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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.

City Manager Kurt Wilson posts open letter on bankruptcy exit

Read it here.

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Stockton announces city to exit bankruptcy tomorrow

The official announcement went out shortly after 12 p.m. today. Stockton exits bankruptcy tomorrow after 32 months. “We have spent the last several weeks finalizing dozens of complicated legal and real estate documents and making preparations for thousands of checks that must be issued for the effective date,” City Manager Kurt Wilson said. “After 2 [...]

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Weston Ranch insurgents, Fair Oaks Library advocates plan City Hall turnout

Former Councilman Dale Fritchen and resident Richard Smith are leading a movement to have Weston Ranch separate from Stockton. The “Free Weston Ranch” group is planning what it says will be a mass turnout at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting (5:30 faceoff). Secession is a daunting process but Fritchen and Smith insist they are ready [...]

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All of the library posters for your viewing pleasure

The advocacy group Strong Libraries=Strong Communities is embarking on an effort to raise the profile of the public-library system in Stockton and San Joaquin County. The first step is a poster campaign. You can view all 10 posters here.

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Mayor Silva: Takes to Facebook to explain limo incident, blast media

You can view it here. You may need to hit Ctrl-+ to enlarge the type on your computer screen in order to read.

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Silva acknowledges he was there for limousine incident

The story about Mayor Anthony Silva’s wild limo ride broke on Recordnet at 8:45 p.m. and was updated at 9:56 p.m. Also there is this: The news release from the incident put out by the CHP in December. Mayor Anthony Silva’s name is not mentioned but this is the incident he acknowledges being at, one [...]

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The first logo for a 2016 City Council candidate

Realtor Michael Blower, 46, announced today he will run for the City Council seat that will become vacant next year as Moses Zapien runs for a Board of Supervisors seat. Here’s his news release and at some point you will be seeing a lot of his logo. Blower’s campaign consultant is Steve Reid, who also is [...]

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Bankruptcy lawyers: Words, words, we need more words

Reading Stockton bankruptcy files can make your head spin and your eyelids droop. But looking through some recent files today, I came across an item that made me smile because it was so inadvertently revelatory of the laboriousness of the Chapter 9 process. The four-page document chronicles a spat between the attorneys for Stockton and [...]

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It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhoods

Stockton’s Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. Thursday for the latest public workshop to craft amendments to the city’s General Plan. Thursday’s meeting will build on a previous workshop that concentrated on Stockton’s neighborhoods. More background on the Thursday meeting is here. A draft of proposed neighborhood policies is here. Maps that divide Stockton into 16 [...]

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Mayoral meetings

Mayor Anthony Silva has shared a list of community meetings in February, with topics including people with disabilities, animal services, the homeless, and resuscitation of the Asparagus Festival. The complete list, including dates, times, location and contact information, is here.

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