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- Mobilizing -
=APD Neighbotrhood Watch Program
- Implementing -
= When you leave home to travel (State Farm)
= "Help End Auto Theft" (H.E.A.T. Program,
03Dec15 -- CNA's NW signs have arrived. Hopefully a work party will gather one Saturday morning soon to install them around the Cherrywood perimeter. Also, a few blocks have acquired their own signs. Hopefully we will see a "bloom" shortly.
The left column above ( Mobilizing ) is for blocks just getting organized or thinking about it. The right column ( Implementing ) is content for NW participants. The more of this stuff block "watchers" know, the more effective they will be. We'll keep it up and add new material.
| Two posts today sketch the problem as well as any. Stripped of nuance, Chris Wilson argues
for neighborhood mobilization to make the area (especially the Chevron/Fiesta corner) less
popular with social marginals who find pandering and burglary easier than working. Steven
Hughes argues for also helping out the truly unfortunate while isolating those who are criminal
Undoubtedly this will on the agenda when the Cherrywood Neighborhood Assn membership
At 10/29/2006, "Nicholas" <email@example.com> wrote:
This evening around 5:40 p.m., I drove by the Chevron gas station / beer store located on the
At the Chevron corner, I saw approximately six individuals sitting on the edge of the Chevron
I drove home, gathered my camera, notebook and pepper spray in my messenger bag and walked
This probably falls within the catagory of "too much information," but within ten minutes a guy
About fifteen minutes later, around 6:10 p.m. an APD patrol car pulled into the Chevron parking
I guess 6 out of 7 in approximately 45 minutes isn't bad. I was appreciative of the APD for their
I walked into the Chevron station and asked for the name of the day manager of the station. I was
>From there, I walked over to the Chevron planter and started to take a few photos of the
On a side-note, around 1:00 a.m. this morning, I took a walk around the block to look for
I'll try to up-load the photos of my adventure to the file or photo section of the bulletin board, but
In short, a 1 ½ hour effort resulted in the removal of six transients and the receipt of two
Perhaps if we hit the problem with several different approaches and keep up the pressure for a
- Chris Wilson -
At 10/289/2006 <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
What do you do with a homeless drunk? If you call the cops, then they take him/her away for a
This seems like a never-ending cycle. I'm not sure if snitching on them helps, maybe it does,
I'm not saying that what you did was wrong or right. I will admit bums annoy me, so much as to
My point of this was just for us to examine the problem and how APD and yourself handled it. Is
As resourceful and creative as this group is, I felt that by writing this I will get some excellent
- Steven Hughes -
|"THREE-ONE-ONE" (updated 04Dec18)|
What is 3-1-1?
3-1-1 is a toll-free telephone number that allows people within the city limits to request police services in non-emergency situations. Since 3-1-1 is an easy-to-use and easy-to-remember non-emergency telephone system, it is a major improvement in how the Police Department serves residents and visitors to Austin.
<> 3-1-1 allows people to request non-emergency police services more easily and allows the Austin Police Department to handle those requests more efficiently.
<> 3-1-1 is a toll-free number. People can now use a mobile or pay phone-free of charge-to request both emergency (9-1-1) and non-emergency (3-1-1) police services.
<> 3-1-1 will improve the City's Emergency 9-1-1 System. As more people call 3-1-1 for non-emergencies, 9-1-1 will be available for what it is designed to handle--real emergency situations.
Typical 3-1-1 calls include:
<> Property crimes that are no longer in progress and the offender is no longer on the scene. (Examples are vandalism, theft, graffiti, stolen autos and garage burglaries.)
<> Animal control problems.
<> Illegally-parked vehicles or vehicles blocking alleys or driveways.
<> Telephone numbers, addresses and hours of operation of the Police Department's divisions or programs.
Call 9-1-1 to report life-threatening incidents--crimes that are in progress and all serious or violent crimes.
Typical 9-1-1 calls include:
<> Fire and medical emergencies.
|Mid-August update of Underwood bankruptcy|
|August 30, 2001
TO: Commander Johnson
FROM: Cherrywood NA
ON: 3709 Vineland. Owner Erma Burnett (deceased) et. al., c/o George Underwood.
Recent action on Travis County property seizure and Underwood bankruptcy.
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First, Sheila's report
... Mr. Underwood again failed to appear at the creditors' [re-set section 341] meeting. On August 9, 2001, the [U.S. Bankruptcy] Court entered an Order dismissing his bankruptcy case without prejudice meaning that he can refile his case. In the meantime, he and his assets are unprotected against all creditors, including the Travis County Taxing Authority.
