In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
City leaders will continue to explore a potential daytime curfew ordinance to keep Brentwood youth from defacing property and harassing residents when the majority of students are attending school. What do you think of Brentwood's proposal for a daytime curfew?
NO LOITERING signs. I remember Richmond had a law no more than two people could congregate on the streets. That was when they were trying to get rid of gang activity in the late 1940s.
AS I TRIED to tell APD, these types of laws will cause a lot of issues. We are not a Stop and ID state, so how do you propose to ID these kids? What happens if they stop and demand ID from an 18-year-old? The police have now just broken the law.
I WOULD support it.
WORTH CONSIDERING IF done with discretion by recognizing home schooling, legitimate errands, educational and prevention components. Daytime curfews exist in San Jose, Belmont, Fairfield, Santa Rosa, etc. D.A. Mark Peterson has presented the San Ramon model to Antioch. The rub is if this is doable for Antioch's overstretched police force.
Then again, it's pay me now or pay me later. Rohnert Park saw a 75 percent drop in daytime home burglaries after adopting their "Stop, Cite and Return" program, which returns truant kids with warnings and then cites on third offense.
Seventy percent drop might be freakish but other studies show a 25 percent overall crime drop. Worth some discussion as it seems that a large number of our epidemic daytime burglaries are being done by teens.
CITIES SHOULD have such a daytime curfew for absent students from school, and also enforce the existing property and truancy laws! Errant student youth, with the bent of vandalizing properties and creating harassing disturbances in neighborhoods, should be captured and properly dealt with!
Their cell phones, modes of transportation, and tools of their bad behaviors should be taken away for a month or more (where legally possible). Plus, they should be disciplined by required detention after school hours, restricted from school events, denied participation in school sports, etc., until they clean up their act. The public shouldn't have to take their delinquency anymore!
Ralph A. Hernandez
This week's question:
Will you support Antioch's half-cent sales tax measure in November to boost police staffing and code enforcement levels?
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