Stockton, California


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Archived from the original on September 11, Formerly known as Ruff and Ready Island Naval Supply Depot , the island's facilities had served as a major communications outpost for submarine activities in the Pacific during the Cold War. Stockton also has several softball leagues including Stockton Girls Softball Association, and Port City Softball League, each having several hundred members. July 23, [4]. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Stockton is a city in and the county seat of San Joaquin County in the Central Valley of the U.S. state of California. Stockton was founded by Captain Charles Maria Weber in after he acquired Rancho Campo de los Franceses.

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Please note that defamatory statements might be against the law. As soon as you visit any website, your IP address is available to that site. In the city, the population was spread out with The median age was 30 years. Due to a number of socio-economic problems, Stockton has been subject to a series of negative national rankings:. According to the city's comprehensive annual financial report, [67] the top employers in the city were a:. Bob Hope often came to Stockton to visit close friend and billionaire tycoon Alex Spanos , who donated much of the money to revitalize the theater after Hope's death.

Founded in , the Stockton Civic Theatre offers an annual series of musicals, comedies and dramas. It maintains a seat theater in the Venetian Bridges neighborhood. The company also hosts the annual Willie awards for the local performing arts. It also hosts temporary touring exhibitions and owns important works by late 19th and early 20th century artists.

Notable among them are paintings by Albert Bierstadt , whose interpretations of the natural grandeur of the Sierra Nevada , Yosemite Valley , and other California landscapes are internationally renowned. The Stockton Arts Commission, an advisory body to the City Council, oversees a city endowment fund that provides grants to local artists and arts and cultural organizations. It sponsors the annual arts awards. The commission also serves as an advocate and information clearinghouse for the arts and cultural community.

Stockton has over restaurants ranging in variety reflective to the population demographics. Cantonese restaurant On Lock Sam still exists and dates back to The city of Stockton has two shopping malls , located adjacent to each other: Weberstown Mall and Sherwood Mall.

Stockton is home to three minor league franchises:. The Ports played their home games at Billy Hebert Field from Stockton has minor league baseball dating back to The Ports had the best win-loss percentage in all Minor League Baseball in the s. The Stockton 99 Speedway opened in and is a quarter mile oval paved track with grandstands that can accommodate 5, spectators.

Stockton's designation for Little League Baseball is District 8, which has 12 leagues of teams within the city. Stockton also has several softball leagues including Stockton Girls Softball Association, and Port City Softball League, each having several hundred members. Teams from throughout Northern California compete in this Olympic sport which is also the oldest collegiate sport in the United States.

Stockton hosts a wide variety of sports events every year: Stockton is one of a handful of cities that lays claim to being the inspiration for Casey at the Bat.

The City of Stockton has a small children's amusement park, Pixie Woods. Pixie Woods opened in and has since received more than one million visitors. On November 8, , Michael D. Tubbs was elected mayor. Tubbs, 26, is the first African-American mayor of Stockton. Mayor Tubbs took office January 1, He is the youngest mayor of a U.

The City Council consists of the following members as of January 1, The current form of government is a city manager council: Stockton is also part of San Joaquin County , for which the government of San Joaquin County is defined and authorized under the California Constitution and law as a general law county. The county government provides countywide services such as elections and voter registration, law enforcement, jails, vital records, property records, tax collection, public health, and social services.

The county government is primarily composed of the elected five-member Board of Supervisors and other elected offices including the Sheriff , District Attorney , and Assessor , and numerous county departments and entities under the supervision of the County Administrator. The Stockton Police Department was founded on August 14, The first chief of police was City Marshal W. The city marshal was authorized to hire no more than 20 men as day and night policemen. He was required to structure his department with a police captain, an assistant captain and two sergeants.

The first station house was located on the corner of Center Street and Market Street. In February , the city council created the position of Chief of Police. On May 6, , George E. Taber was elected the first Chief of Police for the city of Stockton. In Stockton police officers were required to wear blue uniforms and a six-point star badge. In October a new uniform was decided upon by the chief. The San Francisco style star was chosen as the badge and was made of silver.

By the department had grown to 18 members, which included the chief, officers and clerks. The population was around 25, and the police department handled about cases per year. In the chief required all police officers to appear for a day of field efficiency testing; this included each officer running yards and a yard revolver practice. Stockton has a reputation being a dangerous place to live.

In , the City of Stockton was the 10th [64] most dangerous city in America, reporting 1, violent crimes per , persons, well above the national average, and 22 murders per , above the average of 4. Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones credited 's drop in the murder rate to Operation Ceasefire , a gun violence intervention strategy pioneered in Boston and implemented in Stockton in , [96] combined with a federal gun and narcotics operation.

