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Michael Fitzgerald

Mike Fitzgerald is The Record’s award-winning metro columnist. His column runs in the paper three times a week. Born in San Francisco, he was raised in Stockton. His column covers diverse beats including, sometimes, the offbeat.

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“I probably will vote yes. But I won’t inhale.” —Michael Vitiello, professor at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, writing in the Sacramento Bee about Prop 64, the measure to leagalize recreational marijuana use. Vitiello “won’t inhale” — which is so say he is “tepidly” in support of the new [...]

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The Fant dilemma

  Sam Fant presents a ticklish problem. On the one hand, he appears to have leadership. He says he got on the Manteca Unified school board because the district was neglecting his Weston Ranch district. He claims he improved funding and educational outcomes to that district, a claim I have not confirmed. Fant is the [...]

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The mayor on street protests

Mayor Anthony Silva released a three-minute campaign video giving his take on last Friday’s the Black Lives Matter protest and violence. “Personally, I don’t believe that closing down streets or yelling at people a City Council meetings is the answer,” he says. “But I believe there should be a proper venue and forum for people [...]

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A peek inside BellaVista

I toured the interior of the soon-to-be BellaVista restaurant, Rima Barkett’s update of the former French 25. She taken some bold steps.   Finding the interior stale, as well as too dark and heavy, she painted light color over the expensive wood on walls and columns. It took some nerve to paint over that much [...]

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My letter in reply to Montrose

  Since retired Bishop Donald Montrose was nice enough to write letters from O’Connor Woods about my “anti-Catholic bias” until his dying day, I’d like to return the compliment and show the true cost of his sexually ignorant and morally weak leadership of the Diocese of Stockton. Here it is. $15 million to survivors of [...]

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CalPERS actuary: cities should pay even more

CalPERS’ numbers guy, Chief Actuary Alan Milligan, on his way out the door to retiremenent, says CalPERS should charge cities more, though the pension monster helped bankrupt Stockton and will bankrupt more. According to the L.A. Times, “Milligan told the CalPERS directors that they should consider lowering the long-term discount rate to 7.25%, though his report on [...]

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Skelton comes out for Prop. 53

  L.A. Times political guru George Skelton likes Prop. 53, the measure by Stockton-area farmer Dino Cortopassi to give voters a say in certain big-spending state bond issues. I’ve been skeptical about Prop. 53. But Skelton has persuasive counter arguments. To wit: When a Chamber guy calls the measure “stupid,” Skelton retorts: “Why? Because, he [...]

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When radio was fun

Jay Richard, a deejay on KSTN in the Eighties, comments on a column about KXVS 92.1.: “I just wanted to say that it’s not just AM.  AM or FM doesn’t do anybody any favors with all this automation and voice tracking.  All that does is make a person’s passion for the business moot.  It’s really [...]

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Support a gun violence database

The no-brainer on Jerry Brown’s desk: SB 877, Sen. Richard Pan’s bill to require California to create a gun-death database. Government’s fundamental role is keeping us safe. And government can’t do that unless it understands gun violence better. Unfortunately, on the national level, the NRA has pressured Congress into absurd and lethal position that gun [...]

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A talk on “Wide Open” Stockton

This is the Virginia Rooms, just before its demolition. The Virginia Rooms was a house of prostitution. It was ensconced on the second floor over a fish market on Channel Street, where the state building stands now. Customers in the know stepped over the third step,which concealed a pressure plate. If you stepped on it, [...]

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