Time to Stop the Madness

By on September 20, 2016
Yucaipa City Hall

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.

7 Comments

  1. Bill

    September 20, 2016 at 11:44 am

    The problem isn’t volume of police officers, but what they have the ability to do with the criminals they catch. The local PD has been successful in arresting several people for mail theft and vandalism, but they are essentially released within a couple days and they immediately start up again. More police can’t accomplish anything if the criminals are on a catch and release plan.

    Disrupting a pleasantly quiet town with unnecessary retail space definitely isn’t the answer. The city is thankfully run very financially conservatively and we have plenty of $$.

    • Kristi

      September 20, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      I agree with you Bill. Bringing in more businesses also brings more crime. The Mountain Grove in Redlands was a great asset for Redlands. However, Redlands PD is now even more busy with all the vehicle thefts and shoplifting from that center. More Officers won’t necessarily bring down crime stats. These thugs need more than a pinky promise to not re-offend. They aren’t held accountable.

  2. ljM

    September 20, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Yes, couldn’t agree more… Moved here in 90′ by choice from the O.C. which I loved as well. So after months of searching for a place to start a family, great educational standards, perfect housing market, and a quaint friendly town, Yucaipa was it… Kids now in their 20’s, and 3 houses later, we are amazed at the lack of interest on THE NEW CRIME WAVE that has hit this great city… Something MUST be done, and done NOW…before it becomes, well you know…We must be vigilant, and fear not the (bad apples)…Report what we see, and help our Neighbors in need!….We love Yucaipa, and don’t want to begin a search for a New Safer Place…yet…!

  3. Allen Trietsch

    September 20, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Governor “Moonbeam” and the State legislature and the rest of the bleeding heart liberals should take full responsibility for all the corruption. More people, more crime, and more slap on the hand early prison/jail releases. Build a tent city and get rid of plea bargaining

  4. StopRepublicanPropaganda

    September 20, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Why are democrats being blamed when AB109 was only purposed because a Three-Judge Court affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court required it to be done? AB109 was also voted on making republicans just as responsible for it passing. Garbage fear mongering right wing propaganda.

  5. Mari Winter

    September 20, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Who wrote this article??

  6. Cindy

    September 21, 2016 at 9:45 am

    I’ve gone to the city council am express my concerns but it get frustrating wen they don’t listen we need a better mayor someone who will fight to get more police officers here and do something with these homes that have been abandoned