June 26, 2015


Political Briefs

Top stories

House Republicans revive California water wish list — House Republicans are swinging for the fences with an ambitious new, but familiar, California water bill introduced Thursday. After whiffing last Congress when Democrats controlled the Senate, GOP lawmakers are hoping the political climate is more congenial for their 170-page package that once again includes hot-button items like scaling back a San Joaquin River restoration program. McClatchy Newspapers article; Hanford Sentinel article

California vaccine bill clears Assembly — The state Assembly passed a closely watched bill Thursday compelling schoolchildren to be fully vaccinated, approving the measure on a 46-30 vote that blurred party lines. The legislation, which sparked furious protests from worried parents, heads next to the Senate for a vote on amendments taken in the Assembly before it can go to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. Sacramento Bee article; LA Times article; San Francisco Chronicle article; San Jose Mercury News article; AP article; New York Times article; ‘Q&A: What would proposed California vaccine law do?’ in LA Times; KQED report; KPCC report


State budget

No high-deductible CalPERS medical plan in California budget – A proposal to add a low-cost, high-deductible plan to the state’s menu of medical insurance options was left out of the budget that Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Wednesday, although it could resurface later. Sacramento Bee article

Hannah-Beth Jackson and Cristina Garcia: California makes progress on child care, but more to do — Even with this year’s additional money and record increases in Proposition 98 funding, the state will be offering 50,000 fewer child care slots than in 2008-09. Even before the recession hit, California had approximately 200,000 children on waiting lists. Now, that need is estimated at close to 300,000. Jackson/Garcia op-ed in Sacramento Bee


Valley politics

Grove takes stance against vaccination mandate – Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, spoke out Thursday against a proposed vaccination mandate on the floor of the California Assembly, citing respect for parental rights. Bakersfield Californian article
Statewide politics/Ballot Measures 

Proposed initiative would tax bottled water, label it ‘not drought friendly’ — A proposed new ballot measure in California would tax bottled water sales. If backers gather enough signatures to put the initiative on the ballot, voters would be asked to place a tax of 5 cents per ounce on bottled water sold in the state. The measure would also require bottled water to contain a label identifying the product as “not drought friendly.” KVPR report



Health coverage expanded to undocumented immigrants in 35 counties — A state panel expanded health care coverage Thursday for undocumented immigrants and other low-income residents of 35 rural counties. Sacramento Bee article


Other areas

Obamacare ruling hailed by California officials, consumer groups — California officials and consumer groups cheered the Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday to uphold Obamacare premium subsidies nationwide, and some health-law supporters chided justices for hearing the challenge in the first place. LA Times article; Sacramento Bee editorial: ‘From SCOTUS to Sacramento, health care wins’; Diane Dooley/Peter Lee op-ed in Sacramento Bee

Obamacare ruling lauded and criticized locally — Local health care providers generally breathed a sigh of relief after Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the nationwide availability of tax subsidies for consumers getting insurance on the federal health exchange. Bakersfield Californian article

Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling boosts hospitals, health insurers — Health insurers and hospitals welcomed Thursday’s Supreme Court decision upholding billions of dollars in Obamacare subsidies for U.S. consumers. LA Times article

Republicans noisily outraged – and quietly relieved – over court decision — Even as Republicans rose in a chorus of outrage Thursday over the Supreme Court’s refusal to gut the Affordable Care Act, party leaders were privately relieved. Republicans were spared the challenge of having to come up with a solution for the 6.4 million Americans — most of them in conservative states — who might have found their health insurance unaffordable had the court gone the other way. Washington Post article

CalChamber: Dangerous ‘job killer’ bills still alive at statehouse – With lawmakers in Sacramento entering the homestretch of the current legislative session, the California Chamber of Commerce is warning that nearly two dozen “job killer” bills continue to wend their way through the statehouse. The Business Journal article

Reporter sprayed with unknown chemical at anti-vaccination protest – A Sacramento radio reporter said she was sprayed in the face with an unknown chemical on Thursday as she covered the protest of a hotly contested vaccine bill in front of the state Capitol. LA Times article

Vaccine bill: Kids with existing personal belief exemptions could stay in school – for a time – SB277, the law passed by the Assembly today, contains language that would allow a certain amount of grandfathering for those who already have personal belief exemptions. KQED report

