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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.

Containers: housing, but not affordable

On his Stockton City Limits blog, David Garcia once proposed a container park for a blank patch of Stockton’s waterfront. “In other cities, containers are used to transform public spaces into eclectic, mixed-use areas offering affordable spaces for entrepreneurs looking to open restaurants or shops at low costs,” Garcia wrote. “Container parks are easily modified [...]

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Two Stockton angles on the BOE scandal

George Runner, a member of the ‘obscure but powerful’ state Board of Equalization, writes an Op-Ed in the Sacramento Bee decrying Gov. Brown’s decision to strip the agency of its power. “This is a setback for taxpayer rights,” Runner writes. “It’s also a dark day for transparency.” The BOE administered tax programs, collected fees and [...]

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The second-best bar in the Delta

Here’s the Best of the Delta 2017 — at least, according to a public vote arranged by a Delta Protection Commission subgroup. Here’s some history about Locke … More history about Locke … A column about Locke’s 100th anniversary in 2015 … And some stuff on Walnut Grove. Speaking of “Best Bridge” (Antioch? Really?), here’s a [...]

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The Westlands balks

The cost of the twin tunnels and the “evolving” environmental regulations has given pause to the powerful water district. It’s not that the south-Valley farmers care about the Delta. They just don’t like the costs they are seeing. “Investment bankers from Goldman Sachs & Co. said debt repayment could balloon farmers’ water costs to as [...]

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The mystery of the housing-free recovery

It’s a subject that even Jeff Michael, the deep-digging analyst at UOP, calls “a little bit of a mystery.” Still the Sacramento Bee takes a whack at explaining. “… Past recovery cycles took from two to seven years to go from bust to boom, when at least 15,000 houses were added each year (In Sacramento). [...]

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How police chose Kentfield for the first “Blitz”

  Oakland attorney Yolanda Huang sees the Kentfield Blitz this way: “These wrongful actions are part of an intentionally nasty, punitive and wholly unjustified tactic of the Stockton Police and part of the Police strategy to target low income people, racially profile, and deny low income people, and people of color their Constitutional rights, under [...]

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Why Prof. Marie Jimenez was fired from KXVS

Prof. Marie Jimenez, co-anchor of the streaming radio talk show “Stockton 360″ on KXVS 92.1 at the Peace & Justice Network, was fired by her co-host and station Manager “Governor Don” Maszewski ostensibly for “gross insubordination,” being “verbally abusive” an refusal to sign a non-harassment form. Read her walking papers here: Jimenez. You’ll see words [...]

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“Sudden Summer Limb-Drop Syndrome,” etc.

  Several trees at Victory Park have dropped large limbs. In the context of the city’s broken park sprinkler systems, and the dying grass, it’s tempting to attribute the limb drops to lack of irrigation. There may be another cause. The Valley oaks in the park that dropped limbs may be cases of Sudden Summer [...]

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You think our housing market is bad?

San Jose and San Francisco are in the top 10 worst housing markets in the world, according to a new study. Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, an annual ranking of more than 400 cities worldwide, ranked San Jose 5th least affordable and San Francisco 9th. As this story points out, the ranking vary: CoreLogic, another outfit, [...]

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Living lousy at Motel 6

Neal A. Haight of Tracy writes: “When I read your Sunday article about Stacy Franco, l felt l should send this, and describe in detail, what’s ahead for her and her guy at Motel 6. I’ve been staying at the Tracy Motel 6 since September 27, 2016, after my mom and l were evicted … [...]

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