Last night, I interviewed with NBC15 news on the “drug problem at Habermann Park” in Lodi. The interview was a 20-25 minute discussion about our community, what LCAT is doing to support the community, and whether I felt the park was an issue. Yes, the park may be an issue, but the drugs are not explicitly limited to Habermann Park. My reply to the reporter’s questions yesterday was edited down to the result he was looking for. This is a sad result of news reporting when multiple 20 minute interviews have to be edited down to a 2 minute segment and grab the attention of viewers.
Habermann Park as a standalone issue has been sensationalized not only in this snippet news report, but in the community. The park, although it has its issues, is not the main drug problem in the area. At one point last year the Drug Task Force informed us that they had made over 20 arrests and were purchasing a thousand dollars a day in drugs in the Lodi Area. The majority of this action was not connected with the park at all. When we call Habermann Park the "Drug Park" we are doing ourselves and our community a disservice. Yes, Lodi has a drug problem, Yes we have had kids that die from it, but to make this issue only about a park is ignoring the major issues and the kids that are in the shadows. The question should be, what are we as a community going to do about our kids taking unhealthy risks? From the parents at home to the community leaders to the person who greets them into their place of business.
NBC 15 -News Story - Local park in the City of Lodi known to many as drug hub