Responses for What would you like to see changed?/¿Cuáles cambios te gustaría ver?

name distance (mi) comments date
Sofia Colon I would like to see more places and activities for families and youth. 09/20/2016
Zulema Gomez Better Cycling infrastructure throughout the city, community gardens, RTD routes directly to teen centers/community centers, and a family friendly downtown. 09/20/2016
Anonymous More activity for families from youth (like there are now) but also family activities for older aged kids - miniature golf, roller skating in several areas, not just off of 99 - If you encourage biking, please have instructions as to safe place to ride and also the rules of the road - not just any old place. Discourage the homeless for "setting up shop" where they please, and give money to agencies that are trying to help - Encourage businesses to keep their areas cleaned up - there is so much trash! Let's get our trees cared for - get federal money! Get rid of unnecessary meters in the downtown area! 10/07/2016
Mahala Burns Develop the waterfront with retail shops, paddle boats, UOP boathouse and kids' activities that link Children's Museum to Weber Point Park. Put strict limits on growth past 8 Mile Road. Infill development. More incentives for residential infill. Bike paths. Turn El Dorado and Center Street into two-way streets - no need for one way streets in a downtown area. More diagonal parking - or better yet free parking in the downtown (remove the meters and replace them with planters, like we did on the Miracle Mile). Make finding a solution for the homeless situation a number one priority. 10/14/2016
Margaret (Peggy) Guttieri In "Envision Briefing Book'" nothing about civic organizations: (Rotary, LWV, AAUW, Chamber, etc. ) or church communities. Volunteers are a great community resource.Also, no mention of Amtrak services. the San Joaquin Station is an entry point and needs great improvement in that area. No parking, no safety overnight, issue of homeless and more. A lot of vacant spaces which could be developed. The old station could be restored nicely. Serious talk about transportation issues should include this aspect.Challenges regarding the homeless are such a serious issue with no easy answers for many areas of town, not just there. 09/23/2016
Karen Morgan Something has to be done about the gang and or violence in this city as well as the drugs. I guess they go hand in hand. Did this city get some kind of subsidy from the Federal Government to accept all these gang bangers from like the Oakland area and even maybe Mexico? I have lived in this town since 1963 and am a young 61 yr old. Most of the changes lately have not been for the good. And there are so few full time jobs for elderly persons with skills. I have been searching for full time work for 4 yrs now. And had to settle for a program through the SERS and it is only 15 hrs a week. It is better than nothing but come one. There has to be more opportunity for the not only elderly but for whites as well. I know that this has been an affirmative action city for many years. It is time to revisit that issue.And lastly it is so boring. There is nothing to do here. Outside of the downtown movie theater or shopping mall there really is not much. I do not bowl or play golf so what is left? Getting back to the crime problem it is almost to where I don't leave the house after dark. Certain areas of town I will not go in. 09/25/2016
KIathy Hart I would like to see us change our image and reputation. 09/28/2016
Zach Drivon There are many opportunities for improvement throughout Stockton. Primarily I believe our leadership would be well served to pursue economic development in the tech industry and through emerging agricultural markets. On a community level, providing opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs by providing low cost facilities and tax incentives would drive investment and give more residents a stake in our economy. We should also look to bridge the social divides that exist between communities with diverse demographic makeups, who likely share the same values and interests. I believe this could be accomplished by utilizing fallow public spaces like parks, schools and recreation areas which go unused during the weekends to provide youth clinics focusing on the arts and athletics . Institution of mentorship programs and day clinics facilitated through volunteer work would be a great first step which could ultimately lead to Federal Grant Funding as these types of programs were developed. 10/07/2016
Alex Ajayi I would like to see Stockton develop a transit system with reasonable travel times. As it is, the bus is used as an absolute last resort for those without cars or friends with cars. Trips that take 10 or 15 minutes by car are hour-long journeys on the bus. Light rail might be a bit of a reach for a city like Stockton, but a true BRT system with dedicated busways on major thoroughfares would certainly be a step in the right direction. Many people have also already recognized the need for a comprehensive bike network. Even though Stockton is not a dense city, it is still only about 6 miles from downtown to the city’s farthest outskirts. This is a distance that can be comfortably covered on a bike in about a half hour, and yet, according to the General Plan report, less than 0.6% of workers commute by bicycle. This is because there are only two types of bike paths in Stockton: recreational, and suicidal. The paths that meander along Stockton’s various canals are very pleasant but lead nowhere significant, and bike lanes like the one on Hammer are little more than two-foot-wide exercises in trust that put the rider within spitting distance of 50 mph traffic. Bicycle traffic should either be separated from the road (a la Amsterdam, or, more locally, Davis) or directed along streets with slower traffic. Lastly, I would like to see the crosstown and possibly parts of I-5 buried to reconnect South Stockton and Downtown. San Francisco, Boston, and now Seattle have all embarked on urban freeway removal projects, to great effect. It is at least worth considering here in Stockton. 10/04/2016
Alex Ajayi I would like to see Stockton develop a transit system with reasonable travel times. As it is, the bus is used as an absolute last resort for those without cars or friends with cars. Trips that take 10 or 15 minutes by car are hour-long journeys on the bus. Light rail might be a bit of a reach for a city like Stockton, but a true BRT system with dedicated busways on major thoroughfares would certainly be a step in the right direction. Many people have also already recognized the need for a comprehensive bike network. Even though Stockton is not a dense city, it is still only about 6 miles from downtown to the city’s farthest outskirts. This is a distance that can be comfortably covered on a bike in about a half hour, and yet, according to the General Plan report, less than 0.6% of workers commute by bicycle. This is because there are only two types of bike paths in Stockton: recreational, and suicidal. The paths that meander along Stockton’s various canals are very pleasant but lead nowhere significant, and bike lanes like the one on Hammer are little more than two-foot-wide exercises in trust that put the rider within spitting distance of 50 mph traffic. Bicycle traffic should either be separated from the road (a la Amsterdam, or, more locally, Davis) or directed along streets with slower traffic. Lastly, I would like to see the crosstown and possibly parts of I-5 buried to reconnect South Stockton and Downtown. San Francisco, Boston, and now Seattle have all embarked on urban freeway removal projects, to great effect. It is at least worth considering here in Stockton. 10/04/2016
Anonymous A focus on the needs of people who already live here and their needs, especially those who are struggling. We need to be a city about the health and wellbeing of our residents - not about big developers, Bay Area commuters, and shady politicians. 10/10/2016