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Gateway Court tenant: It’s not all the landlord’s fault

Several tenants sounded off today about living conditions at Gateway Court off Kentfield Road. The Adobe Hacienda complex has been in the news recently because of claims filed against the city by residents and the landlord over the police department’s “Neighborhood Blitz Team” program. Just now, another resident called to defend landlord Ravi Sanwal. She [...]

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Mayor Silva permitted to breathe without having to recuse himself

In today’s story, Mayor Anthony Silva gave me this quote: “If I breathe the same air as everybody else, they want me to recuse myself.” But last night, a suggestion that Silva recuse himself from the charter review process was denied by Cynthia Summers, chair of the committee studying amendments to Stockton’s governing document. The item [...]

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Mayor voiced Neighborhood Blitz concerns back in January

Catch up on the Neighborhood Blitz issue by reading this post from earlier this morning. Additionally, these comments made by Mayor Anthony Silva at the Jan. 13 City Council meeting are worth re-reading in light of the claim being filed against the city: “I think code enforcement is a great tool to clean up the [...]

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Police ‘Neighborhood Blitz’ program hit with claim

Comparing the Stockton Police Department’s Neighborhood Blitz program to the “German Blitzkrieg,” Oakland attorney Yolanda Huang and six Gateway Court residents are filing a claim against the city. Here is an email from Huang sent last night: TENANTS WHO HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO THE BLITZ PROGRAM – WILL BE FILING A CIVIL TORT CLASS ACTION [...]

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Neighborhood demographics in Stockton and their relationship to the Fair Oaks Library issue

Library activist Mas’ood Cajee shared demographic data this morning seeking to bolster his call for reopening of east Stockton’s shuttered Fair Oaks Library. This came following Cajee’s impassioned comments at last night’s City Council, some of which you can watch here. The crux of Cajee’s point was that while, indeed, there is a dearth of [...]

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More on the General Plan

As reported today, frustration is mounting over the slow pace of amending Stockton’s General Plan. Columnist Michael Fitzgerald also has weighed in on his blog, here and here. If you missed it, here’s the letter a coalition of interested parties sent to the City Council outlining their complaints. Here are some more quotes that didn’t make it [...]

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Reserves of $73 million? $40 million? Either way, Fair Oaks Library issue isn’t going away

Accountant and Stockton fiscal hawk Ned Leiba sent a letter to Mayor Anthony Silva and Vice Mayor Christina Fugazi this week ahead of the budget hearings that were held Tuesday and Wednesday nights. You can read it here. Leiba’s prime contention in his letter is that Stockton’s general-fund reserves are much greater than the $40 [...]

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Second budget hearing coming up at 5 p.m.

If we learned anything at last night’s budget hearing, it’s that libraries are a uniting force. No matter how bitterly people may disagree with each other on other topics, everyone will say they love libraries and wish there was one on every block (as opposed to four in a city of 300,000 residents). The shuttered [...]

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Shuttered Fair Oaks Library could be big topic at budget hearings

The Fair Oaks Library in east Stockton was closed by the city amid its financial woes in 2010. Community calls to reopen it have been frequent for more than a year. But reopening the facility is not in the proposed 2015-16 fiscal-year budget being rolled out at City Hall this week. Here’s background information from [...]

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Budget hearings tonight, tomorrow and possibly Thursday

Yup, it’s that time of year. The City Council will meet at City Hall the next two or three nights (at 5 p.m.) for the roll-out of the 2015-16 fiscal-year budget. If you want to dig deeper, the links you need are here. The Thursday night session is scheduled in case they don’t get through [...]

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