Author Archives: Mike Klocke

Firefighters’ union responds

  Dave Macedo, president of the Stockton Professional Firefighters, Local 456, e-mailed this response to a Sunday editorial in The Record: The Record’s recent editorial regarding the City budget and Stockton Firefighters was long on rhetoric but short on facts. The Record opined that “Stocktonians are all in this together.” Your firefighters couldn’t agree more. […]

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“Perfect” front page

The entire front page of a newspaper used for coverage of a baseball game? Why? Better yet, why not? The Record’s front page on Monday was basically turned into a poster of Dallas Braden. A photo of him celebrating his perfect game against Tampa Bay took up about 85 percent of the front page. Jason […]

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Braden, A-Rod and “The 209”

Well, he’s certainly not shy about taking on a superstar. Stagg High graduate and Oakland A’s starting pitcher Dallas Braden has sent another verbal haymaker in the direction of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez. And this time he’s using his hometown (aka The 209) to get across his point. Here’s the report from espn.com […]

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Deadlines and hockey thrillers

One thing about the newspaper business: Deadlines are a “constant.” In that regard, we’d like to thank Ryan Constant. The Stockton Thunder defenseman nestled home a wrist shot (video here) at the 36 second mark of the third overtime Wednesday to give his team a 1-0 win over the Idaho Steelheads at Stockton Arena. Stockton […]

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Best and brightest

I’m headed over to Grace Covell Hall at University of the Pacific in a couple of hours to help out at a reception for the Pinnacle education award winners. On Sunday (May 9), The Record will publish its 15th annual Pinnacle section to honor the top graduating high school seniors in San Joaquin and Calaveras […]

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In Phoenix: Front-page editorial

Arizona certainly has become the focal point of the illegal immigration debate with its new law, which is prompting rallies in protest nationwide — including Stockton — as well as some rallies in favor of the measure. The Arizona Daily Republic, the state’s largest newspaper, took a unique stand in the debate on Sunday, devoting […]

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Baliff: That’s our reporter on trumpet

I’ve been scolded, and rightfully so, by online editor Tara Cuslidge for the infrequency (read, almost never) that I update this blog. She chewed me out and then went off to try to buy her first house (fingers crossed for you Tara). And I vowed to not get so carried away with other duties that […]

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Slumburbia?

A blogger for the New York Times weighs in on what has happened to the once-booming housing market in southern San Joaquin County. Here’s his take

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Mark Cuban on media

Among other things, the Dallas Mavericks owner and media mogul calls Google “vampires” in this address to publishers.

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Ford, Paragary’s: Do the math

Well, well, well. Let’s do the math for two stories on today’s front page: 1. The city of Stockton settles its dispute with former Deputy City Manager Johnny Ford for $250,000. Yes, a quarter mil. 2. Paragary’s tax-payer supported restaurant, which is up for sale, has its asking price dropped to $299,000 Therefore … Johnny […]

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