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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.

Miller denounces tunnels, offers alternative

Supervisor Kathy Miller co-authored a guest editorial that running in the Sacramento Bee today. “Transparent policymaking that results in a consensus of the many rather than backroom decisions of the few is critical to achieving real progress,” she writes. The five-county Delta Counties Coalition, which she’s speaking for, has created an alternative to the Twin [...]

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Have quarter, will feed your meter

This just in from the Downtown Stockton Alliance: “Downtown Stockton Alliance’s (DSA) CEO Cindi Fargo announced a new hospitality program that may provide help for those facing an expiring meter and the chance of a parking ticket. The program is called “The Gift of Time” and is designed to somewhat ease the nuisance of downtown [...]

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A literate lady’s promotion

Suzy Daveluy is my friend, but only because she has talked me into doing so many things for the public library. Daveluy was appointed this week as the new Deputy Director of Community Services. She’ll be the City Librarian for the City of Stockton and San Joaquin County Public Library system. She’s a good choice, though [...]

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Saving trees is cheaper

Lisa Steele offers her thoughts on the column about Stockton’s dying urban forest: “It would have been a great statistic to point out that mistletoe WILL kill the tree, eventually, and a dead tree will cost MUCH much more than the mistletoe removal (more on that below). And even more importantly, that removal of a [...]

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An almond grower tells his side

Almonds have become shorthand for the permanent crops south-Valley farmers foolishly planted though they have rights to water only in intermittent years. That causes them to connive and litigate for ever-more water, even though it’s killing the Delta. In today’s Fresno Bee, an almond farmer tells his side. “We’re not the bad guys,” writes Brand [...]

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Aliens outside Stockton!

The Stockton Evening Mail story of Nov. 25, 1896 about a Stockton man’s alien encounter is online. You can read the whole original story here. Thanks to my champion trivia bee teammate Keven Shawver for sending it. And to reader Mike Bartram for citing the book ”Alien Contacts and Abductions.”

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Smart thoughts on trees

Below is more comment on the column about Stockton’s ailing city trees. Bill Becker writes: This is how I dealt with mistletoe: a 27′ pruner. “A homeowner in a reasonable state of health on a ladder, with a spotter or safety line, could get way , way up on a tree. “Perhaps Stockton could do “tool [...]

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A blight worse than mistletoe?

Jodi Carlson, Urban Forester, City of Park Ridge, Illinois, writes: “Loved your take on trees in Stockton. Well done! “Just wait until the emerald ash borer invades the area.   “It’s been a huge burden on municipalities here in the Midwest, where many cities tree canopies are 10 – 20% ash. “Imagine if Stockton had [...]

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The revenge of Black Jesus

They found a slick way to do it without being explicit, but the council last night rejected perennial candidate Motecuzoma Sanchez as a member of the Charter Review Commission. Sanchez is accused of “homophobia and racism by LGBT leaders in Stockton,” this story said. Sanchez had railed against the “gay Mafia.” I don’t think that’s [...]

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The creditor from Hell (cont’d)

To the surprise of no one, relentlessly litigious creditor Franklin Templeton Investments has filed an appeal of Stockton’s bankruptcy ruling. The investment giant claims Judge Christopher Klein’s ruling was “discriminatory and punitive.” Perhaps it was, but the question is whether it was unjustly discriminatory and punitive. I think Franklin got what it deserved. It opposed [...]

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