LANCASTER – A Town Hall meeting at Mariposa Elementary School next week will provide residents with a forum to speak with local government and law enforcement officials regarding issues affecting their neighborhood, as well as connect with neighbors, meet nonprofit agencies which service their area, and learn about the UNITE program.
All residents of the Mariposa and Desert View neighborhoods, which encompass the area from Avenue H to Avenue I and 20th Street West to Sierra Hwy, are encouraged to attend.
The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 at Mariposa Elementary School, located at 737 West Avenue H-6 in Lancaster.
“The importance of citizen involvement cannot be underestimated. Residents’ participation is key to maintaining safe, healthy, and aesthetically pleasing neighborhoods,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris in a press release. “The Town Hall meetings are an excellent opportunity for residents to become more involved in their community, while building a sense of community pride.”
The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a resource fair, which will provide attendees with information from local community organizations, including Valley Oasis, A.V. Boys and Girls Club, Paving the Way Foundation, A.V. Community Emergency Response Team, representatives from the Lancaster Community Impact and Wellness Homes, and more. The Town Hall meeting itself will begin at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Children’s activities will be provided to allow parents to attend the meeting.
During the Town Hall, the Sheriff’s department will discuss results from a recent neighborhood survey which asked residents to share any concerns regarding their neighborhood. Lancaster Sheriff’s Captain Pat Nelson, members of the Lancaster City Council and Lancaster Neighborhood Vitalization Commission, representatives of various community-based organizations, and members of the City staff Safer Stronger Neighborhoods Committee will be on hand to answer questions, and address safety and community service issues affecting the neighborhood.
Attendees will also receive information on the 2013 UNITE Lancaster Program, which provides residents with a forum to propose neighborhood improvement projects, while applying for funding and resources to carry out those projects. This year’s UNITE program will focus on the Mariposa and Desert View neighborhoods; with projects taking place in Mariposa and Desert View receiving preference during the UNITE selection process. UNITE program applications will also be available at the meeting—two weeks before they are available to the general public.
“We strongly encourage all Mariposa and Desert View residents to join us at this meeting. Come prepared to voice your questions, concerns and recommendations regarding your neighborhood, so we can all better work together to make our City an even better place to live, work and play,” said Parris.
The meeting is jointly hosted by the City of Lancaster’s Neighborhood Vitalization Commission and the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
For further information regarding the Town Hall or UNITE, contact Safer Stronger Neighborhoods Committee Chair Patti Garibay at 723-6072 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Information via press release from the City of Lancaster.)