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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.

Read Stockton’s complaints against two medical-marijuana dispensaries

As reported today, the city last week filed lawsuits against two medical marijuana dispensaries. Click on the links to read the complaints against Elevate Wellness and Collective 1950.

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The incredible disappearing effort to amend Stockton’s General Plan is about to reappear

There’s a public workshop Aug. 27.

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The fees that did get cut

After what we heard last night, there’s going to be a lot more discussion if and before home-builders’ public-facilities fees are slashed. On the other hand, a long-time-coming streamlining and cut to permit fees was approved. Included in last night’s agenda packet was a table showing sample scenarios of fee reductions for various potential projects. [...]

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City Council public comment on police

In the aftermath of the release of the report released this week on the Bank of the West shootings, several critics of the police spoke at tonight’s City Council meeting. One was Carey Downs, whose 16-year-old son, James Rivera, was shot and killed by police in 2010. Downs said, “These officers need better training and [...]

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Bestolarides: Will he or won’t he?

Supervisor Steve Bestolarides still has not announced whether he will run for mayor against incumbent Anthony Silva in 2016, even though he formally began to explore the possibility nearly two years ago. And he probably isn’t going to make any announcements until at least Sept. 16, based on his bid to be the county assessor. [...]

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Grand opening of Stribley Library upcoming

If you’ve been following the ongoing debate over reopening Fair Oaks Library vs. placing library services at the Stribley Community Center, here’s some tangible action. Stribley is holding a grand opening next week, details of which are here. As for Fair Oaks, its future remains uncertain.

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Dawn Holt, R.I.P.

Misty Holt-Singh’s older sister, Dawn Holt, died today after a four-year battle with cancer. She was 44. Here’s a story on Dawn from an interview about six months ago, given at a moment when she realized her time was running short. Here’s a quote from the transcript of the interview, something that did not get [...]

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A different kind of water shortage at Barkleyville Dog Park

If you bring your dog(s) to the city’s Barkleyville Dog Park on Feather River Drive, you may have noticed that the water fountain is not working, which might not seem too big a deal except that the forecast calls for temperatures ranging from 275 to 432 degrees in the next few days. According to the [...]

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Letters to the editor: of arenas, ballparks and libraries

Rick Goucher and William Maxwell, have at it: Goucher (July 20) Ballpark, arena positive Is it just me, or are there more people who live in Stockton who are tired of certain individuals blaming the ballpark and arena for everything that is wrong with Stockton? They need to get over it, as the facilities were [...]

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Stockton takes a header in rankings of soccer cities

National publications in the past have called Stockton the most miserable city in the country, the least literate, and one of the most crime-ridden. But now, some website that is seeking attention (so we won’t even bother to name it here) has gone too far. It has called Stockton the 172nd and worst city for [...]

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