They represent the Lollipop Guild

Some residents of the neighborhood around Weber Square attended a meeting Thursday night in the chambers of Stockton Unified’s school board. The subject was safety, and its decline as the park itself has declined. City Councilwoman Susan Eggman attended, along with Deputy Police Chief Eric Jones, Lt. Kevin Hatano, and Stockton Unified Police Chief Jim West.

Eggman had barely started her introduction, had only just mentioned the park’s recent turn south, when a resident shouted an interruption: “Excuse me, that was about five years ago, when you were asleep!”

Eggman, who was elected to the City Council in 2006, said, “Now, I’m awake.”

Weber Square has become a center for hand-to-hand drug sales and prostitution, residents complained, and the shooting at the park on Oct. 3 of a 16-year-old boy, who is likely to survive, was not unexpected. The neighborhood is intolerably dangerous, and the park has been occupied by criminals, some of them habitual lollipop suckers, a woman said.


Yes, lollipops, the crowd echoed. Lollipops with stripes on them. Lollipops dampen the odor of marijuana, one person said. Some prescription drugs can be obtained in lollipop form, another offered.

“Chief, what’s with the lollipops?” Hatano asked West.

“That’s not my area of expertise,” West replied.

Then there was Jose Gomez, the city’s longest-serving Peacekeeper, with a surprising observation: “There is a gang called the Lollipop Girls.

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