The crime in Stockton dropped significantly in 2013 with double digit declines in homicides and robberies. Police hope for still more reductions this year.
Stockton was second on the FBI's list of most violent cities in California in 2012 right behind Oakland.
In 2012 Stockton set a new record in homicides with 71, but in 2013 homicides dropped to 32, an almost 55 percent decline.
Robberies too fell by 30 percent and aggravated assault by 17 percent, even car thefts were down by 15 percent.
Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones says the persistent focus on violent crime has produced results.
"Really almost every program or operation we have comes back to our primary mission which is still working on illegal guns and gangs."
~Eric Jones, Stockton Police Chief
City Councilmember Kathy Miller says crime reduction was accomplished by an understaffed police force, but a recent measure passed by voters should help reduce crime even more.
"And now we have funding to add up to 120 new officers. I think we will see these numbers and this trend continue," says Miller.
Both Jones and Miller say increased willingness by citizens to report crimes has helped police to be more effective.
A project to transform the heart of downtown Stockton from blighted buildings and empty lots into a thriving urban center with new housing, shops and restaurants could be moving forward later this month.
After getting some social media heat from activist Erin Brockovich Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva called a town-hall meeting to discuss the recent addition of chloramines into the water treatment process.
Stockton might be a good destination for the next few days for those who consider themselves to be "foodies." Stockton Restaurant Week begins Friday. It's a chance to explore new menus and new venues at bargain prices.
The City of Stockton will be changing part of its drinking water disinfection process by the end of the month.
In Stockton, one of the busiest nights of the year for guns illegally fired into the air is at midnight on New Year's Eve. Celebratory gunfire can result in death or injury.