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State Of Stockton: Mayor Silva Says The Future Is "Bright"

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio
 

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio

Mayor Silva spoke about the positive things such as the sports teams, new home building, and even a city surplus at Stockton's State of the City address Thursday afternoon.

Stockton emerged from bankruptcy this year and Silva says the city is on a path to fiscal stability. But he says there are still areas of the city that need significant attention .

A recent grand jury report found that South Stockton has been neglected for a long time.

Silva says he will encourage investment especially in areas of the city where prostitution and other crimes have been problems for decades.

"Before my time is finished as your mayor, I will make it a priority to target these areas and clean up some of the most toughest and most notorious streets in our city."

Silva also brought to the stage a homeless man he said he found living under a freeway bridge. Silva said Tim Barfield was showered, shaved, and was dressed in a suit and looking for a chance at a new life.

"Tim is not here for a handout, he doesn't want you to feel sorry for him but they are begging you for a second chance. Tim Barfield is here today because he wants a job."

Silva wants to create a central location where the homeless can find the help they need.

He says the future of the city is the best it's been in a long time.

"So I officially declare that the state of our city is extremely strong and Stockton's future is bright."

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio