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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 mayor’s shift on homelessness

“I’ll be honest about this,” Mayor Anthony Silva said in the interview behind this column. “I was overly compassionate about the homeless.” Silva came to realize some want a hand up and others a handout. “They (churches) have time and time again gone down there an given these folks banquets, and food after food after [...]

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McNerney: extradite my hijacker

Congressman Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, has asked Secretary of State John Kerry to support extradition of the sole surviving gunman who in 1971 hijacked a plane on which McNerney was travelling.   Here’s that story. Quite a ride. “As a passenger of the hijacked plane, I am deeply saddened that Hill, and numerous other U.S. fugitives, [...]

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Pension reform: the counter-attack begins

And it’s self-serving balderdash, as expected. Some of the words used by the chairman of Californians for Retirement Security to describe the Voter Empowerment Act’s reasonable (and urgently needed) pension reforms in this SacBee op-ed: an attempt to “force-feed warmed-over political ideas; a “gutting” of the public pension system; “Orwellian;” “sinister;” a “brazen assault on [...]

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Meet the new tunnels, worse than the old tunnels

UOP analyst Jeffrey Michael dismembers Brown’s revised tunnel proposal. “The latest numbers estimate the tunnels will increase water exports south of the Delta by an annual average of 257,000 acre-feet, with no increase in drought years when it is needed most,” he writes in this SacBee guest editorial. ”The cumulative value of that water supply over [...]

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From Larry’s vaults

Larry Valterza sends a photo of downtown Stockton during the flood of 1892. The building to the right is the San Joaquin County Jail,  ”Cunningham’s Castle,” as it was known.

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Tourism “regardless of the city’s image …”

Wes Rhea, head of Visit Stockton, responds to today’s column: “I always feel it’s a good article when I finish reading and say, “that was not so bad.”  Thanks for spreading the word about our efforts.”   “I can appreciate poking at the Celebrate branding effort (many of us were never in love with it). [...]

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Slate beams to Mt. Shasta

Recently we talked to a local guru who took followers to Mt. Shasta to meet with Compassion, a higher being communicating through a crystal skull. In earlier years we learned the story of the man who built a following for his tales of discovering Lemuria within Mt. Shasta. What is it with Mt. Shasta? Slate [...]

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If Fresno can do it …

A Fresno developer just completed renovation of a “Warehouse Row” of old brick warehouses down by Fresno’s Amtrak station. William Dyck of Summa Development Group mixed new buildings with old renovations in a splendid $13 million project. A model for modern building repurposing.    

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Help for the time-warp tank

A Good Samaritan says he’ll pay to paint over the embarrassingly obsolete logos on Stockton’s I-5 water tank. If he can put his logos up there. “We would be more than willing to pay for the costs,” says Peter Kilpatrick, head of the Stockton Youth Soccer Association which, as you can see, has a perfectly [...]

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55er campaign reaches its goal

The Indiegogo campaign to raise $5,000 to publish a book of Dave Waldon’s 55-word writings reached its goal, and then some. Waldon is a Stockton writer who adopted my 55-World Writing Contest as his form of artistic expression. He is now nightmarishly ill. Local arts figure Paula Sheil wants to publish the book as his [...]

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