Dan Walters: Amnesty for California motorists merely a first step – If fines are meant to deter dangerous and unlawful conduct they should have the same relative impact on a rich driver as they do on a poor one. The newly adopted amnesty program takes that general approach, giving the poor bigger discounts on their overdue fines, and it should be at least on the table for the much-needed overhaul of the system. Without such reform, the huge backlog of unpaid fines that the amnesty addresses will just pop up again, and again. Walters column in Sacramento Bee

Leland Lee case: Lawyers seek another delay in racketeering trial — Lawyers for indicted state Sen. Leland Yee and three co-defendants are again urging a federal judge to delay a looming racketeering trial, arguing they need as much as another year to prepare a defense to the government’s mountain of evidence. San Jose Mercury News article

Joel Fox: Right and left squeeze tax reform idea — Like a vice pressuring from both sides, interests on the political right and left are trying to crush the idea of reforming the California tax code by taxing services. Fox in Fox & Hounds

White House boosts Ami Bera one more time over trade – Rep. Ami Bera, facing withering attacks from organized labor for his stance on a controversial trade deal, was lauded by the White House on Thursday. Capitol Alert

Univision cuts ties with Donald Trump, Miss USA pageant over Mexican remarks — Spanish-language media giant Univision is cutting business ties with Donald Trump, saying the real estate mogul made “insulting remarks” about Mexican immigrants when he announced that he was running for president. LA Times article 

Confederate flag sales increase in Valley stores amid national debate — While retail giants including Walmart, Amazon and eBay banned the sale of Confederate flags following the mass murder of black churchgoers in South Carolina, stores in the central San Joaquin Valley are selling out of such merchandise. Fresno Bee article


California Government Today:

Senate Daily File

Assembly Daily File

News Briefs

Top Stories 

Fresno council says ‘no’ to $1.3 million loan for Lowell housing project — A divided Fresno City Council has rejected a major effort by Mayor Ashley Swearengin to revitalize the Lowell Neighborhood near downtown. A council majority on Thursday said the proposed affordable housing project is too expensive. Fresno Bee article; George Hostetter blog in Fresno Bee

Census Bureau report shows California’s diversity – California not only has the highest population of any state, but is home to the largest populations of four major ethic groups, a new Census Bureau report reveals. California has more whites, Latinos, Asians and American Indians than any other state, the Census Bureau says, and its combined nonwhite population – 61.5 percent of 39 million Californians – is the second highest of any state. Hawaii is first. Sacramento Bee article; Capitol Weekly article


Jobs and the Economy

CalPERS returns likely to fall short of 7.5 percent target, official says — The nation’s biggest public pension fund is falling far short of its annual investment goals. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System earned only 3% in the 10 months ending April and will likely fall short of its 7.5% annual target when the fiscal year ends this month, the pension giant’s investment chief said. LA Times article

Bell pay scandal sets precedent for future disputes, pension board says – A California pension board’s decision to slash the retirement benefits of former Bell Police Chief Randy Adams because his salary was not approved in public will serve as a precedent for other cases in which government officials receive hidden pay, the panel has announced. LA Times article 

Foreclosure rates keep dropping in Kings – Foreclosure rates in Kings County dropped in April compared to a year ago, according to real estate analysis firm CoreLogic. The rate of foreclosures among outstanding mortgages was .81 percent in April 2015 compared to 1.11 percent in April 2016. Hanford Sentinel article

Michael Fitzgerald: Where homelessness is off the rails – Stockton’s homeless population has become a costly and dangerous problem for Stockton businesses, but you don’t grasp how bad it is until you ride a railroad. Fitzgerald column in Stockton Record 

‘Robo-signing’ settlement offers Bakersfield homebuyers $15,000 downpayment grants – More than 200 Bakersfield families will get money toward the purchase of a home thanks to a court agreement last year settling accusations Wells Fargo & Co. used “robo-signings” to expedite home foreclosures in the early days of the financial crisis. Bakersfield Californian article

Stockton Record: Batting .500 – One nice win. One frustrating loss. This isn’t what we wanted to see in regards to two very positive proposed projects in downtown Stockton. Stockton Record editorial

