Mayor, Tubbs speak on police substations

Mayor Anthony Silva engaged in a discussion last night with Police Chief Eric Jones and City Manager Kurt Wilson on the possibility of opening police substations in crime hot spots around Stockton. You can view the discussion here.

Silva is seeking reelection and one of his opponents is Councilman Michael Tubbs, who shared his thoughts on substations following last night’s meeting.

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The latest in Stockton political Twitter wars

 

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Bring back the substations?

As reported in today’s paper, Mayor Anthony Silva wants the Stockton Police Department to bring back substations around the city. Silva, who is seeking reelection, said he is seeking “presence and deterrence” and he believes substations are the answer. He brought the subject up at tonight’s City Council meeting.

There to respond were City Manager Kurt Wilson and Police Chief Eric Jones. Wilson said that someday Stockton could have the money to at least consider the idea. He deferred to Jones on the question of whether substations are the answer. Jones said the best practice these days is for police to be patrolling and visible in cars.

Councilman Michael Tubbs, who is among Silva’s reelection opponents, said the city’s crime rate is at a 15-year low at a time when there are not substations, so perhaps they aren’t the answer. Tubbs said more opportunities for residents probably would help further ease Stockton crime. Resident Gary Malloy, who is running for mayor, said community police is the answer. “We don’t need an annex,” Malloy said.

Regardless, this probably is a topic we have not heard the last of.

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Calendar of upcoming candidate forums

The League of Women Voters of San Joaquin County is the latest organization to announce dates, times and locations of public forums for local candidates for office. The forums will be May 2-3 at Danner Hall on the campus of San Joaquin Delta College.

Here’s a schedule of the various upcoming forums:

NAACP and Black Women Organized for Political Action
401 North San Joaquin Street
April 21:
Stockton mayor, Stockton City Council, 5 p.m.
April 28: San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, 5 p.m.

League of Women Voters of San Joaquin County
Danner Hall, San Joaquin Delta College
May 2: City Council District 2 at 6 p.m.; City Council District 6 at 7 p.m.; Supervisor District 1 at 8:15 p.m.
May 3: Supervisor District 3, 6 p.m.; City Council District 4, 6:45 p.m.; Stockton mayor, 7:45 p.m.

San Joaquin Taxpayers Association
Central United Methodist Church
3700 Pacific Avenue
May 5: Stockton mayor, 6 p.m.

People and Congregations Together
Cathedral of the Annunciation
1110 North Lincoln Avenue
May 9: Stockton mayor, supervisors candidates, 7-9 p.m.

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NAACP-BWOPA, PACT holding forums for mayor, council candidates

The NAACP and Black Women Organized for Political Action are teaming up to host candidate forums the last two Thursdays of April at the Federal Building, 401 North San Joaquin Street. Both are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. The April 21 forum will be devoted to Stockton’s mayoral and city council races. April 28 will be for San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors candidates.

Meanwhile, People and Congregations Together has announced it will host public forums May 9 for candidates for mayor and supervisor. The event is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. at Cathedral of the Annunciation, 1110 North Lincoln Avenue.

Earlier this week, the San Joaquin Taxpayers Association announced its plans for a mayoral forum. The League of Women Voters of San Joaquin County is expected to announce its plans for candidate forums in the near future.

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Read Villapudua’s initiative, and Rishwain reacts

Supervisor Carlos Villapudua, who is running for mayor of Stockton, is working to get a police retention initiative onto the November ballot. The initiative’s supporters include former City Councilman Dale Fritchen. You can view the initiative here.

Meanwhile, mayoral candidate Jimmie Rishwain called in today to put in his 2 cents on Villapudua’s proposal. Rishwain, 86, was mayor of Stockton in the 1960s before voters recalled him from office.

“I don’t think you need initiatives,” Rishwain said. “You need some leadership up there on the City Council. Leadership is the mayor and council. The city manager and the city attorney work for them. The council does not work for them.  The city manager and city attorney give opinions. Policy is made by the City Council.”

Asked what he would do as mayor to solve Stockton’s employee retention problem, Rishwain said, “I would project some leadership ability. It would be mandatory that we keep our promise to the people of Stockton. The promise to the people of Stockton has been broken.”

Though Rishwain argued passionately for the powers of the mayor this afternoon, it’s worth noting why voters recalled him a half century ago. In a column earlier this year, Michael Fitzgerald wrote, “So why was he recalled? Contemporary newspaper accounts say Rishwain exceeded his authority. He began ordering department heads around, usurping the city manager’s authority. Voters rebelled.”

Fitzgerald continued, “Rishwain sees it differently. He says he was a people’s mayor. He fought to counter the aloofness of unelected city managers. To make city government responsive to citizens.”

By the way, Rishwain finished third in the mayoral primary four years ago behind then-incumbent Ann Johnston and Anthony Silva, who went on to win in November. Rishwain received 15 percent of the vote in the 2012 primary.

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Villapudua submits public-safety initiative to city

Supervisor Carlos Villapudua has fired the first salvo in the mayor’s race.

Villapudua filed a proposed “Stockton Public Safety Improvement Act” ballot initiative with the City Clerk’s office this morning. According to a news release, the proposal “establishes a special category in the City budget for hiring the 120 police officers promised under the City Council’s Measure A sales tax increase and gives citizens the right to bring legal action against the city for failing to follow through on their commitment.”

The proposal has the support of Dave Renison, who heads the San Joaquin Taxpayers Association, and the backing of former City Councilman Dale Fritchen. Villapudua is running against incumbent Mayor Anthony Silva, Councilman Michael Tubbs and five others in the June 7 primary.

According to Villapudua’s news release the measure will require more than 6,000 valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot, and he has 90 days to collect the signatures. You can read the entire news release here. 

Voters approved Measure A in 2013 and the three-quarter-cent tax took effect two years ago. At the time, the city established goals to have 405 police officers by last June 30, 445 by this June 30 and 485 by June 30, 2016. The department had 396 officers as of Tuesday. Numerous police hirings the past two years have been offset by the departures of veteran officers who have taken jobs with departments that offer higher salaries and better medical benefits.

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Taxpayers Assn. to host mayoral forum

The San Joaquin Taxpayers Association announced this morning it will host a mayoral public forum May 5 ahead of the June 7 primary. The event, at 6 p.m., will be held in the Fireside Room at Central United Methodist Church, 3700 Pacific Avenue.

Mayor Anthony Silva is seeking a second term. City Councilman Michael Tubbs, Supervisor Carlos Villapudua and residents Emiliano Adams, Gary Malloy, Tony Mannor, Sean Murray and Jimmie Rishwain are running against Silva. Barring any candidate receiving more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary, the top two finishers June 7 will face each other for election Nov. 8.

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Fugazi, Sawyer and Neves: A love story

Lee Neves was the political consultant for Vice Mayor Christina Fugazi for her primary campaign two years ago. She lost. N. Allen Sawyer took over for the decisive citywide election. Fugazi won.

The trio got together last night on Twitter for some fun-filled reminiscences.

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Water PowerPoints: What we saw today

Water rates

Chloramines

Upcoming rate presentations

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