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.
Proponents of a measure to allow four medical marijuana dispensaries in Stockton have turned in a petition with more than 8,500 signatures. That’s almost 3,000 more than what are needed to put the initiative before the voters.
Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva touched on finances, safety and the future during the 18th State of the City speech. The mayor addressed a packed house of about a thousand people.
Stockton Police and other law enforcement agencies made a major sweep of criminals and guns as the city faces a major rise in homicides and shootings in the city. More than 50 alleged gang members were taken off the street on Wednesday.
A rising number of homicides in Stockton is a cause for concern for police. So far this year, 17 people have been murdered. Last year at this time, there had been nine killings.
Possible rain this week may spell trouble for growers in the Central Valley. Cherries and vineyards are especially at risk.