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Zachary Johnson

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 transportation.

Tighter turns the spigot

San Joaquin County government is moving closer to putting mandatory water restrictions in place that could carry fines of up to $1,000 for violators. The Board of Supervisors gave its initial OK to a new water ordinance that includes four new stages of emergency measures to conserve water. County staff plans to recommend instituting the [...]

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(Video) Witnesses describe end of fatal pursuit

The hour-long pursuit after a Stockton Bank was robbed on Wednesday afternoon passed through a section of Thorton Road at least once before it ended near the Stockton Ballroom. At last update, a suspected bank robber and a hostage were confirmed dead. Video shot from security cameras at Community Tire showed at least 50 police [...]

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Red’s war on trash

Otis “Red” Shaw has lived in French Camp for all of his 65 years. He first started taking walks around the neighborhood to pick up trash when he was 9 years old. He’s done that off and on since then. But for the last year and a half he has been doing it as much [...]

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(Video) Why we vote

Tuesday’s election in San Joaquin County had historically low turnout. But people did vote. I talked to some of them on Tuesday after they voted.  A common theme among voters I ran across was a sense of duty and responsibility to do the act itself. In general, people voted because they vote. Not voting would [...]

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Late mailers (Updated)

(UPDATE: Added a link to a better view of one mailer. Also added another mailer.) We’re in the final stretch before voters hit the polls tomorrow, which means the last-ditch mailers have been hitting mailboxes. Some of those  have been sent by Vice Mayor Paul Canepa and City Councilwoman Kathy Miller in their contest for [...]

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SJC Board Chairman endorses Munson in race for District 4

San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Elliott endorsed candidate Russ Munson in race for the District 4 seat on the board. He’s running against Ripon Mayor Chuck Winn and retired County Administrator Manuel Lopez. Here’s the press release. San Joaquin County Board Chairman Bob Elliott Endorses Russ Munson for County Supervisor LODI, CA, May 29, [...]

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Television ad launched in race for County Supervisor

The independent-expenditure group Law Enforcement for a Safe San Joaquin has started airing attack ads against City Councilwoman Kathy Miller on television. The group opposes Miller in her run against city Vice Mayor Paul Canepa for the District 2 seat on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors. The TV ads includes a police officer [...]

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More mailers from District 2 race

The state’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan is controversial. And in runs for the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, nobody supports the plan, and its most controversial component — a pair of tunnels that would divert river water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to water-exporting pumps. Stockton City Councilwoman Kathy Miller is against it. So [...]

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Slate-mailer site scrubs endorsement

Some Stockton voters might have been surprised to see a slate-mailer arrive recently that included an endorsement for Larry Ruhstaller. He isn’t running for the District 2 seat on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors. He is coming to the end of his two terms in office. The No Party Preference Voter Guide endorsed [...]

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Stockton Police Chief Jones reacts to Miller campaign mailer

Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said that figures for the cost of Police Department employees that landed in mailboxes in Stockton as part of a political campaign are misleading and could hurt the city’s efforts to recruit and hold onto police officers. The figures were on a chart in a campaign mailer from City Council [...]

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