Calveras County Supervisor Cliff Edson this week voiced an idea I’ve heard before from neighbors up here, ie. that folks like myself who formerly lived in Stockton but then move to Calaveras County infect Calaveras with Stockton’s crime. Or perhaps just that the proximity of the two places makes it easy for Stockton folks to come here, commit crimes, and go home.
Edson did not name me and I don’t know whether he knows that I lived in Stockton for 17 years. Edson represents the District 1 communities of Burson, Valley Springs and San Andreas. What he said during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting was that “District 1 happens to be right next to Stockton. We have our issues.” He said it as supervisors discussed deficit spending and cuts to the Roads Department that the board ordered in order to hire more sheriff deputies to fight crime.
Edson also spoke of meeting a criminal earlier in that same day during a tour of the Probation Department’s new Day Reporting Center.
“He lived in Burson,” Edson said. “We have more and more of that element taking over.”
Of course the salaries of people who work in Stockton and live in Calaveras County are a major source of income for this area. And people from Stockton who have bought houses here are a huge part of the housing market and have been for decades. Edson himself formerly lived in bigger cities before coming to Calaveras.