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Still an hour ahead

It has been more than 2 ½ years since the Bank of Stockton shuttered its building at 301 E. Main St. The reason for closing the more than century old building was simple: not enough business. The building has been vacant since but it still serves as a landmark as it sits at the corner […]

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New biz coming to town

Bradley’s bar closed 18 months ago, a victim of Stockton’s staggering economy. Brad Koster, who owned the Bull ‘n’ Bear midtown pub from 1993 to 2005, opened Bradley’s at 116 N. Hunter Street in 2006 as the downtown renaissance took flight. And business was good as the courthouse workers and young crowd kept the place […]

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We have heard daily about the government shutdown.                     And of course, it is something else to be impacted directly by it or to see it. It was surprising to come up the Cosumnes River Preserve on an early Monday and see that the gates closed, […]

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The art of scheduling

In sports, scheduling is an art. Is it better to play tough teams and lose or is it better to schedule cupcakes and win? This tenet often becomes most prominent when it comes time to postseason play. Look no further than the NCAA basketball tournament when we hear of mid-major schools, strength of schedule and […]

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Maybe even better than a pink Cadillac

Some things just make you stop and look. They cry: “Look at me!” This was pink early model Ford Mustang was one of them. It was parked in front of the beauty supply store on Main Street between California and Sutter streets. Mary Kay cosmetics is known its car program in which sales associates that […]

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Back to school night at Colonial Heights

Back to school nights are a good time to reacquaint with students, parents, teachers and staff who you have not seen during the summer. Parental involvement is a key to student achievement, so it was good to see a large number of parents at for Colonial Heights’ back to school night for first-sixth grades on […]

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Debt-ridden Harrisburg, Pa. trying to avoid Stockton’s fate

The city of Stockton collectively should send the city of Detroit a thank you card for filing for bankruptcy. Once Detroit did that, it claimed the moniker of largest U.S. municipality to file bankruptcy, ripping the not-so-appealing title from Stockton. There is no interest in being No. 2. Anyone else remember that Avis rental car […]

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Sweet business leaves behind sweet memories

When Cupcake Mania opened nearly two years ago it was part of a burgeoning cupcake business scene in Stockton. Business there seemed to be doing well and the cupcakes were creative and downright delicious. It was a family owned and operated affair with retired American Medical Response executive Louis Meyer and his daughter Jennifer Winters. […]

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Political machine at work

It is not unusual to receive the same news release from an organization, particularly these days when so many are trying to push their agendas. Still, this brought a chuckle when virtually the same release from the National Republican Congressional Committee appeared in my inbox, separated by by only two minutes. They both take on […]

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An afternoon walk through downtown Stockton

On Tuesday I was walking through downtown Stockton a bit after 4:30 p.m. when I heard two police sirens. I had just turned east from El Dorado Street onto Miner Avenue when I saw two police cruisers heading north on El Dorado. And then shortly after there were more sirens and cruisers heading east on […]

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