STOCKTON, CA - Many Stockton residents have questions they want answered and are seeking solutions to the challenges facing their city.
On Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.,News10 will host "Stockton in Crisis: Searching for Solutions," a free town hall forum held at University of Pacific's Long Theatre.
There will be a six-member panel with Stockton Mayor Ann Johnston; San Joaquin County District Attorney James Willett; Stockton Deputy Chief of Police Rick Salsedo; Eberhardt School of Business Professor and Director of UOP's Business Forecasting Center Jeff Michael; Pastor Glenn R. Shields, a community representative and religious advocate; and Executive Director of Community Partnership for Families of San Joaquin Robina Asghar. These individuals will offer their take on the issues facingStockton and answer questions posed by the audience.
"We want to use News10's strong voice to reach beyond coverage of crime and bankruptcy. Our journalists who live and work in Stockton are advocates for strengthening the community. This event will allow us to discuss problems, but more importantly it will bring the community together to find solutions," said News10 News Director Jerome Parra.
"Higher education institutions have a responsibility to their students and community to provide forums of discussion," said Ted Leland, UOP Vice President of External Relations. "This type of event allows the University to join the dialogue and establish a neutral setting for a constructive conversation about the city's weaknesses."
News10 will be integrating audience and online questions throughout the town hall, allowing community members an opportunity to have their comments and concerns addressed directly by the panel.
News10's anchors Cristina Mendonsa and Dale Schornack and Stockton reporter Tim Daly will moderate the discussion.
Update: There's been a great response and the theater is at capacity. For those who can't attend,a live stream of the event will be available on news10.net. Reporter Leigh Paynter will moderate the online conversation, fielding questions and comments from News10 viewers.
Attendees: Please use the N. Pershing Ave. entrance for easiest access to the Long Theater.
*Must be at least 16 years old to attend
*Note: Tickets do not guarantee admission.