George Koster

Voices of the community


Our Mission 

Voices of the Community, explores critical issues facing Northern California communities.  We introduce you to the voices of community thought leaders and change makers who are working on solutions that face our fellow individual community members, neighborhoods, cities and our region.


Stockton’s Rise From the Ashes of Bankruptcy

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I grew up in Stockton, California which filed for bankruptcy in 2013 and was named the most miserable city in the U.S. not once by twice by Forbes magazine. Stockton has a long history of bad management, crony politics and corrupt leaders. Ironically, the bankruptcy of the City has provided an opportunity for City Leaders and residents to clear away the wreckage of the past and reinvent Stockton.

The documentary series attempts to provide listeners with the insights, points of view and personal stories from the various voices of change makers working to Reinvent the City of Stockton. The interviews were conducted from August to September 2016 leading up to the election of Mayor Michael Tubbs who is our central character in the series.

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Our goal is to feature the unheard voices and their stories from communities across our region in hopes to create dialogues to address our common problems and support the change of the status quo.
— George Koster