Now, what to do next:
1. Sheila or Michael McClendon,
- I'm wondering if allowing Underwood to refile like this is standard? Or did this [Court] judge bend over backward to be lenient with the homeowner? Did the judge even know that we and APD were fighting a crack house? How long might this case sit in limbo waiting for Underwood's attorney to possibly refile?
- What is the status of this earlier order from the same court (the same judge?)? Is there any reason whatsoever for Travis County to wait until after December 5 to take the house?
"ORDERED that ... the Confirmation hearing is re-set to December 5, 2001 at 900 am.... It is further
"ORDERED that the case may be dismissed by the Certificate of Non-Compliance procedure stated above if the debtor defaults on the terms stated above."
2. Mike Damal,
- Do we need to light a fire under the County to seize this asset while it is unprotected? What's the most productive way to do it? I wouldn't count on them acting on their own without prodding. They probably don't even know the asset is newly unprotected.
- If utterly ANYONE in this process shows signs of dawdling, especial the County, what sort of pressure might we apply?
I dont know exactly, but if Mr Underwood can refile his bankrupcy case, he might do that as soon as TCAD tried to take it away again, putting them in the same boat--in this case they may be reluctant to put the property on auction again.
Since TCAD is required to give the taxpayer 30 days notice of any intent to auction the property, Mr. Underwood may very well refile his bankruptcy case to stay any proceedings against his property. If this occurs and the TCAD is persistent, they can request leave of Court to go forward with the auction. Since Texas is clearly a pro-homestead state, it is very unlikely that Judge Monroe will grant TCAD the relief requested unless they can convince the Court that Mr. Underwood's actions constitute an abuse of the protection afforded by the bankruptcy laws.
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To answer your question
TCAD can initiate proceeding to take control of the property any time they want. They are required to give Mr. Underwood notice which he will probably respond to by filing a new bankruptcy case. This would entail obtaining a lawyer to prepare all the required documentation, paying another $200.00 filing fee, attending another creditors' meeting. If he fail to appear in any new case that he files, I can almost guarantee that it will be dismissed WITH PREJUDICE.
If TCAD can convince the Court that Mr. Underwood has no intention of paying his taxes or maintaining his homestead (i.e. current and valid homeowner's insurance), then maybe creditors will have a chance against him. Regardless of what the general public may think, bankruptcy is not a free ride. If Mr. Underwood refiles to halt any action by TCAD, then the neighbors need to start a letter writing campaign to the local U.S. Attorney's office. If it can be proven that Mr. Underwood's ownership of this property is a hazard to the public, then they just may be able willing to intervene. The U.S. Attorney has no jurisdiction until after he refiles his case.
Thank you, Sheila! I don't fully grasp all the fine points. But I'm beginning to see the big picture that creditors are almost helpless against a homestead. Underwood could never pay his taxes, operate an opium den, and run down an entire neighborhood with impunity as long as he continues to ask for postponements, refiles, etc.I still hope we can get the County to pursue this obvious exploiter of The system. There's always a chance (1) he will miss a trick, or (2) Judge Monroe will decide his actions "constitute an abuse of the protection afforded by the bankruptcy laws." Your next message adds a (3):At 10:19 AM 8/23/2001 -0500, Augusta, Sheila wrote: TCAD can initiate proceeding to take control of the property any time they want. They are required to give Mr. Underwood notice which he will >probably respond to by filing a new bankruptcy case. This would entail >obtaining a lawyer to prepare all the required documentation, paying >another $200.00 filing fee, attending another creditors' meeting. If he fail to appear in any new case that he files, I can almost guarantee that it will be dismissed WITH PREJUDICE.
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I personally know the attorney that filed the previous case. I'll call him and inquire as to whether or not he think Mr. Underwood will refile and if so, when. He may tell me and he may not. It's worth a try. I'll let you know what happens.
|Gun safety first, burglar protection second ( "Margaret Mills-Barrow" <email@example.com>)|
| I have just a few words to say about gun safety. Decreasing crime in our neighborhood is paramount, of course, but we do have to watch out for one another while we figure out ways to protect ourselves.
I've been around guns all my life and still practice with targets. There is no way to shoot a gun safely within the city limits unless you are shooting directly into soft dirt. Doing that to scare a burglar is understandable, but neighbors won't know that. Bullets come down as fast as they go up. A .45 is a large caliber bullet and can kill a bystander or go through someone's front door.
When living in a rural area I have called Sheriff's officers when neighbors shoot targets on a half-acre lot with no backstop, or their birdshot peppers me during dove season from over 200 yards away. It is nearly impossible for a projectile to stay within the property line of the shooter.
