By Betsy Cramer
Last week, the Milpas Community Association (MCA) hosted a community meeting of updates and information. Approximately 50 or 60 individuals met at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church to hear reports on the Milpas/101 highway work, neighborhood littering—and what to do about it—public safety and respect for each other.
It was a program that could well have been extended over two meetings. Perhaps, the biggest draw was the promised presentation by Dr. Gus Frias on gang issues. Unfortunately, the most dynamic, Dr. Frias’s, was not until after two hours in, by which time much of the audience had left.
Sharon Byrne, Executive Director of the MCA, led off by pointing out the accomplishments of the past year. Kristin Ayars, publicist and community liaison, informed that the Milpas overpass will be finished “probably early next year.” Similarly, for the much- anticipated Cacique Street underpass, there will be a ribbon cutting “early next year.”
Less clear-cut were answers to concerns about safety in the Cacique area well-known for problems: will there be lighting and a camera, for instance? These are city issues, Ayars explained, but in her opinion, the underpass will be safe, just as is the State Street underpass. CLICK HERE for more information and/or to watch the 101 traffic web cam.