Crime prevention conference set for Saturday

(L to R) Panelists at the “Saving Our Own Community” conference will include Dr. Miguel Coronado, Xavier Flores, Juan Blanco, Pharaoh Mitchell, and Cynthia Beverly.

PALMDALE – Following a recent rash of robberies and burglaries in the Antelope Valley, several community organizations have joined together to hold a conference on crime prevention and intervention.

The “Saving Our Own Community” conference will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 23 at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, located at 38350 Sierra Highway in Palmdale.

The goal of the conference is to unite the community against violence and to develop solutions for a stronger, safer, and more unified community, said organizers.

“We as the people in this Valley, whether we’re white, black, brown, purple, Asian, it really doesn’t matter, what’s happening is that we are injuring ourselves,” said Juan Blanco, President of the NAACP, Antelope Valley branch.

“We need the community’s input on how we can build a safer community for all of us,” said Pharaoh Mitchell, founder of The Community Action League (TCAL).

The conference will feature a panel of leaders from various community organizations, including the Antelope Valley Human Relations Commission, the NAACP- AV Chapter, TCAL, and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).

LULAC member, Dr. Miguel Coronado, will be one of the panelists. He said he is participating in the conference partly because he is sick and tired of reading news stories about minorities breaking the law.

“We found two gentlemen breaking into people’s homes… African Americans. We found two other gentlemen breaking into people’s homes stealing stoves…Latinos,” Coronado said. “We need to start coming together to be responsible for ourselves. The community has to be involved to make sure that we work together to stop this crime, to stop this petty nonsense in our community.”

Mediator Linda Atkins Hughes, of the Center for Alternative Law & Mediation (CALM), is also among the panelists.

“I’m going to emphasize community building,” Hughes said. “Things like the neighborhood watch groups, and the aspect of all parts of the community working together for crime prevention.”

Organizers said the most important part of the conference is the community’s participation.

“We want to hear about ideas and solutions,” Mitchell said.

The conference is free and open to all residents.

  31 comments for “Crime prevention conference set for Saturday

  1. Ahexotl
    June 24, 2012 at 2:37 am

    Of course the white lady pissed them off! You had a room full of people with the spoiled, entitlement mentality who think everyone owes them something. Or they think we should take more of our tax money and use it on special programs. Btw I’m not white either in case you want to throw that one at me too. Im a pissed off taxpayer and I bet you didnt have many of us there.

  2. really
    June 23, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    So whats the plan of action based on this meeting… What things did lulac, tcal, naacp commit to doing to prevent crime? Why werent govt invited?

  3. ...
    June 23, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Ace, so how long have you been suffering from these delusions? Do you really honestly feel that bad ol’ Rex, Antonovich, and whoever else are worrying about Ace, and spending time finding ways to make your life hell? Rex has this much power over you that everything you post is about him?

    On another note… do tell us about this meeting. How was it? Many people attend? Anything more than rhetoric from the stage?

  4. really
    June 23, 2012 at 8:43 am

    I propose we all go to this meeting and make it known that they should drop their lawsuit and that we want section 8 investigators back…. We should shout them down like they do when they do their crap. We should make it perfectly clear that we refuse to validate their premise that the community needs programs or anything like that.

    • ed
      June 23, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      The meeting was a success. Everyone had a chance to express their views. I noticed that Ace was there, but I did not see or hear any of the other freethinkers, that criticize everything on these pages. We missed your elucidations.

  5. ...
    June 23, 2012 at 12:41 am

    I don’t have to go this meeting to tell you what it will be like. All that’s going to happen is they will blame white people for their problems and then they will demand money from the state, county and cities to fund ” midnight basketball” and other stupid Hug A Thug programs. If these bastards truly gave a damn about our quality of life in the Antelope Valley then they would have kept their stupid mouths shut and let the sheriffs do their job. I HATE HATE HATE what has happened to my hometown and I HATE these bastards who helped it get to that point.

  6. really
    June 22, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Great now we are getting community action groups…. A sure sign this town is a crap sandwich… These people dont care about the community, they care about creating a platform for them to interject themselves… Why are they doing this when the city and sheriffs dept have neighborhood watch and other things they mentioned… Did they ask to meet with the sheriffs dept to see how they could help better the community? Hell no they didnt!!! Because they dont care!!!!The guy who says he read about a crime with a black suspect and a crime with a hispanic suspect and then said “The community has to be involved to make sure that we work together to stop this crime, to stop this petty nonsense in our community.” So I need to get over the petty things like a guy who hits an old man with a liquor bottle…or the murder of the computer store owner in lancaster!!!

  7. hmr
    June 22, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    so, mr. stalker is still stinking up the AV.. when may we expect you to move, like you said you were going to.. need help packing?

