Stothert Says Public Safety Is Her Number One Goal

OMAHA (KPTM)- "We are focused on crime fighting strategies to address a long standing problem with violence in our city," said Mayor Jean Stothert in her State of the City Address Wednesday afternoon.

She praised city leaders for being a part of steady progress in creating jobs and delivering public services.

She said the city is in a stable financial position with a $10 million surplus, adding a restaurant tax is expected to feed $27.7 million to the city.

But for the criminal aspect of the address, she recognized Servando Perales, a minister who runs Victory Boxing Club in South Omaha for his efforts to get young people off the streets and out of gangs from his boxing program.

He said it's difficult to put a number on the lives he's changed in his nine years of running Victory Boxing.

"Countless kids have come through here and have gone on to join the military, graduate, go on to college and just make the right choices," said Perales.

One of the many lives he's changed is the one of Nester Rebolledo, who was a gang member before his involvement with Victory Boxing.

"You're just fighting on the streets, hanging out with gangs, smoking pot, drinking, you know and once I started here, everything changed for me. I stopped doing all that and got my life straight," said Rebolledo, who is a state Golden Gloves Champion. He has since become a U.S. citizen and has a goal of a national champion as a result.