City: Yeah, Office of Violence Prevention manager Jessica Glynn really was fired

Jessica Glynn shared news of her Feb. 13 firing with us Wednesday. Until late Thursday afternoon, the city acted as if she had simply evaporated, dissolved or melted. But in a two-sentence email Thursday to Michael “@stocktonopolis” Fitzgerald, city spokeswoman Connie Cochran confirmed Glynn’s firing.

Cochran wrote, “Jessica Glynn has shared with The Record that she was terminated.  The City can confirm that she was terminated.”

The reason, however, remains uncertain.

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City Manager Kurt Wilson posts open letter on bankruptcy exit

Read it here.

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Stockton announces city to exit bankruptcy tomorrow

The official announcement went out shortly after 12 p.m. today. Stockton exits bankruptcy tomorrow after 32 months.

“We have spent the last several weeks finalizing dozens of complicated legal and real estate documents and making preparations for thousands of checks that must be issued for the effective date,” City Manager Kurt Wilson said. “After 2 1/2 years, the timing and synchronization of everything to culminate on a specific date is a huge effort by everyone involved.”

Read the city’s news release here.

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Weston Ranch insurgents, Fair Oaks Library advocates plan City Hall turnout

Former Councilman Dale Fritchen and resident Richard Smith are leading a movement to have Weston Ranch separate from Stockton. The “Free Weston Ranch” group is planning what it says will be a mass turnout at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting (5:30 faceoff). Secession is a daunting process but Fritchen and Smith insist they are ready for the fight.

They won’t be alone. Advocates for the reopening of the Fair Oaks Library say they also plan to turn out for the council meeting. The southeast Stockton branch was closed as the city’s financial free fall accelerated in 2010.

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All of the library posters for your viewing pleasure

The advocacy group Strong Libraries=Strong Communities is embarking on an effort to raise the profile of the public-library system in Stockton and San Joaquin County. The first step is a poster campaign. You can view all 10 posters here.

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Mayor Silva: Takes to Facebook to explain limo incident, blast media

You can view it here. You may need to hit Ctrl-+ to enlarge the type on your computer screen in order to read.

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Silva acknowledges he was there for limousine incident

The story about Mayor Anthony Silva’s wild limo ride broke on Recordnet at 8:45 p.m. and was updated at 9:56 p.m.

Also there is this: The news release from the incident put out by the CHP in December. Mayor Anthony Silva’s name is not mentioned but this is the incident he acknowledges being at, one in which all of the limousine passengers were “heavily intoxicated,” according to the CHP.

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The first logo for a 2016 City Council candidate

Realtor Michael Blower, 46, announced today he will run for the City Council seat that will become vacant next year as Moses Zapien runs for a Board of Supervisors seat. Here’s his news release and at some point you will be seeing a lot of his logo.
Blower’s campaign consultant is Steve Reid, who also is Zapien’s consultant. It’s obviously early to be looking ahead to the June 2016 primary — it’s 68 weeks from Tuesday. Nonetheless, races are starting to take shape. Zapien’s District 4 seat will be coming open, District 6′s Michael Tubbs also may seek a supervisor seat, and Dan Wright will have to run to defend the District 2 seat he was appointed to just last month. And, oh yeah, Mayor Anthony Silva will be facing a reelection campaign next year, too.

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Bankruptcy lawyers: Words, words, we need more words

Reading Stockton bankruptcy files can make your head spin and your eyelids droop.

But looking through some recent files today, I came across an item that made me smile because it was so inadvertently revelatory of the laboriousness of the Chapter 9 process.

The four-page document chronicles a spat between the attorneys for Stockton and dissident creditor Franklin Templeton Investments. The tiff is over a Franklin motion to exceed the word limit requirements in its appeal before the U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.

Franklin requested to “extend the type-volume limitations” of U.S. bankruptcy code, “which provide(s) that a principal brief may not exceed 7,000 words. Assuming a 14 point type face in a proportional font, this results in a brief that is in excess of the alternative 30-page limit but one of a size the Rule’s drafters presumably considered equivalent. Appellants request a 50% increase over the maximum word count allowed by the rule (21,000 for principal briefs and 10,500 for reply brief).”

Got that?

Stockton objected, and earned a “strongly agree” from federal bankruptcy Judge Laura S. Taylor. But, Taylor continued:

“We, however, accept the representations that the trial transcript exceeds 1,340 pages and that the trial exhibits approximate 1,534. To the extent the type-volume extension is used in part to provide a complete but streamlined statement of the relevant facts, this could be helpful to the Panel. “

Taylor then noted that Franklin argues it has “five critical issues” it wants discussed in its appeal.

“To the extent the type-volume extension is used to discuss five critical issues, it appears appropriate. We note that briefing below exceeds 1,000 pages; Appellants’ articulation of only five issues leads us to hope that the type-volume extension will not be used to plan an alphabet soup, kitchen sink, or otherwise undifferentiated mass of issues before the Court. … ‘[B]revity is a soul of wit.” Hamlet, Act 2, scene 2, 90. Notwithstanding, we agree to the requested word count extension for all parties. … The opening brief filed by appellants must contain no more than 21,000 words and any appellee may file a responsive brief of no more than 21,000 words. Appellants’ reply brief must contain no more than 10,500 words.”

Somewhere, Shakespeare is weeping.

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It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhoods

Stockton’s Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. Thursday for the latest public workshop to craft amendments to the city’s General Plan. Thursday’s meeting will build on a previous workshop that concentrated on Stockton’s neighborhoods.

More background on the Thursday meeting is here. A draft of proposed neighborhood policies is here. Maps that divide Stockton into 16 proposed neighborhoods are here.

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