Updated 5:23 p.m.
Mayor Michael Tubbs delivered his annual State of the City Address Thursday in Stockton.
He noted that there are still many issues the city needed to overcome — including crime and homelessness — but that he is seeing progress.
“We witnessed a 40 percent drop in homicides and a 30 percent drop in shootings, which illustrates to me that we can be a safe community,” Tubbs said.
The mayor says he has a target to address the city’s homelessness problem, as there remain more than 2,500 people living on Stockton’s streets.
“It is our goal to end veteran homelessness in the city of Stockton by 2025 and we will need help for each and every one of you to do it,” he said.
After hosting a press event yesterday to discuss the city’s universal basic income program, in which private donations help more than 100 families with an extra $500 a month, he continued to tout its merits.
Susan Cruz was one of more than a thousand people who attended Tubbs’ address. She supported his effort to bring a California State University campus to Stockton.
“I think it’s great if a CSU comes here, and that’s going to be a great addition to the city,” Cruz said.
Tubbs also announced a $12 million partnership with AmeriCorps, which will launch this fall to help students with tutoring and mentoring.