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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.

What to name a Stockton university?

Rick Rios writes: “Dear Mike, “Your article … regarding a CSU in Stockton was great! Please continue to sound the drums for a CSU in the Stockton area. “The note I would like to add to your next article on this subject is that we need to coin a great title to the future CSU [...]

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Fugazi gets her answers

Recently,  Council member Christina Fugazi objected when discussion of a motion regarding the Advance Peace anti-gun-violence program was cut off before she could ask a raft of questions. Fugazi e-mailed her questions to Advance Peace head DeVone Boggan. Below is her letter and Boggan’s answers. I am reproducing both so we all can better understand [...]

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Bullet train: entering boondoggle territory?

The cost of the Central Valley leg of California’s bullet train has jumped 77% to $10.6 billion, raising questions about the honestly of former cost estimates, and even whether the state can afford to complete the system. I’ve been a bullet train suporter from day one, because of the increased prosperity the line will bring [...]

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Tubbs’ recallers botch first filing

  From: Katherine Roland <Katherine.Roland@stocktonca.gov> Date: January 12, 2018 at 1:30:12 PM PST To: Michael Tubbs <Michael.Tubbs@stocktonca.gov>, Cameron Burns <Cameron.Burns@stocktonca.gov>, Daniel Lopez <Daniel.Lopez@stocktonca.gov>, Max Vargas <Max.Vargas@stocktonca.gov> Cc: Bret Hunter <Bret.Hunter@stocktonca.gov> Subject: Intent to Recall Petition Update Good Afternoon, Brenda Vasquez arrived at 1:23pm. She brought a photocopy of the document submitted at the Council Meeting [...]

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Pension reform “fraught with legal obstacles”

  The budget-busting abuse known as pension spiking is illegal under state law in Alameda, Contra Costa and Merced counties — but leaders must allow it anyway (!) because “the county pension systems had agreed to permit it as part of legal settlements with the unions nearly two decades ago. ” The latest from pension watchdog [...]

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Random grocery guy puzzles homeowner

This just appearred on the Nextdoor Swain Oaks neighborhood website: Allen Hayes, Sherwood Manor This afterrnoon someone left a small bag of groceries at our front door. It contained 4 packages of Ramen Noodles, a loaf of French bread and a liter of soda. My neighbor saw a white male leaving my house and getting into [...]

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The Detractor’s Club announces a recall

Granted, Mayor Michael Tubbs looked like a jerk Tuesday night. Why he blocked Council member Christina Fugazi so rudely from asking questions about the Advance Peace program as it came up for a vote I can’t fathom. But a spasm of uncivil behavior is grounds for a fat “thumbs down,” not a recall. Of course, [...]

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Press release of the day

From my inbox this morning: Dutch blockchain company launches LegalFling: an app that logs explicit sexual consent Today, Dutch software company LegalThings One – specializing in smart contracts using blockchain technology – launches LegalFling: an app that logs explicit sexual consent. The app is a practical solution for the implications of Sweden’s plans to change [...]

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A course in baloney

An opponent of the city’s proposals for the municipal golf courses posts a video on YouTube full of the false memes clouding the debate. 1. “I know there is someone—some group—that can turn a profit,” says Jeff Parker. My understanding is the courses lose money because golf is dying and the market is over-saturated. If [...]

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Still more headaches for the Mile

  Folks on the Miracle Mile who thought the ugly, costly fight over renewing their self-improvement district was over — with a ballot victory for those who support it — were blindsided by the latest twist: the City of Stockton has agreed to the demand of wealthy property owner Pat Craig to not collect or disburse [...]

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