A shooting last week on the Ohlone Greenway sparked suggestions from readers about ways the pathway could be made safer. The ideas included installing video cameras and clearing overgrown vegetation along the trail.
Here's a comment from a reader named Debbie: "That is a total drug magnet area. The benches in the park adjacent have all kinds of drug paraphernalia litter. Crack vials, blunt wrappers, alcohol bottles etc. Clear cut the tall vegetation on the path, get rid of the benches and make the park a fenced community garden and it will make a difference. Also put a camera on this stretch. It is my understanding that the Bart path is a favored gang initiation territory for high school kids. So the solution is to make it crime proof. This is possible guys. There are landscapers that specialize in crime detecting design. It will be worth the money. And solvable- remember this is targeted crime as well not random or psychotic."
I called the El Cerrito Police Department Tuesday morning to see what they thought about security cameras and trimming vegetation as ways to make the greenway safer. I'll add their comments when and if I receive them.