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Tragic shooting sheds light on need for comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans

Everyone loves to bash Stockton these days. The thing is, those of us that live here, love the city.  We know there are good parts, and parts that are struggling– like any other city.  And the citizens of these struggling areas are just as concerned as the citizens of areas with less crime, though they often feel […]

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Downtown Stockton sees 21% decrease in crime

Downtown Stockton is maligned by many as being unsafe, a notion often cited as a determining factor for avoiding the neighborhood for anything other than jury duty. And on the surface, downtown can appear unseemly at times with graffiti, litter and panhandlers further perpetuating the view that downtown is crime-infested. To this point, The Record […]

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Could we convert the county courthouse into jail space?

In an article last summer, I identified Stockton’s five-ugliest buildings. Among those buildings was the San Joaquin County Courthouse, which has been much maligned both for its lack of functionality as well as its uninspiring aesthetics. Next year, the county will begin construction of a new, 12-story courthouse located on the current site of Hunter […]

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How better zoning can curb crime

Last year, I wrote about the effect that planning can have on crime, noting that a well-planned city or community can have a direct affect on public safety. Even more recently, I have mused about how crime seems to revolve around Stockton’s big box retailers, namely Walmart. Probably not coincidentally, some new research has emerged […]

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Why a Broken Windows approach to crime may not work in Stockton

On Tuesday, Mayor Silva held a press conference promoting his crime-fighting initiative, Stockton Safe Streets. The plan includes an increase in the sales tax to fund 100 new police officers, among other things. Aside from the argument of whether or not this proposal would complicate Stockton’s bankruptcy proceedings, or if it aligns with the city’s […]

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Project Ceasefire: Understanding Stockton’s new crime fighting initiative

On Tuesday, the city council voted to implement a crime fighting strategy known as Project Ceasefire in an effort to combat against Stockton’s rising violent crime. Faced with dwindling resources and increasingly fearless criminals, Stockton’s police department has been overwhelmed. Could Project Ceasefire– a program that has shown great success in other cities and even […]

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Crime in Stockton: the role of smart growth

During my recent trip home to Stockton, I noticed that crime was the topic of conversation with nearly everyone I talked with. Cousins, aunts and uncles, friends all at some point discussed how crime was getting out of control. And it’s true; Stockton is facing a huge problem with spiraling crime rates. As dismaying as […]

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