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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.

Ice Ice County

The ice-bucket challenges continue. San Joaquin County Child Support Services Director Lori Cruz and the rest of the department’s management team lined up and got soaked this week, but not before throwing down the gauntlet to the executive management team at the Human Services Agency. Besides the dousing, Assistant Director Regina Martin said the group [...]

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More ice buckets, challenges

City Councilwoman and San Joaquin County Supervisor-elect Kathy Miller joined the steady stream of local folks taking, then passing on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. So did Paul Canepa, the city of Stockton’s vice mayor. Last week, county Supervisors Carlos Villapudua,  took the lead on the Board of Supervisors, dousing himself and challenging his colleagues [...]

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A drought-conscious response to the ice bucket challenge

San Joaquin County Supervisor Ken Vogel donated $125 and dumping a cup of ice over his head today, responding from Supervisor Carlos Villapudua’s passing of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Thursday. Villapudua got soaked, then challenged the Board of Supervisors and all the elected officials in San Joaquin County. Vogel is one of the county’s [...]

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(Video) Monkeys get a homegrown treat

Staff at Micke Grove Zoo started an in-house garden this year, using compost made from scraps from the zoo’s kitchen. Here’s the story that ran this week. The zoo’s spider monkeys love the garden’s bell peppers. Here’s the monkey’s getting a treat.  

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Supervisor’s ice-bucket challenge

Supervisor Carlos Villapudua donated $100 to fight ALS and was doused in ice water, and he challenged his colleagues on the Board of Supervisors to do the same. He challenged all of the politicians in San Joaquin County, actually. Here’s the video he posted on his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=626327100821993&fref=nf. Here’s a video I shot: I’m [...]

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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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