STOCKTON (CBS13) — At least 1,200 letters have been mailed out to households in Stockton offering a chance at receiving $500 a month, no strings attached, but not everyone is signing up.

The program is part of the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration or SEED. It’s the nation’s first city-led guaranteed basic income.

Since learning about SEED, Deborah Gurley, who is on a fixed income, has checked her mailbox several times a day.

“Nope, not yet. Not in my mailbox,” she said.

The letter she and 1,200 other people have been waiting for looks like this. 

The program’s logo is on the top left.  The letter isn’t addressed to anyone in particular, just to the home.

“It’s not a scam, it’s not a hoax. It’s a chance to be part of this groundbreaking program,” said Mayor Michael Tubbs.

A team of independent researchers randomly selected 1,200 households where the median income is at or below $46,000.  From the group, 100 will be selected to receive $500 a month for 18 months. But the response has been slow.

“We’re looking for at least half of the folks who have received the letter to respond back because it gives the evaluators a chance to select the 100 people from that group,” said Tubbs.

SEED is looking to study how an extra $500 will impact people’s health and stress level. They are looking to see if people feel financially secure.

“I told my mom, I said if you get it, let me apply, and she was like, ‘no I’m going to apply because I pay the rent here, but we can share it,’” said Tammy Gaytan who wants to share the money with her mom if she gets the letter.

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Researchers hope people interested will respond by December 23.  Otherwise, it’s back to the drawing board.

“If half the people don’t respond, our research team, our evaluators will find a way to make sure we get a sample size that is representative of the city,” said Tubbs.

If push comes to shove, leaders with SEED will likely send more letters out. For now, researchers are hoping to get enough responses to reflect the number of letters sent out to people.

Comments (41)
  1. Jeff Mitchell says:

    No end to stupid liberal programs!

    1. Mike Herman says:

      That’s because there’s no end to stupid liberals.

  2. Mike Dillon says:

    This is, by far, the most ludicrous and ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard of. As if you don’t have better ways to invest this money. Shame on you California

  3. I hope California secedes from the rest of America, wouldn’t want this dumb sh-t getting around!

  4. Kay Crawford says:

    just disgusting

  5. Saw this on Drudge. Went to for more real California news.

  6. Tom McGyver says:

    Guaranteed income in CA; this is one of those “We’re about to lose the house; LET’S PUT IN A POOL!!” moments!

    Three reasons why no one is signing up; some are too lazy to do so, some don’t want that extra money to bump ’em off welfare and out of their Section Eight houses, and some are too high, or can’t read!

  7. David Alster says:

    Don’t want to make more, due to welfare limits. etc.

  8. Tim Browne says:

    I’m not sure what’s dumber, the program itself or the attempt to get people to sign up. You sent letters that look like bad junk mail addressed to a household, not a person. The open rate for things like that is about 1%. Of those people, they read it, you’re asking for personal information, they throw it away. Sheesh.

  9. Bailey Moad says:

    It’s a horrible idea that has already been implemented and failed. But, you know, “they” know better. Anyone interested in why it failed? Because folks stopped working since they were handed money. Duh!

  10. Bruce Nicklin says:

    What is wrong with liberal thinking. They need a study? How about Lotto ticket, Pot, Cigs, drugs…. Morons

  11. Stockton is out of bankruptcy?

  12. markangelooo says:

    They already gave Elon Musk, Wall Street, Wells Fargo,
    how much ???
    And you complain about giving pittances to ….

  13. B.f. Caffrey says:

    Low response isn’t too surprising. I think most people would rather have a JOB that allows them to earn a decent living rather than a handout. I’d rather see the truly disabled get the extra money.

  14. “If half the people don’t respond, our research team, our evaluators will find a way to make sure we get a sample size that is representative of the city,” said Tubbs.’
    “We’ll make those motherf___kers take that money whether they like it or not!”

    1. Josh Eshleman says:

      More likely they’ll fudge the numbers like they always do in order to get the outcome they want.

  15. Sam Alecto says:

    Just another liberal tool to enslave minorities and strip them of dignity and pride to keep them voting democrat.

  16. Zak Watson says:

    “Anti-racists” say there’s a RACE problem. They say it’ll be solved when non-Whites pour into ALL & ONLY White nations and “assimilate” to get a brown mixture.

    They say only White nations have this RACE problem; they say non-White nations are fine.

    If I object to my own genocide these “anti-racists” say I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they’re anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  17. Stockton filed for bankruptcy 2013, it still run by idiots?

  18. Abigale Reinhorn says:

    Will they be requiring an ID so they can verify people and their income? That requirement would be racist here too, right?

  19. Stehr Va says:

    Of course no decent human being wants this. When will liberals understand that good humans want to work for what they get not receive handouts. Liberals are always insulting folks with this kind of garbage, welfare and their thinking that all minorities want free handouts. Talk about racist.

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