SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — Within the South Bay, the town of San Jose taking a web page from San Francisco’s playbook, cracking down on drug use and dealing on metropolis streets. The mayor and the police chief say sellers might be held accountable, and customers will get the assistance they want.
“Should you come to San Jose to deal medication, you may be arrested and prosecuted,” mentioned San Jose Mayor Matt Mahan.
Mahan spoke in downtown San Jose – in entrance of a 7-Eleven retailer – the place complaints of individuals shopping for, promoting, and utilizing medication, are widespread. This was only a few blocks from metropolis corridor and San Jose State College.
The mayor and the police chief introduced on Saturday that individuals might be held accountable.
“Sure, we’re going to crack down on the drug sellers,” SJPD Chief Anthony Mata mentioned. “Now we have so previously working with our companions — whether or not or not it’s the sheriff or the district lawyer’s workplace to make sure that drug sellers are taken off the road and extra importantly those that use medication.”
Mata says it is a advanced downside.
“Now we have to vary and work once more with conduct well being,” he mentioned.
“Within the final price range cycle, I proposed concentrating on $91 million on spending on these three priorities,” Mahan mentioned. “We received 90% of what we requested for, and we have to transfer quicker to rebuild the staffing ranges in our police division and our hearth division, and have gotten to construct interim housing to get folks indoors quicker.”
A crowd gathered to listen to what metropolis officers needed to say — amongst them, Brian Tsui who lives close by.
“My spouse and my son will typically see open drug use and drug dealing and it’s actually regarding,” Tsui mentioned.
“Did the mayor tackle your considerations?” KRON4 requested Tsui.
“I’m optimistic,” Tsui mentioned. “I believe that the best way that he talks about implementing the legal guidelines and prosecuting drug use and drug dealing and growing employees in his price range is hopeful.”
Within the meantime, the general public is urged to report any unlawful drug exercise to SJPD.