COVID-19 has hit Stockton hard with many falling ill, but in his annual State of the City address, Mayor Michael Tubbs said the city’s outlook is still healthy.
Tubbs didn’t have the usual crowd of hundreds attending his State of the City. Instead, he presented his speech online from the Haggin Museum due to the pandemic.
The mayor said while many cities may be tightening their belt, Stockton and its budget are in good shape.
“The budget is balanced and it will include as of today no layoffs, no cuts to staff salaries, no cuts to services, and no new furloughs,” Tubbs said.
The mayor says Stockton deserves much of the $133 million coming to San Joaquin County for coronavirus relief. The city has 45% of the population and more than half of the county's 834 confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases.
He also showed that violent crime in the city has gone down, a moratorium on renter evictions will be extended, and the basic guaranteed income program will also be given an additional 6 months.
“The challenge before us, however, is to work collectively to create our new normal, a path forward to save both lives and livelihoods.”
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