Today is April 30, there is no meeting scheduled for the salary-setting commission, and that’s significant

April 30 is a key day in the process that could result in a 30-percent pay cut for Mayor Anthony Silva and all future Stockton mayors for the next millennium or two. With no salary-setting meeting scheduled for today, which was the deadline, it appears certain the matter will go back in the hands of the City Council at an upcoming meeting.

The City Charter appears to make it all but mandatory for the council to approve the salary-setting recommendation to cut Silva’s pay from nearly $105,000 a year to $72,000 starting July 1. But then again …

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Grand jury MUDdies the waters

The San Joaquin County Grand Jury issued a report today critical of Stockton’s Municipal Utilities Department.

Read it here.

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South Stockton overlooked as ‘Promise Zone’ and McNerney doesn’t like it

Designation as a Promise Zone would have assisted with south Stockton’s efforts to recover from the problems that plague it.

Here’s what Congressman Jerry McNerney had to say about the decision.

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Saturday Stockmarket roster of vendors

Downtown Stockton will host the first “Stockmarket” on Saturday.










Here’s a roster of Saturday’s vendors. Click the links to read more about them:

CanDid Art Accessories: Urban Chic Jewelry

Cloves & Twine: Hand-Poured Candles

Tiny Creations: Miniature Clay Art

Port City Pomade: Mens hair & beard care products

Placeholder: Stockton based arts & literature magazine

Soul Sisters: Organic Bath & Body Products

Something Borrowed: Women’s vintage clothing

La Cruzita: Bohemian Home Decor

Sarah Van Dyke: Bohemian Charm Jewelry

Kelsey McNickle Photography: Photography & Lithographs

676 Candles: Soy Candles

Leathercraft 209: Hand Tooled Leather Goods

Lovely Letters: Calligraphy

Hip To the Jive Vintage: Vintage Clothing with Modern Flair

The Healing Place Apothecary: Natural Skincare

Bath & More: Bath & Home Fixtures and Repurposing Materials

Home Thyme: Kitchen Specialty Store

Macaronage Macarons: Gluten Free French Macarons

Twisted Vine Vintage: Vintage Home Decor

Lily Lou: Modern Fashion Jewelry

Old Homestead Hideaway: Natural Soaps & Wooden Gift Boxes

Pixelina: Urban Photography

Cast Iron Cheese: Farm to Fork Gourmet Catering

Jesus Mountain Coffee: Specialty Coffee

3 Babes Bakeshop: Organic Gourmet Pies

Thomas J Streeter: Contemporary Home Furnishings

Revitalized Vintage: Upcycled Jewelry

LA Balm: Handmade Vegan Body Products

Da Funky Button: Fashion Forward Jewelry & Accessories

A Vintage Soul: Vintage Home Furnishings

Retro Roadside Photography: Vintage Neon Sign Photography

Birch Handcrafted: Handcrafted Metal & Stone Jewelry

Beloved Bracelets: Handmade Aprons & Jewelry

Annetiquities: Vintage Fashion Accessories & Gifts

Make Love Live: Hand-Calligraphied Mugs & Gifts

ReclaimRD: Vintage Suitcases Repurposed into Speakers

Timber Gardens: Miniature Succulent Gardens using Reclaimed Fallen Logs

Big Chop Accessories: Mobile Fashion Boutique

Superior Goods Co.: Artisan Leather Goods

Ten Four Goods: Eco-Chic & Original Art Tote Bags

Henna by Zahara: Henna Tattoos, Proceeds Benefit ‘Afghan Orphan Relief’

Lincoln Cellar: Globally Inspired Wine & Food Pairings

Flavors of Korea: Korean Food Truck

Grubb City: Gourmet Burger Food Truck

Elsa’s Palador: Cuban Food Truck

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South Stockton assessment: If it was a Yelp review, you wouldn’t go there

The Reinvent South Stockton Coalition will hold its first-annual summit Saturday at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. Details are in this story from today’s paper.

As part of the preparation for Saturday’s event, organizers last summer conducted a community assessment to amass data showing how residents feel. The results probably will not come as a surprise, considering the history of neglect suffered by the south side. You can read the full report and view the survey results here.

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Fire union honcho comments on chief’s imminent departure

As reported in today’s paper, Stockton Fire Chief Jeff Piechura soon will be leaving for another job in parts unknown. As the story mentioned, top officials from the Stockton Professional Firefighters Association did not respond to requests for a comment yesterday ahead of our deadline.

But at 10:58 last night, union president Greg Biddle sent this email:

“Sorry for the delay in getting back to you today. I was on duty and it was pretty busy today. In regards to the resignation of Chief Piechura, the Local is looking forward to working with his replacement and hopes that an individual with strong leadership abilities will be selected to take over as Chief of the Fire Department.  This change should prove to be positive for our members and for the citizens of Stockton as well.”

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A downtown groundbreaking is planned

Initial work began last month on the Cal Weber affordable-housing project, which, if you cannot tell from its name, is at California Street and Weber Avenue in downtown Stockton. The developers announced today that an official groundbreaking will be held May 14. You can read details in this press release. Cal Weber is seen as a significant milestone in the effort for major downtown revitalization in the years to come.

Below is what the site looked like this morning, and if you scroll down, you can view the latest artist’s rendering of what it will look like upon its scheduled completion next year:




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In exiting bankruptcy, all Stockton did was “eliminate the paper boy”

Always interesting to check the morning inbox:

“This city will exist chapter 9 and be back in 5 yrs
“All they did was eliminate the paper boy  the real expenses are in entitlements. Not in bond interest.  Let’s see how quick retail investors will back when their contracts mean nothing   How will new schools b built. New buildings    Liberals have to accept that they given away too much to unions”

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Early view of Grand View

It’s been four months since the proposed Grand View Village project was announced. It’s the affordable housing project that intends to be anchored by a ground-floor supermarket. If all goes well, it could open in 2017. If you’re interested in learning more about it, there’s an open house tomorrow.

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Audit committee meets this afternoon

Stockton’s audit committee holds its monthly meeting this afternoon at City Hall. The agenda is here.

Audit watchdog Ned Leiba says he will not attend, but he did submit this advance letter to the committee.

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