Please don't have a gun unless you know what it does and how to handle it safely. For inside burglers, shotguns make a huge noise even when you "rack" (or cock) them and will scare most anyone away, the scatter shot will hit an intruder even if you are a poor aim in the dark, and they won't penetrate your neighbor's homes like a bullet or cartrige will. Don't forget that even that "bump in the night" noise in your own home may be someone you know. There are lots of safety classes available. Please, let's not put one another at risk.
|[From Detective Michael Sanford, Central-East] Mr. Owan, i wanted to update you on my current investigation. the witness was unable to pick out of a photo line up the suspects we believe are responsible for the burglaries in your area. i still feel confident that they are responsible for at least some of the thefts/burglaries but just do not have the evidence to prove it at this time. i do wish that you would pass to your neighbors the importance of recording serial numbers of property . sometimes the only evidence we have against someone is matching the items up by serial numbers when pawned or found in possession of people the property does not belong to. the biggest target lately in your area has been lawn tools and power tools. thank you. det. sanford|
|Meeting between Lt. John Colunga and Kathryn Jones, Jim Sander, Jim Walker, and Gordon Bennett to discuss action on the Vineland problem...|
WHO'S WHO AT APD THESE DAYS?
~ Asst. Police Chief Jimmy Chapman (Eastern sectors)
MEETING OUTCOME ~~ DRAFT ACTION PLAN
An agreement to devise a workable action plan, then review it one week later, is most important - it results from Jim W's patient steering of the proceedings to that end...
~ Our part will be drafted by Jim S, Kathy J, and Jim W
~We will meet again July 19 to review the draft with Lt. Colunga
~ We undertake to:
~ Lt. Colunga undertakes to:
TENOR OF THE DISCUSSION
In CNA's view this simmering situation progressing to a boil is a priority. In Lt Colunga's view, having just recently come on the job and relying on what's in the files, it was a trifle.
An important CNA role here is to present the address as a single problem with several sides, not several problems. >APD's DR, >APD detectives, >APD records, >911, >the City Health Dept, >Travis Counter prosecutor, >Travis County tax district, >a court's Parole Officer, and >a couple of welfare agencies all have problems with this house they don't automatically share with one another.
In this light it may not be surprising that Lt. Colunga came with the idea we were unduly upset about someone throwing a rock. Now he has heard about the characters who occasionally stay there, the drug dealing every pay day, the involvement of neighborhood kids, the threatening language, and the data trails there are to follow, probably he will never again suggest we "kick around some new ideas," propose we "sit down with these guys and talk things over," urge us to get their owner-father to "come up to Austin and sign an agreement to operate the property in a good-neighborly way," or feel compelled to remind us "our country has a Constitution - we can't just go out and arrest people." Probably we're beyond this now.
|Call the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and SS#. I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an application for credit was made over the Internet in my name. The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit. By the time I was advised to do this - almost 2 weeks after the theft all the damage had been done (there are records of all the credit checks initiated by the thieves' Purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert). Since then, no additional damage has been done, and the thieves threw my wallet away this weekend (someone turned it in). It seems to have stopped them in their tracks. The numbers are:
Equifax 1-800 525-6285
Experian (formerly TRW) 1-800-301-7195
Trans Union 1-800-680-7289
Social Security Administration (fraud line) 1-800-269-0271
"Call Before You Dig" --- whom to call before you excavate on your property
|Q: What is 811?
A: 811 is a new federally-mandated N-11 number designated by the FCC to consolidate all local "Call Before You Dig" numbers and help save lives by minimizing damages to underground utilities. One easy phone call to 811 quickly and easily begins the process of getting underground utility lines marked. Local One Call Center personnel will then notify affected utility companies, who will continue to mark underground lines for free.
Q: Why should I call 811 before every dig?
A: Calling 811 will help save lives and protect infrastructure. Knowing where underground utility lines are buried before each digging project begins helps protect you from injury, expense and penalties. The depth of utility lines varies and there may be multiple utility lines in the same area. Even simple digging projects can damage utility lines and can disrupt vital services to an entire neighborhood, harm diggers, and potentially result in expensive fines and repair costs. Marked lines show diggers the approximate location of underground lines and help prevent undesired consequences.
Q: I'm just a homeowner, not a contractor— is 811 for me?
A: Calling 811 is for professional excavators and do-it-yourself homeowners. A recent national survey revealed that roughly half of Americans are "active diggers" who have done (or are planning to do) some type of digging project at home. Whether you are a professional excavator or an avid do-it-yourselfer, you need to call 811 before every dig every time.
Q: Who is promoting awareness of 811?
