This past week saw a number of happenings in the Stockton area. Here are some news, notes and musings on recent events and topics. Happy Wednesday!
2013 Stockton homicides well below 2012 pace- There was sad news over the weekend as Stockton suffered its first homicide of 2013. While tragic, it should be noted that at the same time last year, Stockton had already seen six murders. This drop in homicides is encouraging, although gruesome reports of shootings, assaults and robberies persist. Hopefully the decline in murders is tied to the recent aggressive measures taken by local law enforcement officials, and not just a statistical anomaly.
USS Lucid plans to dock downtown– Last week, the Central Valley Business Journal had a very thoughtful piece on the restoration of the USS Lucid, taking place just on the Stockton Deep Water Channel. The ship served 24 years, combing the oceans as a minesweeper. While not originally built in Stockton, the ship is an exact replica of the minesweepers that were built along Stockton’s waterfront during World War II. As part of the renovation, the ship’s caretakers have also partnered with the San Joaquin Building Futures Academy to provide hands-on training opportunities for area youth. Eventually, the USS Lucid will be transformed into the Stockton Historical Maritime Museum, honoring the ship’s past as well as Stockton’s rich maritime history. The group hopes to permanently dock the ship along the waterfront downtown. It’s great to see a grassroots project reclaiming a part of Stockton’s history. I look forward to seeing the finished product on the waterfront!
Newsflash: Stockton is diverse- In case you missed it, Mike Fitzgerald had a blog post on the Stockton area’s ranking as the third most diverse in the country. The ranking comes from last fall’s US2010 Project from Brown University which assesses the diversity of communities based on the balance of their racial demographics. Being a diverse city is definitely something to be proud of, especially when you look at some of the other areas near the top of the list: San Francisco, New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles. As illustrated here in this Wall Street Journal chart, the Stockton metro area is comprised of 35.9% White, 7.1% African-American, 38.9% Hispanic, 14.3% Asian, and 3.9% other. While these statistics have propelled Stockton to the upper echelon of diversity rankings, I find the list somewhat broad, lumping numerous ethnicities and cultures into big, sweeping racial categories. Nevertheless, I am always proud to tell people that I was raised in a city as diverse as Stockton where growing up around a myriad of different cultures is the norm.
UPS to feature Stockton-made electric trucks- Yesterday, UPS unveiled its new fleet of 100 electric trucks manufactured by Stockton’s Electric Vehicles International (EVI). EVI has compiled an impressive customer base, including companies such as Frito-Lay and PG&E. The expansion is part of the company’s initiative to put 500 electric vehicles on the road in two years. Kudos, EVI, for providing major companies with an alternative to gas-guzzling trucks while also creating jobs in Stockton.