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The new octopus

David Crane says California has switched masters: Until 1910, the dominant political force in California was the Southern Pacific Railroad. … A century later, state and local government employee associations are the new Southern Pacific. “… the wage-earning members of government employee associations (eg, police, firefighters, prison guards, teachers, et al.) collect more money from state and [...]

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Preservationist: We can fix old depot

  Alex Thompson, best known as the guy who bought the historic Henery Apartments and started a DIY restoration project, called to say the old Western Pacific Depot, scheduled for demolition after two heartbreaking fires, can be saved. “The cheap part is what burned,” said Thompson, who sized up the cost of a budget remodel, [...]

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The Miracle Mile’s other snafu

It’s not in a league with their other troubles, but the design of the Dutch Bros. coffee kiosk is a mistake, in my opinion. I researched the process that led to the Dutch Bros. only because so many people complain about it. The long-vacant lot was zoned General Commercial, so a public hearing was not [...]

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In defense of Denham

Dean Andal responds to yesterday’s blog item about Rep. Jeff Denham:   “As usual, you give no scrutiny to this group – which is obviously a Democrat party front group organizing against Congressman Denham. “Please note the attached Board of Directors – a who’s who of California’s leftists. Lets be clear about their motives – [...]

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Rep. Denham: I don’t need no steenkin cupcakes

The California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) says its members experienced “completely inappropriate and hostile resistance from Congressman Denham’s office” Tuesday morning: Cupcake and card delivery blocked from Congressman Denham’s office Constituents not allowed to enter the congressional office buliding without appointment Caution tape blocking off lawn and parking lot Handicapped parking spaces denied for [...]

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Eighteen deaths? No problem!

The FAA cleared the dubious Skydive Lodi Parachute Center of wrongdoing in a double skydiving death that occurred last year — appallingly, the 17th 18th fatality at that drop zone, as best we can tell. “The FAA could not take action against the Parachute Center for using an non-certified instructor, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said,” [...]

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A slow start, but getting its bearings

That seems to be where the setback-prone Office of Violence Prevention is in its third year. It’s important because the OVP is at the nucleus of Stockton’s long-overdue effort to reduce its intolerable violent crime. Here’s more city information on the OVP. Office of Violence Prevention   The Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) works to [...]

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The new best view

Nick Curtin writes: “I just returned from a visit to the new courthouse … If you have not been to the Jury Room you must go … What great panoramas of our fair city. From the classic building such as the Medical-Dental building (it never looked so good as from 12 stories up!) to the most [...]

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A Stockton sailor in the Arabian Gulf

The U.S. Navy sends a photo of a Stockton sailor serving aboard the mighty USS Nimitz in the Arabian Gulf: “U.S. Navy Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Tanisha Stewart, from Stockton, Calif., prepares to work on ordnance aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), July 31, 2017, in the Arabian Gulf. “Nimitz is deployed in [...]

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On way to revive a waterfront

Mel Corren writes about New York’s River Cafe: “Our children gave us our 50th anniversary party in this restaurant many years ago. We’ve been there since and it is fantastic. How could we get a fine restaurateur to open one of these somewhere along the Waterfront?” Going by this New York Times story, Stockton needs [...]

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