Spagnoli Says Oakland Crackdown Not Pushing Crime Into San Leandro

Speaks at Coffee with Cops meeting Tuesday.


Despite that crime is rising and pressing in from Oakland, the statistics show a fairly stable level of incidents in San Leandro, Chief Sandra Spagnoli said at a Coffee with Cops meeting Tuesday morning.

"This is a very big community and crime happens," Spagnoli told a small audience at the San Leandro Senior Center.

But she said there has been no spike and added, "we very pro-actively go out there and find people who are coming into the community."

Patch asked Spagnoli if a crackdown by Oakland police on that city's 100 most violent blocks was pushing crime into San Leandro.

She said it was not, but added that her contacts in Oakland said the crackdown was pushing criminals into adjoining Oakland neighborhoods.

Spagnoli said the factor most likely to increase crime in San Leandro is the state budget crisis. Lawmakers in Sacramento have pushed prisoners out of overcrowded state jails back into county lockups. Counties have released some non-violent offenders early.

Some attendees asked about specific houses and apartment buildings that they considered problematic. Police said it is very difficult to get troublemakers out of their residences, and the only solution was to be patient and make persistent trouble calls.

Sergeant Mike Sobek talked about a on cell phone use in cars during April. On April 2nd, when San Leandro Police started their campaign, they issued 60 citations on that first day alone. He said each ticket would cost upwards of $250.

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Barry Kane April 13, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Thank you Tom, that is very encouraging! I feel our new Chief is doing a good job so far.
Leah Hall April 13, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Thanks for sharing your insight, David. While I don't support of publically funded voucher initiatives, I suppose that I understand your enthusiasm. Here is a balanced report on the programs you site, and a summary of the resarch. http://www.researchforaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Educational-vouchers-Facts-figures-and-a-summary-of-the-research.pdf According to this document: What effect does voucher participation have on student achievement? Reputable research on voucher programs in Milwaukee, Cleveland and Washington, D.C. indicates that they produce few if any statistically significant effects on student achievement. Publicly funded vouchers have been linked to slight increases and decreases in reading and math scores ranging from -.03 to .11 in effect size, but these effects are neither statistically significant nor meaningful changes.8 In short, there is little evidence that vouchers increase achievement for students who utilize vouchers. Then there is the controversy around Catholic schools being the only schools around here that might be able to meet the tuition level requirements of a family that could only afford to pay with a voucher and no other funding source. Richer families with supplemental funding would stand to have a real option (using the voucher to offset tuition costs that average around 20K for independent East Bay schools) but not families totally dependent upon it. Remember that public schools are free to all families.
David April 13, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Voucher kids do as well as public school kids for less tax money--on tests that you doubt the value of. You're talking about "DROP OUTS." Do be consistent Leah. The fact is that if you want to reduce the drop out rate using methods that the government can control (we can't force kids' parents to get married), there is one proven method. Vouchers. http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/83314577.html New data in a study that compares the high school graduation rates since 2003 of students in Milwaukee Public Schools with those of students in the city's publicly financed voucher program has concluded that students in voucher schools are about 18% more likely to graduate than their peers in MPS. (those results have been consistent over the past decade, when it the studies began after the requisite number of years after the establishment of the voucher program. To refresh your memory, Milwaukee vouchers are ONLY available to low-income families, recipients are roughly 2/3 black) The vouchers help public schools too: Data from Texas support these findings. The graduation rate reported by San Antonio's Edgewood ISD has increased from 59 percent to 75 percent since 1999, the year a privately funded school choice program was started there. The results indicating that voucher programs increase high school graduation rates are grounded in FAR MORE evidence than any other education fad, from "whole language" learning to the omnipresent whine of "we need more money"
David April 13, 2012 at 01:55 PM
http://media.journalinteractive.com/documents/2010-Grad-Study-1-31-2010.pdf ...The Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), which receive $14,011/pupil in taxpayer support... The highly popular Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP), which provides up to $6,442/pupil in tax support for parents.. Based on six years of data, John Robert Warren, Ph.D., a recognized academic expert on calculating high school graduation rates, shows that low-income students in the Milwaukee school choice program were 18% more likely to graduate than students from across the economic spectrum in the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). So for half as much money, you get significantly better graduation rates. Not a single public school initiative, from spending more money to smaller class sizes to changes in curriculum etc has EVER resulted in an improvement ANYWHERE near that in terms of graduation rates, never mind with such a cost-effective method. Your "other side" doesn't even cite a well-known research report on drop-out rates in the longest-running voucher program in the country. Do you care about improving graduation rates? Support vouchers.
JohnnyO July 06, 2012 at 01:57 PM
They are hiring all these ex-cons in Davis ST. Home Depot. They get paid for wondering around in the store. Lazy Ass's.


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