Patrick Jones’ Bid to Increase Police Funding Fails to Gain Ground

Redding City Councilman Patrick Jones’ proposal for a citywide belt-tightening to help fund police failed to gain adequate traction Tuesday night with two of the four council members opting to wait and see how the Nov. 4 elections changes the landscape.

Patrick Jones

Jones, a two-term councilor who is seeking re-election, said he’d like the council to formally discuss a proposal calling on every department head to cut his or her budget by 5 to 7 percent.

The resulting savings would be funneled to the police department. The idea was first floated by Michael Dacquisto, one of the six candidates seeking three seats on the Redding council.

While conceding “that everything should be discussed,” Councilwoman Missy McArthur said she couldn’t support Jones’ proposal with only two meetings left with the current council composition. “We should wait to see who’s here.”

Mayor Rick Bosetti, who was absent Tuesday, is not seeking another term. Councilwoman Francie Sullivan is joining Jones in seeking re-election.

Councilman Gary Cadd, who often sides with Jones, offered his support for the budget-trimming idea. “Granted, we are going to have a new council, but if we start now, we’ll have the information at our fingertips. I think it would be a really good idea to start the ball rolling now,” Cadd said.

Sullivan, who was in charge of the meeting in Bosetti’s absence, also declined to support Jones’ proposal. She said she was reluctant to tie up city staff time until voters decide on Measure F, a proposed quarter-cent sales tax hike to bolster Redding’s public safety budget.

“I’ve heard a lot of good things about it,” Sullivan said of the measure. “People are willing to spend a quarter on every $100 of purchases” to hire more officers and increase jail capacity.

“Our staff has plenty to do. For now, I do not support proceeding.”
Jon Lewis is a freelance writer living in Redding. He has more than 30 years experience writing for newspapers and magazines. Contact him at jonpaullewis@gmail.com.

Jon Lewis
Jon Lewis is a freelance writer living in Redding. He has more than 30 years experience writing for newspapers and magazines. Contact him at jonpaullewis@gmail.com.
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4 Responses

  1. Randall R. Smith Randall R. Smith says:

    Why did Anderson need only a simple majority for its similar measure? Why is public safety, or lack of it, held hostage to a super majority? This election will forecast a great deal about Redding’s future. Defeat of Measures B and F mean those young enough should be looking elsewhere.

  2. Avatar R. Gene Rider says:

    I don’t think the problem is the Redding Police Department. They are catching the bad guys and taking them to the jail. We need to keep the criminals in jail. It’s the basic premise of the judicial system. I don’t care if they are kept in tents behind 15′ high fences. That is called a deterrent and is another basic premise of the judicial system. Redding is now seemingly known as a criminal friendly town. Recently a San Diego criminal was arrested for car burglary and then later car theft here in Redding. He will be released from jail because there is no space. There is no local jail space because the state is releasing the criminals from state prisons and filling the local jails. If our San Diego friend does go to prison he will be released back to Redding since that is where he came from. Then he will be put on local probation and have to live here and become another rehabilitated outstanding member of the community. It’s simply beautiful.

  3. Avatar Noella L. Pearson says:

    Appreciate the perspective.

  4. Avatar Ginny says:

    Doesn’t it both people that “our” powers to be are so afraid to put their name on an idea or a vote. Let it go to the next person after the election! Isn’t that called: “Save your backside!”