The New City Hall: Stockton’s First Post-Bankruptcy Boondoggle

Cost overruns on Stockton’s new City Hall are entering boondoggle territory, all the more vexing because city leaders made the same costly mistake before. Of course, the city has also suffered pandemic inflation. But that doesn’t fully explain how buying and renovating the Waterfront Towers at 501 and 509 W. Weber Ave. for around $25…

Incompetence or corruption at Stockton Unified; It’s got to be one or the other

Ruinous financial decisions by sketchy school officials are steering Stockton’s largest school district towards insolvency, the San Joaquin County Grand Jury reported last week. Here’s what the Grand Jury did not say: many actions by leaders in Stockton Unified School District raise suspicions of corruption. It is no secret the FBI is investigating. “With deficits…

Lost Isle and the importance of fun (also of putting fires out)

Lost Isle, once the Delta’s most popular party resort, suffered major damage from fire last week, in part because curiously passive firefighters stood by and let it burn. This is not a Lost Isle eulogy, however. If it were I’d mumble a few words and be done with Lost Isle, which closed for upgrades in…