Videos: Sawyer plays 'cricket' with Holman, Burgos Medina and Miller; Miller fires back

Election Day is 11 days away, and videographers are very busy. Watch for yourself: Political consultant N. Allen Sawyer's Stockton Safe Streets shares three on Facebook: http://youtu.be/kdGjWPrZsUs http://youtu.be/n1W_In42VqQ http://youtu.be/MW_xQNXOn4A Miller posted this response today: http://youtu.be/jSzpJ59UTeo »»Read Full Post

Strong mayors and charlatans

Mayor Anthony Silva makes two cases for changing Stockton government to a "strong mayor" office: his rhetorical case, in which he argues that a strong mayor could get more things done, and the case he makes by his example which, all things considered, is probably the most effective argument that »»Read Full Post

Travel Notes; upcoming events worth your notice!

'Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein', the classic film runs on Friday, Oct. 24 at the Fox CA/Bob Hope Theatre, brings Halloween fun early (with costume contest for the kids), organ concert included, and tours of the venerable theatre following the movie! Sometimes the best travel ideas are either “close to home”, »»Read Full Post

Wildlife Benefits of Foundation Plants

Trees and shrubs form the backbone of the garden, adding aesthetic and monetary value to any property. These are permanent plantings around which smaller, showier specimens are placed. Also called foundation plants, they can be evergreen or deciduous, and species are often selected for being tough-as-nails, a quality that is »»Read Full Post

'At best, a down payment on our water future'

The Pacific Institute issued a lukewarm report this morning about Proposition 1, the water bond on the November ballot. While taking no formal position on the bond, the institute found that the bond "can be, at best, a down payment on our water future," depending on how the money is »»Read Full Post

Recent History: St. Mary's vs. Tracy

It's been a long, long time since Tracy High football has beaten St. Mary's, Bulldogs coach Matt Shrout told me Tuesday. In fact, he think it's been since his team's stadium's namesake, Wayne Schneider, was coach in the mid-'90s since it's happened. According to MaxPreps and Cal Preps, the Rams »»Read Full Post

Putting the class in classical

  Grammy-nominated Kid Pan Alley creator Paul Reisler has been working all week with local students ahead of a Stockton Symphony concert in January in which the orchestra will perform the world premiere of the children’s original compositions. Reisler is the symphony’s artist in residence and has been working with »»Read Full Post

Color my (fall) world

Fall color is the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment. New England is famed for the fall color of its forests, and rightly so. But if the East Coast isn’t included in your travel plans there are places much closer to home to photograph the changing of the »»Read Full Post

Tasting education

So, there actually is a systematic approach to tasting wine. Might seem silly to some. Just drink it. Why all the theatrics: The swirling, the sniffing, the contemplation? Those who have been bitten by the wine bug want to know more about what's in their glass than whether it's red, white, »»Read Full Post

Joe's Health Calendar Oct. 23

COMMUNITY EVENTS Free Flu Vaccine Clinics in San Joaquin County Oct. 28 (Tuesday) and Oct. 29 (Wednesday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until supplies run out: San Joaquin County Public Health Services will provide seasonal influenza vaccinations free of charge. These special flu vaccine clinics are open to everyone 9 »»Read Full Post