Top 100: A most memorable year

In years past I have posted a top 10 review at of each month’s photos. But my duties have increased this year. Not only have I shot photo assignments and enterprise pictures but I write a weekly column for The Record, and manage content for the Recordnet’s Instagram account. In addition I have been writing stories for the paper as well. So, with the added pressures of covering pandemic and finding new ways to cover stories under the new restrictions, the monthly top 10 has fallen by the wayside (something that I hope to pick up again next year).

From those top 10 lists, I used to picked a Top 12, one from every month with a little-behind-the-scenes story for each image, to supplement my yearend slideshows. This year is going to be a little different. I’ve replaced the 12 photos with a gallery of 100 favorite photos from the year. While the slideshow is organized by category; features, news, sports, portraits and pictorials, the gallery is in chronological order. The 52 images that are in the slideshow are represented, as well as 48 others to round out the year.

So here are 100 of 2020’s triumphs and tribulations; the joys and sorrows; the unprecedented events and the everyday things that we had to learned to cope with in different and extraordinary ways.

(1/7/20) A couple spends time on a fog shrouded Joan Darrah Promenade in downtown Stockton. CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

(1/20/20) Jamison Sadler of French Camp, aka “Cowboy Jamo”, rides his horse Miss Queen Bee down Weber Avenue at American Street in downtown Stockton. Sadler and Miss Queen Bee teaches kids how to ride, gives rides at birthday parties, and rides in parades and other events. Sadler brought his horse to Stockton for some urban exercise. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

(1/20/20) Lincoln’s Analillia Cabuena, right, shoots over San Joaquin Memorial’s Meadow Roland on the final day of the MLK Showcase at St. Mary’s High School’s Morelli Gym in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

(1/21/20) 104-year-old Marine Major Bill White, retired, has asked the public for Valentines Day cards for his memory collection. So far, he’s received tens of thousands of them. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

(1/21/20) An otter swims with a fresh catch of a fish in tow in the waters of McLeod Lake at the head of the Stockton deep water channel in downtown Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

(1/22/20) Bear Creek’s Carlos Quintero, left, fights for the ball with Franklin’s Wilfredo Aguinada during a boys varsity soccer game at Franklin’s Verner field in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

(1/23/20) Pacific’s Jahlil Tripp, right, fights for a loos ball with BYU’s Jake Toolson during a WCC mens basketball game at UOP’s Spanos Center in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

(2/19/20) Artist Moises Resuello works on a mural on an exterior wall of Tibon’s Goju-Ryu Fighting Arts in the Yosemite Street Village business district in Stockton. Resuello, also a resident of the area, says that the mural, which he began work on Sunday, will take about 2 weeks to complete and will depict a stylized sun rising over Mount Fuji in Japan. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

(2/29/20) Manteca’s Cameron Silva, shoots the ball past Christian Brothers goalkeeper Lillian Smith to score during the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III girls soccer championship played at Liberty Ranch High School in Galt. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

(2/29/20) The Manteca bench erupts with joy at winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III girls soccer championship over Christian Brothers 2-1 played at Liberty Ranch High School in Galt. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

(3/2/20) Tim Ulmer, owner of Ulmer Photo, is collecting plush animals for children in the bereavement programs of Hospice of San Joaquin and Community Hospice at his business on Adams Street and Pacific Avenue in Stockton. So far, Ulmer has collected more than 250 toys towards his goal of 500 by March 30. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

(3/5/20) Picketing SEIU workers take over the intersection of Weber Avenue and San Joaquin Street in downtown Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

(3/16/20) Lincoln High School principal Lori Green, right, turns away student Julius Montes on Monday morning. The school is temporarily closed due to concerns over the coronavirus COVID-19. All Lincoln Unified School District schools have been closed until April 13. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

(3/17/20) Chata Espitia of Stockton takes advantage of partly cloudy skies to fly a kite in an open lot next to the Stockton Arena in downtown Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

(3/24/20) A cyclist rides against a backdrop of cloudy skies around Lodi Lake in Lodi. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(4/2/20) A cyclist rides by a mural, painted by high school students in 2016 as part of the Momentum Mural Project, that says “Don’t Give In” on a side wall of the Walgreens on Harding Way and Center Street in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

(4/3/20) Weston Ranch algebra teacher Sheryl Glaze, right, waves while riding on a motorcycle driven by her husband Ron Glaze in a teacher parade through the Weston Ranch neighborhood in Stockton. Teachers from Weston Ranch High, August Knodt, George Komure and Great Valley Elementary schools waved to their students and parents who came out to watch the teachers as they drove through the community. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

(4/3/20) Gisela Lopez and her 7-year-old son Logan Lopez, a 2nd grader at August Knodt Elementary School wave signs while watching a teacher parade through their Weston Ranch neighborhood in Stockton. Teachers from Weston Ranch High, August Knodt, George Komure and Great Valley Elementary schools waved to their students and parents who came out to watch the teachers as they drove through the community. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

(4/3/20) Weston Ranch High School teacher Lauren Riley holds up a sign while riding in her car in a teacher parade through the neighborhood. Teachers from Weston Ranch High, August Knodt, George Komure and Great Valley Elementary schools waved to their students and parents who came out to watch the teachers as they drove through the community. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

(4/11/20) Tonya DeSpain places portraits of parishioners on pews at St. Andrews Lutheran Church. DeSpain came up with the idea of placing photos of church members in the pews to surprise pastor Dan Deuel for his live streamed Easter Sunday service. Deuel has been preaching before a camera and an empty church due to the coronavirus. DeSpain was able to get 112 church goers to sender her there pictures so that Deuel would have a full house on Easter. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

(4/16/20) Stockton Christian Academy boys varsity basketball assistant coach Robin Hong videos himself doing a ball-handling drill at the basketball courts at Grupe Park in Stockton. Hong was recording the drills to be available for any student or athlete at the K-12 school, who wants to work on their skills. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(4/17/20) Keith Stowers of Stockton enjoys the warm, sunny day by dancing to Hip Hop music through his headphones while walking down Weber Avenue near Madison Street in downtown Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(5/1/20) Ron Kuwahara, left, hits a serve while his partner Terry Sazama, both of Lodi, waits for the return while playing doubles at the Oak Park Tennis Center in Stockton. The center which has been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic for several weeks, reopened on Friday after getting the go ahead from San Joaquin County chief medical officer Dr. Maggie Park as long as social distancing rules and other precautions are taken. Players must maintain social distancing. Doubles players who are not family members must wear masks. All players must wear a glove on his or her non-dominant hand for picking up balls. For at least the first month of operation, the lounge will be closed. Also, any post-match social gatherings will not be allowed until further notice. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(5/1/20) Ron Kuwahara prepares to hit a forehand while playing doubles at the Oak Park Tennis Center in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(5/1/20) Peter Lucchesi tosses the ball into the air during a serve while playing doubles at the Oak Park Tennis Center in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(5/4/20) Cal Henderson waves to guests during his drive-by 100th birthday party at the home of his daughter Gail Henderson in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]
(5/4/20) Lenora Peterson, left, holds up a birthday banner as she and her husband Charles Peterson, center and his brother Kenneth Peterson participated in a drive-by 100th birthday party for Cal Henderson at the home of his daughter Gail Henderson in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(5/7/20) John Phan of Modesto fishes from a public dove as May’s full moon sets over the Sacramento River in the Delta town of Walnut Grove. It was the last of 4 successive “supermoons” for 2020. A supermoon is when a full moon is at its perigee, or closest Ito the Earth in its elliptical orbit. It appears larger and brighter than an average full moon although only slightly. So much so that most people probably wouldn’t notice the difference. The 3 previous supermoons were in February, March and April. The next one won’t appear until April 26, 2021. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, May’s full moon is also known as a “Flower Moon.” Moons were often “named” during Colonial times by Native Americans to track the seasons, usually by the Algonquin tribes who lived in the same areas as the colonists. May’s full moon refers to the abundance of flowers that usually grow this time of year. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(5/21/20) Dr. Elyas Parsa with the San Joaquin County General Hospital Clinics, left, performs a test for COVID-19 virus on Rosa Dail at an encampment under the Crosstown Freeway at Aurora and Lafayette streets in downtown Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]


