Category Archives: Ann Johnston

He is not Alan Greenspan

The most interesting Stockton race headed into November is for District 6 – Dale Fritchen v. Michael Tubbs. Reporter Roger Phillips explored the city races in this story. And this 2009 story explains Fritchen’s history with the B-word and his uttering of it in a budget meeting derailing a bond sale (allegedly). Fritchen’s response at [...]

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Not clearly erroneous

Mayor Ann Johnston and the city await the signature of San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Lesley Holland denying Ralph White’s attempt to have Johnston removed from the race for mayor over term limits. Holland ruled from the bench and attorney Manuela Albuquerque fashioned this order putting it all down in writing. It paraphrases the [...]

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Tonight’s town hall meeting

Vice Mayor Kathy Miller is on tonight. She’ll meet the public in a 6:30 p.m. forum at the Siefert Community Center, 128 West Benjamin Holt Dr. The topic will be city finances and crime. This follows last week’s town hall meeting hosted by Mayor Ann Johnston and City Manager Bob Deis. About 100 people attended [...]

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Says he’s not running

Randy Hatch has decided not to run against Vice Mayor Kathy Miller for a seat on the Stockton City Council. He gave it lots of thought and prayer, he said. This week, he announced to supporters that this was not his time to mount a campaign. Hatch said he was recently made a bishop of [...]

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Crime prevention

Mayor Ann Johnston addressed the Marshall Plan on  Sunday’s editorial page in answer to non-stop criticism that the city hasn’t done enough to fight crime. The City Council’s committee on Community Improvement and Crime Prevention will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 19. The agenda says they’ll take a Crime Prevention Presentations by the Stockton [...]

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From Aptos

Former Stockton Mayor Gary Podesto was kind enough to comment on an upcoming story. He’s got a knee on ice after surgery last week but said he’s well otherwise. He and his wife sold their beach home south of Santa Cruz and they’re building a new one in the hills of Le Selva Beach, also [...]

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Randy Hatch is a definite maybe

In an effort to suss our who might run for Stockton City Council, Randy Hatch said to put him down as a definite maybe. The Stockton planning commissioner laid his cards out on the table. The conclusion, he said, is that he’s totally up in the air. But he admitted thinking it over. Thinking through [...]

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Mayor comments on Deis

At the close of last night’s City Council meeting, Mayor Ann Johnston was the only one to comment on Bob Deis’ decision to remain. Here’s what she said: I’d like first of all to announce that our city manager announced today that he is not going to retire in March, that he’s going to remain [...]

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Running for Stockton City Council?

Nobody’s yet come out saying they’re running against the four incumbents next year, despite a few rumors afloat. But in case you are, the City Clerk’s office at City Hall will take nominations for candidates Feb. 14 to March 8. And then call this reporter, please. It could be an interesting campaign season.

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Niblock honored

The City Council last night honored Mike Niblock, the city’s top planning and building official who is retiring after 36 years as a city employee. Mayor Ann Johnston called Niblock one of the city’s finest employees and an adept problem-solver. “It takes someone who has infinite patience to deal with the issues that land in [...]

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