Finding syringes on his walk

Robert J. Perasso writes:

“During the last ten years I have almost daily walked from my home, north on Quail Lakes Drive, taking a left behind El Torito, and walked to the In Shape Health Club for my workout. Within the last few years I have been physically threatened by an individual, witnessed people urinating amongst the fast food outlets on March Lane, and encountered many individuals begging for money.

“Only within the last year have I witnessed a continued appearance of spent hypodermic needles. I decided to bring this not so surprising fact to your attention as you have recently written about the growing homeless and drug problem that is increasing its presence in  our City.

Last Friday as I walked my route to InShape I noticed a man performing what I assumed to be his bathroom business behind the green electrical box on QLD. This afternoon as I was again walking to InShape I was curious to note if he deposited that business behind that utility box. The attached picture is what I found.”

“This is approximately the sixth syringe that I have observed within the past year on QLD.

“This note is not to berate the homeless, or the drug user, nor to complain about this tragedy invading what used to be considered the more privileged part of town. My wish would be the government, city, state, and federal would focus attention on this ever increasing threat to our community. Unstainable and unfunded pensions to our city and county workers, bullet trains, tunnels to Southern California, and symbolic border walls that will not solve illegal immigration and divert dollars which could considerably fix this situation.

“Billions are being spent by our various governments on these projects while the homeless and the drug addicted are intentionally ignored, probably because they do not vote. I just hope that at some point attention be given by our governments,{ especially local} to this already out of control situation, and that you continue to address these issues in ” Fitz’s Stockton”. I also hope that I do not inadvertently step on a syringe walking in my neighborhood.

“P.S. Keep up the good work. Your commentary’s are the best and most relevant part of the Record.”

Perasso’s experience is emblematic of Stockton’s growing homelesness problem and the squalor that accompanies it. The county’s year of deliberation and policy creation culminated in the to the recent appointment of a homeless czar. What I cannot report yet is any reduction in homelesness.

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