NFL pursues plans for temporary venues in LA market for 2016 season – The league on Thursday began issuing proposal requests to multiple venues in Southern California — among them the Coliseum and Rose Bowl — with the intent of securing a temporary home for a team (or teams) for the 2016 season in the event of a return to the market. LA Times article

Developer confirms Chipotle, other stores in Hanford – New construction at a busy Hanford intersection is poised to bring a host of new dining options and other businesses to the area. Jim Sanders, vice president of development for the Irvine-based Paynter Realty and Investments, said six businesses have signed leases for the new Marketplace at Hanford North shopping center, located on the southwest corner of 12th Avenue and Lacey Boulevard. Hanford Sentinel article 

Export-Import Bank’s cloudy future raises worries of job losses – The 81-year-old federal agency that helps companies sell their products abroad has been a prime target of conservatives, who want to reduce the size of government and eliminate what they call crony capitalism. Shutting the bank’s tap, though, also would eliminate tens of thousands of jobs, say business executives, trade groups and the Obama administration. LA Times article

Want a shorter commute? Pay $900 to live in a tent near Google — Are you tired of the long commute from San Francisco to your start-up (or tech giant) in Silicon Valley? Yearning to get in touch with nature? Willing to pay $900 to live in a tent in someone’s backyard? If yes to all the above, then John Potter has a deal for you. San Francisco Chronicle article

Kaiser deal signals new direction for Sacramento’s downtown railyard – The developer of Sacramento’s shuttered downtown railyard has landed a major hospital as its anchor tenant – and is sketching a new blueprint for the vast expanse of land just north of downtown that city officials have been trying to redevelop for more than 20 years. Sacramento Bee article

Intel to lay off 152 at its Folsom campus – Intel Corp. plans to lay off 152 employees at its Folsom campus by July 15. The cutbacks were outlined in a standard “WARN Act letter” that Intel sent to the state Employment Development Department, dated June 11. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act requires large businesses to give early warning of layoffs and closures. Sacramento Bee article

Councilman says no secret subsidy in Sacramento arena deal – Sacramento City Councilman Steve Hansen on Thursday called the allegations that the city gave the Sacramento Kings a secret subsidy “outlandish” and “a little bit of tinfoil.” Sacramento Bee article 

Zillow says Sacramento median home values rise at twice the national rate – Sacramento home values are increasing at twice the national rate, according to Seattle-based real estate tracker Zillow. Zillow said Sacramento’s median home value rose 6.1 percent year-over-year in May to $339,100. Nationally, the median home value rose 3 percent since May 2014 to $179,200. Sacramento Bee article

Sean Parker plans to spend his fortune disrupting philanthropy — Before he became a billionaire venture capitalist, Sean Parker blew up the music business by founding the file-sharing service Napster. Now he plans to spend his fortune upending another calcified industry: philanthropy. San Francisco Chronicle article 

Peter Tateishi and Bill Mueller: Economic development is a team sport – Tateishi, president of the Sacramento Metro Chamber, and Mueller, chief executive of Valley Vision, write, “Influencing our region’s $100 billion economy requires cooperation between cities and counties, among our educational institutions and workforce development agencies, chambers of commerce and business associations, and community groups dedicated to making this a great place to live and work. Growing jobs is inherently a joint venture.” Tateishi/Mueller op-ed in Sacramento Bee 

#LEAD program students graduate, get summer jobs – More than 40 Visalia and Tulare youth celebrated nine months of hard work and dedication Thursday during the class of 2015 #LEAD program graduation. Visalia Times-Delta article 

Visalia Rotary Foundation hits $1 million in grants – The Visalia Rotary Community Foundation is awarding $100,000 in grants to local nonprofits, bringing the total awarded to over $1 million since the foundation was formed in 1990. Visalia Times-Delta article

Selma Enterprise, Kingsburg Recorder to combine — The Selma Enterprise and Kingsburg Recorder will combine newspapers starting in mid-July, it was announced this week. Fresno Bee article



California farmers may defy notice to stop irrigating – Farmers in at least two California irrigation districts are considering whether to ignore a letter from the state calling for historic cuts in water use during the drought, a lawyer said Thursday. AP article

