A little birdy informed me at last night’s Antioch City Council meeting that Antioch Mayor Jim Davis called for a Town Hall to discuss recent violence in the city. Finally, the council see the light as Paul Burgarino of the Contra Costa Times confirmed this report this morning.
I wrote about the lack of response from city officials on Jan. 31 as well as on Feb. 13, now they are finally listening to not only myself, but others who have requested that Antioch invest in solving their violence problem because as you know, this spills over to other cities such as Brentwood, Oakley.
The fight in Mayor Jim Davis is nice and I hope it’s not any type of lip service. He was quoted last night saying, “We need to do something, enough is enough.” It only took a month longer than it should have. It shouldn’t have taken multiple shootings to be the “tipping point”; they should have had the foresight to fix this a long time ago.
According to the Take Back Antioch Facebook Group, they posted during the meeting the following post:
Breaking: Antioch Police Department is currently opening the hiring process for 2 NEW Police Officers! This is an outstanding accomplishment since 14 months ago we were considering laying off 6 officers!
It’s silly that the city lost six officers and violence has gone up and they decide bringing that hiring back just 2 police officers will please the citizens. Yes it’s nice, but Antioch deserves better treatment regardless of its budget.
What Antioch should be doing is bring back the six officers they lost as well as including the hiring of 2 additional officers. Whether cuts to city staff occur to do this, find the budget and make the hard decision! Without a reduction in shootings and violence, its unlikely people will invest in the community.
By investing in law enforcement and public safety today, it will pay dividends down the road. Businesses will come back, homes will be purchased, and people will spend money in that town again—yes it will take time, but it’s an investment in its future. Taxes revenue will flow in if people feel safe!
I sincerely hope this is not any type of lip service to settle down Antioch Council’s critics. They are on record now as saying “enough is enough” and East County should hold Antioch accountable or work to replace them.
With that said, this Townhall should be only the first step. I love my community in Oakley and I love East County so I envision a larger movement in the near future.
I would propose city leaders from East County put on a much larger event which include leaders from Antioch, Bay Point, Brentwood, Oakley and Pittsburg along with the Contra Costa County Sheriff and County Supervisors to tackle this problem once and for all. They could even turn it into a public safety event with vendors related to law enforcement, public safety classes, self-defense classes, neighborhood watch program information and the list goes on.
Let’s truly nip it in the butt with a county movement as opposed to one City finding a solution and the crime simply spilling over to another. This is a complex issue which not one city can handle by itself. It requires an investment in time and effort from not only cities, but also from the citizens who can truly make the change the county needs.