President’s Message – January 2015

January 13, 2015

Wow!  Can you believe its 2015 already?  Seems like just yesterday we were making plans for 2014.  Amazing to think we created a stunning logo, planted “14 trees in 2014”, transformed our website, started a Nextdoor site, christened The Newton, applied to the Federal Historic Register, installed poop bag holders, supported the Hotel502 renovation, hosted a street party GAIN event, found new parking for Hula’s, won a Silver Medal for our newsletter, broke ground on upscale apartments, distributed tons of crime prevention items, and hung a holiday banner with our logo on Central Ave.  Whew, what a great year for Pierson Place!

So now…, how do we top that?  The starting point is great people.  We always say this neighborhood is all about people who care, and that couldn’t be more true.  Without them, great things would not have happened.  Which brings us to the board election at our next meeting.  (see front page for details)  Our goal is to cultivate folks with ideas and interests that will help the neighborhood, and fervently invite them to join in and get involved.  Volunteer a few minutes a month and make something happen in your neighborhood.  Put in as much or little as you like, with no strings, commitments or hammer; just contribute whatever is best for you.  Contribute is the key word.

Let’s look at some of the 2015 projects already in play.  Things like painting address numbers on curbs and alley fences, hosting a booth at the 7th Ave street fair, designing our entrance to Canalscape, getting more residents on Nextdoor, obtaining Federal Historic District status, distributing door viewers, driveway alarms and solar lights, producing the newsletter, hosting neighborhood meetings with great speakers, completing a traffic study, and nurturing new construction in and around our neighborhood.  Whew, what a list!  And that’s just for the 1st quarter!

Most importantly, we should do everything possible to keep crime very, very low.  The most effective way to do this is by reporting everything that looks even remotely suspicious.  We are the eyes and ears for the cops; they can’t be here all the time, but we are.  They ask us to call in everything that looks suspicious, smells or just seems odd.  The information becomes puzzle pieces in tying together crimes and criminals. So please, if you see anything suspicious… MAKE JUST ONE LITTLE CALL.  For suspect things call 602-262-6151 or our Community Action Officers, for crimes in progress call 911.

Speaking of Community Action Officers, we start the year with two new ones, and we urge you to contact them about anything suspicious.  In fact, get to know them, make them your friends.  They track a broader picture of the whole neighborhood, and are in good position to help the most.  They are Officers Aimee Knight-Fogel and Mario Lozoya.  Call them at 602-534-1745, or email them at and  Let them know about anything suspicious you see, hear or smell in the neighborhood. And even when you think something is too small to report, report it.  If we do our part, our crime rate will remain one of the lowest in the city.

At some point we’ll stop writing 2014 out of habit.  We will find a groove and see just how much potential we have this year.  Think about this – many people who care, doing many things that matter, can result in many improvements in a year.  It’s always about people.  It’s always about change.  It’s always about improving quality of life in Pierson Place.  Hope to see you on the 28th!

-Charley Jones