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Critic : basic income experiment “rewards sloth”

A writer from a “free-market think tank” takes his cuts at Mayor Michael Tubbs’ universal basic income program: “Realistically, 500 bucks a month isn’t much to live on anywhere in California, Steven Greenhut writes in the Press=-Enterprise, which serves . If this idea takes hold, it will be followed by demands to increase the payments. [...]

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On being part of new solutions

“To truly reform our criminal justice system, we need to move away from the mind-set that punishment is the answer to urban violence. Indeed, there is now sufficient evidence to support an entirely new model for countering violence — one driven by investment.” —Patrick Sharkey, professor and chair of sociology at New York University, and [...]

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Economist: Tubbs’ basic income test won’t work

UCLA economist Jerry Nickelsburg isn’t saying Universal Basic Income won’t work; he’s saying Stockton’s experiment with it won’t work. “The experiment is doomed for two reasons,” Nicklesburg writes in Public CEO. “First, it is temporary. The recipients know that the money will only last two years, and that will incentivize them differently than a true [...]

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What to name a Stockton university?

Rick Rios writes: “Dear Mike, “Your article … regarding a CSU in Stockton was great! Please continue to sound the drums for a CSU in the Stockton area. “The note I would like to add to your next article on this subject is that we need to coin a great title to the future CSU [...]

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Fugazi gets her answers

Recently,  Council member Christina Fugazi objected when discussion of a motion regarding the Advance Peace anti-gun-violence program was cut off before she could ask a raft of questions. Fugazi e-mailed her questions to Advance Peace head DeVone Boggan. Below is her letter and Boggan’s answers. I am reproducing both so we all can better understand [...]

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Bullet train: entering boondoggle territory?

The cost of the Central Valley leg of California’s bullet train has jumped 77% to $10.6 billion, raising questions about the honestly of former cost estimates, and even whether the state can afford to complete the system. I’ve been a bullet train suporter from day one, because of the increased prosperity the line will bring [...]

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Tubbs’ recallers botch first filing

  From: Katherine Roland <> Date: January 12, 2018 at 1:30:12 PM PST To: Michael Tubbs <>, Cameron Burns <>, Daniel Lopez <>, Max Vargas <> Cc: Bret Hunter <> Subject: Intent to Recall Petition Update Good Afternoon, Brenda Vasquez arrived at 1:23pm. She brought a photocopy of the document submitted at the Council Meeting [...]

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Pension reform “fraught with legal obstacles”

  The budget-busting abuse known as pension spiking is illegal under state law in Alameda, Contra Costa and Merced counties — but leaders must allow it anyway (!) because “the county pension systems had agreed to permit it as part of legal settlements with the unions nearly two decades ago. ” The latest from pension watchdog [...]

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Random grocery guy puzzles homeowner

This just appearred on the Nextdoor Swain Oaks neighborhood website: Allen Hayes, Sherwood Manor This afterrnoon someone left a small bag of groceries at our front door. It contained 4 packages of Ramen Noodles, a loaf of French bread and a liter of soda. My neighbor saw a white male leaving my house and getting into [...]

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The Detractor’s Club announces a recall

Granted, Mayor Michael Tubbs looked like a jerk Tuesday night. Why he blocked Council member Christina Fugazi so rudely from asking questions about the Advance Peace program as it came up for a vote I can’t fathom. But a spasm of uncivil behavior is grounds for a fat “thumbs down,” not a recall. Of course, [...]

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    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. Read Full
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