SacQuotes: Safe at Second Saturday?
For this week’s edition of SacQuotes, we asked attendees of last month’s Second Saturday Art Walk if they feel safe and comfortable at the event. You may remember that last year police had to disperse some of the large groups who would linger after the official end of the evening. In September a Sacramento City College student was killed in the crossfire of a gang-related shooting after Second Saturday. Here’s what folks had to say:
Chico State student Meghan Vanderford was home visiting and decided to come out to Second Saturday. She said her comfort level changes throughout the night. “Earlier in the evening I feel safer, but the later it gets, it gets a little sketch.” Vanderford said she only stays until 8 or 9 o’clock. “I noticed that there’s a lot of young kids just getting drunk and coming to this to have fun.”
Joseph Kutchukov said he feels safe at Second Saturday. “I’m a server at Chicago Fire. We haven’t had any problems, besides some homeless people, but nothing major.”
Sacramento State theater major Melissa Warren feels more comfortable when she attends Second Saturday with a group. “I don’t know that I feel too comfortable by myself. I find some of the people slightly intimidating.” Another factor on Warren’s mind was visibility. “I think the brighter the day is the more safe that I’ll feel. The darker it is, all the connotations of evil and mysterious things come with that. It’s darker and you can’t see if someone was going to attack you.”
The members of the South Sacramento hip-hop group "Project" said they come out to Second Saturday to “meet people, give out our music, share ideas and share our styles.” When discussing the evening’s atmosphere and police presence, the guys didn’t seem phased in the least. “Cops, I’ve seen them. I haven’t talked to them, haven’t been hassled,” one member said.
Yolo County firefighter Nathan Taylor attends Second Saturday regularly. He said he feels totally comfortable staying until the end of the night. “It’s usually pretty quiet around here on the main drag. Off the beaten path is where the issues tend to be at. Out here where there’s a lot of people, it’s usually real quiet. This is like the fifth or sixth one I’ve been to, and I feel safe.”
Thanks for all the great feedback in the last few editions of SacQuotes. If you would like to see you questions answered on a future edition, please email them to SacramentoIsaac@gmail.com.