(Editor's note: this summary was written by Gayle Hudson with a few embellishments by Patch.)
A mob is going to hit the intersection of Dutton and Bancroft at 10 am Sunday (this is as od 7 pm Friday; some earlier confusion had the meetup at 14th but now it's back to Bancroft).
But don't be alarmed.
It's a "trash mob" made up of San Leandro residents who are getting together to clean up the neighborhood.
The name is inspired by the "flash mobs" that are trendy with the smart phone set. Organizers Shelley Martin, Gayle Hudson and Michelle Blumstein have adapted the concept of ad hoc get togethers to neighborhood improvements.
On September 29th, trash mobsters hit Victoria Circle where they filled five 33-gallon bags of trash.
That mob also discovered:
- some graffiti at the Victoria Circle bus stop;
- a broken PG&E street plate (a serious tripping hazard) near the Loards Ice Cream parlor;
- a leaking sewer pipe at an apartment building;
- and a colony of 18 cats and kittens that were eating out of open trash bins and receiving a little food from neighboring businesses and one resident.
The PG&E plate is now marked for repair; the sewer pipe has been fixed; and homes have been found for six cats/kittens while the rest have been spayed or neutered.
Some of those cats are in foster care and some have been released back as ferals. Mobsters taught the businesses the Trap/Neuter/Release technique and now they will work with neighbors to keep the colony in check and prevent new cats from moving in and having more kittens.
Since the colony was mostly females, these effort have probably prevented another 60 kittens being born next spring.
The City has been very responsive to our calls for service in repsonse to the problems we discovered.
Within two days of reporting the sewer leak, the City told the landlord to repair the leak. Jennifer Auletta of the City's Public Works Dept. recently provided an update on progress. Local City Councilwoman Pauline Cutter and community police officer Kerri Kovach has also been helping.
The Nov. 4th trash mob will target the corner of Bancroft and Dutton where the vacant restaurant has left some withering planters and a trash repository.
Want to become a mobster?
Show up at 10 am with gloves and a broom.
Rememer that Sunday ends Daylight Saving Time and clocks should be set back one hour before you go to sleep Saturday night.
Have you got a "trash mob" or similar effort in your neighborhood? Write Patch and send in a picture of your efforts.