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Scott Smith

Scott Smith covers Stockton City Hall for The Record. Born and raised in Manteca, he attended San Joaquin Delta College, where he occasionally teaches writing. After graduating from California State University, Chico, he served with the U.S. Peace Corps in Uzbekistan and then worked as country director for Internews Uzbekistan. He has been with The Record since 2003, previously covering public safety, prisons and courts.

Santa at City Hall

Community Development Director Steve Chase played the role of Saint Nicholas today in a toy give-away at City Hall. Families lined up out the door, down the steps and along the sidewalk just to get a photo with him. Chase did pretty well – despite a few tough customers, such as this one.

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Silva vlog

Mayor Anthony Silva lays it on the line in this video shot in the summer of 2013. He talks about life struggles, his late mother, mentor Sharon Simas, the Boys & Girls Club, Stockton’s hard-scrabble politics and more.

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Mayor Anthony Silva sings

N. Allen Sawyer, an associate of Mayor Anthony Silva, prepared this and posted it on the mayor’s Facebook page. Sawyer sent it along, suggesting we share it here. Enjoy.

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Stockton sister city suggestion

The Boys & Girls Club of Stockton lost its charter. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America sent a letter saying that, but they didn’t give the details. It appears officials believe that everybody knows the reasons. In a second blow, the Stockton Unified School District – according to their letter – yanked its contract [...]

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Bear Creek East opposition

In a follow-up, Eric Parfrey sent this letter today to the Stockton Planning Commission regarding the first new housing project up for consideration in years, called Bear Creek East. Parfrey is co-chair of Campaign for Common Ground, and he’s not pleased with the city’s response to his concerns as is spelled out in this story. [...]

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Show your work

Backers of Measures A/B out-raised the opponents by a ratio of nearly 8-to-1. The final reports aren’t due until Jan. 31, but here’s what the Taxpayers for Measures A & B filed before the Nov. 5 election, showing their donors big and small. I put this spreadsheet together based on FPPC forms filed at City [...]

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There’s no going it alone to fix downtown

Rick Goucher responded to Monday’s story, Imaging a different downtown, about the vision of Steve Chase at City Hall for jump-starting Stockton’s ramshackle core. Goucher is behind it, and he notes that Chase can’t do it alone. Goucher, senior manager at CBRE and past president of the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, sent this out [...]

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Item 15.2 – admonishment

Here’s the report from Stockton City Attorney John Luebberke recommending the City Council censure Mayor Anthony Silva for violating the Brown Act. Considering the weight of the council’s decision, it is relatively short. The bulk of the 19-page report is made up of news stories provided as evidence of the ridicule Silva brought on the [...]

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Stockton in light of Vallejo

Ed Mendel, a reporter at, wrote this after last week’s hearing in Stockton’s ongoing bankruptcy. The piece portends a showdown at the March 5 confirmation hearing, if and when Franklin doesn’t reach a deal with Stockton.

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Behold, the email

Mayor Anthony Silva sent this memo out Wednesday, the night before a Boys & Girls Club board meeting. It’s worth reading. (We removed the personal email addresses of board members before publishing it out of respect for their privacy. Coach Silva’s AOL address remains untouched, because he has in the past used that for business.) [...]

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    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 Full
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