A: The national 811 campaign is a project of The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), working with its 1,400 individual members, member organizations, sponsors and 811 campaign national launch partners. CGA is a member-driven association dedicated to ensuring public safety, environmental protection, and the integrity of services by promoting effective damage prevention practices. In recent years, the association has established itself as the leading organization in an effort to reduce damages to all underground facilities in North America through shared responsibility among all stakeholders.
|Whom to call when a person really in needs help (a suggestion to give a panhandler on your doorstep)...|
AUSTIN / TRAVIS COUNTY (2-1-1) Need help or information? Know someone who needs help? Find out where you can get the services you need. Contact 2-1-1 Texas by simply dialing 2-1-1 (or 512-973-9203, press option 2). Or search for services now via 2-1-1 Texas community resource database. 2-1-1 Texas, a service of United Ways of Central Texas, is a bilingual, telephone-based information and referral service. Trained, knowledgeable staff members answer the phones, listen, assess what service(s) the caller needs, then provide information and referrals regarding the most appropriate place(s) in the community to get help. All information is free and confidential and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
CARITAS (472-4135) 611 Neches. E-mail. Caritas extends help in three major areas. (1) Basic Needs Services. Caritas' Basic Needs Services help people experiencing a financial crisis meet their most basic human needs: food and shelter. Caritas provides: hot meals to those who are hungry; take-home groceries for those struggling to feed their families; rent and utility assistance for those faced with losing their housing; and food, shelter, clothing and support for newly arrived refugees. (2) Self-Sufficiency Services (3) Best Single Source Project
SALVATION ARMY (476-1111)
501 East 8th St.
E-mail. Between Red River and Neches, 1½ blocks west of I-35. Free parking is located at the corner of 7th St. & Red River off the alley between 7th Street and 8th Street. Please do not park in the staff parking lot. Thanks
|Our new District Rep is
Officer Sheldon Salisbury,
< firstname.lastname@example.org >
(Pictured below is the suspect,
not Ofc. Salisbury!)
|July 20, 2004
Contact: APD Public Information Office, 974-5017
The suspect is described as:
This case remains under investigation by APD Sex Crimes detectives. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Sex Crimes tip line at 974-5095 or CrimeStoppers at 472-8477.
A New Approach In Terror Readiness. Latest Efforts Address Specifics
How People Can Respond to Attacks. Where to Find Shelter
By Amy Dockser Marcus, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, July 20, 2004; Page D1
|Too much detail? For a "short course" consider these versions: --g|
America Prepared Campaign
Centers for Disease Control
Council for Excellence in Government recommendations
Department of Homeland Security
George Washington University
Trust for America's Health
Wall Street Journal piece
In the past three years, a lot of attention has focused on making sure hospitals, corporations and government officesఠare prepared for a terrorist attack. But a new push is under way to address the possibility that in the first hours after an attack, individuals may have to act on their own.
Much of the first round of preparedness advice focused on basics, such as disaster kits and supplies like duct tape and bottled water. But several groups are now attempting to offer concrete advice about how to respond to a detailed range of possible attacks, from conventional weapons to biological and chemical agents to "dirty bombs" laced with radiological materials. The Bush administration has warned about the possibility of an attack timed to disrupt the upcoming political conventions, though it hasn't raised the official terrorist threat level.
Much of the recent effort has focused on unconventional weapons such as biological and chemical agents, because it is these sorts of attacks in particular that may require quick action on the part of individuals to minimize risk. The goal is to offer guidance on how people can act in the critical hours after an attack, while the government is preparing its response.
One problem is that many Americans don't know the difference between types of unconventional weapons, nor the very different responses that would be called for in each circumstance. And despite government recommendations, today only a small proportion of households have even a rudimentary disaster-preparedness kit.
A public symposium being held today in Washington, sponsored by the American Red Cross and the Department of Homeland Security, among others, aims to explore why so many people are not prepared for the possibility of biological, chemical, nuclear or radiological attack, and what steps can be taken by individuals to help themselves survive.
The Rand Corp., a Santa Monica, Calif.-based think tank has created a succinct reference card (3MB). designed to fit in a handbag or pocket, that summarizes a recent report it published on steps people can take in response to various types of terrorist attacks. The card is free and can be downloaded. The Council for Excellence in Government, a Washington think tank, has issued its own report with advice for individuals.
Some groups have emphasized breaking a terror attack down into only few simple strategies to remember. In the event of a chemical attack, for example, Rand says the overarching goal is to find clean air very quickly: Take shelter in the closest building if the attack is outdoors; open windows if the attack is indoors. Remove clothing and shower once you are protected.
