Pleasanton neighborhoods to join in National Night Out festivities tonight

Goal is to strengthen neighborhood spirit, generate support for anti-crime programs

National Night Out is taking place tonight in Pleasanton neighborhoods that are holding block parties to raise crime awareness and send a message to criminals that communities are fighting back.

While the two may not sound like they go together, National Night Out has been successful for nearly 27 years. The goal of the nationwide event is to raise crime and drug awareness, generate support for anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and to send a message to criminals that communities are fighting back.

Pleasanton began its involvement in the event 10 years ago, with four block parties; last year, there were 38 parties, with everything from potluck dinners to ice cream socials, kids' activities to live bands.

Parties that registered with police could get visits from the mayor, city manager, police or firefighters.

The event will be held in Pleasanton and in many cities across the country. More than 37 million people in 15,000 communities are expected to participate.

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Posted by Tom
a resident of Old Towne
on Aug 3, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Which neighborhoods are holding the parties? Where? Who are the block captains for the many neighborhoods around Pleasanton?

I haven't heard about anything in my neighborhood, but would gladly stop by if I knew where to go. A visit to the website for National Night Out and for the Neighborhood Crime Watch programs has lots of info for people who want to start a new group. But, there isn't anything that lets you find out about existing neighborhood groups.

Does LPFD have this info available on their website? Is this something that Pleasanton Weekly could publish?

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Posted by Sara
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm

If you are serious about fighting crime, how about establishing a Citywide law that Pleasanton residents MUST OWN a gun...or PAY A FINE for the additional workload on our police for protecting them. Vermont is either considering or has passed such a bill.

If criminals knew that nearly all residents of Pleasanton were armed, do you think Pleasanton would be very high on their priority list to target?

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Posted by Ryan
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm


You bring up a very interesting point. While I am 100% behind upholding the right to bear arms, and am a strong believer that a community with a high percentage of gun ownership is safer than otherwise: forcing citizens to arm themselves is questionable.

The second amendment doesn't by any means *require* citizens to own a firearm, and if one would prefer not to own a gun: I am not so sure that it is a good idea to force him/her to buy one. On the other hand, I *do* agree that more people need to be properly informed about the virtues of protecting oneself and their families. The barrage of media coverage on accidents involving gun owners with extremely poor judgment and the constant insinuations that guns are some how inherently bad: are what's truly damaging to society.

All that being said: I am all for the block parties and I'd like to think that our city is safe enough that we can pull it off. Because we need a sense of community just as much as people need to build the self-confidence required for them to be willing to protect their lives. After all, I assume these parties will actually be fun :-)

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of another community
on Aug 3, 2010 at 4:33 pm

What the heck does gun ownership and the Second Amendment have to do AT ALL with National Night Out? What is wrong with you people. Stick to the topic of the thread.

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Posted by Amador Family
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Bummer, never heard of this event and would have enjoyed attending with our children. Where was it and who hosted? Will there be another as I have a few friends in the listed neighborhood and they were not involved and didn't know about it.

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Posted by PlezRez
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 4, 2010 at 7:59 am

I second Amador Family. We did not hear of this & would have liked to attend as well.

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Posted by Carrie
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 4, 2010 at 9:03 am

I heard about this four years ago, enlisted a couple of neighbors and we planned our own. It's as easy as filling out one form for the police department, then passing out flyers to the houses on our street. We do an ice cream/dessert social because it's easy and cheap. The past year we finally established a new neighborhood watch group and I believe it's really bringing the neighborhood together. My point is that these celebrations have to start at the neighborhood level and are grassroots in nature. Don't wait for somebody else, plan it yourself--it's easy and worth it.

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Posted by ccwc
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Aug 4, 2010 at 9:05 am

Start up your very own Neighborhood Watch Group - get your street involved and next year participate with your neighborhood in NNO. It's always the first Tuesday in August. NW is a great program to get all your neighbors involved and watching out for one another and getting to know each other as well.

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Posted by John
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 4, 2010 at 11:58 am

A nice big noisy dog will protect you from burglary better than any gun.

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Posted by Don't know about that
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 4, 2010 at 1:53 pm

If you think so, but I don't have to feed a gun, walk it, bathe it or clean up after it. Plus, no vet bills.

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