(5/21/20) Dr. Elyas Parsa with the San Joaquin County General Hospital Clinics, left, performs a test for COVID-19 virus on Trina Everett at an encampment under the Crosstown Freeway at Aurora and Lafayette streets in downtown Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(5/26/20) A plastic pallet fire is reflected in a pool of runoff water as it rages at the former Del Monte food processing plant on D Street near Poplar Street in east Stockton on Tuesday, May 26. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(5/26/20) Stockton firefighters battle a plastic pallet fire at the former Del Monte food processing plant on D Street near Poplar Street in east Stockton on Tuesday, May 26. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]
(5/26/20) Stockton firefighters battle a plastic pallet fire at the former Del Monte food processing plant on D Street near Poplar Street in east Stockton on Tuesday, May 26. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(5/27/20) Cesar Chavez High School senior Daniel Gonzalez waves to spectators while participating in the school’s graduation parade through the surrounding neighborhoods. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(5/29/20) Instructor Barb Gonzalez holds a virtual Zumba class under the art installation known as Umbrella Alley next to the Catalyst art and fitness studio in the Yosemite Street Village business district in Stockton. Gonzalez was set to start her first classes at the studio when the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns hit. For the last 6 weeks she has been holding 1/2-hour virtual sessions in the alley every Friday evening a 6:30 p.m. and can be viewed at the Catalyst’s Facebook page and Instagram. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(6/1/20) Cars filled with Stagg graduates snake their way through the Stagg High School parking lot in during a drive-through graduation ceremony at the school in Stockton. Graduates either drove or were driven up by family members to the school where they slowly made their way through the parking lot. They had names announced though a loudspeaker as they were given their diploma and finally they had the opportunity to pose for a picture with interim principal Gary Phillips before exiting the lot. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(6/1/20) Stagg graduating senior Michael Ellege, right, receives his diploma from counselor Andrew Guillot during a drive-through graduation ceremony in the Stagg High School parking lot in Stockton. Graduates either drove or were driven up by family members to the school where they slowly snaked their way through the parking lot. They had names announced though a loudspeaker as they were given their diploma and finally they had the opportunity to pose for a picture with interim principal Gary Phillips before exiting the lot. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(6/1/20) Demonstrators march down Center Street in downtown Stockton to protest against the death of George Floyd who died while in the custody of the Minnesota Police. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(6/1/20) Stockton Police Sgt. Gary Benevides takes a knee with others during a protest rally against the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minnesota Police at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza in downtown Stockton. Benevides says he took a knee in support of the demonstrators but also for the safety of the community and police officers as well. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(6/1/20) Protestors perform a group dance together at the end of rally at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza downtown Stockton against the death of George Floyd who died while in the custody of the Minnesota Police. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(6/3/20) Protester Kylie Creighton, 17, of Stockton, holds signs during a protest against the killing of George Floyd at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza in downtown Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(6/3/20) Stockton Police lieutenant Craig Smith, left, talks with protester Nesta Marley at a protest against the killing of George Floyd at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza in downtown Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(6/5/20) Tobin Moore was a part of several hundred people who marched down Pacific Avenue between March Lane and Robinhood Drive in Stockton on Friday, June 5, to protest the death of George Floyd who died at the hands of Minneapolis Police officers last week. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(6/5/20) Debrille Spencer was a part of several hundred people who marched down Pacific Avenue between March Lane and Robinhood Drive in Stockton on Friday, June 5, to protest the death of George Floyd who died at the hands of Minneapolis Police officers last week. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(6/5/20) People hold up their lit phones during a “candlelight” vigil in front of Tracy City Hall in Tracy on Friday, June 5, to protest the death of George Floyd who died at the hands of Minneapolis Police last week. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(6/5/20) NAACP representative Melissa Barrett holds her lit phone at a candlelight vigil in front of Tracy City Hall in Tracy on Friday, June 5, to protest the death of George Floyd who died at the hands of Minneapolis Police last week. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(6/5/20) A protester raises a fist during the reading of names of African Americans who have recently were killed by law enforcement officers, during a candlelight vigil in front of Tracy City Hall in Tracy on Friday, June 5, to protest the death of George Floyd who died at the hands of Minneapolis Police last week. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(6/21/20) Boaters cool off from the summer heat by riding their personal watercraft down the deep water channel near Louis Park in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]
(6/28/20) Saul Serna, owner of the Catalyst health and art studio in the Yosemite Street business district in Stockton, opens up umbrellas in the art installation known as Umbrella Alley next to the studio. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(7/3/20) Registered nurse Katrina Nguyen with Community Medical Centers, left, performs a COVID-19 test on Juan Cisneros of Stockton as his 5-year-old daughter Jaylah Cisneros sits on his lap at the free testing site in the parking lot of the Rancho San Miguel market in Lodi. Adventist Lodi Memorial and its partners, including San Joaquin County Public Health Services and El Concilio, offered the free tests and distributed information about the coronavirus. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(7/3/20) Jasmine Davenport of Stockton has a COVID-19 test performed on her by LVN Ashley Ohls from Adventist Lodi Memorial at the free testing site in the parking lot of the Rancho San Miguel market in Lodi. Adventist Lodi Memorial and its partners, including San Joaquin County Public Health Services and El Concilio, offered the free tests and distributed information about the coronavirus. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(7/5/20) Residents flee from a fire that attacked several homes on Stanford Avenue in Stockton. The grassfire started in an open lot east of the Stockton Rural Cemetery in Stockton. A steady breeze pushed it northeast, jumping railroad tracks and setting homes afire on Stanford Avenue. The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s department evacuated Stanford Street due to the quick pace at which the fire was moving. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(7/7/20) Chavez High head varsity football coach John Ward, left, runs with player Jesus Para during a sprinting exercise at a summer conditioning camp at the school in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(7/13/20] The comet NEOWISE is seen in the northeastern morning sky from the Cosumnes River Preserve near Thornton.The comet is named after the telescope that first discovered it in March 2020, the Near Earth Orbit Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. Launched in 2009, the telescope’s mission was to find any object that could an impact hazard to the Earth. According to NASA, the comet, about 3 miles in diameter, will pass harmlessly by the Earth at a distance of about 63 million miles. Look for the comet in the northeastern sky about an hour after sunset starting July 14 through July 23. It will appear as a faint star with a long tail. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(7/17/20) A kite surfer rides the winds on the waters of the Sacramento River at the Sherman Island County Park near Rio Vista. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

[8/5/20] LVN Isabel Quintero with Community Medical Centers, center, gets help from back office supervisor Reyna Hinojosa, left, and RN Katrina Nguyen in getting her protective gown on before the start of COVID-19 testing at a farm in Linden. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

[8/5/20] RN Katrina Nguyen swabs a farmworker Fernando Munoz Zuniga during COVID-19 testing at a farm in Linden. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

[8/14/20] Maria Marquez of Lodi has her nose swabbed by Carbon Health medical assistant Jenny Suarez at the free coronavirus testing event sponsored by El Concilio at the First Baptist Church in Lodi. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

[8/14/20] Ethel the pot-bellied pig with ducks Patty, left, and Andy, cool off from triple digits heat wading in a kiddie pool with built-in sprinklers at Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary in French Camp. Executive director Christine Morrissey says the 200 rescued barnyard animals at the sanctuary are kept cool in a number of ways including kiddie pools and sprinklers. Morrissey says she bought the pool on Amazon for $15 and it’s the best thing she’s bought for the animals. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

[8/15/20] Stockton spoken word performer and America’s Got Talent contestant Brandon Leake performs a poem at the Words Outspoken spoken word and art summit live streamed from the Podesto Teen Impact Center in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

[8/19/20] Downed tree branches burn in the LNU Complex fire along Lagoon Valley Road in Vacaville, California. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

[8/19/20] Louis Aguirre is pushed in a wheelchair by registered nurse Samantha Belso as he cheered on by the staff at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton. Aguirre was the 500th patient to recover from COVID-19 and discharged from the hospital. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

[8/23/20] Navy corpsmen from the Navy Operations Support Naval reserve from Sacramento escort the casket of Christopher “Bobby” Gnem, a Stockton native who was killed in an accident during a Marine training mission in Southern California while serving as a Navy corpsman with the 5th Marine Expeditionary Unit in July. The funeral service was held at the hold of Joe Fasso in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

