Sprouts:From Bankruptcy to Reinvention - The City of Stockton California 
Series: Title: Sub-title:
Sprouts  From Bankruptcy to Reinvention - The City of Stockton California   
Producer: Program type: Broadcast Restrictions:
Sprouts  Weekly Program  For non-profit use only. 
Summary: Featured speakers/guests:
Stockton California is the poster child of an American town gone wrong. Twice-named by Forbes Magazine as the most miserable city in the U.S, it filed Chapter 9 bankruptcy in 2013. This, after unmanageable public employee pension debt, out of control salary obligations, enormous budget deficits, long term high unemployed, plunging home prices, a non-diversified agricultural based economy and rampant crime, as well as a long history of crony politics and corrupt leaders.

Ironically, the bankruptcy of the City has provided City Leaders with an opportunity for civic reinvention.

Our main character in the radio documentary is 25-year-old Stockton City Councilperson and Mayor-Elect Michael Tubbs. Tubbs grew up in the worse part of town with a single teenage mother and an incarcerated father. Tubbs cousin was murdered and that drove him back to his home town of Stockton to try and make a difference. Tubbs became the youngest City Councilperson in the nation. And on November 8, 2016, Tubbs became the first black mayor, having received over 70% of the vote, and is believed to be the youngest mayor in the City of Stocktons 166-year history.

The radio documentary weaves together the voices of Stocktonians who are reinventing their City:

Mayor / City Councilman Tubbs
Tubb's Mother Richole Dixon
Tubb's Grandmother Barbara Nicholson
Tubb's aunt Tasha Dixon
Tama Brisbane, Executive Director of With Our Words, a nationally recognized poetry and spoken-word group

Daisy Armstrong, a past All-City Slam Grand Champion, a 2012 #1 Youth Poet in the Nation, who shares her new election piece titled PresPiece 
Michael Tubbs, City Councilman, Tama Brisbane, Executive Director of With Our Words, Tubb's Mother Richole Dixon, Grandmother Barbara Nicholson, and Aunt Tasha Dixon  
Notes: Credits:
Sprouts is a weekly program that features local radio production and stories from many radio stations and local media groups around the world. It is produced in collaboration with community radio stations and independent producers across the country. The program is coordinated and distributed by Pacifica Radio and offered free of charge to all radio stations. For information, or if you would like to feature your work on Sprouts, contact Ursula Ruedenberg at ursula@pacifica.org.   George Koster, Voices of the Community, KCSF, San Francisco, Ca www.mixcloud.com/geokoster/
Nick McClendon, AJunk A Punk radio at KCSF in San Francisco, Ca mixcloud.com/kcsfradio/first-a-junk-a-punk-2016/ 
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Transcript, Announcer Script Location Recorded Release Date Language
View Script  Stockton CA  11-29-2016  English 
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sprouts  128Kbps mp3 (26.55MB) Stereo 
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