Friday, March 15, 2013

CA - 'Pocket parks' aim to drop sex offender rate in LA neighborhoods

Original Article


By Leanne Suter

LOS ANGELES (KABC) - A sliver of land in Harbor Gateway South is about to be transformed in to Los Angeles' first "pocket park." It's just 1,000 square feet, but it's having a big impact on the community's sense of safety.

"It takes care of the sex offenders and keeps the kids off the street gives them somewhere to play," said resident Janet Shour.

Until now there was no green space in the 13-block neighborhood, but there was an unusually high number of registered sex offenders - more than 130 of them at its peak.

"Our big concern was student safety, our children were afraid," said Marcia Reed, principal at 186th Street Elementary. "I had to actually call the police in one incident where one of the sex offender chased a few of our children and they were so afraid."

The community turned to their senior lead LAPD Officer Brian Cook for help. His idea was to use a tiny piece of city-owned property and the law to take back the streets.

"Jessica's Law is out there and says registered sex offenders on parole or probation can't live within 2,000 feet of a park or school, that's where the idea came from," he said.

Once the park is built at the corner of Torrance Boulevard and Denker Avenue, the number of registered sex offenders in the area is expected to drop more than 95 percent, giving residents some relief and kids some hope.
- It's just another ex post facto law that is punishing ex-offenders for the sake of punishment, nothing else.

"There's not that many parks around the area so kids don't have anywhere to play so I think it's a great idea," said 9-year-old Savannah Marmolejo.

The park is expected to be completed in June and will be the smallest park in the city.

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johnnyb3443 said...

this is probably one of the most funniest stories I have heard in a long time, it seems that the politicians want to create another problem by allegedly trying to curve sex offenders from kids there are in fact making a place for the alleged grabbing snatchers to actually grab a like saying there is too many hungry people so the best way to keep him away is the plant a so-called buffet line to really attract them all what are these politicians really out to do protect kids which I highly doubt, are just make more victims I believe number two is the answer.

Mark said...

This is the extent that the government will go to, to damage other people. instead of trying to solve a problem, they oppress, hate, and create laws they themselves would not adhere to.

NJ45143112 said...

I will in no way be surprised that within a month of establishing this park:
1. Graffiti will cover all the walls
Within 2 months:
2. Drugs and or alcohol will be found on or near the premises
Within 6 months:
3. At least one sex crime will be committed within the park
And, within the first year:
4. The park will be closed to the public due to poor upkeep, health hazards of some kind, increased crime in the vicinity and, of course, legal challenges to the constitutionality of depriving citizens of the right to live...

I'm sure this timeline requires some revision but it's less than likely that the park will be used by anyone that these idiots intend. As for the SO's, there will be legal and other repercussions...

It simply amazes me that public office can be held by such short-sighted fools!