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CalPERS on #Brexit (with video)

Unless you are living in a cave, you probably have heard about the British vote to exit the European Union. Worldwide markets plummeted after the news. Among those negatively affected by plummeting markets are pension providers like CalPERS and their member agencies, like Stockton. How much a city like Stockton contributes to CalPERS is directly [...]

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Of audits and men

During a June 9 meeting, several members of the committee that oversees Measure A expressed frustration with colleague and accountant Ned Leiba over his repeated calls for an audit of the public safety sales tax. The Rev. Dwight Williams, the committee’s chair, was especially perplexed. You can watch here: But if you think Leiba is [...]

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Stockton budget hearings have begun

The hearing started at 9 a.m. You can view the PowerPoint here.

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City Council goes 5 for 5

Five of the seven members of the Stockton City Council were running in election races last night, and all of them lived to fight on until November: * Mayor Anthony Silva will be challenged by Councilman Michael Tubbs for the next four months. *District 2 Councilman Dan Wright finished second to Steve Colangelo in district [...]

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Taxpayers for Good Government lives!!

One would think a group that calls itself Taxpayers for Good Government would practice what it preaches in a timely fashion. In today’s paper, we reported on the PAC and its mysterious mailer bearing six Stockton political endorsements. Taxpayers for Good Government was required to publicly disclose who paid for the mailer, what it cost, [...]

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Measure W citizen’s body meeting this morning

Stockton voters approved$ the quarter-cent Measure W sales tax in 2004. It was supposed to fund 40 police officers and 40 firefighters a year. As it’s turned out, it’s funding 25 of each (this is hardly breaking news, by the way). The citizen’s commission that oversees the Measure W tax is meeting right now. Claire Tyson, [...]

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Latest finance disclosures for all city candidates

As reported in today’s paper, Mayor Anthony Silva missed last week’s latest deadline for filing his campaign finance disclosure papers with the city. He finally filed late last night. So did District 6 City Council candidate Sam Fant, who also was late. District 6 candidate Gloria Allen still has not filed. Below are the latest [...]

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More on today’s Sam Fant story

Manteca Unified board member Sam Fant, who is running for the District 6 seat on the Stockton City Council, has sued Weston Ranch resident Richard Smith for defamation. You can read documents here and here.  Fant sent me a statement this morning. Here it is in its unedited entirety: “As an elected leader in a [...]

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Mayor unveils “Operation: Safety Net” homeless plan at City Council meeting

The council is meeting tonight. I was handed a copy of Mayor Anthony Silva’s homelessness plan a little while ago. You can view it here. 

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More Stockton recreation news

The Council tonight will consider placing a proposed quarter-cent library/educational/recreational sales tax before voters in November. The council also will consider approving the use of $400,000 in one-time funds either for numerous recreation improvements around Stockton or for one of two possible major projects. You can view the proposals here. Tonight’s council meeting begins at [...]

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