Letter of the day

Edward Garrison writes:

“Just a couple of ideas for the city to add to yours:

“— add those bike lanes to every major boulevard and make them a separate and distinct part of those roads, so cyclists are safe from being whacked by open car doors and run over from behind;

“— require every vacant lot to be cleaned up, free of wrecked cars and garbage and pipes sticking out of the ground, sodded with turf, and fenced;

“— change through streets to state-of-the-art dead ends with cul-de-sacs and barriers and one-way streets with speed bumps ( you should take a drive to Dorotha Mae Pitts park neighborhood, in north Stockton: take Marlette Road off of 8 Mile, between Davis Rd and South Sacramento, go to the traffic “go round”, right on Villa Pointe Drive, then drive around the new houses for a visual of what I’m speaking about. Excellent street plans, there !);

“— improve the care of our “broken window syndrome” city parks so they are all, 100%, of their original, root plan, and attractive to families with kids. Replace stolen benches, get rid of the toxic trash – graffiti, broken glass, old condoms, needles, etc.;

“— put more police officers on foot, on horses, on bicycles, and on Segways (like they have in Portland);

“—  fix the train stations (all of them) so they are safe for overnight parking (park any car overnight at the Union Train Station if you dare

“— it will be trashed by morning) and attractive to commuters (visit Davis’s train station – 20 years ago theirs looked like Stockton’s, now it’s a very nice, usable asset to Davis);

“— use “game cameras” (like hunters use to track wild game) for police surveillance of high crime intersections. These cameras are inexpensive, from about $80 to $240, and can record up to 128GB of day/infrared night video, with excellent definition, that can be downloaded to law enforcement computers, iPhones,  iPads, etc.;

“— establish a citizen suggestion program, open to all residents, for city improvement ideas that work, with dollars rewards to the winners. Let winners designate in-city/ in-county charities, like Haven of Peace, Gospel Mission, and St. Mary’s Interfaith Dining Room, etc…, as the prize recipient:

“— just like Japanese business people come to Stockton to get ideas; Stockton’s government leaders should visit other Central Valley cities to get good ideas and bring good, workable ideas back to our town.  Call it, “One Good Idea”, or something similar.”

Good suggestions all. The no-can-doer will now retort that Stockton lacks the money to take these actions. But money is only half of what it takes. The other half is the will. The first step of the will is to stay dissatisfied. Do not settle.

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