STOCKTON - Mayor Anthony Silva said Thursday it's in the city's best interest to help solve Stockton's homeless issue.
"I don't believe as a human being that we can let others suffer without trying to do as much as we can to make their lives a little bit better. Not only for them, it makes the city healthier in general, when you recognize the needs of the less fortunate," Silva said.
Silva ran the first meeting of the year for his Commission on the Homeless. A large group gathered at Stockton City Hall to hear evidence of problems, and discuss solutions.
It will be a difficult job, considering the streets near downtown attract so many people like 42-year-old Tabitha Melton.
"I smoke a little marijuana, smoke a little methamphetamine. I love my mom but we don't get along and been out here since. (How long?) Three and a half years," Melton said.