By Gaylord Garcia
On Friday, February 17, 2012, the Stockton Record reported that the city of Stockton plans to cut its downtown housing goal by 90%. The goal was set in a 2009 project to combat climate change, and envisioned creating 3,000 new residences—that goal has been cut to 300. Also mentioned in the article was a panel discussion following a visit to Stockton by the Urban Land Institute. This was the Urban Land Institute’s second visit, the first of which took place in 1997. As an audience member, it was disheartening to hear the panelists’ statements that their current suggestions had been mentioned in the 1997 report, and the implementation of those suggestions is still necessary to revitalizing our downtown. Continue reading
TRACY, CA — Tom Benigno, longtime Tracy farmer and entrepreneur, vies for termed-out Leroy Ornellas’s seat, the 5th District of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors. Continue reading
Stockton, CA- Surrounded by supporters, Michael Tubbs announced his candidacy for Stockton City Council district 6 —a seat presently held by Dale Fritchen. His announcement at Van Buskirk Community Center included spoken word poetry by With Our Words, Inc. and music by local bands Tipping Point and Sugar Water Purple.
In an e-mail to the Stanford Daily, Tubbs revealed that his speech was designed to express, “the long road to victory we have in battling: poverty, crime, hopelessness and a political power system.”
Additionally, he emphasized the importance of education, stating: “I will work to advance education… so, I can help Sara Cazares and the school board to make sure the schools are educating our kids,” said Tubbs while looking toward Sara Cazares, President of the Board at Stockton Unified School District, who made a return appearance for Tubbs’ announcement following weeks in the hospital due to a stroke and aneurism.
Tubbs’ story one of triumph as he is a, “son of an incarcerated father and a teenage mother.” A product of Stockton Schools —he is a Franklin High school graduate—Tubbs received a full-ride scholarship to Stanford University. Tubbs is poised to graduate from Stanford with honors on his bachelor’s degree and a master’s in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies in May.
In his speech, Tubbs referenced his experience working in the White House, helping craft the Obama administration’s strategy for engaging with mayors and city councils nationwide as part of the Bing Stanford Program in Washington D.C. Furthermore, he co-founded the Summer Success and Leadership Academy at the University of the Pacific and currently serves as the founder and executive director of The Phoenix Scholars, a state-wide non-profit, which to date has helped over 300 high school students apply and matriculate into college.
Stockton, Ca – After fifteen years, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) once again visited Stockton to provide recommendations for the city to revitalize its downtown. Continue reading
Stockton, CA — Catholic Charities held a Citizenship Services Workshop in their office located at 1106 N El Dorado St, Stockton, on Wednesday, February 22, to assist residents with their citizenship application. The goal of the workshop was to increase the number of Latino voters. Continue reading
Homeowners with Government-Sponsored Mortgages not eligible to Reduce Homeowners Negative Equity – yet.
WASHINGTON, D. C. – Earlier this month, a $25 billion settlement was announced for 49 states to help former and current homeowners who have struggled in the wake of the foreclosure crisis, including California. Although five major banks—Bank of America, Wells Fargo, J.P. Morgan Chase, Ally Financial, and Citigroup—are participating in the settlement, homeowners with loans secured by Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) are not eligible for that assistance. The GSEs, including Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, own or secure approximately 60 percent of the mortgages in the country.
Editor’s Note: Why is the price of gas spiking? While Republican candidates blame President Obama, energy experts point to global market forces at work—the complications of supply and demand. To get the inside story, New America Media’s Ngoc Nguyen interviewed David Hackett, president of Stillwater Associates, an energy consulting firm specializing in the transportation-fuels market, based in Irvine, Calif. Following are excerpts from her interview.