Boys and Girls Club Executive Director to Challenge Stockton’s Mayor
STOCKTON — “I am standing before you tonight to officially announce my intentions to become the next mayor of the City of Stockton,” said CEO and president of the Boys and Girls Cub, Anthony Silva, as he stood before an audience of more than 200 at Variety`s Banquet Hall on Wednesday, February 29th .
Silva is a former Stockton Parks and Recreations commissioner and a former Stockton Unified School District (SUSD) board president. He currently serves on the board of directors for Silver Lake Camp and the Miss San Joaquin County scholarship program. Additionally,
“I am not afraid to make tough and right decisions, to take on gangs, to address the homeless situation or to challenge special interest groups,” expressed Silva. “I am especially not afraid to roll up my sleeves and work to clean up the city by taking it back one street at a time.”
In addition to his anti-crime agenda and the City’s budget, Silva explained that one of his priorities is creating jobs. “I will implement an aggressive plan to market our city in good light and help bring new industries and new opportunities to Stockton.”
“If elected Mayor, I will not take the 80,000 per year stipend until the city can get approved a balanced budget,” declared Silva in his speech. Silva acknowledged that Stockton is in one of the worst economic periods in our history, with record-breaking crime statistics: “it is not what I want people to think of when they think about our city.”
“Imagine a city with enough jobs for graduates, where people walk the streets without the fear to of crime, a city where we don’t close public libraries and community centers,” said Silva as she shared his future vision of Stockton to the audience.
Thus far four others have expressed interest in running against Mayor Ann Johnston; those interested to lead Stockton’s City Council are: Bar Owner Jimmie Rishwain, Auto Dealer Anthony Stevens, Plant Maintenance Supervisor James Butler, and former council member Ralph Lee White.
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.
By Mayra Barrios
The San Joaquin County Commission on the Status of Women created the Susan B. Anthony Women Awards 36 years ago to honor women’s achievements.
Among the recipients of the 2012 award is Dr. Sylvia Ulmer, Director of Elementary Education at Stockton Unified School District (SUSD). Born in El Salvador, Ulmer came to the United State at the age16 years old and worked alongside her family, harvesting the crops of the region. Continue reading
STOCKTON, CA – After fifteen years, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) once again visited Stockton to provide recommendations for the city to revitalize its downtown.
Nine panelists spent the week of February 9, 2012 analyzing the city, conducting over one hundred individual interviews to frame a report that was recently presented to the city’s residents.
Kaiser Permanente employees and union leaders circled outside the Kaiser facilities in Stockton on Tuesday, January 31st as part as a one-day strike throughout Northern California, battling over contract negotiations with Kaiser.
Stockton, CA- Stockton’s City Council met on Tuesday, January 31st in a study session of the Marshall Plan — a plan to combat the city`s escalating crime.
On Tuesday, January 24 RTD released a new “Safe Place” campaign — a national youth outreach program which provides immediate help for all young people in crisis through a network of Safe Place locations like schools, fire stations, grocery stores and public transit centers.
By Mayra Barrios
(bw) STOCKTON, CA – The San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SJCHCC), in partnership with the University of the Pacific and other community organizations, hosted the 9th Annual Student Financial Aid and College Awareness Workshop during the morning of Sunday, January 29th at the A.G. Spanos Hall at University of the Pacific in Stockton.
(Stockton, CA) – City Manager Bob Deis has announced the selection of Eric Jones as the next Stockton Police Chief. Jones, 40, is a 19-year veteran of the Stockton Police Department, and currently serves as second in command, Assistant Police Chief.
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By Mayra Barrios
(bw) STOCKTON, CA – Carrying forward the vision of Martin Luther King`s dream, diverse members of the community and outreach agencies came together to improve Stockton, gathering in the Gymnasium of St. Mary of the Assumption Church on Saturday, January 14th.
STOCKTON, CA — Monday, January 23, 2012, a public meeting will be held to learn about the South Stockton Sidewalks Improvement Project. The meeting, sponsored by the San Joaquin County Department of Public Works, will be held from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Kennedy Community Center, 2800 South D Street, Stockton.
SACRAMENTO CA —As of the 1st of January, hundreds of new laws were enacted. Among the new laws are some that directly affect the daily lives of immigrant workers. Some of the laws favor those persons who are not here legally. “We are human being[s] and most of us believe in God; He gave us a common dignity as He did not provide political or borders laws,” noted Dean McFalls, Saint Mary’s Church Priest, as he believes the updates to the California Law are needed.