Category Archives: Community Development Department

Where pot dispensaries can go in Stockton

So medical marijuana dispensaries are now legal in Stockton. Click the image below to see a more detailed map of where they will be allowed (for now, only three citywide are allowed, and up to two in the same City Council District.) If you want to apply for a dispensary, you’ve got until 3 p.m. […]

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Triplex owner seeks building permit for repairs after Rivera crash

Fran McVey, the owner of the north Stockton triplex that James Rivera crashed into before he was shot and killed by law enforcement officers, went to City Hall on Tuesday and applied for his building permit to make the repairs, he told me today. McVey was warned by city code enforcers to start making repairs […]

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Replay of mayor’s live chat (UPDATED)

NOTE: We made a mistake during today’s live chat that resulted in an answer from the mayor that did not completely address the original question. Please go here to read an explanation, and the chat below has been updated.

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Builders oppose using impact fees for climate plan

Late last month, the City Council approved spending more than $881,000 on a settlement-mandated climate action plan. While most of the funding would come from grants, about $220,000 would come from development impact fees set aside for air quality measures, according to the approved resolution. In a letter to the mayor, John Beckman of the […]

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Another building fee dispute

Local building lobbyist John Beckman sent letters to Mayor Ann Johnston last week again scrutinizing the fees charged to developers in Stockton. (Beckman prides himself as a local building fee watchdog. You’ll recall this lawsuit.) Both letters boil down to this argument, a common refrain: Builders are paying more than their fair share in fees. […]

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Berlin among seven to be laid off in community development

  Deputy Community Development Director Barbara Berlin, 54, was among eight Community Development Department employees issued layoff notices today (seven people are to be laid off; eight notices were issued because two employees have the same hire date and one will remain). The layoffs will reduce the Community Development Department from 54 employees to 47, department chief […]

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More from City Hall: Historic demolition hearing starting

Deputy Community Development Director Barbara Berlin is reporting on the staff-initiated proposal to require review of demolition of buildings that are at least 50 years old. City Hall became interested in the matter last year, when a developer said he planned to demolish the historic Kendall Building. Currently (outside the current moratorium, anyway), demolition permits […]

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More from City Hall: Hotel suit settled

The City Council approved consent without comment and without an item pulled (that has been rare this year). On consent was the council’s settlement of Save Old Stockton v. City of Stockton, in which preservationists sought to block the city’s 2007 bid to demolish at least four downtown hotels. In settling, the city is to seek […]

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