By: Ret. RPD Sgt. Dan Kupsky
From: Record Searchlight – http://www.redding.com/opinion/speak-your-piece/measures-d-e-essential-to-solve-our-problems-3a493943-cd36-23cc-e053-0100007fbaeb-390762401.html
I am fully supportive of measures D and E on the upcoming ballot this November and want to share my reasons why. I retired from the Redding Police Department in December 2002 after working nearly three decades helping to make our community a better and safer place to live and raise a family. We had a wonderful department, great staffing, proactive programs like the Gang Task Force, and Neighborhood Policing Unit, many community service officers, and we were making a difference.
Several factors have taken all of our gains away. The downturn in the economy was terrible, but the problems compounded with state prison realignment (AB109), and the disaster that was Proposition 47. Now you have a jail that is full, no accountability for crimes committed, staffing at levels seen in the 1980s and no money for mental health services, nor treatment facilities for the addicted. The perfect storm.
Talk to the local business community. They’ve had it with litter, vandalism, theft, loitering, pan handling, etc. Talk to your friends, how many are talking of moving to Oregon, Idaho, Arizona or have already left? How can we attract businesses if we can’t even keep our citizens? Doing nothing is not an option.
Measures D and E address the problem. For the price of a cup of coffee per month, we can take back our city. A system is in place to account for every penny collected, and because it’s a sales tax even folks passing through enjoying our natural treasures get to help save the wonderful city that is surrounded by them.
No one likes or wants taxes, but solutions cost money and these measures can and will make a difference. They are not permanent, there is community oversight, and if we really are serious about saving our city now is the time to get informed, get involved, and put our money where our problems are.
I strongly support Measures D and E, I hope you will too!.
Dan Kupsky lives in Redding.