    • david G
      June 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      Obviously dont know you me so it really isn’t any of your concern maybe i am in your house right now maybe i am not, maybe i am watching you maybe i am not, maybe i left maybe i didnt. :)

      • hmr
        June 23, 2012 at 6:09 pm

        david g, that sounds like some kind of threat…”maybe i am in your house” “maybe i am watching you”……seriously? maybe, i will just call the sheriff, since they all too well know you.. you are one sick sob..

        • david G
          June 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm

          maybe doesn’t qualify as a threat sorry bud. it has to be emanate like say “if” “i am going to kill you right now” or say “if” i told someone “i am going to kill you” then that would constitute a threat. there are many kinds of threats like criminal or even terrorist threats like say “if” i said “i am going to blow up your house” or “if” i told someone “i am going to blow up your car” then that would constitute a terrorist threat.

          sorry maybes dont count in a court of law.
          the bottom line is i dont even know you nor do i even care about who you are or why you seem it is important to talk about me. either way suck a fat one. <maybe i am talking about a penis maybe i am not. ;)

          • Facts
            June 24, 2012 at 5:43 pm

            D. Grajeda, what happened to Alaska???? Time to start a new life because you definitely F’d up the first part of your current life.

          • ...
            June 24, 2012 at 7:25 pm

            David also has a facination with penises? Don’t ask, don’t tell, right David?

        • William
          June 24, 2012 at 10:01 pm

          I just saw part of one of those Scarey Movie movies. The anonymous caller tells the girl she has a week to live. She says “You mean I’m gonna die next Monday?”. He says “No, Wednesday. That’s 7 ‘business’ days”.

          Your comment is funny too. Not funny ‘Ha ha’.

  8. hmr
    June 22, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    hey mr. coronado, look at the stats…look at the pictures of the ones commiting the crimes…you are tired of the minorities being blamed, well, if the shoe fits.. you people are really something…

  9. Palmdale_Steve
    June 22, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I’d like to buy the world a Glock
    I’d like to teach the world to shoot
    In perfect tight groups
    I’d like to buy the world a Glock
    And keep it by our sides
    That’s the real thing.

    What the world wants today
    Glocks, 9 mm, 10 mm
    Is the real thing

  10. June 22, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    anyone from lancaster going to this event i can hitch a ride from?

  11. david G
    June 22, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    you people have your head way up your ass violating peoples rights is a crime and i have met good people who went through the section 8 harassment that didnt need too.

    you should really go after the root of the problem and stop the investors from buying up the vacant homes in order to make them sections 8 properties hmmm its not people who fight for the rights of others which is perpetuating this situation.

    ask any home lender who has been in the business for a long time what is going on investors are buying homes buy the 100’s and turning them into section 8 properties and guess where they are all coming from LA.

    • ...
      June 22, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      Yea, like anyone cares what “Don’t taze me bro” David thinks (since he’s so good at running his own life).

      The root of the problem is not the investors. It’s the whole Section 8 gov’t giveaway that is the cause of this.

      • sacryinshame
        June 22, 2012 at 9:50 pm

        Agree David G. The investors are a major problem. They do the bare minimum to get the house rented and move the Section 8 people in.

      • david G
        June 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm

        yes it is unconstitutional and should be done away with.

    • Adam Chant
      June 23, 2012 at 11:45 am

      Let’s think that idea through a little.
      1. Don’t you think that Rex tried that tactic already?
      2. Why does TCAL and NAACP want Lancaster to remove any reference to Section 8 from business licenses?
      3. It’s a GOOD idea and has been attempted in as many ways as legally possible for a while now.

      The problem with trying to go after the investors is that the program has made it harder and harder to accurately document the existence of Section 8 properties by the cities because it’s seen as discrimination.

      Another detail about this is where is the law being broken?
      It’s not against the law for investors to purchase property.
      It’s not against the law to make those properties section 8.
      It is however against the law to defraud the Section 8 program.

      The only ones doing that (breaking the law) are a select few of the people on Section 8. So when all is said and done it’s most effective to continue with inspections and enforce the law when the people using the public service are taking advantage of it.

      If I didn’t have to be working right now I would seriously consider going to this, but I have to bet it would be like a pepper grain in the salt.

      • david G
        June 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm

        the whole program is an unconstitutional and should actually be done aaway with but ya you make a good point about discrimination.

        if they went about finding fraud a different way and not beong so intrusive to innocent people with the sheriff dpt violating people then i am sure this would be a different story.

        the problem is they had no respect for the people who they were investigating and treated them as if they were doing a parole/probation sweep.

        • really
          June 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm

          You were there David… I doubt it… your furthering a bunch of lies…

  12. H8 Section8
    June 22, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Hey dip s%#ts “Hug-A-Thug” community organizers…..increase in crimes is what happens when you coddle criminals! If you REALLY give a damn than prove it and DROP YOUR FRIVOLOUS LAWSUIT!!

    • WTF????
      June 22, 2012 at 7:52 pm


  13. WTF????
    June 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm


  14. hmr
    June 22, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    not even gonna touch this one….it’s so obvious..

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