Fresno Irrigation District to deliver farm water – A late season Sierra Nevada storm has given growers in the Fresno Irrigation District an unexpected water delivery. Fresno Bee article

Bill to ban dry lawn fines heads to governor – The California Legislature has sent the governor a bill to protect residents who let their lawns go brown during the drought. The Assembly on Thursday advanced AB1 unanimously with 70 votes. It will prohibit local governments from penalizing residents who conserve water by not watering their lawns. AP article

Felicia Marcus navigates drought’s rough water — No matter what you might have heard, Felicia Marcus wants you to know she doesn’t hate your lawn. At least not on general principle. “No, no, no,” Marcus, the chair of the Water Resources Control Board, says emphatically when asked about a quote in the New York Times from California Farm Bureau Federation president Paul Wenger that claimed Marcus has a personal vendetta against green lawns. Capitol Weekly article 

Infographic: 183 drought maps reveal just how thirsty California has become – The Drought Monitor, which collects data from 50 different weather indicators, have shown an increasingly red California since 2011, the last time the drought map was clear. LA Times infographic 

Water meeting draws big crowd in Knights Ferry – About 250 residents of rural areas east of Oakdale attended a meeting Thursday night in warm and packed Knights Ferry Community Club to voice their complaints and hear explanations about the groundwater situation in eastern Stanislaus County. Modesto Bee article 

Almond Board announces new research efforts – Almond industry leaders, who have faced questions about the crop’s water use amid the drought, announced new research into conservation Thursday. The water studies are part of $2.5 million in research on farming practices planned in the fiscal year starting Wednesday for the Almond Board of California, based in Modesto. Modesto Bee article; The Business Journal article 

Legislators ride tractors, learn about farm life – The temperature was heading over 100 degrees Thursday, which may have explained why not very many California lawmakers wanted to drive a tractor through a rice field north of the Sacramento airport. Sacramento Bee article

Stormwater capture: California’s untapped water supply — When it rains in California, millions of gallons of water runs down city streets, into storm drains and out to the Pacific Ocean. But with the state in its fourth year of drought, it can’t afford to waste it. Some cities are capturing that rain by soaking it up like a sponge. Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento on what may be California’s next big “untapped” water supply. Capital Public Radio report

Bill would give state work permit to ag laborers — Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, has introduced a bill to give undocumented agricultural workers in California a work permit to establish their legal status in the state’s $45 billion-a-year farm industry. Hanford Sentinel article

Farmworker activist Dolores Huerta to be featured at Smithsonian — The Smithsonian Institution is honoring California labor activist Dolores Huerta with a special exhibit opening next week. KVPR report

Janie Gatzman: Orchards on the east side are not a new trend – The Valley Region Appraisal Manager for American AgCredit writes, “A thoughtful balance between permanent plantings and rangeland on the east side of our county, where agricultural use of groundwater is sustainable, should be the goal of landowners, residents, elected officials and water managers.” Gatzman op-ed in Modesto Bee


Criminal Justice/Prisons

Parole pondered for killer of California man buried alive – Gov. Brown has until midnight to decide whether to release 52-year-old David Weidert, or block the parole already granted by a state panel because he believes Weidert is too dangerous. Weidert was sentenced to life in prison for killing 20-year-old Fresno-area resident Michael Morganti in 1980 to hide a $500 burglary. AP article

Fresno falls seven spots on national list of areas with most stolen cars – Fresno has fallen seven spots on the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s annual list of areas with the most stolen cars in the U.S. Fresno was previously ranked second on the NICB’s 2013 report but has now come in ninth. Fresno Bee article

Fighting crime in a central Fresno neighborhood, one tree limb at a time – The leaves on the trees at Saginaw Way and Effie Street are gone, but so is the criminal element, at least for now. Fresno police detective Christopher Lee calls the arboreal trimming “crime prevention through environmental design.” Fresno Bee article 

Man fatally shot by Fresno County deputy near Millerton Lake — A man was shot and killed by a Fresno County deputy early Thursday after a standoff in the Madera County foothills. Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said the deputy fired two shots after the man pointed a rifle at officers. Fresno Bee article