[8/23/20] Nancy Vienna is comforted by her husband Peter Vienna as she weeps on the casket of her son Christopher “Bobby” Gnem during funeral services for Gnem at the home of Joe Fasso in Stockton. Gnem a Stockton native, was killed in an accident during a Marine training mission in Southern California while serving as a Navy corpsman with the 5th Marine Expeditionary Unit in July. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(9/9/20) The sun, turned into a red orb by smoke from the California wildfires, is seen through the branches of a tree along Bacon Island Road near Highway 4 west of Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(9/10/20) Armani Small participates in a protest near the county courthouse on Weber Avenue near Hunter Street in downtown Stockton over the July 15 killing of Antwaune Burrise by Stockton Police officers. CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(9/22/20) Second grade teacher Trina Ledesma conducts an online, socially-distanced class at Flora Arca Mata Elementary School which is named after the first Filipina teacher in California and SUSD. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(9/28/20) Sandhill cranes fly into a flooded field at the Phil and Marilyn Isenberg Sandhill Crane Reserve on Woodbridge Road west of I-5 near Lodi. According to Cornell Lab All About Birds website, many Sandhill cranes may reach the age of 7 before they start mating. They mate for life, which could be up to 20 years,. Juveniles stick close to their parents up to 9 or 10 months after hatching. The sandhill crane is one of the oldest species of birds known. The earliest fossil has been estimated to be 2.5 million year old. The birds can stand up to 4 feet tall and have a wing span of 6 to 8 feet. They were once common in the western states but through unregulated hunting and habitat loss. But the 1940s there were only 5 breeding pairs left in California. But the numbers have rebounded due to the conservation of wetlands and the water flooding of agricultural fields which lie dormant in the winter. The sandhills found in California migrate down from Siberia and Alaska for the winter says audubon.org. They can be seen in the Central Valley as early as August but don’t start arriving in numbers until mid to late September. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(9/28/20) A sandhill crane practices a mating dance in a flooded field at the Phil and Marilyn Isenberg Sandhill Crane Reserve on Woodbridge Road west of I-5 near Lodi. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(10/1/20) The driver of a Toyota Camry that collided with a Ford Mustang in the intersection of California Street and 5th Street in south Stockton is wheels on a gurney to an awaiting ambulance by emergency personnel. A witness says the Toyota, traveling east on 5th, came to a complete stop at the stop sign. It then proceeded into the intersection when it was hit by the southbound Ford which did not have a stop sign. The driver of the Toyota and a child passenger were take to an area hospital with unknown injuries. The driver of the Ford was uninjured. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(10/7/20) Barber Ken Smith plugs his electric clippers into a plug on a light pole to give Darrel Holland a haircut outdoors at the McLeod Lake amphitheater park in downtown Stockton. It was 30 years ago when Smith started out as a barber working in shops in Oakland and Hayward. About 11 years ago he moved to Stockton and began giving haircuts shaves to the poor and homeless primarily at St.Mary’s Dining Hall in Stockton. Smith would travel around south and downtown Stockton on bike to get to those who couldn’t get to the dinning hall. He recently bought a used car which has expanded his range throughout the city. He normally charges $10 per haircut but accepts whatever his customers can afford. “I do accept donations. If you ain’t got the money, I won’t charge you” says Smith. He can be reached for appointments at (510) 253-7599. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(10/7/20) Darrel Holland has his hair cut outdoors by barber Ken Smith at the McLeod Lake amphitheater park in downtown Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(10/8/20) City of Stockton employee Jeff Vanover uses high-powered pressure washer to clean the 20-ft tall steel sculptures “Anchored” as a part of a crew cleaning the fountain at DeCarli waterfront Plaza in downtown Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(10/9/20) Public Health nurse Doreatia Hart holds a sign while protesting in downtown Stockton on Friday, October 9. Registered nurses who work at San Joaquin County General Hospital, Public Health, county clinics and the County Jail took their strike, which started on Wednesday, to downtown Stockton to picket in front of the San Joaquin County Administration Building. The nurses walked off the job over patient care, safe staffing and lack of adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as county executives demands for extreme contract changes. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(10/10/20) Tea Matcha, 21, of Stockton, left, and Jessie Bitner, 22 of Sacramento, both dressed in “J-Fashion” attire, pose for a photo next to the Hello Kitty Cafe van which made an appearance at the Weberstown Mall in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(10/11/20) A 1950s era Chevrolet Bel Air is reflected in the flanks of a 1933 Ford Coupe on display at the 31st annual Pete Paulsen’s Hot rod Party cars show in French Camp. