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    Neighborhood Watch Report: Southeast Quadrant
    Maryetta Falk
    Posted by webmaster on 03/30/2012

    This week I experienced a feeling that I have never in my life had before and I have travelled abroad for almost
    50 years. Arriving back in the states this week at San Francisco airport, one terminal was shut down for several hours
    due to a bomb scare. When I drove home into Vallejo, I stopped at the intersection below my house and looked up the
    dark street before I began meandering back and forth in order to shine my headlights onto yards and then the alley way
    on the perimeter of my property. The street light had been out for over a year and I was gloomy being reminded of the
    fight with the city for the light as well as the Neighborhood Watch signs we had been trying to get put up.

    After finding no undesirable appearances, I pushed the button for the garage door to open and quickly closed it after
    pulling inside. Then it hit me – I wasn’t sure I was glad to be home. I had felt safer on the other side of the world than I
    do in America. In Makati, Manila, in the Philippines, I had been able to walk outside at any time of day or night without
    concern. Of course, that was once I got used to the uniformed guards in front of every building and two at every
    intersection. Not only did they have a revolver on their hip but each one held a shot gun across their chest. But I never
    saw a skirmish, never heard a gunshot or even a siren. I wondered, “Is this where America is headed in order to feel safe
    again?”   I posted it on Facebook – the response from across the states was even more depressing, “It sure looks like it”.

    But Tuesday night at the City Council meeting – I had a much better, over-riding feeling that this is a democracy and
    we have the power to change things.  I am so proud of Fighting Back and our Neighborhood Watch program. I love being
    associated with people who are willing to step out and make a difference.

    And tonight, I was overcome with sheer joy and a shout of “Hallelujah!” I thought at first that I was on the wrong street
    but it is true – the street light has been fixed and we have light again. I might even be able to believe for a miracle and see our
    “Neighborhood Watch” signs posted.