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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.

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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How to keep the Stockmarket from crashing

The second Stockmarket event downtown July 18 drew a crowd of 1,200,  organizers Amy Sieffert and Katie Macrae say. The entrepreneurial duo has its next Stockmarket scheduled for Sept. 12 and is working to make the funky urban event a downtown Stockton staple. Sieffert and Macrae are asking for help in the form of contributions [...]

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Only explanation we’re likely to get from Bank of West re: settlement with Holt-Singh’s family

Two days ago, the Record reported that the family of Misty Holt-Singh had reached an out-of-court settlement of an undisclosed amount with Bank of the West. Last night, in response to our request, Bank of the West issued the following statement explaining the settlement: “The safety and security of all of our customers and employees is paramount [...]

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City attorney issues statement on eve of tragic Holt-Singh anniversary

As reported today, the family of Misty Holt-Singh has reached an out-of-court settlement with Bank of the West. Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the tragic bank robbery/shootout/hostage siege. Holt-Singh’s attorney yesterday said his filing of a lawsuit against the city is imminent. This afternoon, City Attorney John Luebberke issued this statement:  “One year after [...]

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“Stockmarket II” downtown Saturday: food, music, local goods

Local entrepreneurs Amy Sieffert and Katie Macrae put on the first “Stockmarket” back in May. They are back from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday with their second market, again at 630 E. Weber Avenue in downtown Stockton. Often, thoughts of “coolness” in downtown Stockton are of the cryogenic nature, as in preservation of the dead. But [...]

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The latest Fair Oaks Library letters

In case you missed them, there are two more Fairs Oaks Library letters to the editor in today’s Record: Elephants of pale variety Who appreciative of Keats’ poem about the beauty of truth can forget its tingle on reading last week’s letter to The Record from William Maxwell? Namely, that reference to the white elephants [...]

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