Drug Dealing and Gangs Operating in small town USA
Small Town USA
Here I am living in a small town in the Central Valley of California. Situated in Stanislaus County and in the heart of the countries most productive farm land. This part of the country is inhabited mostly by farmers, ranchers, farm workers, and their families.
Or should I say, used to be inhabited by these folks. Now days this area is inhabited by the aforementioned people as well as transplanted bay area residents and all the hoopla and hype they brought with them. Many come from Oakland, Palo Alto, South San Francisco, and other bay cities.
The population here has grown 71% through the 90s (Newman, Ca. Profile). Now, as I looked through these web pages researching the population, crime and various data about Newman I found a completely biased set of data on almost all the sites. They are based on real estate companies trying to sell properties in this area and showed the data in the light they needed.
This town went through a huge growth until the housing bubble burst, and that growth was not accompanied by proper planning by the city government. The services were not kep up in pace with the population growth, and the consumer services are sorely lacking.
As you can see in the picture here, Newman is dead quiet this Monday evening at about 7:30 PM PDT. This is the 6th of the month and within the days that all the locals get their welfare checks, food stamps and Social Security Checks.
Hot Air Balloon Launch
Parks, Balloons, and Hospitality
In 1998 I purchased my first home here in Newman, Ca. It was on the east side of town in a new development that was only about 1/3 completed. At the time the town had two stop lights and a very small population. I move here from Santa Cruz, Ca. because I could not afford a house there at the then inflated housing prices.
I met the town hardware owner and bought $1000.00 worth of stuff for my new home. When I asked to have the stuff delivered because I did not have a truck, I was handed the keys to his personal pickup and told "Go on and take your things home and just return the truck later".
I soon met a local Hot Air Balloon Company owner at the town's Fall Festival and got a ride in a Balloon. I was already a Private pilot so I joined his school as a student and got my Commercial Lighter than air Hot Air Balloon Rating. I flew in the Newman Fall festival for several years after that giving rides and sharing the sport of Ballooning with the town.
What a difference from the current situation here in Newman. Now we have a huge population with a very high percentage of "Imported" bay area residents and immigrants that have no feeling for the town or any remorse at it's destruction.
Central Park Newman, Ca.
Drug Deals and Crime: How Things Have Changed
Tonight I went out for a walk with my spouse and our three dogs. The main street was deserted and as we walked south we noticed not one soul out on the street at about 7:30 PM. This is very unusual for this town and any town I have ever been in. Part of this is because it is the 6th of the month and many of the towns residents just got their welfare/Cash Aid/Food Stamps and are at home eating.
But an even bigger part of this is that just around the corner, lies the real reason Newman is so deserted. The local drug dealers and their customers are all hanging out on the street corners and in driveways either getting stoned or buying and selling their garbage.
They inhabit the parks, alleys, storefront entryways and any corner they can find. Many of them are gang members, armed and have nothing better to do than harass citizens.
Drug Deals in Real Time
The reason Newman is deserted tonight is that as always, the punks and drug dealers are out walking the dark corners, the parks and the alleys selling and buying their poison. The reason Newman is deserted is these punks have gunfights in the park and have intimidated the local "Police" to the point of doing nothing.
Seriously, the local constables are so afraid of these jokers that they sit at home watching TV "On Call" as the scum rule the town. Recently, I saw one of the local businesses that was broken into (and even took pictures of the door smashed in) and when I called 911 and they notified the local police, the answer was "We are too busy and do not have the manpower to handle this call".
Small Town Action
Have you ever taken action against gangs and or drug dealers in your town?
What Can We Do
I guess the point I am making is, we as a society, each and every one of us needs to stand up, make a statement and be a part of the solution. If each one of us writes letters to our city hall, congress, representatives, governor etc. we can make a difference.
What would happen if each of you reading this went out in your town or city, took pictures, wrote letters and hollered at the top of your lungs "I am not taking this anymore".
Please, Take this to heart, tell everyone you know, write hubs, write letters, take pictures and together one town at a time, we can take our country back.
Get angry, get mad or sad or whatever it takes you to take some kind of action! Action can be totally passive and peaceful, I am not advocating violence....Just Action.
Tell everyone you know about this hub, share it, forward it, be proactive in sharing this message.
© 2011 Mark G Weller