By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010
Summer’s coming, and it’s not too early to plan for National Night Out – this year, August 3. This is a night when communities large and small are encouraged to participate in public communal activities after dark. The idea is to reclaim streets, parks and other public spaces as safe places for people to go and participate in lawful activities and, by their presence, discourage illegal and anti-social ones.
Although we don’t know details yet, expect Beaumont-Wilshire and Kerns neighborhood associations to do their mega-parties in Wilshire and Oregon parks, respectively. Call your local neighborhood office for information about celebrations in your area. If there aren’t any, or if you’d like to create your own good time, these offices can help you set up local block parties, providing (necessary) insurance and advice. Blocking your street to traffic will require the written approval of 100 percent of people affected, but in some ways this exercise furthers the point of the celebration by forcing you to get acquainted with your neighbors. If getting complete approval is not possible, you can have partial street closure. Or you can utilize someone’s front porch or yard. If nothing else, leave your porch light on to help passers-by get home safely.