On this episode, I chat with Tamisha Walker, candidate for Antioch City Council, District 1 where we talk about a variety of issues from the Antioch Police Department, community engagement, economic development, homeless, violence prevention strategies to many other items.

Episode Overview:

  • 1:00 – We get into how I have been trying to interview Tamisha since June. I get into her speech in front of the Antioch Police Department and shared her story about police interaction after the death of George Floyd.
  • 05:12 – she speaks about Operation Ceasefire and the lack of buy in by local government. How do we grow that program and get he community to participate? Tamisha explains people want an outlet to challenge violence in the city of Antioch—especially gun related violence. She explains why it was working in the City of Richmond.
  • 12:06 – Tamisha explains why she is running for Antioch City Council including lack of participation from the community. We talk about how Cavallo Corridor and Sycamore Corridor and A Street areas are being ignored, the focus is basically 2nd Street downtown by city hall.
  • 16:00 – Tamisha explains what her ideas of focus will be – including economic development, youth development, violence prevention through reimagine public safety efforts—investing in violence prevention strategies. We get into COVID-19 and impact on the budget. Need to focus on small business and the pandemic is not going away.
  • 22:50 – We get into Ad-Hoc Committees, Tamisha explains why Ad-hoc committees bother her and the city council owes the residents more opportunity to participate.
  • 27:40 – Tamisha gets into what she is hearing on the campaign trail from the community – city has to do better community engagement, community wants to be informed and involved. Violence Prevention and what can be done. Basketball Courts near Cavallo & 18th Street. She explains how she wants to know what they can do and is tired of hearing what they cannot do – she wants to know what is possible.
  • 31:04 – What can be done to improve police relations with the community. She talks about a “middle of the road” solution. In Antioch, they are either “pro” police or “anti” police—many are in the middle who want quality services with a department that is willing to be in the community. She argues that Antioch Police need to get uncomfortable and have conversations.
  • 34:15 – Tamisha talks about how the Richmond Police Department was able to work with the community and how it may work in the City of Antioch. She says Antioch City Leaders need to be willing to take charge and have deep conversations with the police chief. She further highlights the community is waiting for a decision on the Officer Michael Mellone decision and how public trust matters. We talk about need for crime commission to have more teeth in their role.
  • 46:45 – We jump back into why Tamisha is running and its to be part of the community and work with the community while highlighting how Antioch has weak leadership. She highlights how to bridge a community back together.
  • 49:22 – We get into homeless and what could be done. Tamisha shares some of her ideas.
  • 01:03:18 – Tamisha explains how Antioch does not have any campaign contribution limits. Candidates can be bought by developers, unions, etc.
  • 01:04:22 – Why should people vote for Tamisha?
  • 01:06:47 – how to reach out to Tamisha or join the campaign. Facebook Page
  • 01:07:33 – Tamisha plugs her non-profit at my request as she runs the Safe Return Project

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