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 going. And then the economy turned. The crowd got smaller and the business shut its doors in April 2012.

But recently an application for an alcohol license for Picasso’s Tapas appeared in a window of the former Bradley’s.  A quick search showed this to be a San Jose-based franchise specializing in Spanish food. Surely, there is more to come on this story.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

CLOSED

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, locked and signs posted to stay out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a Bureau of Land Management facility, it has been closed like the other federally operated parks. The parking lot is empty, signs to keep out posted at the entrance and the gates locked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A friend and I were just riding by on our bikes. We were not nearly as disappointed as the person who drove up with a canoe atop his or her vehicle, planning to go for a ride in the river.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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 good wins and bad wins.

A story by Record sportswriter Stephen Roberson took a local look at this issue.

Lincoln High’s football team is winless. But the team has played Elk Grove (5-0), Pitman of Turlock (4-1), Vacaville (2-2)  and St. Mary’s (3-1). Those teams are a combine 14-4, outscoring their opponents 730-377. Lincoln hosts Granite Bay (3-1) tonight.

Edison High is undefeated, having won its first four games while outscoring its opponents 156-59. Yet those teams are a combined 6-11 and only one – Franklin – has a winning record.

So which is better?

Lincoln coach Brian Gray said his team is prepping for the playoffs. In a way, there is no better way to prepare for those tough games by playing tough opponents. Think of the number of teams that have played in demanding environments that have performed well in the postseason, provided that they qualify of course.

Conversely, coaches with programs that have struggled recently like to play winnable games. Even if the opponent is not one of the better teams. Those coaches would argue that winning begets winning and that you have to get the W’s first and try to qualify for the postseason before being concerned about being good enough to advance during the postseason.

In the end, on the field, it is about building a winning program. And after that is accomplished it is about sustaining that success and growing the program.

For a program like Lincoln that has achieved the first step the next is going as deep into the playoffs as possible. For a team such as Edison, it is about learning to win.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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 meet certain goals have opportunity to get a car, a pink one, through Mary Kay. Those cars have been pink. Most notably, a pink Cadillac.

And although I have seen a pink Cadillac a pink Hummer and other pink cars, I cannot say that I have previously seen a pink Mustang.

So it was a treat to see this one.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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 Wednesday.

A good turnout for Back to School Night at Colonial Heights School

And as with a number of school events, this one too was attended by a Lincoln Unified trustee. On this night, it was Don Ruhstaller who said it had made it to a number of school openings. (I think he said all, actually with just Sierra Middle School remaining as of Wednesday.)

Lincoln Unified School District Trustee Don Ruhstaller, left, and Colonial Heights Principal Maureen Oechel chat during back to school night.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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 company ad campaign?

While the nation focuses on Detroit, locally Stockton can go about its business without the national fanfare.

But other cities struggle to avoid the scarlet “B.”

Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania is one of them. There city officials are working out a deal with its creditors to avoid filing for bankruptcy.

One can only guess if what happened in Stockton, Mammoth Lakes, San Bernardino and Detroit has helped Harrisburg on some level.

Stockton was unable to work out deals with creditors before it went into bankruptcy. Harrisburg’s creditors are negotiating with city officials; the result would be a reduction in Harrisburg’s debt. Perhaps creditors realize the alternative of not negotiating now and dealing with a city in bankruptcy would be worse.

You can read more about it in this story at philly.com.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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.

Cupcake Mania in the Hammer Ranch shopping center on Pacific Avenue near Hammer Lane, Stockton

It was a family owned and operated affair with retired American Medical Response executive Louis Meyer and his daughter Jennifer Winters. Winters was the primary baker and visionary behind the delectable treats sold. Meyer could from time to be found working the front counter

.

Hence it was surprising and disappointing for customers when the business shut down suddenly on July 6. An announcement was made on Cupcake Mania’s Facebook page on just the previous day.

Cupcake Mania closed its doors for good on July 5.

“It had to do with a family health issue with my daughter who was running the bakery,” Meyer said recently. He said the work was affecting Winters some “compressed discs,” he said. “We opted to take that stress off of her” and close the business.

But Cupcake Mania’s closure does not mean that Winters’ creations are gone forever.

On Cupcake Mania’s Facebook page she said that she would be taking private special orders in a few months. An announcement, she said, would be made on Facebook when that time comes.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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 Reps John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove and Ami Bera, D-Sacramento. A search of Garamendi’s name and replacement with Bera’s would allow the NRCC to generate this and a number of other news releases in a short period of time.

 

Garamendi Votes To Fast Track A Carbon Tax

This New Tax Would Hurt Middle-Class Families Across The Country

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. John Garamendi gave the Obama Administration the power to unilaterally impose a carbon tax on millions of Americans.

This vote sought to prevent the Obama Administration from going around Congress and instituting a harmful tax that would have severe repercussions for our economy. With growth already stagnating, we don’t need new taxes that would have disastrous consequences for middle-class families and hurt job creation.

“With millions of families struggling, the last thing we need is a carbon tax,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “John Garamendi’s vote today in support of fast tracking such a tax will hurt job creation and middle-class families across the country.”

John Garamendi Voted Today To Fast Track A Carbon Tax. (H.R. 367, Roll Call Vote 437, 237-176, 8/2/13)

 

 

Bera Votes To Fast Track A Carbon Tax

This New Tax Would Hurt Middle-Class Families Across The Country

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Ami Bera gave the Obama Administration the power to unilaterally impose a carbon tax on millions of Americans.

This vote sought to prevent the Obama Administration from going around Congress and instituting a harmful tax that would have severe repercussions for our economy. With growth already stagnating, we don’t need new taxes that would have disastrous consequences for middle-class families and hurt job creation.

“With millions of families struggling, the last thing we need is a carbon tax,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “Ami Bera’s vote today in support of fast tracking such a tax will hurt job creation and middle-class families across the country.”

Ami Bera Voted Today To Fast Track A Carbon Tax. (H.R. 367, Roll Call Vote 437, 237-176, 8/2/13)

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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 Miner, north on El Dorado and what seemed like from a few different directions.

I called the office to see what was going on and was told there was a shooting at American and Oak streets. My route would not take me close to that area but I managed to get a photo from American Street at the Miner Avenue intersection.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A slice of Stockton

 

There are always interesting things to see if we pay attention. As I was walking through downtown Stockton Thursday, I came across a black trash bag on the sidewalk. At least that is what was visible as I approached a Bank of Stockton building on Miner Avenue at San Joaquin Street. However, as I got closer I could see that the bag contained, sort of, a pair of Skechers. No one else was in the vicinity who could possibly be the owner. And they did not get there by themselves.  I stopped to take a photo as it made an interesting piece of street art.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
  • Blog Authors

    Don Blount

    Don Blount has been managing editor of The Record since 2005. He has worked at newspapers in Modesto, Ca.; Sacramento, Denver and Allentown, Pa. A Philadelphia native, he is a graduate of Lehigh University with a degree in accounting and a minor in ... Read Full

    Mike Klocke

    Mike Klocke is editor of The Record. He is a native of Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University in 1978 with a degree in journalism. He has worked at newspapers in Michigan, Indiana, Florida and California. He was named editor of The ... Read Full
  • Categories

  • Archives

  • RSS Related Content – Don Blount

  • RSS Related Content – Mike Klocke