Thursday, November 20, 2008

First Creek Neighbors - December Meeting

You Are Invited to Attend the Monthly Neighborhood Meeting of
First Creek Neighbors
December 3, 2008
6:30 pm-8:30pm
Portland Avenue Community Center
3513 Portland Ave.

Who will be there?
• First Creek Neighbors
• Tacoma Police Department
• Puyallup Tribal Police
• City Code Enforcement
• Safe Streets
• Many Others!!!

Why Do We Meet?
City Manager Eric Anderson’s challenge to clean up Tacoma and cut crime by 50 %
How we are making that happen!!!

What Do We Discuss?
Creative Ways to Solve Our Problems and Work Together to Make our Neighborhood a Nice Place to Live

Your Attendance Would Be Most Appreciated
For more information call 405-9007

Put $250IN your pocket if towed at the owner’s request BEFORE
Coming Soon!!!

Junk Vehicles & Cars parked illegally on the streets or in yards will be tagged and towed at the owner’s expense.

For More Info


December 13rd, 9 AM TO 12 NOON
Join us in picking up trash and hauling it away. If you have something you need help with give us a call.


Free Energy-Saving Light Bulbs
Courtesy of Tacoma Power. Keeping Porch Lights on at Night Cuts Crime for Only Pennies a Month


Sign Up for Our Phone Tree & Email List
Stay In Touch and Be Informed. Things are HAPPENING Quickly as We Gain Momentum!!!


Our Neighborhood Belongs to Us NOT Drug Dealers, Pimps, & Gangs
Join us as we make our presence known on Portland Ave starting Nov 8th


Neighborhood Accomplishments So Far
• Cleaned up a Meth Lab
• Closed 4 Drug Houses
• Hauled 25 Tons of Junk and 218 Tires
• Lights Restored in Portland Avenue Park
• Illegal Encampments Closed
• Organized an Active Neighborhood Patrol
• Cleaned up Numerous Problem Houses
• Our Own Blog
• Media Attention

Current Projects
• Blackberry Encampments
• Speed Racers
• Public Drunkenness
• Public Urination & Defecation
• Prostitution
• Drug Activity
• Gangs & Graffiti


Click link to download a printable flyer to hand out to your neighbors:
First Creek Neighbors December Meeting Flyer.doc

City of Tacoma / Safe and Clean Initiative
Handout from November First Creek Neighbors meeting
Safe and Clean Intiatives.doc


First Creek Watershed
Tacoma Daily Index

Online article in Tacoma Daily Index
By Todd Matthews

A partnership between the City of Tacoma, the Puyallup Tribe, and a citizens group could create a stewardship plan for First Creek and a sprawling watershed located on Tacoma's East Side.

On Tuesday morning, Tacoma City Council's environment and public works committee was briefed on a plan to increase public safety of the watershed, as well as restore, protect, and recognize the area's cultural significance. "This is an opportunity to reclaim this area," said City staff liaison Alisa O'Hanlon. "It is an asset to the community."

O'Hanlon presented a resolution aimed to "make a statement" that the city and the tribe were committed to working together on long-term care of the area.

Indeed, the resolution states a stewardship plan would assist the city in protecting infrastructure in the area, contribute to the city's open space planning and environmental preservation efforts, recognize the cultural significance of the area, and allow the area to contribute to the quality of life in the area.


Chris Ott, David Whitehead and Edwina Magrum are mentioned in the article.

To read more of this article please visit the following Tacoma Daily Index link:

News about First Creek Neighbors
Tacoma News Tribune

Neighbors want better life for East Side kids
Published: November 15th, 2008 12:05 AM

I thought the girl was dead. I thought that on the most ordinary of nights, she’d made the last, worst choice of her life. It was Thursday, and First Creek Neighbors had invited me to join a walkabout on Portland Avenue near 32nd Street East.

They looked like people you’d see in a grocery checkout line, except for the anti-drug, anti-prostitution, anti-gang signs they carried.

Every night at 7 the neighbors meet at Portland Avenue Community Center, then stroll toward spots where they’ve noticed shady activity. Somewhere in the background, there’s always a Tacoma Police Department or Puyallup Tribal Police squad car ready to respond if they run into trouble.

Jeanie Peterson, Hilltop Action Coalition’s queen of the walkabout, taught them how to take back their street: Be nice. Be firm. Wear white hats. Bring a high-beam flashlight. Let the women do the talking.


To read more of this article please visit the following Tacoma News Tribune link:

It can also be read in the newpaper dated: Sat 11/15/2008, page B1

Crime Prevention Month / City of Tacoma

News Release
From the City of Tacoma, Washington

Oct. 8, 2008

Karrie Spitzer, Community Relations,, (253) 591-5790Lisa Copp, Human Rights and Human Services,, (253) 591-5277Take part in Crime Prevention Month The City of Tacoma is joining with the National Crime Prevention Council to observe Crime Prevention Month during October.Crime prevention and safety takes a community to be successful; it is being aware that a crime can occur, anticipating how, when, where and who might be the victim, and taking action to reduce the chances of it happening. Crime prevention is using instinct, common sense, and action to eliminate or greatly reduce the criminal’s opportunity.

As part of a citywide Safe and Clean initiative, the City would like to encourage you to join your community in the effort to reduce crime in Tacoma by 50 percent, within 14 months, and to clean up the city. The Tacoma City Council and city staff are working hard to make Tacoma safe, clean and attractive, and your contributions to the effort will make the difference.
You can get started now by:

Turning on your front porch light
Picking up litter around the block where you live

Together we can have safer and cleaner neighborhoods. Read more about the Safe and Clean effort and find out how to get involved at or by calling 591-5130. For more information about National Crime Prevention Month, visit


This is a late blog posting that got lost in my emails. However, every month should be crime prevention month. Keep an eye out, turn on those porch lights, and clean up your neighborhood.