Later that day, Patrick Purdy, who was later found to be mentally ill, opened fire on the school's playground with a semi-automatic rifle, killing five children, all Cambodian or Vietnamese refugees, and wounding 29 others, and a teacher, before taking his own life. The Cleveland Elementary School shooting received national news coverage and is sometimes referred to as the Cleveland School massacre.

Then-Mayor Barbara Fass' subsequent work on gun control received national attention and sparked nationwide efforts that sought to ban semi-automatic rifles like the one used in the shooting. In , all 13 of the city's stations met the National Fire Protection Association standard of a 5-minute response time. As of [update] , the department consists of 12 firehouses that house 12 Engine Companies and three Truck Companies.

In the Fire Department responded to over 40, emergency calls for service, including more than working structure fires. The department is one of the busiest in the United States. According to the city's most recent [ when? Deis had a difficult time while City Manager. He called the last three years and four months an "interesting ride," [] making unpopular decisions but was praised by some critics. Stockton is part of four public school districts: There are more than 40 private elementary and secondary schools, including Saint Mary's High School.

The university is the only private school in the United States with less than 10, students enrolled that offers eight different professional schools. It also offers a large number of degree programs relative to its student population. The Tigers have played their home games at the Alex G. Spanos Center since , prior to that playing at the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium since The campus has been used in the filming of a number of Hollywood films see below , partly due to its likeness to East Coast Ivy League universities.

Due to its location at the "crossroads" of the Central Valley and a relatively extensive highway system, Stockton is easily accessible from virtually anywhere in California. Interstate 5 and State Route 99 , California's major north-south thoroughfares, pass through the city limits. The east-west highway State Route 4 also passes through the city, providing access to the San Francisco Bay Area as well as the Sierra Nevada and its foothills. Stockton is the western terminus of State Route 26 and State Route 88 , which extends to the Nevada border.

In addition, Stockton is within an hour of Interstate 80 , Interstate and Interstate Stockton is also connected to the rest of the nation through a network of railways. Union Pacific and BNSF Railway , the two largest railroad networks in North America both service Stockton and its port via connections with the Stockton Terminal and Eastern Railroad and Central California Traction Company , who provide local and interconnecting services between the various rail lines.

Stockton is served by Stockton Metropolitan Airport , located on county land just south of city limits. The airport has been designated a Foreign Trade Zone and is mainly used by manufacturing and agricultural companies for shipping purposes.

Since airline deregulation , passenger service has come and gone several times. Air service to Phoenix began in September However, the possibility of building this station is currently a continuing matter of negotiation between the airport and the customs service, and Aeromexico has indicated a continuing interest in eventually providing service.

Adjacent to the port is Rough and Ready Island , which served as a World War II —era naval supply base until it was decommissioned during the Base Realignment and Closure process in In addition, several radio stations from nearby San Francisco, Sacramento and Modesto are receivable in Stockton.

As part of the Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto television market, Stockton is primarily served by stations based in Sacramento, but may carry some San Francisco Bay area television stations' airwaves. These are listed below, with the city of license in bold:. A number of motion pictures have been filmed in Stockton. Some of the movies filmed in Stockton include:. Stockton received the All-America City award from the National Civic League in , , , and , a total of four times.

Stockton contains 49 city, state, and national historical landmarks , dating as far back as In February , and again in February , Stockton was named "America's Most Miserable City" by Forbes , reflecting the city's issues with commuting times, violent crime rates, income tax levels, and unemployment rates. Stockton had placed second in this listing in Stockton was home to the world's first radio disc jockey, Ray Newby.

In , at 16 years of age, Newby began regularly playing records on a small transmitter while a student at Herrold College of Engineering and Wireless, located in San Jose, California, under the authority of radio pioneer Charles "Doc" Herrold. We used popular records at that time, mainly Caruso records, because they were very good and loud; we needed a boost Most of our programming was records, I'll admit, but of course we gave out news as we could obtain it They are known to promote themselves using Stockton almost like N.

They also wear fight clothes with on them. They can be seen shouting "Stockton motherfucker" in numerous interviews and press conferences. Akiko Billings, a notable womens engineer and advocate born in Fiji, considers Stockton her American home.

Stockton has seven sister cities: In the City of Stockton released a nearly 1 billion dollar 5 year capital improvement plan. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. City in California, United States. All American City" [3]. This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. April Learn how and when to remove this template message.

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