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Important Public Safety Meeting Tonight

Mayor Christenson will unveil new crime-fighting proposals at his monthly public safety meeting tonight.

Mayor Gary Christenson will hold his monthly Public Safety Awareness meeting outdoors on Monday, August 27th beginning at 6:00 PM at Lincoln Commons on Cross Street to address the recent shootings in Malden along with crime trends citywide. 

Mayor Christenson is hoping to have representative of the District Attorney’s office to speak about the status of the ongoing investigations. Lieutenant Kevin Molis of the Police Department and Deputy Fire Chief Jack Colangeli of the Fire Department will also be on hand to answer questions and address concerns.

“In light of the recent events in Malden, we hope to discuss new initiatives which will be put in place that will further reduce acts of violence in the City,” said Mayor Christenson. Each month the Mayor holds a meeting in a different part of the city.

In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be held in the Suffolk Manor Community Room, 314 Bryant Street.

Michael G August 28, 2012 at 12:44 AM
You all see the fluffy dogs? They were so pretty.
Carol J. Merletti August 28, 2012 at 02:30 AM
It was my first meeting that I attended with him as our new Mayor. I was very impressed. My concern was that Malden needs more police. He did just that, so I am happy. Some people still went after him. I understand their anger, but he gets it. He is not sitting around doing nothing. He is trying. Some questions that were asked of him were good, some, I don't think were fair. And a few, I thought grandstanded. One of the mom's, whose son was one of the three shot last week was there. I feel her pain. I really do, but the Mayor did not pull that trigger, neither did the Malden Police. She stated that the police are not doing enough. I do not agree with that at all, and neither did the Mayor. They told us that all three shooting were not random. The victims knew their shooters. I am not saying that they deserved to be shot by any means, so please people, don’t come back and say that I did. But I have a hard time believing that authorities are not giving the parent’s of these victims information. Mayor Christenson released 7 new public safety initiatives at the meeting tonight. Here are the details http://ow.ly/1Ot0Vu
Scott August 28, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Everyone has to be involved, in any community, especially one like Malden, apathy from citizens doesn't help nor does expecting government to do it all. Mayor Christenson's plan is solid and will be effective. Past public safety cuts hurt the city but the outcry from citizens wasn't there than but now those cuts have possibly contributed to the current atmosphere. The Mayor will see these initiatives though to success but we all have our part to play. Adding new officers isn't that simple but the Mayor has found a way to do it by simplifying and reducing government overhead. For that he should be applauded since prior officials couldnt or wouldn't.
Scott August 28, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Carol, Im glad you cared enough to attend..that's a positive and i wish more cared enough to show up...sadly you had to witness the rants of a former city councillor who was not re-elected and someone who used the forum to air his anger towards the Mayor who removed him from a high salaried city position he was not qualified for but was appointed to by the previous Mayor...his rants were disgraceful and counterproductive...also he claimed to have seen 7 drug deals on one street yet never called the police?! As a dedicated city official as he said he was why didn't he use one if the many means to tip Malden PD? It was so disturbing a rant i had to leave...personal grievances were not on the docket so far as i saw...but Mayor Christenson is doing things that great leaders do to make the changes necessary...he just can't do it alone and its wrong for anyone to assume he should...we all have a part to play...i hope more people will take the time to attend future forums as you did.
broadway Jay August 28, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Scott an opposing view doesn't equate to apathy.. Yes, an increase in police presence is an effective deterrent, but I boldly object to "beefing up" parking enforcement as a means to fight crime. One can't engage in a drive-by shooting from a parked car! And a stabbing is usually the result of hand to hand combat. This is just a means to target unsuspected motorists for revenue enhancement! By no means is this comment with apathetic intentions.
Michael G August 28, 2012 at 04:04 AM
That park is nice. Nice walking area.
Max Payne August 28, 2012 at 04:23 AM
The point of the parking is to FORCE people to register their cars here and thus Malden will collect the excise tax instead of another city/town where the person has their vehicle registered to.
Carol J. Merletti August 28, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Hi Scott. I am glad that I went. I am not new to Malden. I grew up here. I used to attend many meetings, years ago, under the Howard administration. It didn’t take me too long to become disgusted by the empty promises.....and the same old politicians. I just couldn’t be bothered anymore. From day one, when Mayor Christenson was campaigning, I saw him everywhere. That impressed me. And he didn’t stop hitting the pavement after he got into office. I like that. You never saw this with our former mayor. I am familiar with this former councilor. He walked into the park as if he were still a politician and shook everyone’s hand. He is who I was referring to when I said grandstanding. I agree with you. We all need to do our share to bring Malden back to what it used to be. I am not shy about picking up the phone to call the police. Fortunately, I live on a great street in Malden. I have the former Melrose Fire Chief as my neighbor. Three Malden Firefighters, A Malden Police Officer, and the Malden Fire Union Rep who live on my street as well, and we all look out for one another.
broadway Jay August 28, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Well Max, these people your referring to are in fact paying taxes to the City of Malden in the form of sales and income taxes.. These taxes are redistributed in the form of state aid back to Malden coffers.
