Medical cannabis petition signing event

Proponents of a medical cannabis initiative in Stockton are holding a signature-gathering event from 2-6 p.m. Saturday at Epic Lounge, 3121 W. Benjamin Holt Drive. Contact Allen Sawyer for more information at (209) 406-2117 or at

Here’s a video provided by the petition organizers.

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Video: Marcie Bayne, District 4 Council candidate

Consultant Allen Sawyer has forwarded a video of Marcie Bayne, who is running for Stockton City Council against appointed incumbent Michael Blower and Susan Lenz. All candidates for mayor or council are welcome to share videos. Having a YouTube link really helps, and sending the link to really, really helps.

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First-time home buyer meeting

A variety of agencies — including the San Joaquin County Housing Authority, the city and STAND Affordable Housing — are sponsoring the event Thursday.

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Forum tonight; a text message from a candidate

City Council and mayoral candidates will participate in a public forum at 5 p.m. today at 401 N. San Joaquin St. It’s sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Black Women Organized for Political Action. It’s the first in a series of forums the next few weeks.

A total of 12 candidates are running for seats in Districts 2, 4 and 6. Andrea Torres, one of the five candidates in District 6, did not respond to interview requests for more than a week — until sending a text message after our deadline last night. Here’s her text:
“I’m running for city council because I feel like we’ve had absent leadership in South Stockton. To me it seems like the current representative that we have, has put more time into creating a political arm through an organization called reinvent South Stockton to help catapult his political Ambitions to run for first supervisor and now mayor. We need a leader that will put the community First.

“One of the first things that I would like to do is make sure is that Residents of district 6 no longer feel forgotten. More services are needed desperately in our community.

“For the entire city of Stockton I think that is important that we get our fiscal house in order. We can start by investigating why a political organization like reinvent would be given City funds to employ a political candidate who is running in the area that is to be served by that organization. If we don’t take the corruption out of our politics then we will never be able to move our city in the right direction.”

Torres provided little information about herself when she filed to run for office last month.

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Candidate forums starting this week

For those keeping track, the June 7 primary is seven weeks from today. Local candidate forums are much sooner.

Stockton mayoral and city council candidates are scheduled to appear at 5 p.m. Thursday at a public forum sponsored by the NAACP and Black Women Organized for Political Action.

Thursday’s event, at 401 N. San Joaquin St., will be the first of numerous forums in the coming weeks for candidates for mayor, council and the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.

Here’s the schedule:

April 28, NAACP/BWOPA: San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, 5 p.m.; NAACP office, 401 N. San Joaquin St.

May 2, League of Women Voters of San Joaquin County: City Council District 2 (6 p.m.), District 6 (7 p.m.); Supervisors District 1; Danner Hall at San Joaquin Delta College.

May 3, League of Women Voters: Supervisors District 3 (6 p.m.), City Council District 4 (6:45 p.m.), Mayor (7:45 p.m.); Danner Hall.

May 5, San Joaquin Taxpayers Association: Mayor, 6 p.m.; Central United Methodist Church, 3700 Pacific Ave.

May 9, People and Congregations Together: Mayor, supervisor candidates, 7-9 p.m.; Cathedral of the Annunciation, 1110 N. Lincoln Ave.

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Vice Mayor Fugazi pushing for medical cannabis initiative

Signature gathering for a proposed Stockton medical cannabis initiative is ongoing at the city’s two Walmart locations, organizers say. You can read more about the proposal here. Below, watch two videos with medical cannabis user Dorothy Hillbrant, followed by a video of Vice Mayor Christina Fugazi provided by initiative supporters.

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Office of Violence Prevention meeting this week

The city’s Office of Violence Prevention is hosting an event Thursday at the Stockton Civic Memorial Auditorium. Details below:

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Campaign video: Stockton mayoral candidate Tony Mannor

Here’s what the owner of Finnegan’s has to say.

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Video: District 4 Council candidate Marcie Bayne

The June 7 primary is less than two months away and the campaigns for Stockton mayor and City Council Districts 2, 4 and 6 are heating up. If candidates release videos, I will post them on this blog. Here is District 4 City Council candidate Marcie Bayne. Later today, I’ll post a video of mayoral candidate Tony Mannor.

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Mayor, Tubbs speak on police substations

Mayor Anthony Silva engaged in a discussion last night with Police Chief Eric Jones and City Manager Kurt Wilson on the possibility of opening police substations in crime hot spots around Stockton. You can view the discussion here.

Silva is seeking reelection and one of his opponents is Councilman Michael Tubbs, who shared his thoughts on substations following last night’s meeting.

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