LANCASTER – At the City Council meeting Tuesday, Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Captain Robert Jonsen introduced the members of his newly formed Community Advisory Committee (CAC).
The 10-member CAC is comprised of residents, business owners, and leaders throughout Lancaster Station’s patrol areas.
“We were able to pull from all the different neighborhoods within the city, as well as have representation from all the unincorporated areas like Lake Los Angeles, Antelope Acres and Quartz Hill,” Jonsen said.
Members of the CAC area;
- Liza Rodriguez, program director for the Sexual Assault Response Team at Valley Oasis
- Dave Mashore, program director at the Catalyst Foundation
- Colleen Schiller, Antelope Acres resident and neighborhood watch captain
- Jerry Ferrso, pastor at Lancaster Baptist Church
- Manuel J. Magana, Lake Los Angeles resident and representative of Latinos Americanos En Accion
- Sheldon Carter, Quartz Hill resident
- Arturo Castanon, business owner and Lancaster Human Relations Tapestry Commissioner
- Lynde Williams, Lancaster resident and neighborhood watch captain
- Richardson Honore, senior pastor at Antelope Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church and chaplain with the United States Air Force
- Gale Smith, pastor at the Antelope Valley Metropolitan Community Church (not pictured)
“Almost everybody in this particular committee is already engaged in their neighborhoods and that was the primary reason I wanted them on my committee,” said Jonsen, adding that the CAC is not a political committee.
The CAC will provide the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station with direct input from the public regarding local community issues and concerns. They will also serve to strengthen the partnership between the community and the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
Many of the members were clear about changes they hoped to affect through the new committee.
“I just really want to bridge the gap between the community and law enforcement,” said Richardson Honore. “This is our community; whether you are law enforcement, a citizen, an engineer or teacher… we must bridge that gap and come together in this melting pot to change our community.”
“If we start working together we will start to realize that we are all the same, and hopefully we can all help to make a difference,” said Lynde Williams.
“I really care about the community and this is a chance for me to serve the community in a larger area than just my block,” said five-year neighborhood watch captain Colleen Schiller.
“I am passionate about changing the world and making it a better and healthier place for all of us, and I think that starting in our community makes the most sense,” said Dave Mashore.
The Community Advisory Committee will meet on the first Tuesday of every month at the Lancaster Station.
The meetings are not open to the public, but committee members will disseminate information from the meetings to residents in their respective neighborhoods, Jonsen said.