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Book on Stockton government handed out in schools


STOCKTON - A 14-page booklet on how the government of Stockton functions is being distributed to schools in the Stockton Unified School District.

The author is Stockton Record columnist Michael Fitzgerald, who hopes to make Stockton young people more aware of how local government works and encourage better participation.

"We vote at a lower rate than the state average. Many don't have basic civic literacy. They don't know who their councilperson is, if they're doing a good job or bad job," Fitzgerald said.

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Eligible Customers Can Receive Grants of Up to $200 per Year to Offset Water Bills California Water Service Group's (NYSE: CWT) largest subsidiary, California Water Service Company (Cal Water), has launched a new grant program to assist customers facing unique hardships. Through the Cal Water Cares Grant Program, eligible customers can receive a grant of up to $200 to assist in paying their water utility bill. Customers may apply for a new grant once every 12 months.

The Cal Water Cares grant program is being funded by Cal Water's shareholders, who are contributing $100,000 to eligible customers in 2014. The program is administered by Dollar Energy Fund, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and one of the largest hardship funds in the United States. Cal Water will partner with local community-based organizations to assist customers in applying for grants.

Gun battle in flea market parking lot leads to man's death

A 22-year-old man died Sunday as a result of wounds he suffered during a gun battle in a Stockton flea market parking lot, Stockton police said.

The man's name has not been released.

Police said the man was walking through a flea market parking lot in the 2500 block of South El Dorado Street at about 2:47 p.m. when he made comments to three people walking in front of him. A Stockton police press release did not describe the nature of the comments.

The man then pulled out a gun and shot at the three people in front of him. One of the three people returned fire and shot the man, who later died at the hospital.

Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting, Stockton police said.

Victim found shot multiple times in Stockton

A 30-year-old man was in critical but stable condition after he was found shot multiple times Saturday night in Stockton, according to Stockton police.

The victim's name has not been released. Police said he was found at about 6:45 p.m. in the area of Glendora and Inglewood avenues, where there had been a report of a shooting.

The victim told police he had been walking in the area and heard gunshots but that he did not see who shot him. He was taken to a local hospital.

The shooting is under investigation.

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A Little Help From Our Friends

A Little Help From Our Friends


We all need a little help from our friends.  The arts are no exception.  The arts give us so much – ways to express ourselves, beauty, activities to enjoy.  It is time to give back to the arts.

How you can help –

Keep your eyes and ears open for the arts in Stockton and attend when you can. Stockton is full of art events every week.  Think Stockton first. Visitstockton.org has the best events calendar I know.  You can also read the Stockton Record and walk the Miracle Mile to see the latest event posters in store windows.  The arts need an audience of people, like you, to appreciate them and keep them strong. 

If you want to do more and have the time, volunteer.  Volunteers are always needed at art events because nothing happens alone.  More hands make lighter work.

2 shot, wounded after Stockton concert

Two people were shot and wounded after a concert at the Stockton Arena early Saturday morning. The shootings happened at different times and at different locations.

A 33-year-old woman was shot while walking to her vehicle around 1:15 a.m. on the 100 block of W. Fremont Street, Stockton police said. The woman heard several gunshots and realized she was hit. The woman was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound at the hospital.

When the shooting happened, several people ran from the area. Police said there was no witness or suspect information available.

15-year-old driver killed, passengers injured in Stockton crash

A 15-year-old teen was killed and several other passengers were injured in a solo-vehicle crash on N. Wilson Way near E. Alpine Avenue Friday morning.

A small, silver 1999 Ford was speeding in the number one lane on southbound Wilson when the driver lost control and veered to the right, traveling down an embankment and plowing into a 45 mph speed limit sign and a tree, according to California Highway Patrol Officer James Smith. The driver, later identified as Dylan James Chandler, died in the collision.

"I heard some tires screeching," witness Paul Salinas said. He was setting up at the flea market across the street and saw the crash. "I saw the car swerving to the right. I'm not sure if it was losing control or if it was burning out on purpose."

Dylan's cousin Tino Thurman spoke with the victim's girlfriend about the crash.