The City of Stanton is gearing up to battle what appears to be an upsurge in the illegal sex trade along stretches of Beach Boulevard.
At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Stanton City Council, Mayor David Shawver said “We are going to eradicate human trafficking in Stanton. We will not tolerate prostitution, we will do whatever it takes, whatever the cost. We are taking this very seriously.”
The council heard a brief report from Julie Roman, assistant to the city manager on the Neighborhood Enhancement Task Force, which was scheduled to meet Wednesday to tackle problems reported by residents of the Benedict neighborhood, located generally north of Katella Avenue and west of Beach Boulevard in one of the oldest sections of the city.
Proposed activities include the creation of a neighborhood watch program, higher visibility for code enforcement and sheriff’s deputies, as well as a poster, sign and camera campaign.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting was the presentation of awards to four Orange County deputy sheriffs. Stanton is patrolled by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
• Shannon Parker, with the Medal of Valor, lifesaving medal.
• Victor Valdez, with the Medal of Valor, lifesaving medal.
• Matthew Parish, with the Medal of Valor, courage medal.
• William West, with the Medal of Valor, courage medal.
Shawver said “It’s special that out of 16 awardees countywide, we got four of them. It speaks to the quality of service we’re getting.”