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CRIME & PUNISHMENT

Crime and Punishment: A Balanced Approach for a Safer Stockton

Innovative Strategies for Law Enforcement and Justice

Hello Friends and Neighbors,

In our quest for a safer Stockton, we are committed to redefining our approach to crime and punishment. Our focus is two-fold: ensuring our law enforcement is fully staffed with dedicated professionals, and transforming our criminal justice system to emphasize accountability and prevent recidivism. We believe in a balanced, thoughtful approach that not only upholds safety but also fosters a sense of fairness and opportunity for rehabilitation.

Empowering Our Law Enforcement

Our brave officers are the backbone of public safety in Stockton. To support them, we are actively engaging in innovative measures to ensure our law enforcement teams are fully staffed. This includes targeted recruitment drives, offering competitive benefits, and creating a supportive work environment that values the health and well-being of our officers. We understand that a fully staffed, well-supported police force is essential in maintaining the safety and security of our community.

Transforming Our Criminal Justice System

At the heart of our vision for crime and punishment is a reformed criminal justice system. One that not only holds offenders accountable but also actively works towards preventing future crimes. We are exploring new programs and policies that focus on rehabilitation and reintegration, including:

  1. Accountability Programs: Implementing measures that ensure offenders are held accountable for their actions, while also providing them with the necessary support to change their behavior.

  2. Recidivism Prevention Initiatives: Developing comprehensive programs aimed at reducing repeat offenses. This includes skill development, education, and counseling services that address the underlying causes of criminal behavior.

  3. Community Involvement in Justice: Encouraging community participation in the justice process, fostering a collaborative environment where the voices of our residents are heard and valued.

  4. Support for Affected Families: Providing support to the families of offenders, who often face challenges and stigma. We believe in supporting these families, as they are an integral part of the rehabilitation process and community stability.

A Safe, Just, and Fair Stockton

Our mission is to create a Stockton where safety and justice go hand in hand. A city where law enforcement is respected and well-equipped, and our criminal justice system is fair, rehabilitative, and effective. We are dedicated to innovative solutions that not only address crime but also nurture a community environment conducive to growth, opportunity, and second chances.

Join Us in This Journey

We invite you to be a part of this important conversation. Your thoughts, experiences, and insights are invaluable as we work together to build a safer, more just Stockton. Let's collaborate to create a community where everyone feels secure and empowered.

Together, we can make a lasting impact on crime and punishment in our city, ensuring Stockton is a place of safety, justice, and opportunity for all.

HOMELESS SOLUTIONS

Project Title: Comprehensive Homeless Support Initiative

Objective:

To create a holistic program addressing homelessness by providing safe camping, accessible drug treatment, community service opportunities, on-site doggie daycare/boarding and open communication between behavioral health and outreach workers/case managers.

Components:

  1. Transitional Villages:

   - Identify suitable areas for transitional villages, ensuring they are equipped with basic amenities like sanitation facilities, security, and community spaces. Once a piece of property is located, I have plans to create a safe community for our homeless at minimal cost to the city and could become self-sustaining within the first year.  Once program is established, upgrading from tents to huts or tiny homes can continue as funding permits.

     - A program director and case managers will provide supportive care and oversight of operations and progress for the participants.

  1. Safety Measures:

   - Clearly mark pathways and camping zones.

   - Install proper lighting along pathways and near communal areas for safety during the night.

   - Provide fire extinguishers and establish designated fire pits with safety guidelines.

    - Security will be in the form of operational guard shack and surveillance cameras monitored from the shack. No outside visitors, only registered participants in the program are allowed on the property.

  1. Communal Areas:

   - Create communal spaces with picnic tables, benches, and comfortable seating.

    - All participants in the program will give back to the operation of the facility by working chores and groundskeeping. 

   - The facilities will be peaceful and colorful with agreeable optics to ensure the program facility is not an eyesore to the rest of the community.

     - Pets are permitted on leashes, vaccinated and licensed.

   - No drugs or alcohol are permitted on the premises. Anticipated collaboration with Stockton Police Department/Sheriff’s Department (depending on location) for random K-9 sweeps for contraband to ensure the property remains a drug-free location.

   - Collaborate with existing agencies to transition participants from the transitional village to an indoor program that will assist in returning individuals to work and/or drug rehabilitation, depending on the individuals needs.

Wellness Area:

   - Set up a prayer or meditation area surrounded by greenery.

   - Offer wellness workshops or classes.

Emergency Preparedness:

   - Clearly mark emergency exits and assembly points.

   - Have a well-equipped first aid station with knowledgeable staff and train participants.

By combining safety measures, greenery, art, and interactive elements, you can create a healthy and safe environment that is not only visually appealing but also fosters a sense of community and connection with nature while transitioning back to societal norms.

  1. Accessible Drug Treatment Centers:

   - Establish or enhance existing drug treatment centers to ensure they are easily accessible to the homeless population.

