The Antioch Police Department held its monthly neighborhood cleanup on Saturday at Gentrytown Park and surrounding neighborhoods as the event was one of the more well attended events to date.
The event had more than 50 participants on hand including Congressman Jerry McNerney, Assemblyman Jim Frazier and Antioch Councilmembers Monica Wilson and Tony Tiscareno. Those who participated worked from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and filled a truck full of garbage and other random items in the neighborhood.
During the event, several vehicles were towed for registration violations, illegal parking, and information was taken for blight. In one case, a vehicle was towed due to its involvement in a felony incident in another area. A group of volunteers also came across a stolen scooter that was stolen.
For one family who was down on their luck, Chief Allan Cantando and multiple volunteers helped the lady move her car from the street into a driveway by pushing it in order to prevent a tow. A few minutes later, a stray dog was found wondering the streets and was taken to Animal Services.
Overall, the cleanup was much more productive than picking up trash, it created community pride and brought together folks who really want to begin fixing Antioch.
This is a collaborative community effort which involves active participation from United Citizens for Better Neighborhoods (UCBN), community volunteers, and the Antioch Police Department Crime Prevention Commission; Neighborhood Watch Program, Target Volunteers, Volunteers in Police Service, community volunteers and the Public Works Department.