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Lucas Cultural Arts Museum

In California, we have high standards, especially when it comes to development. Whether it’s a new warehouse or an apartment building, the bigger the project, the lengthier and more complicated its gestation. Nowhere is the issue more evident than in San Francisco. Just ask George Lucas. For the past few years, the Star Wars creator has been vying for the opportunity to spend an estimated $700 million to build a museum in the Presidio to showcase his art collection.— His museum proposal was...

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It's around 150 miles from Silicon Valley to Fresno, but over the last few years, Mountain View-based Google has quietly been increasing its presence in the San Joaquin Valley. In fact, the region that's known for its raisins and almonds is now home to some of Google's top research and development projects. Earlier today the company's secretive "Google Barge" arrived at the Port of Stockton , its new home. The mysterious barge began life last fall at Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, but...

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The city of Stockton has begun a four-day trial in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. At stake: whether the city should be eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. The case has other local governments watching closely – particularly those that still face large budget deficits. Chris McKenzie with the League of California Cities says he believes cities will “move heaven and earth” to avoid future bankruptcies. “The process is extremely difficult and extremely expensive and extremely painful, and no...

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More California cities may file for bankruptcy and default on bonds in the coming months, according to a report released today by a major credit rating agency. In a report titled “Why Some California Cities Are Choosing Bankruptcy” Moody’s Investors Service warned that the risk of more municipal bankruptcies in the state has gone up. So far this year, three California cities have filed for bankruptcy, Stockton, San Bernadino and Mammoth Lakes. The report cites the state’s boom and bust...

Many cities around the country are faced with growing costs and shrinking revenue. Despite making sweeping cuts, Stockton, California recently became the largest city to file for bankruptcy. Host Michel Martin talks with Stockton Mayor Ann Johnston about how she's managing a city that's operating in the red.