The Week Ahead…..
by Larry Janezich
Tuesday, January 15
Capitol Hill Restoration Society Board of Directors meets at 6:30pm, Capitol Hill Townhomes, 750 6th Street, SE.
Wednesday, January 16
Councilmember Tommy Wells hosts a public security meeting featuring Police Chief Cathy Lanier and Commander Daniel Hickson, 7:30pm, Maury Elementary School – located at the intersection of Constitution and 13th Place.
The murder of Jason Emma on Christmas Eve happened nearby. Neighbors have been demanding more police on the streets. Last Thursday, Council Chair Mendelson explained why more police on the streets is not necessarily the answer, that there is nothing the city council can do in the short term to address what some see as a crime spike on Capitol Hill, and said it was the job of the Mayor and the police department to deal with the crime problem. He also alluded to a morale problem on the force, and noted that police officials and the Fraternal Order of Police have not yet been able to negotiate a police union-city contract which expired two years ago. Residents are likely to be looking for more than calls for greater public participation in being the eyes and ears of the police force and advice about how they can avoid becoming victims. Commander Hickson has excelled at police/community public relations in the past, but here he will be dealing with an alarmed and demanding audience.