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Capsule look at some of Tuesday’s City Council agenda

The city’s second meeting of the month is Tuesday (Sept. 23). View the agenda here.  Here’s a look at a few things that will be happening: CONSENT AGENDA * The council is asked to approve spending nearly $50,000 to repair rain damage at City Hall. If you remember the downpour at the Asparagus Festival (and, [...]

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Planning Commission: Neighborhoods

The Planning Commission heard tonight a proposal from Community Services Deputy Director Forrest Ebbs on a proposed neighborhood map for Stockton. For background, read the staff report. The proposed map is here. Ebbs began by going through the proposed neighborhoods, which are outlined in the staff report. Ebbs’ department also is including three proposed “expansion [...]

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UOP Business Forecasting Center: Bankruptcy trial outcome ‘very uncertain’

You can read the one-page article here. An excerpt: Judge Klein may confirm Stockton’s plan on October  1, but what happens if he does not? The Judge could find that the City’s plan discriminates unfairly against Franklin, and he may also reach a conclusion that opens the door for Stockton to reduce pensions but he [...]

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City Council candidate forum

The San Joaquin Taxpayers Association will host a forum Sept. 25 featuring the Stockton City Council candidates. The forums will start at 6 p.m. that day at Central United Methodist Church, 3700 Pacific Avenue. For more information, call David Renison at (209) 608-7693 or visit www.sjtax.org.  Appearing will be Elbert Holman and Rick Grewal (District [...]

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City Council live: Council comments

Already. Mayor Anthony Silva on the smell downtown: “You can’t walk down there without needing to throw up.” Silva also said he is discouraged by this. He also asked city staff to listen to elected officials or let them know if they are only “cheerleaders.” If they are only cheerleaders, he said, “What’s the point of [...]

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City Council live: Anti-trafficking resolution adopted

Michael Tubbs, who proposed the item: “These are our daughters, our sons who are victims of human trafficking. It makes no sense in the 21st century in America that our daughters are being trafficked and enslaved. I find that reprehensible. … It makes no sense that our daughters can’t walk the streets.” He said he [...]

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City Council live — Public comment

No closed-session action was announced; Kathy Miller is not here tonight. Roy Hoggard: “We have start saving water. We’re running out of water.” Pastor Bud Locke Jr.: In support of an anti-human trafficking resolution the council will approve in a little while. Marguerite Hawes on the same topic: “Exploitation is no respecter of age. We’re [...]

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Mark Lewis put on leave from Chowchilla job

Mark Lewis, the man who bought Stockton a $1-million (Neil) Diamond ring, was fired as Stockton city manager in 2006. In his latest incarnation in Chowchilla, Lewis has now been put on leave. From the Fresno Bee: “Lewis is named in (two) complaints, one from a former employee and one from a current employee. Each [...]

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Demographic breakdown of Stockton police

As reported today, the Stockton Police Department swore in one new officer and three academy-bound trainees yesterday in its ongoing bid to begin hiring Measure A officers. As noted in the story, one of the trainees is black, bringing to eight the number of black officers and trainees among Stockton’s 363 police officers. Blacks represent [...]

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Black officers vastly underrepresented on Stockton police force

It’s been 10 months since voters approved the three-quarter cent Measure A sales tax, the centerpiece goal of which was to increase the size of the police force by 120 officers over three years. Today, one new officer and three new academy-bound trainees were introduced at police headquarters. One of the academy-bound trainees, 30-year-old Travell [...]

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