Los Al Leaders To Talk Support for Crime-Spotting Business Watch

Also on the agenda, officials are set to vote whether to appoint a new city attorney.

It’s like a neighborhood watch … but with businesses.

Los Alamitos officials are scheduled to discuss whether to buy $10,000 worth of signs aimed at raising awareness of a group of concerned business owners who have been patrolling the city for suspicious activity.

After a series of recent break-ins at the same business center, a number of local owners started a patrol in late 2012, according to Mayor Pro Tem Gerri Graham-Mejia.

In January, Mejia, the city police chief, and business owners met to talk about Los Alamitos possibly supporting a "business watch" program.

City staff will bring the topic before the council Monday to see if and how city leaders wants to work with the new group.

Mejia said the city is hoping to work "with another set of eyes" to help deter crime.

“We thought maybe if we put the signs up that would make people aware that there are extra people watching over the community,” Mejia said.

Staff recommended setting aside $10,000 for about 50 business watch signs and about 25 poles to hang some of the signs on.

According to city staff, raising awareness of the program without supporting the program itself financially could help deter crime.

Also on the agenda,

—The City Council is scheduled to vote on whether to appoint Cary Reisman -- with the firm Wallin, Kress, Reisman and Kranitz -- as the new city attorney.

—Official will vote whether to purchase new equipment for the Los Alamitos Television operation. The cost: about $39,500.

— City leaders will also decide whether the Orville Lewis basketball court will get a new asphalt overlay. 

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