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Miracle Mile building owner appeals city shutdown of his property

Anthony Vignolo, attorney for Christopher “Kit” Bennitt, has filed an appeal with the city over last week’s closure of the Empire Theatre building on the Miracle Mile: “Bennitt protests the City’s finding of building and fire code violations at the Property. Specifically, Bennitt disputes the existence of the violations detailed in the Notice and Order, [...]

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Golf subsidy: Thumbs up or thumbs down?

The City Council will meet next Tuesday night and after hashing things out once more presumably pass Stockton’s 2017-18 budget, which takes effect July 1. Mayor Michael Tubbs has been questioning for months the city’s inclusion of a six-figure subsidy for its Swenson and Van Buskirk golf courses. This morning, Tubbs’ office announced the mayor [...]

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Yes, the ‘Mobile City Hall’ is indeed being bought with General Fund dollars

The City Council unanimously approved spending $100,000 on a “Mobile City Hall” during  Tuesday night’s meeting. According to the staff report from Tuesday’s meeting, there is “no impact to the City’s General Fund or to any other unrestricted fund” from purchasing the Mobile City Hall. This is not to debate the merits (or demerits) of [...]

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Sierra Club: More clarity needed to Council direction on General Plan

Eric Parfrey of the Sierra Club sent an email today to Mayor Michael Tubbs and the rest of the City Council in reference to the direction given to staff on Tuesday night concerning development of an amended General Plan. The email from Parfrey essentially demands the final version of the amended General Plan, which probably [...]

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Translating the Silva arrest warrant

By now you’ve probably seen the arrest warrant for former Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva but if not, it’s below. Below the warrant, you can view all the penal codes.                               424(A)(1). 503. 487(a). 186.10(a). 424(a)(3). 186.11(a)(1).

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Legal medical cannabis=Tax revenue

The City Council has a special meeting Tuesday night with an item that proposes setting a tax rate of $50 for every $1,000 of medical cannabis sales and cultivation. Stockton voters approved two medical cannabis-related measures in November. You can view Tuesday’s agenda here.

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Housing, jobs, safety, education: Have your say in District 2

District 2 Councilman Dan Wright will host a community forum for constituents Saturday. The meeting will focus on affordable housing, job creation, public safety, and educational opportunities. More details here.

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CPA Ned Leiba on Stockton’s fiscal health

CPA Ned Leiba, the shy and retiring sort who never shares his opinion, was not wild about this story yesterday, which cited a publication’s article ranking Stockton among America’s healthiest cities fiscally. I’ll say off the bat that the article didn’t necessarily say Stockton is healthy — just that it’s healthier than a lot of [...]

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A federal chill on affordable housing?

The Portland Mercury in Oregon posted a detailed story yesterday on how the election of President Donald Trump has sent a chill through the affordable housing community: The reason is Trump’s campaign promise to reduce the federal corporate tax rate from 35 percent. … “The bottom line is you will get less housing, and it [...]

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Accountant Leiba weighs in on city finances

New Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs selected new Councilwoman Susan Lenz as the chair of the City Council’s audit committee. It’s a logical choice, considering Lenz has been an accountant for 38 years. Tubbs formerly chaired the audit committee. The audit committee (Dan Wright and Christina Fugazi are the other members) is slated to meet at [...]

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