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.
The Stockton City Council meeting Tuesday turned into a shouting match, and police in riot gear cleared 50 protesters from City Hall. It’s the second time this month that protesters have disrupted the meeting.
A judge sentenced two men Tuesday in the Bank of the West robbery and shootout in Stockton that claimed the life of a hostage two years ago.
Stockton now ranks among the top 20 fiscally healthy big cities in the nation. This comes just two years after the city came out of bankruptcy.
Incarcerated parents in Stockton can now read stories to their children through audio recordings.
Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs is helping Stockton high school students have a better chance to find college aid.