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Barbanica: Five Ways to Get Antioch Back on Track

by ECT

This week, Antioch City Council Candidate Mike Barbanica released the following statement which included 5 Ways to get the City of Antioch back on track.  Here is his list.


  1. HIRE MORE POLICE OFFICERS … don’t DEFUND the Antioch Police. Fund body cameras on every Antioch Police Officer and put School Resource Officers in our schools. Work with our residents of color to identify ways we can eliminate racism in our community.
  2. BREAK UP THE HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS … Antioch should NOT be the service city for our County’s homeless population, nor should we be housing the homeless in trailers/motel rooms that are withing ¼ mile of our schools. Turn to the County for social/mental health services and housing assistance. Arrest those who are harboring weapons, dealing drugs and stealing/stripping vehicles.
  3. CAPITALIZE ON OUR DOWNTOWN WATER VIEWS … Antioch has beautiful water views Downtown and at our marina. Smith’s Landing is a good start. Let’s turn our downtown into a place where people want to live, visit and hang out by the river!
  4. MAKE CODE ENFORCEMENT A NEIGHBORHOOD EFFORT … just like we did with Neighborhood Watch. City code enforcement officers can’t do this alone. To clean up blight, we need to institute a way for neighbors to get involved in reporting and helping to eradicate unsightly properties and trash dumping on our streets. We can do this!
  5. EMBRACE ONE DIVERSE, UNITED ANTIOCH … Antioch is one of the few cities in Contra Costa County where people of all ethnicities, all colors, come together and live as ONE COMMUNITY. We need to celebrate this diversity – NOT allow politicians to use it to DIVIDE us for their own political gain.


For more information on Mike Barbanica, visit him at: www.mikebarbanica.com

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The Plague has destroyed Antioch Sep 18, 2020 - 10:22 am

Great to see the optimism here. But Antioch is too far gone. Its become the Richmond of East County and is beyond repair.

Tami Lopez Sep 18, 2020 - 9:43 pm

It’s not
Just optimism! If you want it to change, be the change! VOTE!!! Mike Barbanica Care’s deeply about this City. He grew up and went to schools here. He works here and raised his family here! He’s a person who gets things done! I only see positive outcomes for Antioch if you all vote for him!

Debra St. John Sep 19, 2020 - 1:42 pm

I spoke with my great-grandmother, who was born in Antioch and maintained her residents here even though she traveled worldwide a lot. She said that the city was fine until sometime in the mid-1960’s when it started going down-the-tubes. Most of this due to very poor city management. Those voted in didn’t know what in hell they were doing and the rest of the city’s population suffered. From that time on, it went downhill fast. I’m researching to see which people comprised the city council, especially during the 1960-1970 time frame.

oniwy Sep 18, 2020 - 12:08 pm

This makes the most sense of any campaign to date. Barbanica is exhibiting an understanding of able resource management, realistic evaluation of criminal activity, and a clear vision going forward. No invocation of dog-whistle religious beliefs, huggy-smoochy give-it-all-away financial irresponsibility, or evaluation of skin tone melanin levels which is as racist in one direction as it is in the other. Face it, if the city becomes one big homeless camp, people will leave en masse, leaving nothing behind worth having.

MEV Sep 19, 2020 - 3:43 am

You have my vote!

Not your average white man Sep 19, 2020 - 7:28 am

Its called defund the police. Police makes WHITE PEOPLE feel safe.

Robert C. Sep 21, 2020 - 8:38 am

Unfortunately, “defund the police” is not a serious policy. It’s merely an empty slogan – all emotionalism and no logic.

Blue Lives Matter Sep 21, 2020 - 1:15 pm

Back the Blue!!

Blue Lives Matter!! Sep 21, 2020 - 1:17 pm

Anyone calling for more police has my support!!
Back the Blue

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