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Roger Phillips

Roger Phillips covers Stockton City Hall for The Record. He has been at The Record since 2006. After spending most of his time at The Record writing about education, he has moved into the city government beat.

Former Stockton head librarian: Proud of accomplishments during his tenure

The Stockton-San Joaquin Public Library system has been much in the news this week following the recent resignation of head librarian Chris Freeman. Today, Freeman sent the following email in which he outlined accomplishments that occurred during his four-year tenure in Stockton: “What with all the negative press I’m receiving for having resigned from my [...]

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City Council live — SUSD candidate Sayles rails against ‘homosex,’ Silva suggests he leave and go to school-board meeting

Vincent Sayles is running for school board but instead of attending tonight’s SUSD meeting, he’s at the City Council meeting railing against gays and “homosex.” He also disputed a long-ago Record article in which it was suggested some believe he suffers from a mental illness. But he did agree with that article that God “is [...]

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City Council live — Library comments

Here’s today’s story on the Stockton-San Joaquin Public Library. At least 30 people at the City Council meeting tonight in support of the library system and here’s what some had to say: Ahmed Salim: “Please do not proceed with any recruitment process (for library leadership) until we have a chance to discuss the future of the [...]

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City Council live — One-of-a-kind T-shirt in support of Mayor Anthony Silva

Traci Gregg of Stockton is sporting a t-shirt at tonight’s meeting honoring Mayor Anthony Silva. It was created by her brother, Norm Gregg, a Bay Area artist. “I support the mayor,” said Traci Gregg, adding of her shirt, “It’s an original one-of-a-kind no one else can ever have.”

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Second Planning Commission workshop: Transit issues

Community Development Director Steve Chase is urging all citizens with a concern over how we move about the city — and particularly those residents with the least amount of gray hair — to attend a public workshop at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Civic Auditorium. The city is holding public workshops the fourth Thursday each [...]

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Reader: If tax incentives good enough for new businesses, what about those already here?

I wrote recently about a business-tax incentive that has attracted a new company to Stockton, a clear victory for the city’s department of economic development. But reader Paul Verdegaal, a University of California Cooperative Extension specialist in grape and almond cultivation in Stockton, raised some interesting questions in an email. In part, he wrote: “The [...]

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Recycle your used electronic equipment and help the Stagg High student newspaper

Recent Stagg High graduate Adrianna Owens recently shared a way to generate some funds for the student journalists who work for the Stagg Line newspaper. She wrote, “If anyone has any old/broken electronics they can either call (800) 317-3112 or go to http://ewaste4good.com in order to schedule a free pick up and the money from the [...]

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Mayor Silva’s full response to the grand jury: ‘Dirty politics’

Mayor Anthony Silva has made it clear for months that he does not agree with all of the findings of the 2013-14 San Joaquin County Grand Jury, and he has made it clear this week he does not agree with the city’s legally-required response to the grand jury. At last night’s City Council meeting, Silva [...]

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City Council live — School board candidate Sales makes homophobic comments

Nothing to report out of closed session, on to public comment already. Diane Buettner: She ripped The Record for “the same stuff that can’t be substantiated.” She said she does not buy it. She was not specific about what she was criticizing. Vincent Sayles, who is running for the SUSD board, shared a Bible passage [...]

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Grand jury responses

As reported today, Mayor Anthony Silva is not in total accord with the proposed city response to the 2013-14 grand jury report. The proposed response in question is here. The City Council also has to consider this response to a second grand jury report. The City Council is scheduled to vote at tonight’s meeting.

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