Why this series?
I grew up in Stockton, California, which filed for bankruptcy in 2013 and was named the most miserable cities 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.
Episode 1: It Takes a Village
This episode features the City of Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs’ mother Racole Dixon, grandmother Barbara Nicholson and Aunt Tasha Dixon.
They share their own unique perspectives on Mayor Tubbs, and the family’s legacy of education, risk taking, spirituality, humility and community engagement.
Episode 2: Owning Your Own Destiny
Nicholas Hatten is the Founder and Executive Director of the San Joaquin Pride Center (SJPC). A proven leader and agent for change, Hatten has challenged the San Joaquin County and Central Valley to evaluate how it can best serve it's LGBT+ community.
Episode 3: What Choice Are You Going to Choose Today?
In this episode we feature the voice of Sammy Nunez the Executive Director of Fathers and Families of San Joaquin who shares his story of transformation and work with the community to support struggling community members.
Episode 4: All Your Preconceived Notions Are Wrong
In this episode we feature the voice of Fred Sheil the Administrator of STAND who shares his passion, insights and organization’s work over the past two plus decades in South Stockton to address, policing, neighborhood revitalization, slumlord abatement, housing and commercial development.
Episode 5: Be the Change You Want to See
In this episode we feature the voice of Lange Luntao a third-generation teacher who has taught at Aspire Langston Hughes Academy and is a self-proclaimed education nerd. Lange shares his passion, insights and organizational work with youth, parents and the school system.
Episode 6: Our Strength is Our Diversity
In this episode we feature the voice of Dillion Delvo, co-founder of Little Manila Rising. Dillion shares his passion, insights and organizational work around advocacy, education, arts and culture as part of Little Manila Rising’s efforts to revitalize the Filipina American community in Stockton.
Episode 7: Trust Your Voice and Story
In this episode we feature the voice of Jasmine Dellafosse who shares her experience working with Michael Tubbs as well as the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition and the Stockton Schools Initiative in organizing students to address the crime, safety, recreation, health and the education systems in South Stockton.
Episode 8: Doing the Work that Dr King and Malcolm X Left Behind for us to do!
In this episode we feature the voice of Anthony Rodriguez who is an 8th grade English and Math educator at Marshall Elementary, and works with the Summer Success Leadership Academy in leading the mentor training program.
Episode 9: Poverty Shortens lives by 20 years
In this episode we feature the voices of Barb Alberson, Benita Ortez, as well as Horacio Viramontes along with students from the Franklin High School Spanish Club.
Episode 10: How do you change a 40+ year long Negative Narrative?
In this episode we feature the voice of Hector Laura who is the co-founder and executive director of the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition as well as the South Stockton Promise Zone.
Episode 11: Changing Stockton’s history by making history
In this episode we feature the voices of Tama Brisbane the City of Stockton’s first Poet Laureate and spoken word poet and youth leader / teacher Brandon Leake.
Episode 12: The Rose that grew from concrete
In this episode we feature the voice of Michael Tubbs. We have broken the episode down into two parts. Part one takes place back in the summer of 2016 when we caught up with Michael Tubbs who was at that time the youngest City Council member in Stockton history and one of the youngest elected officials in the United States. Part two takes place in the fall of 2018 and we revisit all of the work Tubbs was doing in 2016, his campaign promises and his vision for the City of Stockton.
Episode 13: State of Our Youth: A Stockton Townhall Meeting
In the process of producing the documentary series, "From Bankruptcy to Reinvention The City of Stockton California", I wanted to provide our listeners with an update on the work of the community members featured in the documentary series.