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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.

A genuine feel-good story

If ever a heartening story can make you feel good about your city’s future, it is this one. It has it all: phenomenal leadership by Councilman Michael Tubbs, the prescription and treatment of Stockton’s substandard civic culture and young people who believe they can make a difference. Stockton tried civic betterment through capital improvement projects. [...]

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Google’s Valley experiment

The search engine giant lofted huge balloons from a Merced airfield the other day. Google guys envision the balloons forming a wireless network in the stratosphere so residents of rural Merced County can have WiFi. I have a million questions. Only a few of which are answered by this article. Meanwhile, big buzz around the [...]

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Painting on the run

Stockton painter Jun Jamosmos does “live painting” Saturday at the Barrio Fiesta Filipina at Elk Grove Regional Park. Jamosmos shot to finish 10 acrylic paintings in one hour, “a first for me as a performing artist.”  

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Letter of the Day

John Kindseth writes: I noticed the Stockton teachers are whining, moaning and complaining again about their situation. Here is “Jake’s Guide to Teachers Complaints:” 1. “Its for the children”…….Its the money 2. “Support Education” …. Pay the union goons, pay more money. 3. “Schools need your support” … Give more money till it hurts. 4. [...]

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A Fresnan champions high-speed rail

I have always argued that high-speed rail will be a boon to Stockton and the Valley. But sometimes it seems the Valley fights those who would lift it out of its low-wage agrarian economy. Fresno’s city council is the latest in a long list of blinkered politicians and south-Valley residents to come out against the [...]

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Quote of the day

“Elbert Holman has been on the City Council for six years, and I think four more years is absurd and he should retire.” —Mayor Anthony Silva, displaying his political skill in today’s story about one Council candidate who embraced his endorsement and one who flatly rejected it. That any candidate would reject a mayor’s endorsement [...]

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Grist for a cool museum

Mentioned in Wednesday’s column that a group of WWII aviation buffs out at Stockton Metropolitan Airport (“Stockton Field” during WW II) have their eye on a 1940s hangar for their proposed Stockton Field Aviation Museum. Here’s a photo of the old Stockton Field. I know a couple things about this base — some of Dolittle’s [...]

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A Bunya-bunya cone

Proving that no subject is too obscure, I wrote a Fitz’s Stockton about the weirdest denizen on the urban forest, the Monkey Puzzle tree — and wrote again when it emerged that most of the trees people think are Monkey Puzzle trees are really Bunya-bunya trees. One way you can tell the difference: the Bunya [...]

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A model for a Stockton diversity museum

There are times when news overtakes opinion. When preparing today’s column, I intended to envision a Museum of Stockton Diversity. But all the real museums birthing in the city took precedence. But think about it. According to French historian Fernand Braudel, successful cities integrate the strengths of their location into their economy. According to traditional [...]

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The porkometer nods

Kudos to congressmen Jerry McNerney and Jeff Denham for bringing $1.4 million in Uncle Sambucks to Stockton Metropolitan Airport. “The Stockton Metropolitan Airport is in the final stages of completing its Airport Capital Improvement Program (AICAP), and a key component of the program is reconstruction of the terminal parking ramp, the asphalt apron where passengers [...]

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