Volume 6 | April 5th, 2022
Hey Stockton!

The first quarter of 2022 has brought both joy and sorrow. As we welcomed a new year with many projects and programs on the horizon, we have also grieved the loss of loved ones due to violence in our city and state. The value of life and the safety of our community members is of the highest importance. Your City Council representatives and I will continue to do all within our ability to address violence within our city.

Below is a glimpse into what we've been up to this quarter in the areas of homelessness/housing, education and youth programming, public safety, economic opportunity, and civic engagement/community enrichment.

-Mayor Kevin J. Lincoln II
The City of Stockton celebrated the grand opening of two projects providing housing and services for the homeless in Stockton. Gospel Center Rescue Mission (GCRM) opened its Recuperative Care House, which provides respite room and care for homeless individuals exiting the hospital. Visionary Homebuilders opened Liberty Square Apartments, a 74-unit housing community for Veterans and their families. Both of these projects were a result of public, private, and non-profit partnerships.

The City of Stockton also:

  • Released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) accepting proposals for low-barrier shelter facilities. The deadline for applications is April 18th at Noon.
  • Released a Request for Statement of Qualifications (RFSQ) for Safe Camping and Safe Parking Operator and Homeless Services Provider. Submissions are due May 5th at 3pm.
  • Participated in the Point in Time Count, with survey results expected in Spring 2022.
  • Continued Homeless Outreach Team weekly encampment outreaches.
  • Hosted 2 community recycling events, and removed 242 tons of trash through the Clean City Initiative.
  • Celebrated the Gospel Center Rescue Mission's New Life Program graduating class of January 2022.
Youth programming and opportunities are among the top Council priorities for 2022. We are excited about the Californians For All Youth Workforce Development grant that will provide Summer job opportunities for youth aged 16-30. We are committed to partnering with community-based organizations to expand educational, occupational, and recreational opportunities for our youth in Stockton.

This quarter we:

  • Joined CodeStack Academy's "Girls Who Code" event, where elementary, middle, and high school girls learned coding fundamentals and created a video game and controller.
  • Participated in Mable Barron Elementary's Black History Month Assembly, where students shared stories, poems, and songs celebrating the contributions of Black leaders in America.
  • Experienced a round of Boxing training at the Stockton Youth Police Activities Gym, where volunteer mentors spend hours of their time teaching, training, and encouraging Stockton youth as they learn the sport of boxing.
  • Accepted a $5.4 million check from Senator Eggman and the State of California for the renovation of Victory and McKinley Park pools.
Increase in Violence Across Cities
The City of Stockton is proactively addressing the recent increase in violence through a data-driven approach. Stockton PD has increased patrol units across the city and in high-risk locations, our investigations division is aggressively pursuing leads to solve these crimes, the Office of Violence Prevention is mitigating group/gang violence through the Ceasefire and Peacekeepers programs, and as of March 30th, 247 illegal firearms have been removed from our streets. We are continuing our partnership with San Joaquin County Family Justice Center to help reduce domestic-related violence.

Stockton PD asks that anyone with information regarding crimes that have taken place in Stockton call our investigations division at (209)937-8323 or anonymously report tips to stocktoncrimestoppers.org or call (209)946-0600.
Community Outreach
When one community in Stockton hurts, the whole city hurts. In response to the tragic March 22nd home invasion and homicide, I and members of City Council joined Stockton PD, the Office of Violence Prevention, and several community-based organizations and faith leaders for a community outreach to the Village East Apartments and surrounding neighborhood. Our city united to pour love and light into a neighborhood that experienced incredible tragedy. Our hope is to continue this collaborative approach with future outreach opportunities to provide hope, healing, and resources throughout our city. I would like to thank the many private and non-profit partners who came out to support this outreach event.
Captain Max Fortuna
Our prayers remain with the Fortuna family. We will never forget the incredible impact Captain Max had on the Stockton Fire Department and the entire Stockton community.
Chief of Police Search
Recruitment of Stockton's next Chief of Police is moving along, with another opportunity for Stockton residents to participate in the process.

The City of Stockton is hosting a candidate town hall on Wednesday, April 20th, at 5:30pm at the Bob Hope Theatre.
Crisis Intervention Pilot Program
City Council allocated $5.7million of ARPA funding toward a Crisis Intervention Pilot Program that will provide hotlines/warmlines and crisis response support relating to calls for service surrounding mental and behavioral health, substance use, and homelessness. 
Ribbon Cuttings and Grand Openings:
Stockton is experiencing an exciting time of growth in our city. We officially launched the Economic Development Strategic Action Plan designed to increase and attract new business, enhance our downtown, and improve the branding of our city.

We are thankful for the investments of local and small businesses into our community, and the positive impact each new business, project, and program has on our city. Some of the ribbon cuttings and grand openings we've celebrated this quarter include:

  • Familia Automotive
  • 160 Driving Academy
  • DIRDIY Performance
  • Advanced Auto Parts
  • Miner Avenue Complete Street Project
  • Studio 6 Suites
  • Liberty Square Apartments
  • GCRM Recuperative Care House
  • Ghostlight Performance Venue
Community Events/Meetings:
We have enjoyed connecting with Stockton residents this quarter through community events and meetings, and are excited about the many more opportunities to engage with you this year.

City Council meetings are now fully open to the public. This is your opportunity to hear what is happening in the city, and to share your voice in the process. Check out our website to read our Council Meeting Re-Caps, and to participate in upcoming meetings.
Coffee with Mayor Lincoln
Join us for the next “Coffee with Mayor Lincoln” on Thursday, April 7th at The Well. I will share an update on what’s happening in the city and will answer questions from the community. Grab a cup of Colab coffee and join us for an evening of connection and conversation. See you there!