Category: Safety and Security

Neighborhood Safety and Securuty Committee

CANA CONTINUES TO STAND AT POLICE BOARD MEETING

As of January 19, 2011 we had not received a response from the Superintendent of Police,  as she had promised in November 2010. In addition the Police Board informed us that a representative from the OEMC would be present at their January meeting to address questions related to their performance. We decided that we must…

Austin needs to ATTRACT A MAGNET SCHOOL

With limited advance advertisement, Chicago Public Schools conducted a public meeting about locating an elementary school on the near west side of Chicago. The purpose of the meeting was to gather public input before presenting a proposal to the Board of Education to locate a new SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, MATH AND TECHNOLOGY (S.T.E.M.) Magnet School in…

Better Government Association Watchdog Training Continued

The Better Government Association (BGA) continued its Citizen Watchdog Training on December 6, 2010 at Christ the King High School. The objectives of this session were to: explain how to avoid common roadblocks in use of the Freedom of Information Act; present a code of ethics for reporting; and explain how to post reports and…

CANA Members and Family Attend the Better Government Association’s “Citizen Watchdog Training”

On November 29, 2010 the venerable “Better Government Association (BGA)” conducted part one of the “Citizen Watchdog Training” course on Chicago’s West Side, the first time it has been offered in this part of the city.  The training focuses on creating citizens who understand government and how to hold officials accountable. CANA was well represented with members…

Issues Raised at Nov 18th Police Board Meeting

Ron Reid representing the Central Austin Neighborhood Association I spoke last month about the moral imperative to address the epidemic levels of “nuisance crimes” that have devastated the quality of life in the Austin Community. We have seen some improvement in reducing levels of loitering and public drinking on a few of our corners. We…

CANA PRESIDENT SPEAKS AT STATE’S ATTORNEY SEMINAR ON COMMUNITY SAFETY

Our president, Serethea Reid, was a member of the panel at the November 22, 2010 seminar “Breaking the Code of Silence” presented by the Office of the State’s Attorney,, West Side Community Justice Center. The objectives of the seminar were: Teach citizens how to describe a suspect and report a crime. Inform citizens of the…

CANA MAKES 2ND STAND AT POLICE BOARD MEETING

Once again CANA members stood out and up at the Police Board meeting on November 18th. There were 14 members in attendance, a 75% increase in our number. After picking up copies of the minutes of the previous meeting, we took “our” seats on the front two rows directly in front of the panel of…

WINNERS SPORTS BAR MAKES COMMUNITY FEEL A SENSE OF LOSS

On Wednesday evening, at 6:20PM when Ron and I entered the 15th District meeting room, we joined 13 other members of the community already waiting for the start of the scheduled 6:30PM meeting. As we scanned their faces and demeanors, and noted the faint smell of alcohol in the room, we surmised that most if…

HANDLING PROBLEM BUILDINGS in our community

 Several state and local departments came together on October 27th  to inform residents of the services and processes in place to address buildings which are believed to be the source of problems in the community.  Representatives were there to collect address information on problem buildings from residents and to provide their phone numbers for direct…

Summary of Issues Raised at the Police Board and with District Management

The Central Austin Neighborhood Association, CANA, represents 16 blocks in the 015ThDistrict. Our mission is to unite institutions and residents to build and protect an excellent place to live, work, play, raise children, run a business and worship. Our goal is to identify, strategize, and organize around significant community issues To improve the physical and…

CANA MAKES A “STAND” AT POLICE BOARD MEETING

 At the October Police Board meeting, the President of the Police Board commended CANA for the manner and content of its presentation. Four of the eight CANA members in attendance made presentations on the issues and concerns in our area. When a CANA member spoke, the entire group stood to show solidarity.  Although there were…

CANA Cleans up the Neighborhood

CANA Members begin Anti-Litter Campaign by picking up trash throughout the neighborhood! Twelve neighbors and members joined Facilitator Marvin Marshall picking up trash along Austin, Mason, Mayfield and Menard this past Saturday morning. Yes we can make a difference! Working to make our neighboorhood beautiful! The team relaxes after a full day at 3rd Unitarian Church and…

Neighborhood Trash Pickup Day – Sat Oct 16th 9:00 AM

 LET’S PICKUP OUR NEIGHBORHOOD  BY PICKING UP THE TRASH COME LEND A HAND AS CANA EMBARKS ON  A  NEIGHGORHOOD BEAUTIFICATION CAMPAIGN. SATURDAY OCTOBER 16, 2010,  BEGINNING AT 9:00AM THRU 1:00PM Meet at Corner of Madison and Austin  REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THIS EVENT.  ALL ARE WELCOME Any questions, contact Marvin Marshall…

The Future of Policing in our neighborhood

Participate in a meeting and discussion of the systemic problems in adequate policing in the Austin community. Police response times and inability to stop drug dealing has grown to epidemic levels. We are looking for solutions … response time standards for the police, litigate failure to respond to calls in our neighborhood, bring back beat…

Walk a Child to School

We have had a number of kids express that they want adults to walk them to school. They are afraid of being hassled in the mornings and on the way from school. We are looking for volunteers to walk with our children to school when parents are not able or available. To volunteer, please contact…