Last week's question:
The police chiefs in Brentwood and Antioch discussed the struggle to boost police staffing to previous levels in delivering reports on crime trends recently.
What do you think of the police staffing situation in your city and the impact it has on public safety?
FOR ME to just begin to feel safer in Antioch, the police department will need to have at least 126 officers on the street within the next couple of years. After the latest Measure C debacle, I do not think this will happen even with increased property tax valuations. Thus, I see Antioch as an unsafe city, and this situation is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future.
A SUPERVISOR should be in charge to know where all officers are at all times. If you have too many officers at one situation, who is taking care of the rest of the city? The "BEAT" should make a comeback They will know the city, people and businesses.
I THINK the Pittsburg Police Department does an outstanding job dealing with the crime in a very difficult city. However, I think their traffic division leaves a lot to be desired. I am not sure, but I think it consists of two officers on skateboards trying to patrol the entire city. It seems that way when you see motorists racing on every street in town. If you wait long enough, you might see someone actually stop at a stop sign. Most drivers don't. They fly right through without fear of being cited. Pedestrians in crosswalks, even at traffic lights, scramble for their lives because drivers ignore them, knowing they won't be caught. I guess pedestrians are open season all year long. Everyone feels free to park in handicap parking spaces. I don't think they are ever checked. Come on Pittsburg City Council. Hire more officers to work traffic. Help those two guys out. We did agree to pay higher sales tax just for that purpose.
Robert E. Guthrie
This week's question:
The Brentwood Union School District set 100 degrees as the fever benchmark for determining whether children should stay home from school. Do you agree with that benchmark for determining whether children are too sick to go to school? Should school districts set such benchmarks?
Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence. Not all responses will be published. Note: Please respond before Monday.