Councilmember Michael Tubbs, District 6, Stockton, CA
Hector Lara, Site Director, Community Partnership for Families of San Joaquin, Dorothy L. Jones Family Resource Center
Carol Ornelas, CEO, Visionary HomeBuilders of California
Christopher Prado, Community Organizer, Pico Network: People and Congregations Togethe
Shani Richards, Community & Legislative Affairs Liaison, Health Plan of San Joaquin
Kennetha Stevens, Volunteer Community Organizer
The City of Stockton is currently running three city-wide engagement initiatives:
- The Ask Stockton campaign to help set future priorities;
- The BMOC Alliance to help improve outcomes for boys and men of color; and
- The Black Community Crusade to organize and mobilize the African American community.
Reinvent Stockton is looking to create a place-based community engagement process that complements these other efforts and is sustainable. District 6 has its own share of challenges, including poverty, education, crime, unemployment, and apathy. Some of our goals are to see a grocery store built in the area and have access to fresh food (there is currently only one store to serve a district of 50,000 people), to improve the academic performance index scores of our public schools, to create an economic development enterprise zone to provide job opportunities, and to open a health clinic in the community. The hope is that this model will help empower residents to begin to organize for better.