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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.

More of the Ellis’s bounteous bric-a-brac

The Fitz’s Stockton on this collection here. A blog item with more photos is a couple items below. And here’s more of Ellis’s collection. Above, various signs … A wonderful recruitment poster: “Destroy this mad brute!” The Stockton stars & bars … A Stockton High emblem. Its team was called the Tarzans. Al Ellis and [...]

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A torpedo’s near miss

Now that there’s movement downtown, we’ll have to get up to speed on obscure things like “air rights.” But especially prevailing wage laws. That law evidently almost gave unions the power to torpedo downtown’s first comeback project. Mayor Anthony Silva got it right when he said, “Obviously, this project is good for Stockton, especially downtown [...]

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McNerney to skip Netanyahu’s speech

Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton) issued this statement on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress on Tuesday: “I won’t be attending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on Tuesday. “I will continue to be a strong supporter of Israel’s national security, but I believe it was wrong for the Prime Minister and Speaker [...]

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The Ellises marvelous stuff

Here is a photo gallery of items collected by Al and Helen Ellis. I can’t even begin to list all the items they have collected. Above, All Ellis stands amid everything from vintage signs to Alaskan animal pelts. Here are some other items. Al Ellis says the items complement his interest in history. In aggregate, though, [...]

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Should the city have bought off Franklin?

Reporter Ed Mendel speculates in Calpensions: “Franklin reportedly rejected a Stockton offer to pay half its debt. It’s tempting to speculate about “what if” the city, with a bow to the strategy that the last man gets the savings from earlier cuts, had decided to buy off Franklin, perhaps with full payment. “A trial on [...]

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A Keystone Pipeline for water?

That’s reader Gil Garcia’s idea. Thinking big, Garcia envisions piping water from the snowed-in East Coast all the way to the West. “You must realize by now that global warming is here to stay and is the culprit for the California drought and the weather phenomena occurring in the eastern states today. As history has [...]

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Gung Hay Fat Choy

And if you see Val Acoba’s Red Dragon Theater, wish them Happy New Year.

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A Central Valley “ecotopia”

“First proposed nine years ago, the development would create a new city from a dusty stretch of ranch land midway between the Bay Area and Southern California. Solar arrays bolted to its rooftops, spread across its water reservoirs and clustered elsewhere would generate more electricity during the day than the city’s 25,000 homes would need, [...]

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The weird handling of Jessica Glynn

The apparent firing of Jessica Glynn raises questions about the rollout of the Marshall Plan and the management style of City Manager Kurt Wilson.   Glynn was hired last October. But she was forbidden to talk to the press for almost a month. When she was finally allowed to talk, City Manager Kurt Wilson sat [...]

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Random trivia from UOP

NPR recently did a story called “Marathon Mania in American History.” It included these antics at University of the Pacific: “The Associated Press reported on March 21, 1958, that two University of California undergrads were trying to break the 110-hour sitting-on-a-seesaw record set by College of the Pacific students in 1957. Friends planned to feed [...]

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