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When the ball drops, the new council members will be seated

Christina Fugazi and Susan Lofthus, Stockton’s new council members, officially will assume office the instant 2014 ends and 2015 begins. Actually, all three have already been sworn in, according to City Clerk Bonnie Paige. But the magical spell of swearing them in takes awhile to take effect, evidently. The swearing-in ceremony for Fugazi, Lofthus and [...]

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Not exactly Letterman quality, but here’s a Top 10 for you

Outgoing City Councilwoman Kathy Miller presented her farewell comments at Tuesday night’s meeting in the form of a Top 10. You can read her remarks here.

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A look at Stockton’s charter before there was citywide voting

As reported a few days ago, Stockton’s citywide voting method for election to the council is undergoing ongoing examination by a citizens charter review commission. The end result, though it’s a long way from happening if it ever actually does, would be a system by which district voters would have sole discretion over their area’s [...]

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Then and now: Miller on the city’s waterfront investments

Today’s paper includes this story on the reflections of outgoing City Council members Kathy Miller, Paul Canepa and Dyane Burgos Medina as they prepare for tomorrow night’s meeting, which will be their last. The trio was among a select group of council members who served during the city’s catastrophic financial meltdown. Included in her remarks [...]

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Who’s peddling their wares at Saturday’s downtown market

The former Newberry building (115 N. Sutter Street) will host a holiday market from 5-9 p.m. Saturday. Here’s a guide to vendors, with web addresses as available: HANDMADE JEWELRY Ethereality: www.jesusmountaincoffee.com. Jessica G CRAFTS La Cruzita HANDMADE SOAP, GIFT BOXES Old Homestead Hideaway: http://ohhshop.com. MENSWEAR/ACCESSORIES The Good Life CARDS/PHOTOS Nicole Espino HANDCRAFTED LEATHER GOODS Leather Craft 209  www.leathercraft209.com VINTAGE [...]

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Bullhook banishment in Oakland (and the circus says it’s rolling up its East Bay tent)

Stockton is considering a ban on the use of bullhooks to prod elephants by circuses that visit the city. The story was reported last weekend. This week, Oakland enacted a bullhook ban of its own.

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Planning Commission meeting cancelled

Don’t know how many people were intending to go to tonight’s Planning Commission meeting, but if you were among them, save yourself a trip. It’s been cancelled.

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Mayor writes letter to appeals court regarding Stockton term-limits case

Mayor Anthony Silva said today he recently sent a letter to the state court of appeals in Sacramento expressing his view of the case from a couple of years ago in which former Councilman Ralph Lee White argued unsuccessfully that former Stockton Mayor Ann Johnston was disqualified from seeking a second term because of term [...]

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District voting on the table at Charter Review Commission meeting

The Charter Review Commission meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium, and the highlight will be discussion of the city’s system for electing council members. The agenda for the meeting is here. Council members in Stockton currently are elected in a two-stage process. They must finish in the top two in [...]

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‘Governing’ mag looks at Stockton bankruptcy

Liz Farmer, a writer for D.C.-based “Governing” magazine, was in Stockton before the city’s plan to exit bankruptcy was approved by Judge Christopher Klein at the end of October. Farmer’s article on Stockton appears in Governing’s December issue, and ends on about as optimistic a note as possible given what the city has endured: “The [...]

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