Letter Hans Ho

Measure P  saves police


As a political conservative, I am normally against any increase in taxation. However, the dire circumstances of our economic situation in Antioch have made it necessary for me to reconsider my position.

I have always been and continue to be actively involved in our Neighborhood Watch program. As such, I witness first hand the devastatingly negative impact that the lack of manpower at the Police Department has on public safety. To exacerbate the situation, we are informed that unless the city can find other sources of income, 10 additional police officers will be laid off. This brings the police manpower down to an unacceptable level.

Measure P is a means to raise the income level of the city so that we can maintain if not improve the manpower situation. We desperately need this funding in order to maintain the level of service in order to safe guard our neighborhood from an onslaught of criminal elements. Funding from Measure P will be for our city only, not to be shared with the county or state.

Let’s be realistic, Measure P funding will not be only used for the police department, but will be used for other services as well. However, if you look at the city’s budget, 65% of the budget is allotted to the police department. So if you follow the same share of the pie chart, the majority of the funding will be spent on the police. If one needs convincing, the Antioch Police Officers Association (APOA) has endorsed Measure P on their website, www.AntiochPOA.com. To me, this is half a loaf of bread, not as good as the whole loaf, but much better than no loaf at all. I am voting for Measure P in the November ballot and I hope you will too.

Hans Ho

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