There were parks, and there were prostitutes and then the police came up. It wasn’t a sting though.
It was the topics of discussion, official and unofficial, at Tuesday’s Stanton City Council meeting.
Park rangers in Stanton, an idea that was formally introduced on March 12, was revisited for approval. The program, which will consist of two park rangers, each working 19 hours a week part-time, will have a six month trial period.
During that six months, there will be assessments of how many calls are being referred to the rangers. One of the goals in implementing the program is to reduce non-emergency calls to the police services in Stanton.
The cost of the six-month trial will be $7,316 coming out of unassigned general fund money.
The city is considering drawing on the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Explorer program, which has a branch in Stanton, although anyone can apply and be trained.
Training will come from different parts of the city and may utilize neighboring city programs, such as one in Anaheim. The OCSD, which provides police services in Stanton will also help in the training.
“It will be beneficial to know them [the rangers], establish a relationship. We’ll take them under our wing and make sure they are safe,” said Lt. Jeff Passalaqua, Stanton’s Chief of Police Services.
As for prostitutes, concerned citizens of Stanton asked for the city to step it up in controlling the issue.
An adult bookstore at 11422 Beach Blvd., previously the center of a zoning court case in the 1980’s, was said to be a haven for prostitutes to walk around.
The citizens speaking up were from the Flower Street neighborhood nearby.
“I mean, this is a problem. What do I, we, have to do to get this under control,” said one.
Mayor David Shawver assured them that a task force would be set to handle the uptick in prostitutes along Beach Boulevard.
“We’re on your side on this,” said Shawver.
And finally, Sheriff’s Department deputies were mentioned for being honored for their police work at the 25th Medal of Valor Ceremony.
Deputies Victor Valdez and Shannon Parker were awarded for saving the life of a 67-year-old woman who had stopped breathing.
Deputies William West and Matt Parrish were awarded for courage. A suspect had attempted to take a weapon and tried to instigate the deputies to shoot him.