For radiological attack, people should avoid inhaling dust that could be radioactive. A dust mask or even a shirt can be helpful. In the case of nuclear attack, the main goal is to avoid radioactive fallout. Go as far underground as possible -- or high up in a multistory building -- until evacuation is possible.
One problem of course, is how to find out what type of attack is under way. For that, the Rand report suggests adding a battery-operated radio to any emergency-preparedness kit to monitor government announcements. The report, which costs $15, says a terrorism-preparedness kit doesn't need to be elaborate and requires only a few items over and above the first-aid supplies and canned goods that might already be in someone's emergency kit. In addition to the radio, the report suggests a dust mask with a N95-rated particulate filter that can be readily purchased to protect against radiological dust or fallout and biological agents, as well as duct tape and plastic sheeting to seal openings in a shelter.
Duct tape has been alternatively recommended and ridiculed as a protective measure. But while it can't completely seal a home from contaminants, it can be helpful, the Rand report says. "What we found is that the most critical steps are simple to do and not hard to understand, but can make a tremendous difference," says Lynn Davis, senior political scientist at Rand Corp. and co-author of the organization's report.
In general, preparedness experts aren't counseling people to stock up on medications or gas masks, which have very limited value in an emergency. Cipro and other antibiotics, for instance, have a short shelf life, and indiscriminate or incorrect use of them could leave someone worse off. Gas masks need to be on at the time of an attack, or within a minute, and therefore are impractical since there is rarely sufficient warning of an attack.
Potassium iodide, which has a five-year shelf life, can be beneficial in protecting against the thyroid cancer that can result from a nuclear or radiological exposure. "But it has a very limited use" because it works only if certain types of radiation were used, says Christina Catlett, medical director of the Center for Emergency Preparedness at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington.
Some of the groups examining the issue of individual preparedness have studied the example of Israel, a country which has a long history of experience with terrorism and relies heavily on individuals to be vigilant against threats. Israelis are regularly reminded in public-service announcements to be on the lookout for suspicious objects or people. Most communities have citizen guards that take turns patrolling neighborhoods. Many schools have parent volunteers who help bolster security efforts. And nearly all homes have a designated "sealed room" with supplies and a phone jack where a family could retreat in an attack.
Convincing individuals to prepare for an attack hasn't been easy. Last year, the Department of Homeland Security launched its Ready campaign, urging individuals to stockpile supplies such as water and canned goods and create a family emergency plan in the event of a terror attack. In a report to be presented at the Washington symposium today, the Red Cross found that only one in 10 people have made a disaster plan, prepared an emergency kit and received some kind of training in CPR or basic first aid.
The Council for Excellence in Government has sponsored town halls in seven cities, including St. Louis, Miami and Seattle, and this year published a "citizens' agenda" of actions individuals can take, such as lobbying for the creation of one telephone number, similar to 911, for citizens to report security threats and learn emergency information. The full report can be obtained at www.excelgov.org2.
Meanwhile, amid concerns about an attack timed to the election, efforts to insure that there is an ample national supply of smallpox vaccinations and antibiotics continue. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control said it had shipped thousands of so-called "ChemPaks" to Boston and New York containing Cipro and other antibiotics, medical supplies and masks, and other supplies and medicines. For use by hospitals, the packs are meant to ensure that hospitals have supplies necessary to deal with biological, chemical or nuclear attacks.
Some steps you can take to prepare for a possible terror attack:
- Take an emergency-preparedness course:
The American Red Cross and some hospitals and community groups offer emergency-preparedness courses. For a list of courses, contact: American Red Cross at www.redcross.org4; George Washington University's Response to Emergencies and Disaster Institute at www.readi.gwu.edu5.
- Prepare an emergency kit:
Checklists with helpful tips such as don't forget an extra set of prescription eyeglasses and medications can be found at: Department of Homeland Security at www.ready.gov6; America Prepared Campaign at www.americaprepared.org7.
- Learn in advance about potential chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers fact-sheets with information about illnesses associated with unconventional terror attacks at www.bt.cdc.gov8. The sheets include helpful information, such as the fact that anthrax isn't contagious; that many effects of chemical agents such as sarin can be minimized by removing contaminated clothing and showering with soap and water; and how to recognize symptoms of various exposures.
- Identify gaps in public preparedness and lobby for changes:
The Council for Excellence in Government published a report of suggestions of how emergency preparedness can be improved, such as creating one telephone number that people can call for information, available at www.excelgov.org. Trust for America's Health published a report about gaps in public-health infrastructure in each state and plans to update it later this year, available at www.healthyamericans.org9.
How to Respond
If there is an attack, here are some simple steps individuals can take to improve the odds of survival.
Type of Attack Tips
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