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Tubbs makes Forbes’ 30 Under 30

Mayor Michael Tubbs appears in Forbes magazine’s December “30 Under 30″ issue of up-and-coming leaders and innovators — dressed in $13,283 worth of designer clothes. “Few American cities have the same notoriety as Stockton, California,” begins Forbes, which did much to enhance that notoriety by twice declaring Stockton America’s Most Miserable City. “Native son Michael [...]

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Supervisor Miller on county homelesness efforts

Supervisor Kathy Miller writes: “The County did move forward with a position for a Coordinator of Homeless Services (the co-called “homeless czar”–MF).  We have secured funding for the first year of the position through a one-time grant from the Community Corrections Partnership (AB109), since 15% of the homeless population are either from their recently incarcerated [...]

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Mendelson: Reducing homelessness takes years

Jon Mendelson, executive director of Ready to Work, writes: “Thanks for sharing the thoughts of Councilwoman Fugazi on your blog. After reading it, I felt compelled to respond, as I believe we are heading in the right direction regarding homelessness. Forward, not backward. “First, I give the councilwoman credit for going to the encampments and [...]

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Fugazi: We’re going backwards on homelessness

Council member Christina Fugazi participated in a clean-up over the weekend and posted this: “This post shows how the homeless issue does not appear to be lessening, but in fact growing. “… The lines keep getting longer and longer and the number of homeless throughout Stockton has never been more prevalent. I have no idea where [...]

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McNerney introduces “geoengineering” bill

  Stockton Congressman Jerry McNerney has introduced legislation to explore combating climate change through “geoenginering.” Geoengineering is “the deliberate large-scale intervention in the Earth’s natural systems to counteract climate change.” “Today, the Congressman has introduced H.R. 4586, the Geoengineering Research Evaluation Act,” his office announced. “This legislation would provide for a federal commitment to the creation [...]

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No, we do have bananas

Back in August, when a Sacramento nonprofit brought its Banana Festival to Stockton, we looked in vain for any banana-growing farmer in San Joaquin County. But they don”t grow here. Too cold, said the county Agricultural Commissioner. That brought an e-mail from Margatita Diaz. Diaz said bananas grow nicely in her yard. Now Diaz writes [...]

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Anniversary of the Ghost Ship fire

Tomorrow it will be one year since a swift and horrible fire raced through an underground Oakland warehouse colony called the Ghost Ship, killing 36 mostly young people. And injuring one Stockton man. Sam “Peaches” Maxwell was the last person to make it out. Injuries from the fire took a terrible toll on Maxwell, who [...]

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Even Brown rues the pension monster

  Gov. Jerry Brown has come out swinging at public employee pensions, filing a brief with the state Supreme Court saying things must change. “For years, self-interested practices, overly generous promises whose true costs were often shrouded by flawed actuarial analyses and failures of public leadership had caused unsustainable pension liabilities,” Brown admits. Specifically, Brown [...]

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From readers, more Stockton signs

—Ron Chapman   —Jerry Tyson The Filbert Street home of Aley Fletcher bears this 2nd Amendment sign. “I was raised in a military family,” Fletcher said. “I believe in the Constitution.” —Mike Fitzgerald —Ron Chapman   Julie Blood of San Joaquin County Historical Museum holds a vintage sign from the museum’s collection. —Mike Fitzgerald  

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Reader: the elderly and mentally ill don’t mix

Neal A. Haight writes: “Not that my opinion carries any weight, but I think it’s plain nuts to put the mentally ill under the same roof as the elderly. “As you know, I live at the Motel 6 here in Tracy. I’ve been here since September 27, 2016, and can tell you that people under [...]

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