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New marina market opens (without beer)

SMG, the citys’ venue management company, took over the municipal marina last Spring. “Our entire vision is just to make this whole waterfront a destination and bring people down here,” said Kendra Clark, SMG’s local manager. In June Clark promised changes, such as WiFi at the marina, and coming attractions, such as popular music bands [...]

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Stockton’s newest public artwork “really cool”

“Transcending Vessels,” by Denver artist Mike Clapper, has gone up along Thornton Road at Estate Drive. A 100-foot long ribbon of wavy stainless steel water, buoying three ships representing different Stockton eras, the piece is supported by three giant rusty steel tule plants. “I just try to distill the place down to its essence,” said [...]

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The low ranking that matters most

  Stockton is one of the least educated big cities in the United States, a new study finds. Wallet Hub ranked Stockton 143 out of 150 for educational attainment. In fact, five of the nation’s educational cellar dwellers — Modesto, Fresno, and Bakersfield and Visalia, too — are in the Central Valley. Visalia ranked dead last at [...]

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Reader: Why does City Hall still close on Fridays?

Lorne Truscott writes: “Perhaps you could give us an update on the status of City of Stockton employees.  After the housing market imploded, and the City went bankrupt, city offices have been closed every other Friday.  Originally, this move was sold as being a money saving option for the City.  We’re not positive City employees [...]

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Manteca pilgrim goes the long way

Manteca’s Shalice Tilton, 56, is another pilgrim who walked the Camino de Santiago, a medieval Christian pilgrimage trail. The trail leads to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain where tradition holds the remains of St. James are buried. Unlike the Stockton and Linden women I wrote about, Tilton went the long route, [...]

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Mexican food and Arellano’s epiphany

As I said in today’s column, Los Angeles writer Gustavo Arellano managed to write a book about Mexican food without visiting the Central Valley. But when he did, in this piece, it’s as if the food shook the scales from his eyes. Not only about food but the Central Valley itself. “The one thing Central [...]

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Cosmic talk about a new venture

The “common sense conservative” who went on Judge Judy while running against Sen. Cathleen Galgiani has a new venture: The Space Between. Steven Davis’ proposes to bring Wi-fi to rural areas. He has an eye-catching website. While the site’s visuals are impressive, it’s unclear how the public will react to the schroomed-out, cosmic text. Sample [...]

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Stockton’s clandestine organist

Today we mark the passing of Richard Timmins, the ex-spy who rocked the magnificent pipe organ hidden in Stockton’s Masonic Temple. He was 86. Timmins played the organ and piano for seven U.S. presidents. He once played the thunderous organ in Notre Dame in Paris for John. F. Kennedy. He loved the 1921 Hope-Jones pipe [...]

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Are urban nutria a threat to our pets? And to us?

An obvious hole in my column about nutria invading Stockton: do they pose a danger to our pets? Or to us? “They will tangle with dogs,” said Peter Tira, the spokesman for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Nutria prefer to submerge or duck into the bushes, Tira said. “However, when confronted with no [...]

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A house that had it coming

I named it the “Mystery House” because it just stood there for decades, vacant and incomplete. What was the deal? And because of its perverse staying power in the face of city efforts to force its completion or abatement. As best as can be determined – officials still aren’t clear on some aspects — the [...]

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