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Perceived ethics violations

At today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Bob Elliott presented a list of actions performed by fellow supervisors that could be perceived as code of ethics violations. Most of them were directed at board Vice Chair Chuck Winn with regards to his vote during the appointment of the new county assessor-recorder-county clerk, including campaign contributions [...]

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Current assessors who used to be supes

This week, Supervisor Kathy Miller switched positions on appointing a new assessor-recorder-county clerk and voted in favor of fellow supervisor Steve Bestolarides. Miller said during the Aug. 25 meeting that researching all 52 current assessors, recorders and county clerks (because some offices are not combined like San Joaquin County’s), influenced her decision. During her research, [...]

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Apparently, it was unclear when the supervisors would continue its discussion of the appointment to county clerk-assessor-recorder in a sidebar accompanying my lobbyist ordinance story in today’s paper. The sidebar state’s “Tuesday’s meeting.” It should state the Aug. 25 meeting. Also, the resulting vote in my story on that proposed lobbyist ordinance was wrong. Here’s [...]

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15 years!

It was 15 years ago today that I began my first day as a full-time newspaper reporter with the Independent Newspaper Group, covering the City of Belmont. It’s hard to believe. It seems like just yesterday I was starting out. If you’re not familiar with ING, don’t worry – it’s been defunct nearly a decade. [...]

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Bestolarides won’t comment on Mayoral bid

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged, mostly because there hasn’t been a need to clarify anything or because I’ve felt my articles don’t need extra explanation or my opinion. However, there’s been speculation in the air regarding Supervisor Steve Bestolarides’ intention to run for mayor, which I’ve learned from our city hall reporter [...]

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The Medal of Honor

Do you know a Medal of Honor recipient? Do you know someone who’s been honored with a stamp? I do now. Stockton resident Richard Pittman has been honored with an inclusion on a sheet of stamps honoring Vietnam veterans who were awarded the military’s highest accord. Because he was unable to attend a Memorial Day [...]

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New voting methods will work

I have voted in every General Election for the last 20 years, and since that time I’ve been shocked at the number of people I’ve encountered who have said that heading to the polls has been a hassle for them on election day. It’s been a lot of people. I had coworkers at the Independent [...]

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My past journalistic experiences with crash suspect

Monday was a rare occasion in which I was able to cover a court appearance for the Record. I’ve covered court cases before, including the Gwen Araujo murder retrial in Alameda County, a few small-time bank robbery arraignments in the same county, as well as the arraignments for the pipe bomb suspect who was arrested [...]

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It’s a small world

Today I received a call from First 5 San Joaquin executive director Lani Schiff-Ross. When she identified herself, I thought she was going to note a small error in a story I wrote regarding the Head Start Development Council’s plan to pursue a grant through her agency (that small error will be clarified in another [...]

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Head Start rumors

Since my last article about the Head Start Child Development Council ran, I’ve received a couple anonymous phone calls from employees alleging the agency is charging them $8.50 to attend a close-out picnic June 13. I’ve contacted HSCDC executive director Linda Butterfield this morning for a statement or response to this claim. She confirmed there [...]

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