A couple of campaign videos from Stockton Vice Mayor Paul Canepa have flickered on the inerwebs in the past weeks, just a couple of blips on the campaign radar for the race to replace Supervisors Larry Ruhstaller when he terms out after next year. Canepa is running against fellow City Council member Kathy Miller for the seat. When we last checked in, Jason Burruel was exploring a run as a third candidate.
It has been a long time since Jack Prowse was in office. The former San Joaquin County Treasurer-Tax Collector retired from the elected post in 1986 after holding the position for about 37 years. He recently died at the age of 92, according to this obituary.
There was an interesting little clip in The Record’s archives from the time Prowse was first appointed to the position by the Board of Supervisors in 1964.
After the appointment, a friend and neighbor of Prowse named Art Kinney wrote a letter of congratulations and dropped it in the mail. Kinny didn’t put an address on the envelope, though. He just clipped the photo of Prowse that was in The Record announcing the appointment and taped the picture on the envelope.
It landed on Prowse’s desk the next day.
Kinney worked at The Record at the time. He was quoted saying he sent the letter that way to prove two things: “that everybody reads the Record, and that if you give the post office people 5 cents, they’ll really go to work.”
Another video promoting Pat Withrow’s campaign for San Joaquin County Sheriff popped up on Facebook today. It follows another video showing a time-lapse creation of a campaign poster using modeling clay.
This latest clip takes the campaign sign on a motorcycle ride. I can’t place where in San Joaquin County it was shot. Clements, maybe?
Withrow is running against incumbent Sheriff Steve Moore, who was first elected in 2006.
Today, about 60 students from 10 schools around San Joaquin County shadowed county government workers in offices, courtrooms, boardrooms and hospital rooms.
At the end of the day, they left with some new insight and a certificate. Here’s the students gathering for a group photo at the end of the day. With county officials and the employees who volunteered to guide the students through their day.
San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors recently signed off on a plan to ask the state for $40 million to replace the low-security Honor Farm with higher-security facility.
The money is not quite there for the taking. The county must send out an application next week for the funds in competition with other medium-sized counties vying for a piece of $160 million. This week Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, added a letter of support to the county’s pursuit of the money.
She writes of the “acute” need to improve and expand facilities and programs in the county.
The Record’s editorial board weighed in on the new effort in San Joaquin County to open up prosecution as an option to deal with instances of chronic truancy in Stockton Unified School District. It follows the news story published last week after the district sent out a joint letter from the district and the district attorney.
“But it’s nice to have a hammer available if a letter doesn’t drive home the point,” Sunday’s editorial reads.
It’s worth noting the origins of the hammer. It became possible during San Joaquin County government’s budget hearings in June, when the Board of Supervisors freed up some more money for the District Attorney’s Office. Supervisor Carlos Villapudua followed up on the new funding, coordinating with D.A. Jim Willett, school district Superintendent Steve Lowder and board Chairman Ken Vogel.
For those who don’t have kids at Stockton Unified, here’s the letter:
Supervisor Larry Ruhstaller was among members of the Delta Protection Commission who spoke to the San Diego Union Tribune’s editorial board about local opposition to a state plan to build a pair of tunnels to bypass the delta to export water to other parts of the state, including San Diego.
The U-T asked what the opponents were really looking for. Here’s part of Ruhstaller’s answer:
“We want a solution that works. Regional self-sufficiency … The bottom line is what happens if we go to the fifth or sixth year of a drought? I will tell you if you have those tunnels you will not put any water in them because there will not be any water to put in them.”
One of the attractions at the California State Fair, going on right now in Sacramento, are the exhibits highlighting the state’s 58 counties. San Joaquin County is an agricultural county, so its exhibit includes a display of fruits, vegetables, nuts and wine that have come from the region.
But all the produce is overshadowed by the exhibit’s central feature: A massive segment of concrete pipe on a pedestal looming over everything else in the diorama. Large as it is, the cylinder’s diameter is about 1/6 of the size of each of the pair of tunnels proposed in a state plan to pipe water from the Sacramento River around the Delta to water-exporting pump, according to a sign on the display. The Delta is an important source of water across the state, but plans to build the tunnel has stiff opposition in San Joaquin County.
This isn’t the first time the county has used the State Fair to make a political statement. Plans to divert river around the Delta were being bandied about when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was in office. In 2009, the menace looming over the county was a red-eyed robot that looked a lot like the character played by the governor in the Terminator movies.
Last week, Stanislaus County Chief Executive Officer Monica Nino accepted the post of San Joaquin County administrator. It ended a months-long search to replace outgoing County Administrator Manuel Lopez, who retired in March. Since he left, Rosa Lee has been filling in as the interim head.
It wasn’t clear how long it would be before Nino took over. She said she wanted to ensure a smooth transition in Stanislaus County. Her contract there says she needs to give six months’ notice before leaving, according to this story in the Modesto Bee. It goes on to say that that is expected to be renegotiated.
Zachary Johnson has been with The Record since 2005, when he began as an intern fresh out of grad school. He stayed on at the paper and covered education for the next two years. Now he covers, among other things, San Joaquin County Government and ... Read Full