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Bidding preference change keeps police-vehicle purchase local

Just about 13 months ago, the city purchased 48 new police cars from an out-of-town dealer rather than one from Stockton because its rules forced it to accept the lowest bid.  The following March, the council adopted a local bidding preference which gives Stockton businesses a 5-percent edge and San Joaquin County businesses a 2-percent [...]

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Clearing up today’s City Council campaign funds story (UPDATE)

An omission by me in today’s article on contributions to the campaigns of Stockton City Council candidates: As was reported, Armoto Partners this month made a $5,000 contribution to Rick Grewal, who is challenging District 1 incumbent Elbert Holman. Armoto Partners’ principal is the Arnaiz development corporation. But it also should have been noted that Holman this [...]

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Upcoming meetings: City Council; pedicabs; Measure A

City Hall is closed Friday, which means agendas for next week have been getting churned out yesterday and today. The City Council meets Tuesday. You can view the agenda here. At noon Wednesday, the legislation/environmental committee (Moses Zapien, Dyane Burgos Medina and Michael Tubbs) is scheduled to take a look at the city’s restrictions on [...]

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Silva on the crime rate: Now and then

Only hours after five people were killed in a four-hour span yesterday in Stockton, Mayor Anthony Silva used his Facebook page as a forum to accuse the current city council of soft-pedaling the city’s crime woes and to urge citizens to cast anti-incumbent votes in the election on Nov. 4:           [...]

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Bizarre moment tonight with anti-gay zealot Vincent Sayles at tonight’s City Council meeting

Here’s an approximation of what just happened at the City Council meeting tonight: SUSD candidate Vincent Sayles, who for years has posted anti-gay religious statements on his pickup truck, got up to make his biweekly comments. He said he chose to run for SUSD not because he thought he could win but because a local [...]

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Stockton Ports reach new agreement with city on ballpark use

A full story on this will be on the website tonight or tomorrow, as well as in tomorrow’s paper, but here are the basics: STOCKTON — Though the city’s bankruptcy angst will continue for at least a few more weeks, one side issue in Stockton’s ongoing Chapter 9 recovery has been resolved. After months of [...]

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Sawyer aiding Dist. 3 candidate Acevedo; they’re making Deis/Management Partners an issue

Read the release that just arrived in the Inbox a few minutes ago. Note: The “steps of City Hall” thing is not happening but the rest of the information in the release stands, Allen Sawyer said at 10:06 a.m.

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Stockton City Council special meetings

Yes, “meetings” plural — at 4 p.m. tomorrow and noon Wednesday. So far, very little information. Both are closed session and both contain agenda items related to the Stockton bankruptcy case, upon which federal Judge Christopher Klein is expected to rule Wednesday. The Wednesday meeting is scheduled for only two hours after Klein is expected [...]

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Video of City Council candidates forum

Video courtesy of the San Joaquin Taxpayers Association (four segments). Second forum 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.

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City Hall live — Public comment

Martha Pulido: Wants speed bumps by Rosa Parks Elementary. She has grandchildren there. Sarah Williams: She spoke of the recent sale of a building and mosaics installed on building. Very upset. “The mosaics were finished under the direction of an official artist.” Her family was proud of its contributions and thought they would be part of [...]

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