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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.


Today is my last day at The Record. It has been almost 10 years since I started as an intern, then later became a full-time reporter covering the education beat. After more than two years, I switched beats, covering San Joaquin County government, mostly, since the tail end of 2007. Until today. I’ve enjoyed getting […]

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Transparency at the pump

San Joaquin County’s weights and measures division is celebrating 100 years of making sure the scales and other measuring devices used commercially in the county are accurate reflections of the amount of goods being bought and sold. Today’s story also mentions the important of trusted standards of measurement for the economy. Building up trust in […]

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The 411 on 211

Today’s story was about a referral database that officials decided would be redundant when San Joaquin County gets a 211 system later this year. Basically, 211 is a phone number people can call to get hooked up to services. There’s a website, too. I’m told that San Joaquin is the largest county in the state […]

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Advocates planning next steps after immigration decision

Since I filed my story about the response to a judge’s decision to halt executive action from President Obama that would allow millions of undocumented residents to work and live legally in the country I heard that planning is already underway on what to do next in San Joaquin County. Catholic Charities Executive Director Elvira […]

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Old investigation into Supes still open

In the past month of brouhaha surrounding the chairmanship of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, there’s been a lot of talk — and some action — about calling for an investigation into whether or not the state’s open meeting laws had been violated at the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors. It’s not […]

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New French Camp VA facility in proposed budget

Local and regional veterans who have had to drive as far away as Palo Alto for appointments in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health system have been pushing for years for the building of new facilities in French Camp. The latest push has been to make the project a high enough priority to be […]

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Former supervisor calls for investigation of current board

The big news from the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors this past month has been on the usually-uneventful selection of its chair. After voting 3-2 to select Kathy Miller as chairwoman on Jan. 5, the board undid than re-did her selection on Tuesday. Here’s that story. But it’s that first meeting that drew the […]

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San Joaquin County reps. react to SOTU

In the flurry of reactions to come after President Obama’s State of the Union address, were a pair from the two congressmen representing San Joaquin County, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, and Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton. Both mentioned Obama’s plea for bipartisanship. Denham: “I hope he’ll follow through on his remarks by taking up some of […]

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More from Election 2016 preview

The race to replace Supervisor Steve Bestolarides after he terms out is already starting to take shape. Stockton City Councilman Moses Zapien and Stockton business owner Tom Patti are already jockeying for position. Here’s a little bit more about them, in this story. Both candidates had filed initial paperwork with the San Joaquin County Registrar […]

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A rundown of an eventful year in San Joaquin County

During his remarks at Monday’s changing of the guard, Supervisor Bob Elliott looked back on his year as chairman of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors. He also submitted an Op-Ed piece to The Record that went into further detail. Here’s that letter, in its entirety: While serving as Chairman of the San Joaquin […]

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