Stockton's Catholic Bishop says he will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday, making it the tenth in the United States to make such a filing.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Stockton has been hit hard by parishioner lawsuits over sexual abuse by priests.
The diocese and its insurers have paid out more than 32 million dollars over the last 20 years.
Stockton Bishop Stephen Blaire says bankruptcy will allow the diocese to provide compensation for victims who have not yet had their day in court.
"We could probably put together a few bucks for one new case but what happens to all the others who come afterward."
~Bishop Stephen Blaire
Blaire says the parishes, cemetery, and Catholic schools are separate corporations within the Diocese so they will not be affected.
Friday was practice day for the NCAA women’s basketball teams in the Sweet 16 round in Stockton. Coaches and players also answered questions from the press.
Stockton is rolling out the red carpet as it prepares for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Sweet 16 and the Elite 8 to be played in its Downtown Arena. It could be a 2 million dollar boost to the local economy.
A judge has reduced bail for former Stockton mayor Anthony Silva.
Another protest at Stockton’s City Hall following the city council meeting Tuesday night. The two-hour demonstration resulted in a dozen arrests.
An art exhibit that just opened in Stockton was born out of the most violent tragedy in the city's history. The survivors of one of the first mass school shootings in the country are hoping art can promote change.