Time to Stop the Madness
On a recent morning a friend of this publication awoke to find their car had been stolen from the driveway in front of their house in Yucaipa. One of the editorial writers recently had their car broken into. Mail theft, vandalism, petty crimes are on the rise throughout the City of Yucaipa and now we even had a bank robbery. There is no doubt, crime is up throughout the state of California and Yucaipa is also feeling the increase. There is now a ballot measure before us in November to let even more criminals out of prison early.
This is madness.
Governor Brown and the Democrats in Sacramento have led the charge to ease the pressure on the budget in Sacramento so they can have money for silly pet projects like a bullet train to nowhere and wasted social spending by going easy on criminals. Now Yucaipa is feeling the effects and our good citizens are paying the price.
The council and city leadership, in general, have been slow to react to this crisis. They have not done enough to speak out about what is happening in a lovely city like ours and to let the state legislators know their concerns and how they feel. Yucaipa needs more police and we are going to have to find the resources to pay for it and that means increased revenue must be found.
This should be done without raising taxes so the only way is through increased sales tax revenues. It is time Yucaipa starts attracting shoppers and diners into the city and keeps more of its own consumers here. We need a sustained, city-led program to increase the options for shopping, dining and entertainment in the City of Yucaipa. This will also lead to an increase in jobs in the City – something else that is sorely needed.
Leadership needs to emerge on this and other critical issues or the City we love and the reasons we love it could be lost.