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Robert Rickman- What Happened to You, Man? One of the enjoyable developments within San Joaquin County politics has been watching the evolution of the City of Tracy politics. Tracy has a special place in my heart because one of my mom’s best friends lived in Tracy. My mom worked at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2020 at SPADESJ
Stockton: Pride Over Hate The Truth Will Set 209 Times & Stockton Free Over these past few weeks, I hope I’ve taken our city on a journey towards truth. One that I hope will lead to a more open and honest dialog about local politics. Let's take a quick recap:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2020 at SPADESJ
It's been a strange summer. It's been a strange year. From the pandemic shuttering us all in our homes to the horrific deaths of black people all over this country, it sucks being African American during these times. Yet, Stockton finds itself in the odd position of two black men... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at SPADESJ
Carlos Villapudua Is One Hot Mess Where to start? For eight years Carlos served on the Board of Supervisors and accomplished nothing. Can anyone sight an example of any accomplishments this person has achieved while in office cause not even he could. In a Tracy Press article he had the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2020 at SPADESJ
209 Times & Motec Sanchez' Racism Problem I first want to start by pointing out that an individual does not have to be racist to use racist tropes for their own political advantages. Donald Trump has elevated this art form all the way to the White House. Ambition often gives... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2020 at SPADESJ
For some, 209 Times has become their defacto news outlet and has become a credible alternative news site. Yet, just like the alt right media sources that Donald Trump and his extremist supporters believe and follow, 209 Times uses racism, sexism, homophobia and personal attacks as tools to further their... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2020 at SPADESJ
I love Oscar Season. As a movie lover and a queer activist, Oscar season is my season. In fact, having experienced a very low level Oscar campaign season myself when True Son, directed by Student Academy Award Winner Kevin Gordan, was submitted for Academy consideration and made it all the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at SPADESJ
The Trouble With Christina Fugazi Part II: Character This is the story that every voter in District #5 needs to read. What happens with an elected official is so blinded by their hate that they will attack victims of assault and/or crimes? Is this type of person redeemable? How do... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at SPADESJ
This essay starts in San Diego at the California Democratic Party's 2018 Convention. I've been a tad harsh to party leadership in the past. In particular our Party Chair's tone deaf anti-trans and anti-gender non-confirming statements during the LGBT+ Caucus. Well, it seams the LGBT+ Caucus was asked by party... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at SPADESJ
This Saturday, San Joaquin Pride Center youth leader Diana Sandoval gave a powerful speech about the need for gun control and the need for mental health services. It was a speech she wrote herself and her delivery was powerful. The fact that she is only a sophomore in high school... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at SPADESJ
“Must be something in the water they drink”- Prince Lately there’s been a lot of chatter about the historical manipulation of local Democrats to destroy progressive progress in San Joaquin County. People like Republican political consultant Don Parson’s and former Mayor Anthony Silva used to recruit registered Democrats with similar... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at SPADESJ
As I was arriving back to Washington, D.C. from Philadelphia yesterday evening, I received a surprising email. It was a press release by City Council Member Rhodesia Ransom. She is calling for an investigation into abuse of position and power by Mayor Pro Tem Veronica Vargas and two city commissioners.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at SPADESJ
When I was first approached to provide insight on how younger generation of Tracy view politics, I was somewhat taken aback. Because, in all honesty, millennials have it rough when it comes to our opinions having value. Being 21, I'm told by family that I am too young to know... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2018 at SPADESJ
With the Sawyer/Silva/Fugazi campaigners dropping off leaflets, with Fugazi attacking our local Stonewall Club and with her supporters attacking Mayor Tubbs for getting married, the 2018 election season has officially kicked off. Allen Sawyer and Anthony Silva have hitched their last grasp for political relevance on the Fugazi Train. Because... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at SPADESJ
On Saturday Nov 18th, I had the pleasure of joining local rural Democratic Party activist Glenn Glazer, a Santa Cruz appointed Delegate and Hilary Hodge, a Nevada County Supervisor candidate which was moderated by John Vigna, former California Young Dems President. The experience was one big eye opener in how... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at SPADESJ
This morning while conducting my morning ritual of catching up on news while in the bathroom, I came across a couple articles on Kathy Griffin returning to public performing via the annual Aid for AIDS fundraiser Best in Drag Show which benefits the Alliance for Housing and Healing, a non-profit... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at SPADESJ
*And other fascinating observations from the MHSA 3 Year Plan and Expenditure Hearing Yesterday evening, along with other representatives from local CBOs (Community Based Organizations), I attended the San Joaquin County Mental Health Service Act (MHSA) 3 Year Expenditure and Expenditure Hearing. It was a very sobering and telling experience.... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at SPADESJ
One wouldn't necessarily think of the Delta and mental health in the same breath but the reality of things is that both issues often get ignored by voters and both issues are being hijacked by interest that aren't serving the needs of San Joaquin County. If we are looking at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at SPADESJ
How in the world have gotten to this place where scientific facts are up to debate and while the majority of American's support science, the gerrymandered congressional majorities do not? Fortunately for us here in Stockton, we have mathematician and renewable energy expert Jerry McNerney as our congressional representation. Yet,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at SPADESJ
SPADE SJ. A political clearinghouse for the progressive voices in San Joaquin County. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at SPADESJ
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