AZUSA CITY COUNCIL ACTS TO PLACE LOCAL MEASURE ON THE BALLOT TO MAINTAIN LOCAL 911, PUBLIC SAFETY AND YOUTH PROGRAMS
Azusa, CA – November 18, 2019—At their regular scheduled meeting of November 18, 2019 the Azusa City Council voted unanimously to place a local measure on the March 2020 ballot to maintain City services identified as priorities by the community.
“Public safety is a top priority in Azusa,” said Police Chief Mike Bertelsen. “Last year Azusa police officers, local firefighters and paramedics responded to more than 100,000 calls for service, including 15,000 911 calls of which 1,900 were medical emergencies. An additional source of local funding for Azusa could be used to maintain 911 response services so that people get help during an emergency.”
After a community survey conducted earlier this year, where 76% of respondents said there is a need for additional funding to maintain City services, Azusa launched the Join the Conversation outreach campaign to engage residents citywide about City service priorities.
- Residents identified several local priorities, including:
- continuing police anti-gang enforcement programs,
- addressing homelessness,
- maintaining police patrols of neighborhood schools,
- maintaining police patrols of neighborhoods, parks and recreations areas,
- preventing reductions to police officer staffing levels,
- maintaining City services, and
- repairing streets and potholes.
“Additional local funding could be used to maintain City-funded after-school and recreational programs that serve thousands of local youth each year,” said City Manager Sergio Gonzalez.
For more information or to Join the Conversation, visit https://azusaca.gov/1791/Join-the-Conversation