Current Protocol:

We currently have one facility with 13 beds for detoxification for people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Our hospitals aid with detox from alcohol and in some cases opioids. The Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Counselor will triage a client at the hospital, prescribe Suboxone and send them back into the community to continue detoxing.  Being homeless means that you must “get sick” on the street, with no restroom to use and no support or comfortable place to be.  If the individual gets to this point, they are then seen by a doctor at an opioid treatment facility days later and they start a regular regimen of Suboxone.  The patient will then have to be weaned off the prescription.  The ironic part of this is after a person is transitioned onto Suboxone, they need a drug rehabilitation program.  I would encourage alternatives to using prescriptions to get people off drugs. We also have no immediate intake facilities/homes for people to detox off their drug of choice when they are homeless.  We have bridges that need to be built to make our currently funded resources work to their full potential.

   - Implement outreach programs to connect individuals with substance abuse issues to treatment services.

   - Identify or establish new immediate detox locations with a homelike atmosphere, offering a more comfortable and supportive environment for individuals seeking detoxification.

   - Collaborate with healthcare providers and community organizations to provide medical and psychological support during the detox process.

  1. Doggie Daycare/Boarding

   -  Pets are the biggest barrier for people getting off the street. Many are willing to go to drug rehabilitation programs or go back to work but cannot do so due to the responsibility of a pet.  While many may not understand this loyalty to a pet, for many living in these conditions, this is all they have left.  I plan on supporting the start-up of an organization operated by formerly homeless persons to manage the daycare and boarding of pets, ensuring the well-being of both individuals and their pets. By providing this service to our homeless community, participants and non-participants will be able to feel comfortable leaving their pet with our new daycare and boarding facilities for them to go to work, check into treatment programs, knowing their pet is safe and will be there when they are ready to stand on their own feet.

Employment and Educational Opportunities

Employment Connections:

  - Once participants are admitted into the program and have achieved a level of stability, it is necessary to start exploring employment options. While some may not be capable of working, others will be. At this juncture, we can explore supportive housing measures for those that are unable to return to work and support the remaining participants in career training/job placement, dependent on their abilities.  Tapping into our labor unions and trades, we will be able to connect people with careers that can provide more than just a means of basic sustenance.

Education Connections:

Education and knowledge is power. I believe that participants in this program should be encouraged to get back into school.  Whether needing to complete basic GED requirements or desiring to pursue vocational training or further education towards a degree, this is an important step in rediscovering an individual’s dreams and goals. By tapping into the funding for homelessness, I propose setting up a stipend for individuals enrolled in schooling opportunities. By supporting those that are doing the footwork to recovery I believe we will have much more success in preventing recidivism into homelessness.

  1. Open Communication Channels:

   - Facilitate open communication between behavioral health professionals and outreach workers.

   - Establish regular meetings and training sessions to enhance collaboration, ensuring a comprehensive approach to mental health and substance abuse issues.

Needs Assessment:

   - We know the needs surrounding homelessness. We have been doing outreach, surveys and forming committees for years now. It is time to take action. Continued communication is necessary as this program progresses, but at this point, the needs are undisputed.

Partnerships:

   - Maintain partnerships with local government agencies, healthcare providers, businesses, nonprofits, and community leaders to leverage resources and support.

Scalability:

   - Develop a scalable model based on the success of the pilot program, expanding to other areas as resources and support permit.  I believe that creating multiple locations with residents numbering not more than 50 is the best approach. If you have too many people in one area working towards sobriety and stability, it can invite discord and difficulty in management.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

   - Establish a robust monitoring and evaluation system to track the program's impact, gather feedback, and make continuous improvements.

By combining these elements, the Comprehensive Homeless Support Initiative aims to provide a multifaceted and sustainable solution to homelessness, addressing the diverse needs of individuals experiencing homelessness in our community.

 

HOUSING

We need to clear the pathway for community members willing to open transitional housing for our unsheltered that are ready to live indoors. By ironing out the “red tape” for these homes to be opened in accordance with CCAPC requirements, I believe you will have more investors in the community willing to go this route for transitional housing. I also am open to rent-caps with regard to shared living.

People on limited income are being asked to give their entire income to be placed in many of these homes, which leaves them unable to support themselves besides the roof over their head.  I also encourage the city to look into the possibility of opening Single Room Occupancy units in some of our deserted buildings in the city. This would provide for individuals receiving SSI income the ability to pay rent, living in their own room, but with shared amenities. 

The city code requirements may need to be revised or modified in order to facilitate this, or in the alternative, discounts on the permit cost for rehabilitation in order to get our vacancy problem reversed, while at the same time providing affordable housing.

Facilitate meetings between code enforcement and fair housing to review reports of residents regarding upkeep or neglected properties and engage the property owners with needs assessments to bring rental properties up to par. The City has to crack down on slumlords in order to help Stockton reach it’s full potential with regard to beautification of our neighborhoods and creating an aesthetically pleasing community.  If the homeowner is unable to afford upgrades and maintenance, determined by asset verification application, we can utilize organized community outreach co-ops to aid in bringing properties up to par.  We have a lot of people in this community with varying talents to contribute. By engaging in community outreach through those talents we can provide for our residents who are in need, especially our senior community.

