Sacramento Summer Night Lights

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How about these for fighting crime: hamburgers, bounce-houses, and a 6’ 3’’ lion?

“I’m impressed. It really touches my heart,” said Tasha White.

White is a parent, and she says she usually would be reluctant to bring her kids to this part of the Mack Road corridor in Sacramento. She’d certainly never do it at night. And while she knows that a block barbeque isn’t going to solve this neighborhood’s problems, maybe it’s a start.

“People are going to do what they do,” White said.

And what far too many people are doing along that stretch of Mack Road is criminal. Long seen as a rough part of town, Police are called to the area more than 100 times every a month. The homicide rate, and the rate of fatal car collisions is high.

“I can only hope that this would allow us to get to know one another in the light that ‘Hey. I see you. I know you. Somebody loves you… I don’t want to take you from that person,” White said.

And the thing about this idea that will undoubtedly turn heads is that it’s not just tonight. The free meal and activities will be there at the Mack Road/Valley Hi community center on Center Parkway all summer long.

Jenna Abbott added, “It’s going to be 42 nights. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, we’ll be right here from 7p.m. until midnight.”

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