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The two cellphone videos (WARNING: Graphic language and images)

Today’s paper includes this story about two cellphone videos obtained by The Record of the deadly late Tuesday night encounter between a north Stockton man and police. You can view the videos below, but a warning: They contain graphic images and language.

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City manager, police chief to attend town hall at home of Ralph Lee White

Former City Councilman and activist Ralph Lee White said this week he will host a town-hall meeting at his south Stockton home at 7 p.m. Monday. Officials from the city have confirmed that City Manager Kurt Wilson and Police Chief Eric Jones will be on hand. White held a town hall in early December that [...]

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City Manager: ‘Great news’ on impending bankruptcy exit

City Manager Kurt Wilson attended just about every second of Stockton’s bankruptcy trial but was not in the courtroom today for Judge Christopher Klein’s climactic ruling. Here’s what Wilson had to say in a statement released by the city this afternoon: “This is great news. As the Judge indicated in court today, it removes a lot [...]

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Franklin Templeton’s reaction (or lack thereof) to its court setback today

Stockton won a key victory in bankruptcy court today. Seeking a reaction from creditor Franklin Templeton Investments, here’s what I got from spokeswoman Stacey Coleman: “Thanks for checking in.  We have no additional comment beyond our existing statement: “Franklin California High Yield Municipal Fund and Franklin High Yield Tax-Free Income Fund loaned $35 million to [...]

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Silva on code enforcement, Weston Ranch and ‘verbal judo training’

As mentioned at various times this week, Mayor Anthony Silva had plenty to say at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. Previously we’ve reported on his dialogue with City Manager Kurt Wilson and his plan to raise funds for a July 4 fireworks show. Silva also weighed in Tuesday on the Stockton Police Department’s Neighborhood Blitz [...]

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Mayor says he’s raising funds for July 4 fireworks show

Mayor Anthony Silva said at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting that he plans to raise money for a downtown fireworks show on July 4. In better times, the city held July 4 fireworks shows with the Stockton Symphony performing at Weber Point. Here’s what the mayor said: ”A goal of mine, a goal of the Mayor’s, [...]

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Police body cameras: 8-to-1 ‘benefit/cost ratio’

Here’s an interesting email I received from a reader after yesterday’s story on police body cams appeared: “Rialto, CA conducted a study of body cameras by their police force. The result was an 88 percent reduction in civil complaints and a 60 percent reduction in use of force by police (everyone is on their best [...]

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Calgary Flames President Brian Burke at Stockton City Council meeting tonight

As Scott Linesburgh reported last week, the NHL’s Calgary Flames are closing in on purchasing the Stockton Thunder, and it’s expected the team will be elevated from the ECHL to the higher-level American Hockey League. The Flames’ team president, Brian Burke, is at tonight’s meeting.                     [...]

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New council, new seating arrangement

One week after the appointment of Dan Wright to replace Kathy Miller, the City Council is meeting tonight, and here’s the seating arrangement as determined by Mayor Anthony Silva (from left to right): Moses Zapien, Elbert Holman, Susan Lofthus, Silva, Christina Fugazi, Wright, Michael Tubbs. For those keeping score, in the previous council, the arrangement [...]

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No more maid service for Silva

Downtown Stockton has one fewer resident as of the last few days. Mayor Anthony Silva had been living at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel since before he was elected in 2012. But this morning, Silva said he has finally made his way to the hotel’s check-out desk (perhaps he used online checkout, though we didn’t [...]

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