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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.

A downtown groundbreaking is planned

Initial work began last month on the Cal Weber affordable-housing project, which, if you cannot tell from its name, is at California Street and Weber Avenue in downtown Stockton. The developers announced today that an official groundbreaking will be held May 14. You can read details in this press release. Cal Weber is seen as [...]

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In exiting bankruptcy, all Stockton did was “eliminate the paper boy”

Always interesting to check the morning inbox: “This city will exist chapter 9 and be back in 5 yrs “All they did was eliminate the paper boy  the real expenses are in entitlements. Not in bond interest.  Let’s see how quick retail investors will back when their contracts mean nothing   How will new schools b [...]

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Early view of Grand View

It’s been four months since the proposed Grand View Village project was announced. It’s the affordable housing project that intends to be anchored by a ground-floor supermarket. If all goes well, it could open in 2017. If you’re interested in learning more about it, there’s an open house tomorrow.

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Audit committee meets this afternoon

Stockton’s audit committee holds its monthly meeting this afternoon at City Hall. The agenda is here. Audit watchdog Ned Leiba says he will not attend, but he did submit this advance letter to the committee.

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Reduce building fees?

The development community would like to see Stockton’s building fees cut, as reported today. They say it would spur lagging development. What would a building surge mean for the local economy? A report by the University of the Pacific addresses the topic in detail. Read it here.

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Series of Midtown Neighborhood Meetings scheduled

A group of residents from midtown Stockton has planned a series of meetings aimed at improving “the livability and vitality” of their neighborhood. All meetings will be held at El Dorado Elementary, 1540 N. Lincoln Street, Stockton, Calif. 95204. Here’s the schedule: • Thursday, April 9, 4 p.m.: meet with principals, school counselors and teachers. • [...]

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More on the dispute between Sanchez and LGBT leaders

@recordnet right now (LINK) and in Tuesday’s paper you can read about a controversy involving activist Motecuzoma Sanchez, Mayor Anthony Silva, Councilwoman Christina Fugazi and leaders of the LGBT community. For those interested in learning more, here’s some reading material, with screenshots of some of Sanchez’s Facebook posts at the bottom. A call to action [...]

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Councilman Michael Tubbs offically running for Board of Supervisors

Michael Tubbs, Stockton’s 24-year-old councilman from the south side, confirmed today he will not seek a second term in 2016. Instead, he is running for the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors. It’s hardly a surprise. Tubbs said last month he was considering a run. Tubbs has established a campaign committee for his bid to [...]

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Greatest Show on Earth becoming elephant-free zone

Since elephants are renowned for their good memories, let’s not forget what Ringling Bros. spokesman Stephen Payne told The Record late last year: “The Asian elephant is the treasured symbol of Ringling Bros. and has been for 145 years. It’s a great responsibility that we take very seriously.” Payne made the comment at a moment [...]

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Retired library director: Money there to reopen Fair Oaks

Colleen Foster, the retired director of the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library, sent a letter this week to the mayor, City Council, City Manager Kurt Wilson and several other Stockton officials. It’s the latest in a series of calls by community members to reopen the east Stockton Fair Oaks Library branch, which was shut down [...]

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