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(10/14/20) City of Stockton senior recreation assistant Dave Silva, left, loads a box of food onto the mobility scooter of Virginia Lallana at the weekly food distribution at the Oak Park Senior Center in Stockton. More than 100 boxes and bags of food are give away to seniors 60 and older who would usually partake in the daily lunch program at the center, which is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The distribution is held every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The food is provided by the Brown Bag, Food For You and Congregate Meal programs and distributed by the city of Stockton once a week at the Oak Park Senior Center as well as Arnold Rue, Stribley and Van Buskirk community centers. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(10/24/20) Andrea Hawkes plays the alto saxophone as a part of a saxophone quartet from the Stockton Symphony at a pop up concert at the Spenker Winery in Lodi. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(10/31/20) Dennis Cochran works to restore one of 3 murals on the back wall of Valley Brew on Adams Street and Pacific Avenue soon the Miracle Mile in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(11/1/20) Kyomi Gonzalez with the Stockton-based Ballet Folkorico Raices Mexicana de Maria Valdovinos, performs a traditional Mexican dance at the Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, celebration at the HATCH workshop in downtown Stockton. The celebration featured vegan food, live Catrina models, Day of the Dead ofrendas, cultural dancing, live music and local artisans. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(11/2/20) Diocese of Stockton Bishop Myron Cotta, right, conducts the All Souls Day mass in front of the mausoleum at the Catholic Cemetery in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(11/10/20) Emergency crews wheel a motorcyclist into an ambulance at an accident scene at Lincoln and Worth streets in south Stockton. A witness says that the motorcyclist, traveling west on Worth, stopped briefly at the stopping before pulling into the intersection where it was hit by a van which did not have a stop. The motorcyclist was taken to an area hospital with unknown injuries. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(11/11/20) Retired Marine Aaron Bazan, who served from 1968-1971, salutes during the posting of the colors at the annual Lathrop Veterans Day observance at Valverde Park in Lathrop. This year’s celebration was held as a drive up event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. About 2 dozen cars filled the parking lot of the Lathrop Community Center at the park. “It’s different but it’s going to have to work because it’s what we can do right now to protect ourselves and protect others” said Bazan. Don Britton, a retired Army staff sergeant was the keynote speaker. Lathrop Parks and Recreation director Zachary Jones and Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal also spoke. Lathrop resident Dreama Diaz sang the national anthem The East Union High School JROTC performed the posting and retiring of the colors. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(11/13/20) Jacquelyn George with the Haggin Museum puts a photo for the Awkward Family Photos exhibition. The show celebrates “the perfectly imperfect moments that come with the family experience and provides a place for people to take comfort in the fact that their family is not alone. The collection includes more than 200 classic Awkward Family Photos framed in vintage, era-appropriate frames, and hilarious ‚Äòbehind the awkwardness‚Äô stories. The exhibition opened to record attendance at the Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on June 17, 2012 and has been traveling ever since.” The exhibition opens at the Haggin on November 19 and runs through February 7. Museum deputy director Susan Obert says “Although we booked the show in advance, this is something that everyone needs right now.” [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(11/23/20) Eight-year-old Amelia Morelli, left, twirls for her Michelle Morelli for a family portrait while her her 5-year-old sister Vivian waits her turn at Knowles lawn on the University of the Pacific campus in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(11/30/20) An ambulance crew wheel the driver of a Honda Accord to an awaiting ambulance. The Honda crashed into bollards on the corner of California Street and Main Street in downtown Stockton. Witnesses say that the Honda and an unidentified white car were “battling” at high speed. The cars were seen racing northbound on Sutter Street at California. The Honda then sideswiped an Oldsmobile Intrigue at the corner of Weber Avenue and Sutter. The Honda and white car proceeded east on Weber then turned south on California. The 2 cars raced down a block to California Street where one tried to run the other off the road. The Honda came to an abrupt stop when it struck the bollards. The white car fled the scene without stopping. The driver of the Honda was taken to an area hospital with undisclosed injuries. A small dog in the Honda was killed in the accident. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(12/1/20) Abel Jacquez with the City of Stockton Public Works department hangs a branch on the city’s Christmas tree at the Weber Point Events Center in downtown Stockton. A crew from public works and community services/public events worked to erect the 35-ft artificial tree on Tuesday. