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.
Rows of corn, eggplant, and squash grow in an urban garden in Stockton, providing food for more than two dozen families. Organizers hope it's a model for future urban gardens throughout the Central Valley.
Some California prison inmates are getting special training behind bars. Rich Ibarra reports they're learning to train service dogs.
The family of a hostage killed in the chase that followed a bank robbery in Stockton last year has filed a wrongful death suit.
It's predicted that average gas prices around the U.S. may fall as low as $2 per gallon by Christmas, but northern California drivers likely won't see gas that low.
Many nonprofits have criticized the extensive red tape the City of Stockton requires for staging special events. The council will consider a new ordinance to ease some of those requirements at its Tuesday meeting.