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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 good, old-fashioned hatchet job

It’s been too long since an outsider did a good, old-fashioned hatchet job on the San Joaquin Valley. One that combines complete ignorance of this region, bad journalism and snot-nosed condescension. Fortunately, a blogger for Harper’s magazine named Aaron Gilbreath has filled the void. Gilbreath has peenned a classic rip-and-run blog essay, “Driving the San Joaquin Valley: An [...]

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House Republicans burn north-Valley vets

Republicans are strong on national security.  Some of them never met an intervention, or a war, they didn’t like. Though they’re ideological budget hawks, and they yammer constantly about reducing the deficit, they never cut funds to the Pentagon. But they’ll cut funding to the vets their policies manufacture. How you can send young Americans to [...]

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Injury botches bocce baller

Stockton’s Drew Page, America’s national under-21 bocce champion — who gets bupkis from local media — broke his wrist at the world’s championship in Rome, and his outstanding performance has cratered, our correspondent reports. “Possible stress fracture,” reports Elizabeth Wong, who understands bocce far better than I do. Against Switzerland Page, who had been holding [...]

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Teachers’ union goes after evaluations

It’s absurdly hard to fire teacher. We saw that in the Heidi Kaeslin case. At least the law says student progress must be a part of teacher evaluations. If an incompetent teacher is screwing up kids’ education, that should come out, don’t you think? The Stockton Teachers Association doesn’t think so. It has pressured Stockton [...]

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A song about Phil Spector

I did a column about famous record producer/convicted murderer Phil Spector, who is locked up in the big prison hospital east of Stockton. Someone evidently posted that column on Phil Spector’s website. The column’s headline, “The ‘Mad Genius of Rock ‘n’ Roll confined in Stockton,” brought a call from Craig Taylor of Harrisburg, Penn. Taylor said [...]

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The thought for the day

“I think the tragedy is that people think I’m singular,” Councilman Michael Tubbs said in the interview behind today’s column. “Like, oh, Michael Tubbs is just an extraordinary person. Actually, no. There’s a whole bunch of other Michael Tubbses in this city, who just need a little but of investment, a little bit of opportunity.”

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The invisible champ advances!

Stockton’s Drew Page, the national under-21 bocce champion, won three of three yesterday in the bocce world championships in Rome, Italy. Page “advances as the 2nd seed into the single-elimination phase against the top seed of another division,” reports Elizabeth Wong, though, as with much of bocce, I don’t know what she means. You can [...]

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About that $8.5 million …

First thought upon learning the city has $8.5 million in unspent bond money: re-open the Fair Oaks library branch. To which city spokesperson Connie Cochran responded with a (preliminary) wet blanket. The money’s use must be consistent with the original bond language, she said: resurfacing streets traffic calming, community centers, affordable housing. It’s not clear [...]

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The sad saga of Shadowbird

Wouldn’t a new 50-acre nature park on the Delta be nice? One was in the pipeline, but the pipeline may have just blown up. The land belonged to Shadowbird, a nonprofit offshoot of the Land Utilization Alliance, a slow-growth group that sued developers over sprawl in the 1980s. The developers gave LUA a ton of [...]

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Our man in the Bocce world championship

Stockton’s Drew Page, the under-21 National Bocce champion — Stockton’s invisible champion — is competing in the world championships in Rome. And getting no local coverage. To rectify this omission, here’s Elizabeth Wong, herself an award winning bocce player. Reports wong: “Drew Page played his first match at 10:30 a.m. against Austria’s Under-21 champion Wolfgang Joel,” [...]

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