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(12/3/20) Five-year-old Mateo, who is battling leukemia, accepts a letter to Santa from Maggie Lozano in front of the Macy’s store in the Sherwood Mall in Stockton. His number one wish list to be a mailman. The Make-A-Wish Foundation teamed up with Macy’s to have Mateo as the “mailman” for the Believe letter-writing to Santa campaign. On Thursday, Mateo accepted letters in from the public and placed them into a special mailbox at the store. For every letter delivered this week, the Macy’s will donate $2.00 to the Make-A-Wish-Foundation and $1.00 per letter in subsequent weeks. [CLIFFORD OTO/ THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(12/4/20) Robin McKeegan, left, David Flynn spend some time hanging out together in the sunshine while masked and socially distanced on a small triangle of lawn near the Starbucks at Pacific Avenue and Regent Street on the Miracle Mile in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/ THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(12/7/20) Navy veteran Dave Lurgio salutes during the posting of the colors during a short Pearl Harbor Day ceremony put on by VFW Luneta Post 52 at Weber Point in downtown Stockton. The short ceremony marking Japan’s attack on the United States in 1941 was attended by about 20 people. Post commander Sam Pachuca opened the ceremony followed by a benediction by veteran’s Ralph Rodriguez. Army veteran Phil Gutierrez who served in the Army from 1962 to 1982, gave the keynote speech on the history of the Pearl Harbor attack. WWII vets Lurgio and John Cardona along with representatives from the VFW auxiliary tossed wreaths onto the water of McLeon Lake in downtown. A 21-gun salute by the color guard, the playing of Taps by Al Lopez and the playing of Amazing Grace by bagpiper Raphael Pazo following the laying of the wreath. The ceremony ended with a closing prayer by Rodriguez. [CLIFFORD OTO/ THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(12/7/20) Eric Anslinger uses a ladder to put up Christmas lights on his home on Acacia Street near Edison Street in Stockton. Anslinger estimates about 10.000 LED lights will be put up in his trees, front yard and on his house by the time the 2-day project is done. [CLIFFORD OTO/ THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(12/7/20) Eric Anslinger puts up Christmas lights on a tree in his yard at his home on Acacia Street in Stockton. Anslinger estimates about 10.000 LED lights will be put up in his trees, front yard and on his house by the time the 2-day project is done. [CLIFFORD OTO/ THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(12/8/20) While some fall leaves grace the trees, many more blanket the ground at the beginning of December at Lodi Lake in Lodi. [CLIFFORD OTO/ THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(12/10/20) Stockton Firefighters Local 456’s lighted ladder truck carrying Santa, portrayed by firefighter Gregor Cameron drivers down Picardy Drive in Stockton. The Stockton Firefighters Local 456 will be cruising through various Stockton neighborhoods in the lighted truck and playing music with Santa until Christmas. [CLIFFORD OTO/ THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(12/11/20) Deb Lee helps her son with his school lessons on his computer at their Manteca home. Manteca Unified School District has employed a hybrid return-to-school model since November. Families are struggling with distance learning and Lee, in particular, believes kids should back on campus full-time, as the toll on her kids, especially 8-year-old Joshua, has been more than difficult. [CLIFFORD OTO/ THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(12/11/20) Fourteen-year-old Chloe Lee does school work on her laptop in a room of her Manteca home. Her parents say that they had to build a wall to separate Chloe from her sister so that they both could be free from being distracted by the others online learning. Manteca Unified School District has employed a hybrid return-to-school model since November. Families are struggling with distance learning and Hannah’s mother Deb Lee in particular, believes kids should back on campus full-time, as the toll on her kids has been more than difficult. [CLIFFORD OTO/ THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(12/11/20) Officer Joseph Garcia hands out bags of toys at the Lathrop Police Department’s drive-up toy giveaway at the Lathrop Generations Center on Lathrop Road. The event, which used to be held indoors and was called Cocoa with the Chief,” distributed hundreds of toys donated by businesses and organizations to children on a first come basis. [CLIFFORD OTO/ THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(12/15/20) Dr. Michael Herrera, D.O., left, receives a shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/ THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(12/16/20) The sun struggles to peek through some high fog that formed at Hammer Lane and Lower Sacramento Road in Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/ THE STOCKTON RECORD]

(12/17/20) First grade teacher Gina Hughes leads an online virtual class from her classroom at Joshua Cowell Elementary School in Manteca. [CLIFFORD OTO/ THE STOCKTON RECORD]

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