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April 1, 2013 | By Diana Marcum
STOCKTON -- A federal judge ruled Monday that Stockton is eligible for bankruptcy protection, over the objection of creditors who argued the city could come up with more money.  U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein said Stockton can move forward with a plan to reorganize debt. He twice stated that the creditors had acted in bad faith and had refused to pay their share of the costs for negotiations. "The creditors got a big black eye today," said Karol Denniston, an attorney who helped draft the legislation that guided Stockton's mandated mediation before filing for bankruptcy protection.
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BUSINESS
March 6, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google's mysterious barge has set sail for a new mooring on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River delta. Richard Aschieris, the director of the Port of Stockton, confirmed a  report by CNet that the Google barge was headed for his city after being ordered to leave San Francisco. "We've reached an agreement for them to dock at the Port of Stockton," he told the Stockton Record. "I'm absolutely delighted to have this agreement. " Under the agreement, the port would house the Google barge for six months while it completes construction.
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OPINION
June 28, 2012
Let's please resist the temptation to feel smug about Stockton. California's great inland river-port city and Central Valley agricultural hub filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection Wednesday after a series of bad bets and a run of bad luck. No doubt observers in other cities and states, and from various spots in the political spectrum, will be ready with pointing fingers and easy ideologically-based explanations: It was greedy public workers and their unions who brought us to this point.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2014 | By Hugh Hart
Growing up in a working-class London suburb beset by dull classes and endless winters, Dean Stockton often escaped into a dream vision of California fueled in equal measure by "Back to the Future" and the skateboard bible Thrasher magazine. "When I was 12 or 13," he recalls, "I watched this guy in 'Back to the Future' holding onto the back of a car skateboarding down beautiful-looking streets in the sunshine and I was like: 'That's where I need to be!'" Decades later, Stockton, who signs his work as "D*Face," finally made it to Southern California, bringing with him a cheeky anything-is-fair-game aesthetic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | By Diana Marcum
The city of Stockton's impending bankruptcy case sets up a battle over employee pensions. A federal judge ruled Monday that Stockton was eligible for bankruptcy protection , rebutting Wall Street creditors who claimed the city was not. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein found that Stockton can move forward with a plan to reorganize its debt. The city's creditors, he said, had acted in bad faith by refusing to negotiate. "The creditors got a big black eye today," said Karol Denniston, an attorney who helped draft the legislation that guided Stockton's mandated mediation before filing for Chapter 9 protection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2013 | By Diana Marcum
A federal judge ruled Monday that Stockton is eligible for bankruptcy protection, despite the objection of creditors who argued the city could come up with more money.  Stockton is the biggest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy.   When it filed last June, Mayor Ann Johnston said there were no  alternatives. "We are extremely disappointed that we have been unable to avoid bankruptcy," Johnston said in a statement at the time. "This is what we must do to get our fiscal house in order and protect the safety and welfare of our citizens.
OPINION
April 11, 2013 | By Nicole Gelinas
After a federal judge ruled last week that the city of Stockton can reduce its debt through bankruptcy, observers began to frame the battle as one of municipal bondholders against public employees. But it's hard to shed tears for either of them. During the boom years, Stockton promised its future public-sector retirees free lifetime medical coverage. It also adopted rules allowing workers to spike their pensions by letting them include overtime and other payments from their final work year to calculate retirement pay. The city also issued far too many bonds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2013 | Fox 40 Sacramento
The release of the new Air Jordans tennis shoes - the 11 Gamma Blues - sparked a violent skirmish over the weekend at a mall in Stockton. Video footage from the melee has gone viral on social media, showing thrown punches, tackles and mayhem. The fights broke out at the Finish Line shoe store in Stockton's Weberstown Mall, where people were lined up to get a pair.  “A new shoe was coming, so it was a big line. Lots of people,” said M.D. Ahmed, who works at a kiosk outside of the store.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 | From Fox 40 Sacramento
