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星期日, 2月 07, 2016

華埠居民會二月例會談公安 籲維護君子樓可負擔性

Meeting notes:
1) Public Safety
        Officer Ted Boyle, Officer Mike Bulger
        Major concerns that the police are concerned about:  managing the homeless presence, traffic safety issues, and getting more people to call 911.
Qs:
-What happens when you call 911 and don’t speak English? When you call 911 from a cell phone you will get state police. If you call from a landline, it will show the address, so they will know it was from Chinatown. If you say “Chinese” usually will get a Mandarin interpreter, so better to say “Cantonese” if you want Cantonese.
-A woman whose purse was snatched by someone with a mask, and she is really scared, warns everyone to be careful. Better to give up your bag and be safe than to try to fight someone.
-By South Cove East, next to nightclubs and there is a lot of noise and drunk people breaking bottles, would like police to patrol there sometimes on weekends.  They are aware and also trying to cite bars that serve people after they are drunk.
-What can be done to improve pedestrian safety on Kneeland Street, where the couple just got hit by the car? Targeting that whole part of Kneeland Street, where cars go too quickly. BTD is working to change the signs for no right on red.
-Can BPD send someone to CRA meetings regularly, quarterly?  Yes, will talk to Sergeant Chin about this.
2) Quincy Towers
Quincy Towers is important to so many families, mostly low-income immigrant seniors who rely upon being in Chinatown for visits from family, services, groceries, and other necessities of daily life. Tenants hope the whole community will support keeping Quincy Towers affordable.  Subsidies are expiring in 2017 and 2019; tenants are asking the owner to keep the 162-unit project affordable to low-income tenants.  Owner Beacon Communities has a proposal to keep affordability but needs funding support from city and state. Quincy Towers tenants have written a letter signed by most of the tenants, and have gotten support letters from CPA, ACDC, Mass Pike Towers tenants. CRA will send letter to owner and city/state officials, and other tenants can circulate a letter in their building.
3) City Councilor Anissa George
Some of her priorities are to address homelessness, mental health and recovery, public education, making our communities healthy and public safety. She wants residents to let her know about their concerns and to contact her communications director DB Reiff, who will attend meetings regularly.  She is aware of Quincy Towers issue and will be in touch with Beacon Communities.
Q: A lot of tenants are getting evicted.  Will you support passing a Just Cause Eviction law?
City Council is calling a hearing on this important issue; will let everyone know when a date is set for the hearing.

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