Davis said that the city had tried to annex the area in order to provide sewer, water, police and code enforcement services, but that the residents of the area soundly rejected the idea of coming into the city. The neighborhood of about 250 residents remains in the jurisdiction of Contra Costa County and the Office of the Sheriff, surrounded on three sides by the city and by the Mirant power plant, also in the county, to the north.
Crime Prevention Commissioner Hans Ho said Antioch has an extensive Neighborhood Watch system, but it was not available in Garrido's neighborhood because it was outside city jurisdictions. "Should we annex that area, we will be the first to get in there to help organize those neighbors so we can exorcize the criminal element from their midst," Ho said.
Davis also offered praise to Officer Allison Jacobs and Specialist Lisa Campbell of the UC Berkeley Police for cracking the case, and expressed the city's "elation" that Dugard and her daughters have been rescued and were doing as well as could be expected under the circumstance.
Davis also announced the establishment of a trust fund to assist in the family’s recovery. Donations should be made to the Dugard Family Trust Fund, c/o Bank of the West, 2507 Somersville Rd., Antioch 94509. To see the press conference, scroll down on our home page at thepress.net