More from ‘Stockton is Magnificient’

I shot video at the “Stockton is Magnificent” block party on the Miracle Mile Saturday afternoon.

I got to Pacific Avenue at about 11:30 a.m., just in time to see the line up happen for the photo shot and displayed on A1 of The Record on April 24 – that will also be enlarged and sent to Forbes’ publisher Steve Forbes.

A mass of people came together for the photo. They were lined up down Pacific Avenue. Some flanked the sides of the street, which meant that, despite being out of the typical periphery of the camera, I ended up in one of Record Photographer Michael McCollum’s shots, even if just by a head.


If you are at all familiar with tripods or video cameras, you’ll notice that the camera towers me. I had to raise the head to get the crowd shots. It worked great, except when I was using the viewfinder to see what the crowd looked like. The clouds had parted only minutes before and I saw more sun that people in the viewfinder.

Michael McCollum shot some video from the lift, which I was unable to edit into my Saturday video on because of technical issues. It’s pretty awesome and shows the size and animation of the crowd.

I stuck around until the end on word that a rumored flash mob would be performing.

But I got some great footage from both the University of the Pacific’s communication department graduate students, also featuring Assistant Professor of Communication Alan Ray, who did a top-10 countdown of the worst magazine.

I captured all 8-plus minutes of it, but was only able to use a small tidbit. Here’s the whole presentation.

Wrapping things up, right before the flash mob, was Record Editor Mike Klocke who spoke briefly about projecting forward with the positive nature of the day’s event and celebrating Stockton 365 days a year. Then he gave a quick spelling lesson.

I’m a Stockton native. I lived here 21 years before moving to Oakland to attend graduate school at University of California, Berkeley. I came back for nine months or so before moving to Tracy. My husband commutes to Richmond every morning. Tracy made sense as a location for us to put down roots.

I miss Stockton. But I’m here every day. My parents are still here. My grandmothers both live here. My job is here. I would argue that I spend more time in Stockton than I do in Tracy.

So it bothers me when there is a perception that we’re miserable. That this city is miserable as a whole. Yes, we have pockets of bad. But we also have pockets of good, many times – like this weekend – outweighing the bad.

A lot of positive happened on the Miracle Mile this weekend. You should be able to get a sense of it from our coverage and from the extras in this blog.

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