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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.

The Gravy Train

The cost of “civilian” public employee pensions in Los Angeles has ballooned from $260 million in 2005 to around $410 million this year. It’s breaking the city. So two years ago, the council voted to cut pensions for new hires, and to make new hires work until age 65, a reasonable step, not to mention necessary. Or so [...]

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Stockton’s disheartening “recovery.”

Stockton ranks only above municipal basket case San Bernardino with second worst recovery from the recession among 150 U.S. cities, a new report says. Reasons why: the bankruptcy, which earned extra ranking demerits from the surveyor, Wallet Hub; fundamentally, the Central Valley’s low-wage agrarian economy; a long-time city government of underachieving, business-unfriendly bureaucrats; Stockton’s terrible press. Meanwhile, San Francisco is California’s [...]

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“Three strange beings … warbling”

The Fitz’s Stockton about a pioneer Stockton UFO brings this from reader Kevin Shawver: “Did you know one of the earliest claims of attempted alien abduction was in an area between Lodi and Stockton? … The man who made the claim, H.G. Shaw, was the editor of the Stockton Evening Mail.” He sends this remarkable archival stuff [...]

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#Stocktonhappy. For reals?

Seeing is believing. Visit Stockton has the video on its Facebook page. And on YouTube: Can’t keep this city down!

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The BDCP: a failure of state institutions

Depending on the level of detail, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and its twin tunnels adjunct can be dizzingly complex. In today’s SacBee, however, two enviros contribute a remarkably lucid Op-Ed piece. “The proposed BDCP ignores the overwhelming scientific evidence that we must increase the amount of water flowing through the Delta to restore it to health, [...]

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Denham: Impeachment? Maybe

Rep Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, refuses to rule out impeaching President Obama — for Benghazi, among other pretexts. In a press release, The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee quotes Denham speaking to the North Valley Tea Party Club in August 2013: “If our Commander in Chief that was reelected in this country decides to break the Constitution it [...]

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A galling reminder

The latest Calpensions article cites a 2013 report by the Pew Charitable Trust: “In many states, the difficulties of major cities such as Stockton and San Bernardino would mobilize the state government to intervene and help them recover. But California offered no such aid, because it has long adhered to the belief that its cities [...]

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More Six States melarkey

Don’t dismiss the Six States proposal, writes MoBee Opinion Page Editor Mike Dunbar. ” … In a nutshell (choose almond or walnut), what have we got to lose?” Dunbar asks. “The rest of the state already ignores us.” Our state will be an economic basket case — but it’ll have the water, Dunbar writes. “As a [...]

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Chef’s fundraiser a success

Organizer John Britto says the July 21 Chefs Helping Chefs fundraiser for badly burned chef Richard Hyman raised $17,000. A nice chunk of change. “The community response was overwhelming,” Britto writes. “More than thirty businesses, organizations and associations bought tickets, donated cash, raffle baskets and silent auction items. “Two hundred guests enjoyed culinary creations from [...]

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A message from Chief Jones

Police Chief Eric Jones leaves a message: “I just wanted to say I appreciate the column you had regarding police tactics. As unfortate as it is, we really did follow just about anything out there regarding training in law enforcement. There are police experts we have been checking in with and they all —including the FBI, etc. [...]

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