Community to meet over violence, other problems near North Park Observatory

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Posted at 6:07 AM, Jul 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-13 16:23:14-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Many North Park residents are expected to speak out at a community meeting Thursday night about the troubles involving the North Park Observatory.

Many residents have expressed displeasure with the venue on social media, complaining about violence and other problems that arise when events are held at the site.

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Longtime resident Alan Bennett, who plans to attend Thursday night's meeting, told 10News the North Park Observatory has gotten so bad that he tries to avoid the area altogether.

"It just went sideways. They finally brought in an adequate number of security and started monitoring. Then maybe like six weeks, eight weeks ago, security basically disappeared and people are back out on the street pushing, shoving and yelling," Bennett said.

San Diego City Councilman Chris Ward, who represents the area, told 10News he met with San Diego police and Observatory management about the recent issues.

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"I want to make sure after meeting with both [the] San Diego Police Department and the Observatory leadership that the community members have the opportunity to listen about their points of view and some of the lessons learned and understand what measures are going to be taken so incidents like this do not occur again," Ward said.

The community meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at North Park Christian Fellowship (2901 N Park Way).