Court hears case for secrecy of report on police shooting of unarmed black teen — More than three years after two Pasadena police officers fatally shot an unarmed black teen, a state appeals court heard arguments Wednesday from the police union, which is trying to block release of an independent report on the killing. LA Times article 

Watch: Frontline documentary: ‘Rape on the Night Shift’ — KQED, Frontline, Reveal, UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program and Univision investigate the abuse of women janitors. KQED report



Budget deal brings major changes to UC pension system – As part of an arrangement that includes four years of funding increases, a two-year tuition freeze and additional money for UC’s sizable pension debt, the university is undertaking a significant overhaul of its retirement system. Sacramento Bee article

Schools consider impact of ending vaccination opt-outs – In the pockets of California where hundreds and even thousands of kindergartners are not fully vaccinated, school districts are starting to think seriously about how a proposed law requiring vaccinations – which the Legislature approved Thursday – could affect their enrollment and in turn, their funding. EdSource article 

Panel recommends continuing districts’ waiver from NCLB – An oversight committee is recommending that the U.S. Department of Education again extend a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law to six California school districts, collectively known as CORE. EdSource article

University of the Pacific to launch five new graduate programs in Sacramento – Sacramento State and UC Davis face new competition from the University of the Pacific as the Stockton-based school expands its graduate programs in the capital. Sacramento Bee article; Sacramento Bee editorial

Ron Manfredi: Our community college district serves more than Fresno – The former State Center Community College District trustee writes, “It is time for the SCCCD Board of Trustees to come together and address the “community” needs of SCCCD and put forth a bond for voter consideration that is fair, sensible and beneficial to all.” Manfredi op-ed in Fresno Bee 

U.S. appoints monitor to oversee Corinthian Colleges claims – The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday appointed an advisor to help guide the debt relief process for potentially hundreds of thousands of students who attended now-defunct Corinthian Colleges campuses. LA Times article

Turlock Unified’s new leader makes over administrative team — In what Turlock Unified School District board President Frank Lima called “a bold first move,” incoming Superintendent Dana Trevethan has reorganized her administrative team, getting unanimous approval from the board for a cascade of internal moves. Modesto Bee article

California bill requires hearings for school military gear – A bill moving through the California Legislature would mandate public hearings before schools accept military gear such as rifles and tanks. KPCC report

The dean of the USC art school with only one MFA student responds to her critics — In an exclusive interview with The Times, Erica Muhl, dean of the Roski School, reveals that for the fall semester set to begin in less than two months, only one incoming student is enrolled in the studio art MFA program’s class of 2017. LA Times article



Drone grounds water drops on California wildfire – again – When the winds shifted in the San Bernardino National Forest and pushed flames toward dry, unburned fuel Wednesday, firefighters had to temporarily abandon their air attack because someone was flying a drone nearby, officials said. LA Times article

Homeowner sues pipeline firm in Santa Barbara County oil spill – A Santa Barbara County homeowner is the latest party to file suit against the Texas owners of a pipeline that burst last month along the Gaviota coast, sending thousands of gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean. LA Times article

California oil spill gushed like hose ‘without a nozzle’ – Firefighters investigating a reported petroleum stench at a Central California beach last month didn’t take long to realize a spill had taken place – oil was spreading across the sand and into the surf. Tracing the source, they found crude gushing from a bluff like a fire hose “without a nozzle,” records show. AP article

Kings Canyon National Park receives funding for new program — The National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, CAL FIRE and University of California, Berkeley, are joining forces in support of a new resilient landscapes program. Visalia Times-Delta article


Health/Human Services

West Nile virus detected in San Joaquin County – West Nile virus has been found in San Joaquin County, the Mosquito and Vector Control District announced Thursday. All three mosquito samples came from the Delta area west of Stockton, and a dead bird from Manteca tested positive for the disease, officials said. Stockton Record article 

‘First Look’: Help for the homeless, United Way of Kern introduces new website — The United Way of Kern County, which collaborates with the local homeless population, recently announced a new website to better serve their outreach campaigns. Officials say the site will be interactive and assist in getting more homeless off the street. Bakersfield Californian article

Kings County Behavioral Health gets $1 million for crisis program — Kings County Behavioral Health is getting nearly $1 million to establish a crisis residential treatment program, the department said Thursday. Fresno Bee article

