Still more headaches for the Mile


Denise Jefferson on the Miracle Mile

Folks on the Miracle Mile who thought the ugly, costly fight over renewing their self-improvement district was over — with a ballot victory for those who support it — were blindsided by the latest twist: the City of Stockton has agreed to the demand of wealthy property owner Pat Craig to not collect or disburse any of the taxes until a court hearing in February.

So the MMID — which uses the taxes to pay for security, maintenance, marketing and pedestrian amenities — has no money.

“We’re scrambling, says interim Director Denise Jefferson.

Here’s the court doc. Order to Show Cause re Preliminary Injunction

“The money that we anticipate receiving from the city for assessments this month won’t be coming in,” lamented Jefferson. “Yes we do need that money.”

If only to fund Jefferson’s replacement. Jefferson, who stepped in temporarily when her predecessor admitted to embezzling, had hoped to step down from the tumultuous post which, in addition to this fight, and the embezzlement, saw the city’s drastic closure of nine businesses over alleged fire safety violations in 2017.

Now, “I’m going to have to stay until they have funding to hire somebody,” Jefferson said.

To top it off, two of Craig’s minions, his attorney and his property manager, were both elected to the MMID board last week.

“Every day I go in and I think we’ve made some progress and we get hit again,” Jefferson said.


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