So, our city has multi-generational poverty, gangs, drugs. What’s the right policy? More cops? More, more cops? Bigger jails and an increased capacity of the county criminal justice system?
That wouldn’t hurt — except in the pocketbook, because it will cost an arm and a leg. What’s really needed? Exactly this, a coordinated effort to help Stockton’s disadvantaged youth realize their potential.
This was the sort of good government that Stocktonians could not (or would not) manage for decades. Not coincidentally, Stockton suffered rampant crime for decades. Initiatives such as this augur a future in which fewer cops are needed. A future in which employers can look to Stockton as a city with an educated, skilled workforce.
To all mentioned in the above-linked story: Keep up the good work.