The Morada Area Association, a group of residents, property owners and others with an interest in Morada issues, has become a more active organization in recent months.
Board Secretary Lorne Truscott says that the association has had an infusion of new blood and added to its activities.
The group, commonly known as the MAA, recently created a new board position and appointed Donna Augustin as the organization's Neighborhood Watch director.
Morada, which has had some crime issues in recent months, used to have several Neighborhood Watch groups, but the MAA board decided the groups should be consolidated into one serving the entire community, Truscott said.
The decision came after about 200 people attended an April meeting where San Joaquin County Supervisor Ken Vogel and county Sheriff Steve Moore talked to Morada residents about protecting themselves from criminals.
"Sheriff Moore's been great," Truscott said. "He's had extra patrols out here."
In the Morada Monitor newsletter, Moore said that the number of daytime residential burglaries had decreased from eight in April to three in August.
Augustin holds bachelor's and master's degrees from University of the Pacific, and taught primary grades for about eight years in the Lincoln Unified School District and four years with the San Joaquin County Office of Education.
Augustin was a real estate broker and notary public for about four years before becoming a stay-at-home mother of two boys, 12 and 15.
In other action, the MAA appointed Chris Rosas as board member representing the northern Morada area around Eight Mile Road. He is one of six MAA board members, each of whom represents different parts of the community. He will also head the MAA's newly created scholarship program.
Rosas served in the U.S. Marine Corps' air fighter squadron VMF-312 and taught at Stockton Junior High School and San Joaquin Delta College. He was also a program specialist for the Stockton Unified School District and assistant principal. He retired as principal of Victory Elementary School.
Rosas has an Associate of Arts degree from San Joaquin Delta College, a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Montana University and a master's degree from University of Pacific. He also pursued a doctorate in school administration, was a founding member of the California Association of Bilingual Education, and was an officer for Pacific's Mexican-American Educators Association.
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