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Reader: If tax incentives good enough for new businesses, what about those already here?

I wrote recently about a business-tax incentive that has attracted a new company to Stockton, a clear victory for the city’s department of economic development. But reader Paul Verdegaal, a University of California Cooperative Extension specialist in grape and almond cultivation in Stockton, raised some interesting questions in an email. In part, he wrote: “The [...]

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Recycle your used electronic equipment and help the Stagg High student newspaper

Recent Stagg High graduate Adrianna Owens recently shared a way to generate some funds for the student journalists who work for the Stagg Line newspaper. She wrote, “If anyone has any old/broken electronics they can either call (800) 317-3112 or go to http://ewaste4good.com in order to schedule a free pick up and the money from the [...]

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Mayor Silva’s full response to the grand jury: ‘Dirty politics’

Mayor Anthony Silva has made it clear for months that he does not agree with all of the findings of the 2013-14 San Joaquin County Grand Jury, and he has made it clear this week he does not agree with the city’s legally-required response to the grand jury. At last night’s City Council meeting, Silva [...]

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City Council live — School board candidate Sales makes homophobic comments

Nothing to report out of closed session, on to public comment already. Diane Buettner: She ripped The Record for “the same stuff that can’t be substantiated.” She said she does not buy it. She was not specific about what she was criticizing. Vincent Sayles, who is running for the SUSD board, shared a Bible passage [...]

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Grand jury responses

As reported today, Mayor Anthony Silva is not in total accord with the proposed city response to the 2013-14 grand jury report. The proposed response in question is here. The City Council also has to consider this response to a second grand jury report. The City Council is scheduled to vote at tonight’s meeting.

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City Council candidate forums scheduled

Election Day is Nov. 4, less than three months away, and the League of Women Voters has announced it will hold candidate forums for Stockton City Council from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on Oct. 1 at City Hall. I’m not sure if they realize it, or if it even matters, but that happens to be the [...]

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Court document: Anonymous writer cites bank robbery tragedy as reason to impair CalPERS

This letter was filed in federal bankruptcy court last week. It was written by a “concerned Stockton resident” who chose not to provide his or her name. Judge Christopher Klein is expected to rule on Stockton’s plan to exit bankruptcy on Oct. 1.

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Former city manager: Leave Stockton’s CalPERS contract alone

Bob Deis penned an interesting piece for the Sacramento Bee: “Virtually all local government employees in California are receiving a CalPERS or similar pension plan. How many large employers can ignore their de facto labor market standard and recruit substandard compensation? Knowing this, Stockton pursued a surgical plan that cut employee pay by 9 to 23 percent, [...]

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More on the slow pace of Measure A hirings

As reported yesterday, achieving a net gain of 120 police officers over three years — as called for by Measure A — will be a daunting task for the city, which is not exactly what voters want to hear after approving the three-quarter cent sales tax last year. The tax went into effect April 1; the [...]

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Public forum on General Plan amendment

This from Stockton’s Community Development Department: “The first public workshop will take place at the Planning Commission Meeting of July 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm in the City Council Chambers at City Hall at 345 N. El Dorado St. The topic of the meeting will be Communities and Neighborhoods and attendees will be invited to help define [...]

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