Patti: Ed­u­ca­tion will help SJ make the grade

Manteca Bulletin - - Front Page - By JA­SON CAMP­BELL

Tom Patti knows that change isn’t go­ing to come overnight.

But if he has his way, the Stock­ton busi­ness­man who is mak­ing a bid for the San Joaquin County Board of Su­per­vi­sors in Novem­ber will use his po­si­tion to help en­sure that the county emerges as a vi­able can­di­date for ex­pand­ing busi- nesses in the en­su­ing decades.

Speak­ing to a small group of vot­ers Thurs­day night at a meet­ing of the Man­teca Tea Party Pa­tri­ots at An­ge­lano’s Restau­rant, Patti, a Repub­li­can, re­counted a con­ver­sa­tion that he had with a Google ex­ec­u­tive that was one of the first 100 peo­ple hired at tech gi­ant about the fu­ture of Sil­i­con Val­ley busi­nesses and the like­li­hood they would ev­ery look to ex­pand into the ad­ja­cent Cen­tral Val­ley.

“He told me that it’ll never hap­pen,” Patti re­counted to the group. “He said that the col­lege grad­u­ate rate in the Cen­tral Val­ley is like 17 per­cent, so there isn’t a very big group of peo­ple to pull from when com­pared to other parts of Cal­i­for­nia where it’s 25 or 30 or 40 per­cent.

“He said come back and see me in 20 years. And like I said at the be­gin­ning, this is about chang­ing the tra­jec­tory of the place that we live as we move for­ward.”

More than a decade ago Patti came back to the Cen­tral Val­ley to buy his fa­ther’s busi­ness, Delta Crane, and has been com­mit­ted to own­ing and op­er­at­ing a long­time lo­cal small busi­ness ever since. He noted that his ex­pe­ri­ence com­pares to that of his op­po­nent, ap­pointed Su­per­vi­sor Moses Zapien, who he said has

had an “un­spec­tac­u­lar le­gal ca­reer” since grad­u­at­ing from law school.

While Patti fo­cused on the three core is­sues that he sees fac­ing San Joaquin County and the pil­lars that he wants to fo­cus on if elected to the po­si­tion – the econ­omy and jobs, pub­lic safety and ed­u­ca­tion – he also took shots at the Stock­ton po­lit­i­cal ma­chine and those who are emerg­ing within it.

Ac­cord­ing to Patti, po­si­tions like su­per­vi­sor – and even mayor as he took a shot at Stock­ton may­oral chal­lenger Michael Tubbs as “a 25-year-old kid who has never had a job out­side of be­ing a sub­sti­tute teacher” – are be­ing used to give young up­starts the ex­pe­ri­ence they need to be­come ca­reer politi­cians in­stead of turn­ing to peo­ple who have had life ex­pe­ri­ence that could ac­tu­ally con­trib­ute to the over­all dis­cus­sion.

And Patti has had some ex­pe­ri­ences.

He moved back to Stock­ton from Los An­ge­les, but the na­tive New Yorker ac­tu­ally left home at 17-year­sold to train in Catskill, New York with the leg­endary Cus D’Amato and was a house­mate of none other than Mike Tyson – then only a 14- year- old from Brook­lyn who would go on to be­come the most feared heavy­weight cham­pion of the late 20th cen­tury.

Patti said his quest to rep­re­sent Dis­trict 3 on the Board of Su­per­vi­sors – which is ev­ery­thing in Man­teca north of Yosemite Av­enue, all of Lathrop and most of the land to the west of Stock­ton – isn’t rooted on ad­vanc­ing any po­lit­i­cal ca­reer, but in­stead rep­re­sent­ing the peo­ple and bet­ter­ing the county as a whole as a cen­ter for busi­ness and fam­i­lies.

“I don’t have one foot on the bot­tom rung of the po­lit­i­cal lad­der – if (Assem­bly­woman) Su­san Eg­gman’s seat opens up to­mor­row I’m not po­si­tion­ing my­self to run for it,” Patti said. “I have two terms on the Board of Su­per­vi­sors and that’s what I’m run­ning for and that’s it.”

He also got spe­cific about things that he’d like to see done.

Patti has emerged as a vo­cal pro­po­nent of po­si­tion­ing Stock­ton as the home of a fu­ture Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­sity cam­pus that will aug­ment the ex­ist­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion op­tions that are avail­able in the val­ley, and said that he’s a strong sup­porter of a yet-unan­nounced plan by Sher­riff Steve Moore to ad­dress the home­less is­sue that has plagued parts of the county. He urged those in at­ten­dance to pay at­ten­tion to the news of its roll­out – which has been hinted by the Stock­ton Record as a re­use of the county’s ex­ist­ing empty honor farm bar­racks as tem­po­rary hous­ing and ser­vices for those with nowhere else to go.


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