ShotSpotter and what it can do for Sacramento, CA

What is ShotSpotter?

In Sacramento, CA officials are looking at and raising money to install several systems to pinpoint gunshot locations to better protect the streets. A gunshot locator or gunfire location system; also known as ShotSpotter, is a device that uses optics and acoustics to locate where a gun has been fired, the information is then relayed onto a map giving its general location. These sensors are usually used by law enforcement, the military and security companies.


The facts

Having lived in Sacramento most of my life I’ve heard my fair share of gunfire. In 2011 California had the highest gun related murders at 68%. 4,638 were suicide and 3,752 were murder. That is even with California’s strict gun laws. More than 80% of gunshots are not reported to 9-1-1. That is a measly 20% being reported.

ShotSpotter has been installed in 46 different cities and when the data was analyzed between all the cities all 46 saw a median of 12.8% reduction of gunfire with in a year. San Francisco, Ca being down a whopping 38.6% all on its own. Because of Sacramento, CA many budget cuts to their police departments, ShotSpotter would allow the police force to do more with less. It would be an aid to their efforts to clean up the streets and make the neighborhoods safe again. More college age students would feel safer about enrolling and attending their classes knowing that the police would get there quicker if there ever was an attack. From 1999 to the present there have been a total of 16 gun related incidents at schools, 41 injuries and 13 fatalities. While that is in the whole of California, it is important to remember that gun crime doesn’t just happen in Sacramento. These are just a few reasons why ShotSpotter would be a great addition to Sacramento’s police force.


How would ShotSpotter help the City of Sacramento?

    • Keeps the police safer
    • police would be able to respond to victims of gun crimes even if they don’t call 9-1-1
    • quicker response time
    • a better idea where the gun crime is in an area
    • help keep kids safer
    • More arrests due to quicker response time
    • Less criminals on the street due to quick arrests
    • Less illegal gun ownership
    • repeat offenders will be caught…again
    • more gun crimes will get solved or better yet they won’t even happen
    • safer schools or public hangouts


How it has helped already?

In June of 2015 the first ShotSpotter was installed. Since its installation 454 gunshots have been detected but only about 90 shots have been called in. Most times the victims don’t report being shot either. The City of Sacramento Police are currently asking for $165,000 to keep ShotSpotter going in South Sacramento and are asking for $210,000 to install it in North Sacramento. Think about how much this system would help aid the police in protecting our neighborhoods, our kids! By installing this system, the police would be able to prevent more crime instead of responding to it.


Golden 1 Center Opens to the Kings

The Golden 1 Center recently opened to much fanfare as it hosted the preseason home opener of the Sacramento Kings. In addition to serving as the home of the franchise, it will be a special event center hosting concerts and large conferences. It is expected to increase the revenue potential for the owners of the Kings as well as help boost the economy of Sacramento.


The New Arena Keeps Up With Current Trends


Golden 1 Center is much like Levi Stadium in Santa Clara and AT&T Field in Dallas. The homes of the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys are more than just places where fans can watch the home team play. They also feature museums and places where fans or just everyday residents can get married. The goal of new stadiums and arenas is to offer something for everyone who goes there whether they are rooting for the team or not.


How Will It Impact the Kings on the Court?


While the new arena may attract fans this season because it is new and a relative unknown, it may not help the Kings play any better. They are still a franchise that is bereft of talent both on the court and among the coaches on the sideline. The owners are also seen as relatively stingy, which means that they care more about making a profit than whether or not they win a championship.


It Could Help Lure Free Agents


Although it may not help this season, the promise of a new arena and the facilities that go with it could help to lure free agents to the team. They will need to build around franchise center DeMarcus Cousins, who is being wasted on a team that consistently loses 50 or more games a season. Players may also tempted to join the team because they can make money fast. Unless they are paid higher than a market rate, there would be little other reason to join the franchise.


College Teams Will Play at the Arena as Well


In addition to Kings games, there will be college basketball contests featured at the arena. One matchup involves San Diego State taking on California in what should be an interesting game between regional rivals. Conference and NCAA tournament games may also be held there in the future. This will give basketball fans who are turned off by the King’s recent stretch of poor play the ability to see players who may join the team in the future via the draft.


Getting to the Arena is Relatively Easy


There are multiple ways in which fans can get to the arena in a convenient and affordable manner. First, it may be possible to take advantage of the rail and bus lines that are now being routed to within walking distance of the Garden 1 Center. There are also bike racks and walking paths that those close by can use to get to the arena without the need to drive, or there are dedicated pick-up and drop-off spots for those using ride sharing services.


If you are a Kings fan, a basketball fan or just looking for something to do, the Garden 1 Center may be your destination of choice. With ease of transportation and the hottest events in the country, there will always be something in town worth doing.

Arnold Palmer Dies at 87

Arnold Palmer Dies at 87

On September 25, 2016, golfing legend Arnold Palmer passed away. The longtime golf champion was 87 years old. He died while waiting for a heart transplant at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Palmer was admitted three days prior complaining of heart pains.


On Thursday, September 29, Palmer’s ashes were laid to rest in his hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where a private funeral service was held for friends and family. The ashes were taken in a plane and spread over his favorite golf course at Latrobe Country Club. His ashes took one last flight over his hometown.


But something startling happened the day of his funeral. The day started cloudy and stormy but gave way to sunshine. In between the misty rain and the sun came a rainbow. The brilliant rainbow spanned the entire sky and was visible to all. It seemed that Arnold Palmer was saying goodbye to everybody that attended the funeral.


But it wasn’t just the people who knew him dearly that mourned his passing. At the time of his death, the Ryder Cup was taking place. The competition pits American golfers versus British golfers for rights to the cup. The usually upbeat and intense competition took on a much more somber tone as news of the passing spread.


Arnold Palmer himself was a part of six Ryder Cup championships for the American side. His 22 victories during the Ryder Cup competition still stands as a record. The history of all this was not lost at the golfers of the competition. Some of the golfers remarked that they would use his passing as inspiration for performing better while others simply expressed sadness.


Palmer was a legend that transcended his sport. His effervescent personality brought the game to life during the television era when he won seven major championships in the 1950s and 60s. Without Arnold Palmer, golf might not be as big as a sport as it is today.


Palmer continued to be an ambassador for the game long after his heyday. He continued to compete on the senior circuit and took on the immense challenge of popularizing the game with every generation. The consensus within golf circles is that he succeeded incredibly well.


But Arnold Palmer’s life extended farther than golf. He was an avid pilot, keeping a pilot’s license for 50 years of his life. In fact, his prowess in the air inspired the town of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, to name its airport after him — The Arnold Palmer Regional Airport.


His fear of flying is what inspired him to get his pilot’s license. This kind of take the bull-by-the-horns attitude is what made him so famous throughout the world. He racked up over 20,000 hours of flying experience to achieve his pilot’s license despite his crippling fear.


And he never strayed far from home. He was married to his first wife for 45 years until she died of ovarian cancer. They made their home in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and he never left. This down to earth legend will be missed.