If you are a high school student (or know one), here’s a great summer learning opportunity (and, possibly, a paid one).
The San Joaquin County District Attorney, Public Defender, Superior Court and County Bar Association are holding a “Justice System Youth Leadership Academy” from June 13-July 15. I’ve attached all the documents I received from the program below.
And for students who are from families that qualify for WorkNet — if you are admitted, you will be paid for your attendance.
Several times in the past couple of months I’ve extended the invitation to candidates to share videos with me about the upcoming election. You send ‘em, I’ll post ‘em.
Here are two I received over the weekend from political consultant Allen Sawyer: Vice Mayor Christina Fugazi endorses incumbent Mayor Anthony Silva’s reelection bid, and Marcie Bayne lays out her case for the District 4 seat.
Channeling Steph Curry, Fugazi artfully tosses a Michael Tubbs mailer into the garbage in her video.
Sunday’s edition of The Record features the third part of an occasional series on the challenges faced by law enforcement and the justice system in dealing with the mentally ill. Click to read Part 1 and Part 2.
In April, we spent a day at a Stockton Police Department procedural justice training for a group of officers. They were learning how to deescalate situations with mentally ill individuals. All SPD officers are to go through the training in the next year.
The trainings are the result of collaboration between the police department and San Joaquin County Behavioral Health.
During the course of the day, officers at the training watched real-life video of a case of “excited delirium” dealt with by their counterparts in Wisconsin and a video of a mother whose 20-year-old son has severe autism.
They also listened to what is intended as an audio representation of what a person suffering from schizophrenia might be hearing in his head.
Additionally, the Stockton officers acted out some scenarios, practicing how to successfully resolve situations involving people believed to be dangers to themselves.
You can see and hear much of this below.
A few words of warning, though: The video of the “excited delirium” case is extremely disturbing and involves a lot of adult language. The video of the young man with autism, produced by a newspaper in Florida, is powerful but very upsetting.
Audio representation of mental illness:
Young man with autism: Dennis Buettner of county mental health recommends officers speak to relatives, if there is time, to prepare for how to deal with an individual in distress.
Excited delirium video: Stockton Police Captain Scott Meadors praised the officers in this video for their calm, poise, planning and patience.
KWDC 93.5 FM is the radio station at Delta College, where public candidate forums were held last Monday and Tuesday for those running for Stockton mayor, the City Council and the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors. The League of Women Voters organized the events.
If you didn’t get to attend the May 3 mayoral forum (or enjoyed it so much you just want to relive every priceless moment for the rest of eternity), KWDC has posted the audio. You can listen here.
City Councilman and mayoral candidate Michael Tubbs introduced Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at the Vermont senator’s downtown Stockton rally this morning. Tubbs sent a copy of his introductory speech. You can read Tubbs’ remarks here.
At a San Joaquin County Taxpayers Association forum last night, mayoral candidate Jimmie Rishwain accused The Record of outright refusing to publish his plan for Stockton, which he waved in the air at the audience of about 100. Just for the record, I had never been given a copy of the plan. But I do now and if you click here, you can view it, too.
Proponents of a medical cannabis initiative in Stockton are holding a signature-gathering event from 2-6 p.m. Saturday at Epic Lounge, 3121 W. Benjamin Holt Drive. Contact Allen Sawyer for more information at (209) 406-2117 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a video provided by the petition organizers.
Consultant Allen Sawyer has forwarded a video of Marcie Bayne, who is running for Stockton City Council against appointed incumbent Michael Blower and Susan Lenz. All candidates for mayor or council are welcome to share videos. Having a YouTube link really helps, and sending the link to email@example.com really, really helps.
Roger Phillips covers Stockton City Hall for The Record. He has been at The Record since 2006. After spending most of his time at The Record writing about education, he has moved into the city government beat. Read Full