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Medical marijuana cultivation banned in San Joaquin County

All cultivation of medical marijuana is banned in the county. My article in today’s Record states that commercial growers would be allowed to cultivate. However, that was based on the supervisors’ April 7 meeting in which the county ban was introduced. At that time, it appeared that only personal cultivation would be banned, pending approval [...]

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SJC Republicans happy with FPPC ruling

Susan Vander Schaaf, president of the San Joaquin Republican Party, returned my call on Monday to comment on the recent fine her organization had been handed by the California Fair Political Practices Commission. My story on the $5,000 fine levied by the FPPC ran Monday. Vander Schaaf said the SJGOP was satisfied with the FPPC [...]

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FPPC ruling clarification

Bill Emmerson did not lose his bid for State Senate in 2012 as reported in my FPPC article today. He resigned abruptly. That was somehow omitted during my own editing process before being turned in for further editing.

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County display at the Capitol gets makeover

Susan Eggman’s legislative aide Christian Burkin let me know today that San Joaquin County’s display in the corridors of the State Capitol has been given a makeover. Every one of California’s 58 counties touts its resources, attractions and features with their own display in the Capitol corridors, he said. The project to update the display [...]

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More the Woodbridge Wilderness Area

My story on the Woodbridge Wilderness Area Master Plan http://www.recordnet.com/article/20151027/NEWS/151029741 was printed in today’s record, noting that it will not be presented to the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors in December as originally planned. There were many reasons why the county parks commission chose to hold off on the presentation, the biggest of which [...]

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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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Corrections

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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