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  •  probably mainly suicides (3+ / 0-)
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    But Stockton went bankrupt, and they don't have many services left, including police.  

    "oh no, not four more years of hope and change?" Karl Christian Rove

    by anna shane on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 03:52:34 PM PST

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    •  Sadly, mostly murders (12+ / 0-)

      But, yes, Stockton is in a world of financial pain. The police force has been cut at least 25% and now the California Highway Patrol is assisting them in police work.

      Unfortunately, politicians in Stockton brought most of this on themselves. They spent rediculous sums of money never considering that housing prices that rose as much as 300% would come tumbling down in the future. They thought the gravey train would never end.

      I went to high school in Stockton and have family that still lives there. I tried to convince them to sell their homes at the peak, telling them they would never had another opportunity like this in their lifetime. They just wouldn't believe me, thinking it would go on forever. Their homes are now worth 25-30% of what they were in 2007. And that's not likely to change anytime soon.

      Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

      by reflectionsv37 on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 05:03:08 PM PST

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      •  i live not far away (0+ / 0-)

        in a town that is equally stupidly run, a bloated and overpaid police force, headed by a guy who seems to attract law suits to the city as fast as pooh attracts files - he's sexist and dumb.  Unfortunately the elected board knows how to win local elections, just not how to protect our city from lawsuits, or to negotiate sustainable contracts, or to not spend more than is in the budget for things such as studies on projects we'll never be able to fund, not to mention our lawyer bills and what we'll end up losing when we eventually settle the string of law suits accusing our police chief (probably rightly) of various violations.  Our board even started a law suit - against our own garbage company, and so if we win, we haul our own garbage, and if we lose (which is likely), we'll lose big.  

        So Stockton, we'll be there soon.  

        You'd think, but no, it's ready to happen in more towns than you could believe, although I think I'll be living in the poster child for stupid local government. (I won't say the name, the the initials are KENSINGTON.)  

        One more reason to not valorize local government?  

        "oh no, not four more years of hope and change?" Karl Christian Rove

        by anna shane on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 05:15:02 PM PST

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