What do you think is the key to reducing gang activity in Lodi?
We asked our readers in a poll on Lodinews.com for their opinions on how to reduce gang activity in Lodi. Below are their responses:
- More police enforcement. We need the cops on it. — 41 (12 percent)
- Get kids involved in some other activity after school. Keep them off the streets. — 17 (6 percent)
- It's a parenting problem. Mom and Dad should take more responsibility. — 96 (30 percent)
- Churches and local non-profits can help provide resources to the Eastside. — 6 (2 percent)
- There is no single approach to solving this problem. The community needs a combined approach. — 162 (50 percent)
Be creative, be proactive
Asked to brainstorm some ideas for residents to make a difference, Maria Cervantes, principal at Heritage Elementary, offered the following list:
1. Lodi Parks and Rec-organized activities at Lawrence School, George Washington School or Heritage School.
2. Scholarships for children to participate in organized sports or activities.
3. Intersession and summer activities at the above-mentioned schools.
4. Boys Scout and Girl Scout Troops at the above-mentioned schools.
5. Mentors who are interested in sharing their expertise and getting to know a child and their family.
6. After-school organized athletic activities at the above-mentioned schools for fifththrough eighth-grade students.
7. Art docents who would volunteer to organize art activities after school.
8. Music lessons after school or during school breaks at the above-mentioned schools.
9. Junior Giants Baseball.
10. Organize basketball leagues at the Boys & Girls Club.
11. Affordable swimming lessons at Blakely Park, or scholarships for socio-economically disadvantaged families.
12. Paid or unpaid internships/community time for high school-age students at government offices or private businesses.