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Local guy’s scoop on Tesla problems

The L.A. Times reported yesterday“Tesla’s service centers are dealing with Model 3 quality problems that result partly from the ill-conceived automation effort.” So I contacted Richard Harty, the Stockton Tesla owner who gave me a memorable ride in his Model 3 and asked if all was well. “I’m doing well and really enjoying driving my Model 3. [...]

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Finding syringes on his walk

Robert J. Perasso writes: “During the last ten years I have almost daily walked from my home, north on Quail Lakes Drive, taking a left behind El Torito, and walked to the In Shape Health Club for my workout. Within the last few years I have been physically threatened by an individual, witnessed people urinating [...]

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What got lost in the Coroner controversy

Reacting to the high-profile resignations of two county pathologists, and their startling allegations that Sheriff Steve Moore interfered with their work, County Supes voted unanimously this week to sever the Coroner’s Office from the Sheriff and put it under the supervision of an independent, medically qualified Medical Examiner. Well and good. What got lost in [...]

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Figting skeeters in Guatemala

From time to time, the U.S. Navy sends a blurb about a Stocktonian serving in the Navy. Here’s the latest. “PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala – Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Rick Ware, from Stockton, California, assigned to the Preventive Medicine team, displays a mosquito breeder containing mosquito larvae collected at the Izabal Sports Complex medical site in [...]

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From ValuJet to Allegiant

A caller says: “You didn’t mention in here that Maury Gallagher, the guy who is the founder of Allegiant, was the founder of ValuJet … ValuJet had the aircraft—and I believe it was an MD-80 (no, it was a used DC9–MF) that loaded active oxygen making machines … in the cargo hold, and the airplane [...]

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Consultant: Coroner’s Office must change

A consultant hired after the high-profile resignations of San Joaquin County Dr. Bennet Omalu and a colleague, who alleged interference form Sheriff Steve Moore — including on cases of officer-involved deaths — recommends making the Coroner’s Office independent and letting medical professionals run the show. Money graf: “The San Joaquin County Coroner’s Office must adapt [...]

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From homeless czar to rock guitar

Today’s column about new chief of county homeless initiatives, Adam Chesire, mentions that he’s in a rock band, Code Blues. Here they are. “About the band,” writes Jim Cheshire, Adam Cheshire’s dad, “10 years ago I got together with two of my fellow RN’s working in the ICU at Kaiser in South Sac to play [...]

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When radio was “spontaneous and varied”

Thom. H. Magnuson, responding to the eulogy for deejay John Mack Flanagan, writes: “I am often asked  what was it like to be a “Disc Jockey” back in the sixties and seventies? Usually I respond with kind of a snarky look on my face and allude to the availability of feminine companionship as being the [...]

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The Valley’s on the map for Villaraigosa

The good news is that gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa continues to give the Valley serious attention. “Villaraigosa will be in Modesto later this month for a fundraiser hosted by almond growers, one of dozens of trips he has made as a candidate to the Other California,” writes CalMatters. The bad news is he’s favoring the Big [...]

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Bee: Dino Cortopassi was right

Voters should have passed the wealthy Stockton farmer’s Proposition 53 – the No Blank Checks initiative, the Modesto Bee writes. It would have given voters a say on capital projects over $2 billion such as the twin tunnels project. Precisely what Gov. Brown and other proponents wanted to avoid. I gave Cortopassi’s idea a generally [...]

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