Soaring assault rate in Livermore
Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jul 9, 2013
In same categories, Livermore had substantially higher crime counts, particularly felony aggravated assaults. Livermore police reported to the FBI 254 assaults in 2012 as compared to 26 in Pleasanton, and 29 in San Ramon, both cities with populations within about 10 percent of Livermore, the valley's largest city at 82,400.
Burglary was nearly twice Pleasanton's total at 310 for Livermore versus 165 here and 147 in San Ramon. In summary, Livermore reported 2,113 part 1 crimes vs. 1,336 in Pleasanton. Notably, 31 percent of the larceny and thefts reported in Pleasanton took place at Stoneridge mallLivermore's factory outlet mall was open only for about one month of last year.
For complete chart, please click here. (Web Link). The source was the Pleasanton Police Department that compiled the stats for the surrounding cities.
I spoke with Lt. Lance Bye, a veteran of 26 years of the Livermore Police Dept. who oversees the records department.
Without drilling down into each aggravated assault, he could not definitely establish why Livermore has such a higher crime rate. He did observe that Livermore has significantly different demographics than San Ramon and Pleasanton and also, traditionally, has had more ex-cons on parole or probation living in the city.
The demographic shift in Livermore has been dramatic. Since the two national labs were established in the 1950s, Livermore has had a very broad middle class with very few high-income earners and not too many really poor people.
That has shifted dramatically in the last 15 years. The city has more upscale people living in the newer neighborhoods on the south side near the vineyards and the core city bounded by Portola, Junction, Railroad and Murietta has grown significant more ethnic and poorer.
I was a leader in the consortium of community groups that worked to help Marylin Avenue School turn aroundit reached 807 on the latest testing results after starting 12 years ago under 600. When we started, the school population was neither poor enough (low 30 percent of the students qualified for a free or reduced price lunch) nor ethnic enough (English-language learners were similar numbers).
Now, 54 percent of students are learning English (the vast majority is from Mexico) and 79 percent qualify for free or reduced price lunches. Less than half of the parents graduated from high school.
Lt. Bye cited the demographic difference and, when asked about gangs in Livermore, responded that there are gangs in Livermore and policing them is one of the top three priorities of the department.
"Most communities have gangsLivermore has gangs within the city limits. It is not as bad as cities in the Central Valley, but we do devote resources to it," Bye said. "Overall, Livermore is still a safe community where you can walk on most streets day or night."
He also cited City Council and city staff policies over the years that have tried to keep Livermore as an affordable place to live with higher density housing. I would debate that in some recent years when the focus was on downtown and upscale entertainment, but agree on the overall policy view. level.
The lieutenant also said that he routinely reads the logs for neighboring communities and Livermore has lots more activity than Pleasanton or Dublin.
on Jul 9, 2013 at 3:58 pm
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"Now, 54 percent of students are learning English (the vast majority is from Mexico) and 79 percent qualify for free or reduced price lunches. Less than half of the parents graduated from high school."
For clarification purposes, is the quote blaming low-class families and families not of the Caucasian decent for all the crime rate in Livermore? Why isn't there any mention of Livermore being a much larger city and/or the number of crimes committed by people that do not even live in the Tri-Valley.
I think I'd respect this op-ed articles a bit more if you just told what's on your mind. I.E: "I do blame people of a lower socioeconomic status for crime." (That sentences sounds a bit more educated too by not using the word poor.)
on Jul 9, 2013 at 9:33 pm
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PToWN94566, you asked, "For clarification purposes, is the quote blaming low-class families and families not of the Caucasian decent for all the crime rate in Livermore?"
I don't think you have any valid reason to draw such a conclusion. What content of the article has led you to seek "clarification"? It is simply pointing to the demographic differences as one possible explanation for violent crime. Simply put, the demographics of Livermore's "bad area", are predictive for an increase in violent behavior/aggression, which shows up in the rate of assaults. The article also cites gang activity in these areas as a factor.
As for the other comment you had "Why isn't there any mention of Livermore being a much larger city and/or the number of crimes committed by people that do not even live in the Tri-Valley.".
The answer to that is simple: The size and population of the city are irrelevant. What stands out is the *rate* of the crimes. The article explains this: "In same categories, Livermore had substantially higher crime counts, particularly felony aggravated assaults. Livermore police reported to the FBI 254 assaults in 2012 as compared to 26 in Pleasanton, and 29 in San Ramon, both cities with populations within about 10 percent of Livermore, the valley's largest city at 82,400."
It seems like you really want to play the race card here. Perhaps the topic it would behoove you to seek answers to, is why in an area that is disproportionately composed of immigrants, mostly from Mexico, is the rate of violent crimes nearly 10x what it is in neighboring communities? What is it about this population that leads to violence?
Curious to hear what your thesis is. Fair warning, I'll be sorely disappointed if its just something about the man keeping down the brown. Or any equally trite and vacuous, intellectually bankrupt paranoia.
on Jul 10, 2013 at 3:56 pm
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LOL I have to laugh at you thinking a white male as myself is playing the race card. Your statement alone makes me chuckle at how people hide behind their computers- voice some strong stance here but in the real world if this was a town hall meeting, half of this "fluff" wouldn't even be brought up.
If you're going to state numbers about minorities and how they are "poor", why not state numbers of "poor white people"? The road goes both ways. Why not start bringing in statistics from Tracy and cities on the other side of the Altamont, seeing that Livermore is the first place drivers see.
And if we are going to play the race card, as you so quickly brought up, make sure you are aware that Caucasian people are pretty much the minority now here in California.