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Police use of force: the U.S. Supreme Court’s view

From the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, an interesting piece on police use of force. Of less interest than the legislation under discussion are the first principles of police use of force laid out in a Supreme Court case called Graham v. Connor. When instances of police use of force occur locally, a lot of people [...]

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A likable candidate’s not-so-near miss

San Joaquin County’s candidate for governor, Albert Mezzetti, a vigorous, 92-year-old rural Manteca Democrat and darkest-horse candidate  — well, he didn’t win. But Mezzetti did garner 7,179 votes. Mezzetti ran on an odd platform of gun rights, feminism and weaning youth from brain-frying marijuana. “Fortunately God has been good to me,” Mezzetti wrote me in [...]

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A Cambodian costumer’s gallery

Lon Chan, subject of today’s column, sends photos of his work as costumer of the Khmer Ballet of Stockton. I was struck by a couple things I learned. One, that Chan orders fabrics from craftspeople in Cambodia who still make the elaborate fabrics by hand loom as they have done for centuries, some virtually in [...]

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Bobby at the Mall

Maria Flumani writes: “Read the article with interest this morning. Robert Kennedy also visited the Weberstown Mall during this time and I was fortunate enough to see him in person with my very young daughters. “I remember having moved to California recently, not yet driving – walking to the Mall from our apartment to see [...]

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Captured nutria granted clemency

If, like me, you worry officials are moving too slowly on the nutria eradication — that super-destructive nutria are going to take over the Delta – this will not reassure you. It’s from a Department of Fish and Wildlife briefing (see bottom paragraph). “Nutria captured by Lathrop Animal Services on 4/9/18 (reported to CDFW on [...]

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Dewey defeats Truman

Intrepid journalist Motecuzoma Sanchez posted this on his 209 Times Facebook page last night: Minor problem: The board unanimously approved Deasy’s hire. The post was taken down and replaced by an accurate one — with no correction, of course.

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More doubts about Kids Club

Robert Burnside writes: “Re today’s column (“The Case of the Possibly Purloined Clubhouse”), the corporate status of Stockton Kids Club, Inc. has been suspended by the Franchise Tax Board. “See this link.” Then why is the Kids Club still doing business?

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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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