Cooking Matters teaches students to make healthy snacks — The “Cooking Matters” class is part of the city’s HEAL program – Healthy Eating Active Living – and a collaboration with the Merced County Public Health Department. It is funded by the county’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education program. Middle-schoolers attended four classes at the Merced Senior Community Center two weeks learning how to make simple, healthy snacks. Merced Sun-Star article


Land Use/Housing

Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing bias — A sharply divided Supreme Court on Thursday preserved a key tool used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination, handing a surprising victory to the Obama administration and civil rights activists. AP article; LA Times article 

Bay Area housing crisis may cause NIMBY attitudes to wane — Housing woes in the Bay Area have become so severe that two out of three residents now believe it’s tougher to find a place to live, and at least half are ready to embrace higher-density housing in their neighborhoods to help tackle the problem, a poll released Thursday shows. Oakland Tribune article



Stockton airport receives $9.7 million loan for expansion project — A plan to expand and modernize Stockton Metropolitan Airport has been given the green light to move forward after all. The San Joaquin Council of Governments Board of Directors on Thursday evening approved a bond financing plan totaling as much as $9.7 million for the project. Stockton Record article

Bay Area commuters say they’d pay to improve public transit — Local residents seem a bit conflicted and perhaps even illogical when it comes to transportation issues, according to a new poll done for the business-oriented Bay Area Council, but sitting in creeping traffic or standing on crowded trains can do that to people. San Francisco Chronicle article

Google’s robot bubble cars finally hit Silicon Valley streets — Google’s self-driving bubble cars are here, chugging slowly and steadily down Mountain View streets. The company revealed Thursday morning that the cars are now test-driving themselves around the city of Mountain View. Their debut on public roads happened Wednesday, after more than a year of being tested on a former Central Valley military base and other private lots. San Jose Mercury News article


Other areas

‘Sweepstakes’ games at Internet cafes are illegal, state high court rules — Computerized “sweepstakes” games that have been available in some Internet cafés in California are illegal under state gambling law, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday. LA Times article; Bakersfield Californian article

Berkeley mayor glad D.A. will probe balcony collapse — Berkeley’s mayor expressed surprise Thursday that the Alameda County district attorney has opened a criminal investigation into the deadly collapse of an apartment balcony, saying city officials reached out to prosecutors shortly after the incident but never heard back. San Francisco Chronicle article; Oakland Tribune article 

Modesto officials continue ‘zero tolerance’ of illegal fireworks – As the drought has forced water cutbacks that are turning green lawns brown and dry, the threat posed by illegal fireworks grows, fire and police officials say. Modesto fire Marshal Mike Payton and police Sgt. Kelly Rea from the Stanislaus County Fireworks Safety Task Force on Thursday stressed authorities’ reliance on public cooperation in helping stop the use of illegal fireworks. Modesto Bee article 

Livingston police to crack down on illegal fireworks – The Livingston Police Department plans to crack down on the use of illegal fireworks this Fourth of July. Officers, including plainclothes officers, will patrol the city through the holiday weekend in unmarked police cars and will use surveillance cameras to catch those setting off illegal fireworks. Merced Sun-Star article 

Los Banos council refuses to help pay legal damages for former mayor – A former Los Banos mayor, who was ordered to pay $17,500 to a man whose microphone was cut off during a City Council meeting in 2008, was denied his request Tuesday to have the city pay a portion of the damages. Merced Sun-Star article

Former Tulare Mayor Green remembered as great leader, devoted grandfather — Former Tulare City Mayor Maurice “Red” Green was recalled as a great community leader, someone who sought to bring business development to the city and a grandfather who always had time for his grandchildren. Green, 95, died June 17. Visalia Times-Delta article



Valley Editorial Roundup

Fresno Bee – Public opinion pulls down Confederate flag; Capitol statue is a fitting tribute to Ronald Reagan.

Sacramento Bee – Thursday was a good day for public health, nationally and in California; Sacramento needs more advanced degree programs.

Stockton Record – One nice win. One frustrating loss. This isn’t what we wanted to see in regards to two very positive proposed projects in downtown Stockton.