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.
UPDATE June 28, 9:11 p.m.: The City of Stockton approved water rate hikes for the next five years Tuesday.
Many free clinics in California have opened up to people with felonies on their record to reduce those offenses to misdemeanors under Proposition 47.
The Delta Blood Bank in Stockton is putting out a call for donations as their blood supply has dipped to a critical level. Daily donations have dropped by 50 percent.
In our last segment of the Stockton Mayor’s race, three candidates express their ideas on why they should hold that city’s highest office. All three currently hold public office.
Stockton voters will cast their ballots next week to decide who will be the city’s next mayor. Two of the seven candidates in the race to be Stockton's mayor are making their first foray into politics.