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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.

Spring at last in Stockton

And roses are in glorious bloom a the house of Joy Neas and green-thumbed partner Mikal.    

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Pensions sledgehammer Stockton’s future

Chastened by bankruptcy, Stockton created a prudent long-range budget — which pensions are going to murder. That’s the word the Council got on Tuesday. The California’s Public Employee Retirement System, CalPERS — a.k.a. Hogzilla — is actually reforming after years of irresponsibly advocating penion increases and hiding the true cost. Unfortunately, the real bill is obscene. [...]

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Stockton crime declines

When writing this column about Mayor Michael Tubbs’ first 100 days, I requested the year-over-year crime statistics from the Stockton Police Department. If you’re curious, here they are. crime stats 17 Couple off-the-cuff remarks: Not only is violent crime down over the last year, property crimes are down. This is new. Police have been throwing [...]

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A lazy trip on the Queen

Helen Schneider describes her trip on the Delta Queen years ago.   “We sailed from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. It was quite luxurious.” Well, not for everyone. “The staterooms that were off the main lounge area were very luxurious. They outside staterooms were not.” The Queen stopped at four cities – Schneider can’t remember [...]

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Sunrise on the Mokelumne

From Jessice Renshaw, a reminder of why we love the Delta.  

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Another blow to the pension monster

  “When governments fail to act on problems such as with pension liabilities, the people have a constitutional right to pursue a citizens’ initiative by obtaining signatures on a petition and presenting solutions directly to the voters, bypassing the legislative body. The court held that there is no requirement that citizens’ initiatives be negotiated with [...]

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The Ashley Drain jury prism

  Activist Ralph Lee White called to object that the lone black woman on the Ashley Drain voter fraud trial, a juror who was the lone holdout on a jury voting 11-1 to convict, was removed form the jury and replaced. “Do you know what that do to the Black community?” asked activist Ralph Lee [...]

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Not loving SB1, even with the pork

    Gene Beley does not share my approval of SB1, the transportation bill with a special earmark for the Valley: “You could’ve interviewed a few citizens ranging from seniors to truck drivers to get their feedback on the damages that will be done and how everyone will be paying more for every commodity produced [...]

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Another hooray for the General Plan vote

“I cannot overstate how big Tuesday’s vote was for the future of Stockton.” —Blogger/infill developer David Garcia on his Stockton City Limits blog, extolling the Council for selecting a General Plan 2040 that prioritizes infill and fixing the existing city over sprawl. Garcia goes on: “I have a long held belief that a number of [...]

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Shadowbird: a complete fiasco

Back in 1989, a self-righteous slow-growth group called the Land Utilization Alliance sued the Grupe Co. developers for building Brookside. The market was hot, so Grupe settled by giving LUA money and land and got on with building. Grupe bought LUA off. As part of a settlement, Grupe set aside two properties on Wright-Elmwood Tract. [...]

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