Handouts for the three downtown affordable-housing projects

Affordable housing already is coming to downtown Stockton, and more is in the works. Cal Weber is on its way. Grand View Village and Anchor Village are hoping for good financing news. Here are some handouts related to the projects, the first from a groundbreaking, the second from a committee meeting at the San Joaquin Council of Governments.

Here are links to handouts on Cal Weber and the pending Grand View Village and Anchor Village projects.

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Silva issues ‘challenge’ to business community, plus more homeless data

As reported today, Mayor Anthony Silva spent last night with some of Stockton’s homeless.

Here’s a quote from him that did not make today’s paper:

“As we revitalize downtown with all these projects and attract new businesses here, we must address the homeless issue. I challenge the business community to help me create more facilities where services such as mental health and life coaching can take place on-site.”  

Meanwhile, full results from January’s census of homeless people are available. A few were reported in today’s paper. The full report is here.

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Ralph Lee White to host third town-hall meeting

Former City Councilman Ralph Lee White, who says he is going to mount a campaign to be a San Joaquin County Supervisor, will host a town-hall meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at his home at 2201 E. Eighth Street.

This will be the third town-hall hosted by White in the past half-year. The focus Thursday, as in the previous two, will be policing and officer-involved shootings.

For background on the first two town halls, click here and here.

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VIDEO: Mayor Anthony Silva posts “Limogate: Silva Uncensored”

The Mayor took responding to the latest limousine stories into his own hands Friday.

You can watch his video here.

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Roy Vazquez Jr.’s day in San Francisco

Saturday’s paper included this story on Stockton 13-year-old Roy Vazquez Jr. and how his family is using cannabis to assist his recovery from the ruptured aneurysm he suffered in 2013. On Sunday, Roy’s family took him to San Francisco to participate in an Aneurysm and AVM (arteriovenous malformation) Awareness Walk.

Here’s a report on Roy’s trip to San Francisco from his mom, Silvia Vazquez, along with a couple of photos she shared:

“Walk was awesome. Roy managed to stay awake the entire day. He was up at 6:00 am wide-eyed and ready to go. He enjoyed the entire ride and did not sleep at all! Everyone got to see him awake. He was even turning his head to the sides to see the ocean!”


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Union rep speaks out on MUD grand jury report

The grand jury report on Stockton’s Municipal Utilities Department was released yesterday and you can read it here.

This morning, Mike Eggener of OE3, the union that represents MUD workers, called to comment on the grand jury findings.

“Everything in that report I have said personally to MUD management,” Eggener said. “Shame on them. They knew this was coming. It’s been at least a year that we’ve discussed these issues. The issues of the pay, we’ve been saying that all along. I’m glad the grand jury realized that. The one that really surprised me was the Intake Pump Station at the end of Eight Mile Road. It’s pretty significant. It looks like an earthquake fault.”

Will the grand jury report make an impact?

“I hope so,” Eggener said. “This is significant. This is the drinking water and the flushing of the toilets. This is huge. That issue at the Intake Pumping Station could affect the whole agricultural area out there. … Why has this not been taken care of and if it has been, where is the evidence that it’s been taken care of?”

The city declined comment on the report after it was released Wednesday.

Eggener and his workers have been in the news recently regarding their contract bargaining with the city. He said the workers plan to be out in force again at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

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Today is April 30, there is no meeting scheduled for the salary-setting commission, and that’s significant

April 30 is a key day in the process that could result in a 30-percent pay cut for Mayor Anthony Silva and all future Stockton mayors for the next millennium or two. With no salary-setting meeting scheduled for today, which was the deadline, it appears certain the matter will go back in the hands of the City Council at an upcoming meeting.

The City Charter appears to make it all but mandatory for the council to approve the salary-setting recommendation to cut Silva’s pay from nearly $105,000 a year to $72,000 starting July 1. But then again …

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Grand jury MUDdies the waters

The San Joaquin County Grand Jury issued a report today critical of Stockton’s Municipal Utilities Department.

Read it here.

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South Stockton overlooked as ‘Promise Zone’ and McNerney doesn’t like it

Designation as a Promise Zone would have assisted with south Stockton’s efforts to recover from the problems that plague it.

Here’s what Congressman Jerry McNerney had to say about the decision.

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Saturday Stockmarket roster of vendors

Downtown Stockton will host the first “Stockmarket” on Saturday.










Here’s a roster of Saturday’s vendors. Click the links to read more about them:

CanDid Art Accessories: Urban Chic Jewelry

Cloves & Twine: Hand-Poured Candles

Tiny Creations: Miniature Clay Art

Port City Pomade: Mens hair & beard care products

Placeholder: Stockton based arts & literature magazine

Soul Sisters: Organic Bath & Body Products

Something Borrowed: Women’s vintage clothing

La Cruzita: Bohemian Home Decor

Sarah Van Dyke: Bohemian Charm Jewelry

Kelsey McNickle Photography: Photography & Lithographs

676 Candles: Soy Candles

Leathercraft 209: Hand Tooled Leather Goods

Lovely Letters: Calligraphy

Hip To the Jive Vintage: Vintage Clothing with Modern Flair

The Healing Place Apothecary: Natural Skincare

Bath & More: Bath & Home Fixtures and Repurposing Materials

Home Thyme: Kitchen Specialty Store

Macaronage Macarons: Gluten Free French Macarons

Twisted Vine Vintage: Vintage Home Decor

Lily Lou: Modern Fashion Jewelry

Old Homestead Hideaway: Natural Soaps & Wooden Gift Boxes

Pixelina: Urban Photography

Cast Iron Cheese: Farm to Fork Gourmet Catering

Jesus Mountain Coffee: Specialty Coffee

3 Babes Bakeshop: Organic Gourmet Pies

Thomas J Streeter: Contemporary Home Furnishings

Revitalized Vintage: Upcycled Jewelry

LA Balm: Handmade Vegan Body Products

Da Funky Button: Fashion Forward Jewelry & Accessories

A Vintage Soul: Vintage Home Furnishings

Retro Roadside Photography: Vintage Neon Sign Photography

Birch Handcrafted: Handcrafted Metal & Stone Jewelry

Beloved Bracelets: Handmade Aprons & Jewelry

Annetiquities: Vintage Fashion Accessories & Gifts

Make Love Live: Hand-Calligraphied Mugs & Gifts

ReclaimRD: Vintage Suitcases Repurposed into Speakers

Timber Gardens: Miniature Succulent Gardens using Reclaimed Fallen Logs

Big Chop Accessories: Mobile Fashion Boutique

Superior Goods Co.: Artisan Leather Goods

Ten Four Goods: Eco-Chic & Original Art Tote Bags

Henna by Zahara: Henna Tattoos, Proceeds Benefit ‘Afghan Orphan Relief’

Lincoln Cellar: Globally Inspired Wine & Food Pairings

Flavors of Korea: Korean Food Truck

Grubb City: Gourmet Burger Food Truck

Elsa’s Palador: Cuban Food Truck

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