Carol J. Merletti August 28, 2012 at 04:34 AM
I agree Scott, and I too applaud our Mayor for these initiatives.
Diana August 28, 2012 at 04:39 AM
So you think that people should be able to park illegally all willy-nilly and register their cars in cities they don't live in? That's almost like advocating for criminals.
Carol J. Merletti August 28, 2012 at 04:44 AM
As I stated Scott, I wanted to attend because, as a woman, I no longer feel safe in Malden. I am not patting myself of the back for showing up, because I stopped attending these meetings years ago. I credit the same people who attend these meetings month after month. But I am tired of the crime in our city, and I wanted to hear what Mayor Christenson was presenting to prove to us that he is serious about taking the right steps to stop this madness. His new initiatives, and his concern, both impressed me tonight. I am glad that I went.
broadway Jay August 28, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Over-zealous parking enforcement is by no means me (Broadway Jay) advocating on behalf of the criminal intended. In my 36 yrs of Malden residency, I've only known of a parking problem within the short radius around the MBTA. People have moved from Boston to Malden to escape those parking nightmares that exist in SoBo and Beacon Hill.
broadway Jay August 28, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Essentially Diana they will be targeting taxi cabs licensed/medallion from Boston and potentially visiting nurses.. I mean c'mon is that really effective ?
Diana August 28, 2012 at 05:10 AM
You realize that illegal parking is... well, illegal, right? How zealous is zealous enough in stopping people from doing illegal stuff? Seriously though, parking enforcement (and sticker parking, especially) is not just a revenue enhancer, but it would be fine with me if it were. As revenue enhancers go, I'll take ticketing illegally parked vehicles over blue bags.
Diana August 28, 2012 at 05:21 AM
You have some evidence that the majority of illegally parked vehicles are out of town taxis (which I should care about why, incidentally?) or visiting nurses? I mean really. "Won't someone speak for the nurses!!!11!!one!" C'mon.
broadway Jay August 28, 2012 at 05:57 AM
I love the idea of more cameras storing crucial footage, aimed at roadway/intersections not homes. They have been very effective for the MBTA. Diana, how about bus stop advertisements for a revenue stream? Before I get pounced on, at least the idea isn't stale although its debatable!
Michael G August 28, 2012 at 06:09 AM
They talked about nurses last year. They would be cool. I don't think they will be at a house at the 11pm start time. I wish they had put in that water fountain in that common area. That is a pretty nice spot in the city.
paul surette August 28, 2012 at 09:24 AM
Random or not, the end-result is the same.
paul surette August 28, 2012 at 09:32 AM
Funny that you should mention 'parking enforcement'...it really should be called 'revenue enforcement'. The city of Boston depends on parking violators for revenue. Menino himself even admitted. Imagine depending on someone to break the rules for revenue. Kind of warped, don't you think? And the new regime in Malden is calling this a part of crime fighting? Batman never had to pay a parking ticket. I think there was some nepotism going on there! :)
paul surette August 28, 2012 at 09:35 AM
This is what kills me about parking permits. Property holders are getting juiced enough in property taxes. Now let's make them pay MORE money to put a car on the street.
paul surette August 28, 2012 at 09:36 AM
I think visiting nurses doing business in Malden should be exempt...period!
Tony H. August 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM
The permit parking program wouldn't increase total cost to car owners. The permits would be free if the car is registered in Malden. The program is more about Malden getting its fair share of excise taxes than anything else. If your vehicle is already registered, you already pay these excise taxes, so no cost change to you, but BIG change for Malden. Agreed on getting juiced for property taxes... my goodness.
Diana August 28, 2012 at 11:24 AM
I agree. Fortunately, it's a problem solved by a simple sticker or hang tag.
Diana August 28, 2012 at 11:42 AM
If selling ads at bus stops is a potential source of revenue for the city, I'm all for it. Thing is, most bus stops in Malden are just a sign pole on the sidewalk. Very few have any sort of shelter or kiosk or even seating and if they do, I'm pretty sure that they're property of the MBTA, and only the MBTA is entitled to sell ad space on them.
Diana August 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Crime fighting costs money. And "depending on someone to break the rules" is a pretty safe bet in this instance, since there's always some dimwit who thinks he has a constitutional right to park where ever he likes.
Tony H. August 28, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Outdoor advertising companies like JCDecaux will install nice bus shelters in exchange for the allowance to place ads on the outside of said shelters. This only makes business sense in more heavily trafficked areas, where ad placements generate more income, which justifies the high upfront expense (building the shelter). I would think that many main streets in Malden would qualify given the amount of foot and car traffic. Might be something to look into.
Diana August 28, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Tony, would the ad revenue go to the city or to JCDecaux? Either way, more bus shelters is a great idea on it's own merits.
Tony H. August 28, 2012 at 01:56 PM
The ad revenue would go to JCDecaux and, depending on Malden's business tax structure (which I'm not sure of), JCDecaux would pay local taxes similar to those of billboards. So essentially JCDecaux is paying to build the structure, is typically responsible for maintenence costs, and is paying local tax according to the local tax regime.
Diana August 28, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Sounds like all upside to me.

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