The Google barge reminds me of a postmodern artwork I saw once, a telephone. You picked it up, expecting to hear something. But you heard nothing. This disappointed you. That was the point of the artwork: it symbolized modern technology’s failure to live up to our expectations. Google launched its barge project in corporate secrecy. C/Net got wind of it and [...]
No blogging this morning. I got caught up in the Google barge’s arrival. Was out on a boat, then out at the port. Now writing story. Hope to blog later today.
Stockton faces tough challenges. Crime, unemployment, changing growth strategies, blight, downtown revival, to name a few. And Mayor Anthony Silva has responded – by becoming a mail-order minister. Silva announced last night he is now ordained to marry people. It is unclear whether Silva feels the mayor’s job is not spiritually fulfilling enough. It is clear Silva feels [...]
Another front in the war described in today’s column is density. New plans are calling for more people to live in less space. A county plan calls for doubling the average density of new developments. Single-family homes would decline from 90 percent of housing stock to about 58 percent. Benefits include more walkable (hence closer-knit) neighborhoods, preservation of farmland and open space, [...]
Interesting story on how L.A. is gentrifying its skid row. A risk-taking restaurateur gets federal tax credits to locate there; new ideas for housing the homeless bypass a feckless bureaucracy; the urban pioneers move in. Surely some of this is applicable to Stockton.
These two stories say it all: Panel to consider whether to give raises to governor, lawmakers — Three months after Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers received a 5% pay raise, a state panel is set to meet next week to begin considering whether to provide further increases, and the chairman of the group says data [...]
The L.A. Times’ Hiltzik echoes my conclusion about the Six States proposal: “Draper’s roots in Silicon Valley inevitably raise the suspicion that his goal is to preserve the economic advantages of his home region by sloughing off the burden imposed on its residents by other, less vibrant, parts of the state.” He then goes on to [...]
Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva showed up to the Rotary Read-in without a book. Comment is almost superfluous after that. He then improvised badly and inappropriately… for which he blamed his staff. Nothing new in all that. The venue changes, but the act remains the same. What I find interesting is the top comment below the news story. For [...]
Kathy Johnson writes: “Just wondering if UOP has plans to recognize the significance and history of Stagg Memorial Stadium by placing a plaque or some type of remembrance at the site. It would be a shame to let the “Grand Old Man of Football” fade away without acknowledging his place in athletic and Stockton’s [...]
June Horlador Bond writes: “Both my sisters attended Stockton College and COP in the late ’40s and early ’50s. Just beginning elementary school, I remember attending the football games with great excitement; new stadium, crowds, exciting football teams, sitting in the the Tommie Tiger section, seeing the live tiger, walking straight-up steep stairs to [...]