The South Carthay Neighborhood Association was founded in 1980. Meeting in one of our backyards were residents of the neighborhood who were interested in trying to cut down on the crime in the area. House burglaries, car theft, and muggings were becoming a common occurrence. To try to alleviate the problem, the community reached out to our political leaders to help. Present at that first meeting were Zev Yaraslovsky, who was our city councilman at the time as well as Herschel Rosenthal who represented us in the state legislature. Shortly after that first informal meeting, the Association was created. The Association is open to all residents of the neighborhood, not just homeowners in hopes that the many renters in the area would feel free to join in.