 

Stockton has had an influx of out of county and out of state purchases of properties in Stockton over the past decade.  While it is good for our low income properties that have been neglected be rehabilitated, I believe it is imperative that we require a certain number of units remain affordable to our low income families. With no regulation on this front, we are seeing the fallout of these purchases in the displacement of families with no alternative options for housing.

Homeless Solutions: Building Pathways to Stability and Restoration

Creating a Compassionate and Effective Response to Homelessness

Dear Stockton Community,

In the heart of our city lies a challenge that touches us all – the plight of our unsheltered neighbors. We believe that everyone in Stockton deserves the dignity of a safe place to call home and the opportunity for a brighter future. That's why we are committed to introducing Safe Camping and Transitional Villages as immediate, compassionate solutions to provide stability for our unsheltered population. Our goal is not just to offer shelter, but to open doors to a variety of services that lead to life restoration and renewed hope.

Safe Camping and Transitional Villages: A Step Towards Home

  1. Safe Camping Sites: These designated areas provide a secure and managed space for temporary living. Here, our unsheltered friends can find a haven, free from the uncertainty and risks of street life. These sites will have essential amenities, including sanitation facilities, to ensure a dignified and healthy living environment.

  2. Transitional Villages: More than just a place to stay, these villages are stepping stones to a new chapter in life. They serve as communities where individuals can access supportive services such as job training, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, and medical care. Each village is designed to foster a sense of community, mutual support, and personal growth.

Empowering Through Services for Life Restoration

In each Safe Camping site and Transitional Village, we will offer a range of services aimed at restoring lives:

  • Health and Wellness Support: Access to medical, mental health, and substance abuse treatment services.
  • Employment and Skill Building: Programs that offer job training, education, and employment assistance to help residents build a sustainable future.
  • Personal Development and Counseling: Services that address personal challenges and provide counseling to support individual growth and well-being.

A Community Approach

Addressing homelessness is a community effort. We are partnering with local organizations, healthcare providers, and support services to ensure a holistic approach. We believe in empowering our residents, not just with a place to stay, but with the tools and support they need to rebuild their lives.

Your Role in This Journey

We invite you to be a part of this transformative initiative. Whether it’s through volunteering, donations, or simply spreading awareness, your involvement makes a real difference. Together, we can provide hope and practical solutions to those in need, building a stronger, more compassionate Stockton.

REIMAGINE STOCKTON

Reimagine Stockton: A Canvas of Possibility

Welcome to a New Dawn in Downtown Stockton

As we stand on the cusp of transformation, we invite you to join us on a visionary journey to revive and reimagine downtown Stockton. Picture a district that's not just a center of commerce, but a vibrant heart of culture, arts, and community spirit. This is our dream for Stockton - a dream where innovative business ideas flourish alongside progressive housing solutions, creating a thriving urban tapestry that's as dynamic and diverse as the people who call this city home.

Cultivating a Cultural and Arts Hub

Imagine strolling through downtown Stockton, where every street corner buzzes with creativity. We envision art galleries, live music venues, and performance spaces that showcase local talent and invite international artists. Our streets will become galleries, our buildings canvases, and our public spaces stages for cultural expression. This cultural renaissance will not only enrich our community but also attract visitors and ignite economic growth.

Fostering Innovation in Business

Stockton’s future shines bright with the promise of innovation. We're paving the way for entrepreneurs and startups by creating a nurturing ecosystem for business growth. From tech incubators to collaborative workspaces, we’re transforming downtown Stockton into a magnet for innovative minds and forward-thinking ventures. Our goal is to make Stockton a beacon for business innovation, where ideas are born, nurtured, and celebrated.

Revolutionizing Urban Living

Our vision for downtown Stockton includes redefining urban living. We're not just building homes; we're crafting communities. Our approach to housing is progressive and holistic, focusing on sustainability, affordability, and quality. From stylish apartments to family-friendly residences, we're dedicated to creating spaces that meet the diverse needs of our residents. By integrating green spaces, community gardens, and pedestrian-friendly designs, we're building a downtown where life is not just lived, but cherished.

A Multi-Faceted Approach to Urban Development

Reimagining Stockton is about looking at the big picture while caring for the fine details. It’s about weaving together various aspects of urban development – economic, cultural, and social – to create a harmonious and thriving downtown. We understand the challenges, but our commitment is unwavering. Through collaborative efforts, strategic planning, and community involvement, we are poised to turn this vision into a vibrant reality.

Join Us in Shaping the Future

This journey to reimagine downtown Stockton is not just ours; it's yours too. It's an invitation to every resident, business owner, artist, and dreamer to be a part of this transformative chapter. Together, let's build a downtown that's not only a testament to our city's resilience and creativity but also a beacon of hope and progress for future generations.