Pat Withrow highlighted the high recidivism rate for parolees at a press conference yesterday in Lodi. Withrow, a San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Sergeant is running against incumbent Sheriff Steve Moore.
Parolees are some of the inmates at the jail who get released early because of overcrowding. The full jail as been an issue in the county for decades, and it has been central in this year’s race for sheriff, too. Withrow is pitching a plan to add prefabricated jail facilities to house inmate as needed, a move he says would be both quicker and cheaper than a county plan to build a new medium-security facility to replace the low-security Honor Farm. Moore said the money isn’t there for the Withrow proposal and that the Honor Farm replacement does make it possible to house another 100 inmates.
Withrow was not alone at the Tuesday press conference. He was joined by San Joaquin County Supervisor Carlos Villapudua, who said his Stockton-centered district has seen the effects of recidivism.
“I have been searching for a strategy that will help turn this around,” Villapudua said. “Our current sheriff has no plan to add capacity.”
Here’s some video shot from the first day of the filing period for the June primary. Auditor-Controller Jay Wilverding was there when I showed up at the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voter’s office, so he’s featured in the form-filling action shots, captured from multiple angles.
The supporting documents from those stories can help show a more detailed picture of oversight of the Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
This document is a summary written by county staff to the Board of Supervisors last December, outlining the conclusions of an investigation stemming from complaints from current and former employees of the Child Development Council.
The federal Office of Head Start does its own oversight.
Here are a couple of documents from the last triennial review of the program in San Joaquin County. The first is an overview of the findings from those reviews. The second shows the scores tallied from classroom visits that were a part of that reviews. (For the most part, the higher the score, the better. A notable exception is the “negative climate” score. The local program has a low score in this category. That is a good thing.)
But the low scores in the “instructional support” are lower than the feds want them to be. That is clear in this letter the Office of Head Start sent to the Board of Supervisors earlier this week.
When federal officials announced this week that San Joaquin County might have to reapply to keep receiving grant money used to run the local Head Start and Early Head Start programs, it was the third time the federal Office of Head Start had designated grant recipients across the country for “recompetition.”
Basically, it means those organizations need to reapply if they want to keep getting money for the program.
I was curious what might be in store for San Joaquin County, so I called up Contra Costa County, which was in the first round of “recompetitions,” along with Los Angeles County and numerous other places in the country.
“We were the first cohort, so we were the Guinea pigs,” said Camilla Rand, director of Contra Costa County Community Services Bureau. It was a blow to staff morale, and it was scary for parents, she said.
Re-applying for the grant was a difficult process, both large and repetitive. But it required knowing a lot about the Head Start program, which was the case for Contra Costa, she said.
When it was over, the county retained 85 percent of the grant it had been receiving before. The rest went to another applicant. And the transition did not disrupt the services received by the children, she said.
San Joaquin County officials said on Thursday they would likely call Contra Costa to learn about the neighboring county’s experience with this. Rand said she’d be happy to take that call.
Campaigning for the District 2 seat for the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors has been happening online for awhile, now. I’ve been posting videos and such here, or linking to them through Twitter and Facebook.
Kathy Miller has posted a couple of biographical videos, so far. Paul Canepa’s campaign recently posted part of his origin story on its Facebook page, reminding folks he’s part of the family behind Canepa Carwash, a Stockton staple since the 1950s.
Kathy Miller’s campaign for county supervisor has released a new online video. The biographical video is about a minute long. And since it covers her life up to age 15, it probably won’t be the last one.
And both Miller and her opponent Paul Canepa have already started their online campaigns in other posted videos.
Thursday was the first, but not the last, time the public will have a chance to weigh in what should be in the rulebook when it comes to wineries in rural San Joaquin County. Here’s the story. And here’s a video from the meeting.
Zachary Johnson has been with The Record since 2005, when he began as an intern fresh out of grad school. He stayed on at the paper and covered education for the next two years. Now he covers, among other things, San Joaquin County Government and ... Read Full