to be done, but the Valle del Oro Neighborhood committee and City’s partnership is a great example of what can be done when community members work together.