(c) 2003, Mike Barkley

Michael J. Barkley
161 N. Sheridan Ave. #1
Manteca, CA 95336

September 2, 2001

Letters to the Editor
Manteca Bulletin
531 E. Yosemite Ave.
Manteca, CA 95336

Dear Mr. Wyatt:

Over the past 14 years we've owned and operated an apartment complex in Manteca, and during that time we've made a number of phone calls to the Police Department for assistance or to report crimes. We've learned that they will accept some calls and not accept others. Those they will not accept or investigate include: We would not be making these calls unless they were urgent or I believed the cases were provable in a criminal prosecution, but when we make such calls we feel like we are on trial, not the perpetrators. Maybe ignoring such problems was all right when Manteca was a small town, but as it grows the gang element in Manteca knows there is a lot they can get away with in their attempts to intimidate businesses and the citizenry, and this attitude by the Police Department is a big help to those "gang bangers". And in case you might be thinking "so what?", Vintage Apartments went under a few years back and took huge amounts of property tax revenue with it as apartments all over town got assessed values reduced to reflect the resulting provable drop in market values, so it does hurt the city for the Police Department to ignore apartment building problems. The owners of Vintage needed law enforcement help, and did not got it. The people who say Vintage got such help just don't get it. I've written many letters in the past, but even though this one has festered for 14 years I've held it in, so you can understand for me to write it now is an act of desperation. I even tried a position on the Police Commission for awhile but that was a waste of time too. This laissez faire law enforcement attitude should change before it's too late.


/s/ Michael J. Barkley,

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