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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.

A move to reform Hogzilla

A Republican Assemblyman has introduced a bill that would change the balance of power on the labor-friendly and fiscally irresponsible board of CalPERS. Much needed. The state pension system may bankrupt Stockton again. And bankrupt cities up and down the state as well. “Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach), would add two members to the board that [...]

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The California “megaflood.”

  We’ve alluded to the flood of 1861-62 as the extreme example of this region’s floods. Now an article in Scientific American really paints a clear and terrifying picture of what Nature does every 100 or 200 years. “This enormous pulse of water from the rain flowed down the slopes and across the landscape, overwhelming [...]

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The gravy train

The self-enrichment society that public employees have become wants to treat its members to another holiday: a day off so they can vote. Hence Assemblyman Chris Holden’s AB 542. Joel Fox nails it: “Why should public workers be the only ones who get Election Day off? Don’t private sector workers also have to balance work and [...]

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The cray-cray official “drought”

Bad news: most of San Joaquin County is still experiencing “abnormally dry” conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Yes, according to government experts we’re still suffereing drought: despite incessant, drenching rains almost twice our average, despite flooded streets and dams spilling over, despite rivers and creeks rising to the danger stage, despite the real [...]

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It’s a rough road out there

Dale Morgan, the bicycling nomad who passed through Stockton recently, sends a brief e-mail. “Last night I was hit by a hit and run driver.” “My bike and trailer are busted up.” And that was all he said about the accident. No mention of any personal injuries. Still, the loss of the trailer is a [...]

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The Sherman’s long goodbye

The Sherman is probably/maybe about to leave Stockton.   As reported here. Many things about the historic ferry are hazy. The old owner won’t say who the new owners are. The new owners don’t return calls. I’m also skeptical the “Chief” William Bills was every more than an opportunist attatching himself to the boat when [...]

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Trump’s got nothing

Elect a man who never elaborated a single, detailed policy during the campaign, and what do you get? Nothing but pointless drama. Here’s today’s New York Times: “… Republican lawmakers and Mr. Trump have yet to deliver on any of the sweeping legislation they promised. Efforts to come up with a replacement for the health care [...]

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The bank that grew with Stockton

Here’s a postcard showing the Bank of Italy’s location in Stockton. It’s the building flying the American flag across Hunter Square from the courthouse. The Bank moved into the former Commercial and Savings Bank building in 1926. And changed its name to the Bank of America in 1930. The last one is of the Bank [...]

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A newsroom Valentine

The Record’s newsroom got a musical surprise this morning when The Stockton Portsmen stopped by to croon “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” for reporter Lori Gilbert. Amusingly, the barbershop quartet caught Gilbert on the phone in mid-interview. If you listen closely at the start of their song, you can hear Gilbert politely ask her caller, [...]

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Making L.A. cooler

Not cooler as in Ray-Bans; cooler as in,  ”reduc(ing) the average temperature in the metropolis by 3 degrees over the next 20 years,” the L.A. Times reports. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has vowed to do it. And it’s doable, experts think. City “heat islands” are built environments. They can be built differently. Not only by [...]

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