A woman was mauled and killed by a pit bull Thursday night in Stockton. The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office got a call about the dog attacking the woman around 8 p.m. on North Lillian Avenue near East Fremont Street. They found the woman unresponsive in the driveway and said she had wounds on her body consistent with that of a dog attack. San Joaquin County investigators are still trying to determine who the victim is and whether she lived at the residence where they found her. Sgt. Tom Rees  told the Record in Stockton that there was "a lot of blood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A man and his son have been arrested after allegedly kidnapping his ex-wife and forcing her to undergo an exorcism in Stockton. Jose Magana-Farias, 42 and his son, Victor Farias, 20, arranged to meet with his ex-wife and mother of the son at a Wal-Mart in north Stockton on Saturday under the pretense of trying to make the marriage work, San Joaquin sheriff's Lt. Mike Jones told KCRA-TV. But after getting into the car, the men allegedly picked up two priests before forcing the woman to undergo an exorcism, Jones said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - A court overseer has halted inmate patient admissions at California's newest prison amid reports that the sprawling medical facility is beset by problems, including the unanswered calls of a dying patient. After meeting last week with corrections officials, Clark Kelso, the court-appointed medical receiver, ordered admissions stopped at the 6-month-old California Health Care Facility in Stockton and the opening of an adjacent 1,133-bed prison facility put on hold. In a report to federal courts Friday, Kelso said the prison's inability to provide adequate medical and hygiene supplies and unsanitary conditions "likely contributed to an outbreak of scabies.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
If there was a winner among the piles of gifts given to children this Christmas, Barbie certainly wasn't it. The fashion doll - possibly the best-known player in Mattel Inc.'s stable of products - endured a 13% sales slide during the company's fourth quarter. "We just didn't sell enough Barbie dolls," Mattel Chief Executive Bryan G. Stockton said Friday in a conference call with analysts. Several other brands from the El Segundo toy maker also fared poorly. Fisher-Price, whose lineup focuses on infants and young children, also suffered a 13% revenue plunge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | By Diana Marcum
FRESNO - On bad-air days here in the Central Valley, school officials hoist red flags to warn parents and pupils that being outside is officially deemed “unhealthful for all groups.” This winter, though, the most polluted on record, schools have not only raised red flags. On several days, they have had to send out notices saying the red flags should really be purple - indicating “very unhealthful” air - if only they had them. But such warnings have been be so rare that schools don't even have the flags designating the most extreme conditions.
NEWS
January 6, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly, in a video released Monday to introduce his campaign manager, blames Gov. Jerry Brown's prison policy for the rape and murder of a 76-year-old woman in Stockton, and argues that the governor's attempts to reduce prison crowding amounted to a true “war on women.” “I believe in women, I don't believe in early release for criminals who prey on women,” Donnelly says in the two-and-a-half-minute video....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2013 | Fox 40 Sacramento
The release of the new Air Jordans tennis shoes - the 11 Gamma Blues - sparked a violent skirmish over the weekend at a mall in Stockton. Video footage from the melee has gone viral on social media, showing thrown punches, tackles and mayhem. The fights broke out at the Finish Line shoe store in Stockton's Weberstown Mall, where people were lined up to get a pair.  “A new shoe was coming, so it was a big line. Lots of people,” said M.D. Ahmed, who works at a kiosk outside of the store.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A man and his son have been arrested after allegedly kidnapping his ex-wife and forcing her to undergo an exorcism in Stockton. Jose Magana-Farias, 42 and his son, Victor Farias, 20, arranged to meet with his ex-wife and mother of the son at a Wal-Mart in north Stockton on Saturday under the pretense of trying to make the marriage work, San Joaquin sheriff's Lt. Mike Jones told KCRA-TV. But after getting into the car, the men allegedly picked up two priests before forcing the woman to undergo an exorcism, Jones said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2013 | By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
FRESNO - A federal judge ruled Monday that Stockton was eligible for bankruptcy protection - rebutting Wall Street creditors who claimed the city wasn't really broke and setting up a battle over employee pensions. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein found that Stockton can move forward with a plan to reorganize its debt. The city's creditors, he said, had acted in bad faith by refusing to negotiate. "The creditors got a big black eye today," said Karol Denniston, an attorney who helped draft the legislation that guided Stockton's mandated mediation before filing for Chapter 9 protection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1989
The appalling crime that transformed a Stockton elementary-school playground into a slaughterhouse on Tuesday evokes horror at its purposelessness, grief for its young victims, outrage over how easily a killer came by the weapon that he would use to murder five children and wound 30 others. Last Aug.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
A 6-year-old discovered family members slain inside their Stockton home late Friday, police said. San Joaquin County sheriff's detectives told Fox 40 two men entered the home on South Laurel Street and opened fire. Three members of a family was found dead at the scene. Two others were  wounded. Neighbors say they are in stable condition. Neighbors say that boy ran outside knocking on doors until someone came out to help him. The Stockton Record reported that the boy was taken into protective custody and that detectives were still trying to determine a motive for the slayings.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Residents of Stockton approved a sales-tax increase that officials say will help the city emerge from bankruptcy. The city of about 300,000 filed for Chapter 9 protection in July 2012, at the time the largest U.S. city to do so. Stockton was later surpassed by Detroit, which filed bankruptcy in July. Voters on Tuesday agreed to raise the sales tax in the city by 3/4 of a percent, to 9%. The tax hike, which will take effect April 1, is expected to raise about $280 million in 10 years.
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