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Stockton, CA, United States

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Past articles by Roger:

Hometown connection a bright spot for basic trainee who lost his leg and nearly his life to flesh-eating bacteria

John Fergason has worked as a prosthetist at the elite Center for the Intrepid rehabilitation center for nearly 15 years, and one of the first questions → Read More

Inland California Rising summit focuses on closing divide between haves, have-lesses

STOCKTON — Ashley Swearengin, the former mayor of Fresno, says it was Gov. Gavin Newsom who first pointed out that the divide in California is → Read More

Pacific marchers join young people around the world in Global Climate Strike

STOCKTON — University of the Pacific student Christina Bouri says she has been aware of climate change for as long as she can remember, but it was while spending a year studying abroad in Jordan that she made the transition from concerned citizen to activist. The extreme poverty she saw in Jordan made her realize that to be poor is to be at a huge disadvantage when it comes to following… → Read More

Ex-City Manager Kurt Wilson sues city over firing

STOCKTON — Former City Manager Kurt Wilson, fired in July, sued the city of Stockton on Friday, alleging breach of contract and violations of → Read More

Clearing the smoke on vaping: SJ vape shop owner speaks out about health, anti-smoking benefits of e-cigarettes

STOCKTON — Amid a rising tide of bad publicity about e-cigarettes — locally, nationally and internationally — James Wilson, → Read More

Heartbreaking stories of homelessness as crisis worsens

STOCKTON — During a City Council meeting devoted to homelessness, the CEO of the 32-year-old Stockton Shelter for the Homeless put the ever- → Read More

As crisis mounts, Stockton, SJ events turn focus on homelessness

STOCKTON — With new encampments seeming to pop up daily and with the number of unsheltered people steadily increasing, homelessness will be → Read More

Top state adviser outlines children’s advocacy plans during Beyond Our Gates Literacy Dialogue

STOCKTON — Jamie Baiocchi told a story Friday morning of a family that received incalculable benefits from the Read To Me Stockton! program spearheaded by former Mayor Ann Johnston.Baiocchi recalled the story of a 19-month-old girl whose mother enrolled her in Read To Me Stockton! The mother told her the program had been crucial to her family.“The first thing she actually said was that without… → Read More

Could e-cigarette sales in SJ end?

STOCKTON — District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar says she is planning to bring forward a proposed ordinance, modeled after San Francisco → Read More

Trump push for crackdown on homeless camps? SJ leaders skeptical

STOCKTON — Supervisor Kathy Miller, one of the leaders in San Joaquin County’s efforts to reduce homelessness, expressed skepticism Tuesday about a published report that President Donald Trump is ready to order “a sweeping crackdown on homelessness in California.”According to sources quoted by the Washington Post, Trump administration officials have discussed removing homeless people from the… → Read More

SJ supervisors to weigh $67.5K settlement with Stockton Black Lives Matter

STOCKTON — San Joaquin County Supervisors on Tuesday will consider approving a $67,500 settlement with the Stockton chapter of Black Lives Matter, resolving a lawsuit centered on two instances when members say they were discriminated against by sheriff’s deputies assigned to the courthouse in 2017 and 2018. According to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of… → Read More

Stocktonians encouraged to speak up on affordable housing

STOCKTON — At first glance, south Stockton resident Luz Ochoa would seem to have her life under control.Ochoa, 32, bought her house six → Read More

Former Fire Chief Gary Gillis remembered for lifetime of service

STOCKTON — In the midst of a lifetime of service, Gary Gillis’ most challenging moments came on the playground at Cleveland → Read More

Horrific boat fire claims 5 members of same Stockton family

STOCKTON — Five members of the same Stockton family were among those who died in a horrific diving-boat fire early Monday morning off the → Read More

5 members of Stockton family on birthday trip lost in horrific boat fire

STOCKTON — News that five members of the same close-knit Stockton family died in a horrific diving-boat fire early Monday morning off the Southern California coast has sent shockwaves through relatives, a medical institution and two school districts in the city. Stockton resident Julissa Garcia said Tuesday that three of her cousins and the cousins’ father and stepmother were on the boat and are… → Read More

Fresh hope for long-abandoned University Park grocery site

STOCKTON — Ten years and four months ago, Grupe Co. announced that a 14,000-square-foot market would soon open on the northwest side of → Read More

Therapist says she will seek Jesus Andrade’s council seat

STOCKTON — Friday mornings are reserved for “Coffee with Kimberly” at the downtown storefront headquarters of Stockton licensed → Read More

Stockton astronaut Jose Hernandez reflects on his trip to the stars 10 years ago

STOCKTON — Jose Hernandez’s voice still carries a note of awe at what he accomplished 10 years ago this week.Forever, he will bring → Read More

Tubbs appointed to California Victim Compensation Board

STOCKTON — Gov. Gavin Newsom’ office has announced that Mayor Michael Tubbs has been appointed to the California Victim Compensation Board, the latest connection between the governor and Stockton’s mayor.In 2018 as Governor-elect, Newsom appointed Tubbs to his transition team. In January, Newsom included $2 million in the state budget to study establishing a California State University campus in… → Read More

County to Sheriff: Provide security at meetings

STOCKTON — The Board of Supervisors ordered the Sheriff’s Office today to provide security at its public meetings.The order came five days after Sheriff Pat Withrow announced that staffing shortages resulting from deputies leaving for better-paying jobs at other law-enforcement agencies had forced him to reassign two deputies who had provided security at the County Administration… → Read More