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Will housing succeed in Downtown Stockton? It’s working in Fresno

  Fresno, for all intents and purposes, is a larger version of Stockton. Similar socioeconomic challenges, climate, and cost of living. The same can be said of both city’s downtowns. Both feature rich architectural history, but have been besieged by empty buildings and blight. Given these similarities, Stockton compares much more closely to Fresno than […]

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Downtown Stockton does not have a shortage of parking

A lot has changed in the two years since I moved back to work in Downtown Stockton, almost all of it for the better. But one thing that has not changed (and I fear may never change) is one particular item: the debate about parking. It seems you can’t get two sentences in to a […]

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Stockton’s bike plan update is underway, have you participated?

Anyone who has ever ridden a bike in Stockton knows this sad fact: this is not a cycling town. There’s no infrastructure in place. Almost no bike lanes or bike routes, and the ones that do exist are laughably placed on streets where no one in their right mind should be cycling (who would ever […]

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Let’s stop comparing Stockton to Lathrop, Manteca, or Tracy

Last week, the City Council passed the “Stockton Economic Stimulus Plan,” reducing Public Facility Fees for homebuilders throughout the city. Depending on your point of view, this temporary reduction is either a job creator that will jump start the city’s stagnant construction sector, or a giveaway to single family home builders who will surely only […]

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Stockton City Council approves building fee reduction

Earlier this week, developer interests proved once again that they still wield influence with the Stockton City Council. For months, council members have debated different proposals to reduce permit fees to spur home-building. The process has involved numerous meetings and at least two comprehensive reports by city staff on differing versions of the officially titled […]

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Debate on homebuilder fees nearing finish line

Reducing developer fees was the main issue debated during the Nov. 3 Stockton City Council meeting, at least the third time the issue has been discussed in earnest. When the marathon session ended after several hours, the consensus was that more analysis was necessary before action could be taken. Despite the glacial pace, the delay […]

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UOP lays out economic trends in Stockton and San Joaquin

Last week, I had the honor of speaking at the University of the Pacific’s Center for Business and Policy Research’s 2015 State of the Northern San Joaquin Valley conference. Myself and a group of panelists discussed downtown revitalization in the region, with specific attention given to Downtown Stockton. But the real highlight of the conference […]

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“Stockton Economic Stimulus” for homebuilders gaining steam

A proposal crafted by developers to reduce fees that pay for vital city infrastructure took another step toward passage following a special study session of the Stockton City Council on Oct. 13. The plan was written by the Building Industry Association (BIA), which represents the interests of Central Valley builders. If approved by the council […]

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General Plan update coming, but will it hit right notes?

Since a 2008 settlement with the state attorney general’s office, Stockton has been under a legal mandate to update its General Plan to reduce sprawl and develop the city’s core. So far, that effort has been strangled by bureaucracy or stalled in the name of sorting out the city’s bankruptcy. But according to a pair […]

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Council shelves fee reduction for single-family homes

Those calling for caution in regards to Stockton’s growth and future finances won a measured but meaningful victory Tuesday, Aug. 18, at City Hall. The City Council decided to conduct further study regarding the “Stockton Economic Stimulus Plan” proposed by Mayor Anthony Silva after hearing from several individuals and organizations. (Full disclosure: I was one […]

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