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Community Engagement

ABC News10 and University of the Pacific team up for Stockton Town Hall

Community leaders and residents unite in search for solutions
Sep 14, 2012

Editors Note: Parking behind Long Theatre will be reserved for the television crew for this event on Thursday, Sept. 27. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Many Stockton residents have questions they want answered and are seeking solutions to the challenges facing their city.

On Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. ABC News10 will host "Stockton in Crisis, Searching for Solutions," a free town hall forum held at University of the Pacific's Long Theatre.

The event will present a six-party panel featuring: Mayor Ann Johnston, District Attorney James Willett, Deputy Chief of Police Rick Salsedo, Eberhardt School of Business Professor and Director of University of the Pacific's Business Forecasting Center, Jeff Michael, Pastor Glenn R. Shields, a community representative and religious advocate, and Executive Director of Community Partnership for Families of San Joaquin, Robina Asghar. These individuals will comment on the issues facing the City of Stockton, and provide feedback to questions posed by the audience.

"We want to use News10's strong voice to reach beyond coverage of crime and bankruptcy. Our journalists who live and work in Stockton are advocates for strengthening the community. This event will allow us to discuss problems, but more importantly it will bring the community together to find solutions," said News10 News Director Jerome Parra.

"Higher education institutions have a responsibility to their students and community to provide forums of discussion," said Ted Leland, University of the Pacific Vice President of External Relations. "This type of event allows the University to join the dialogue and establish a neutral setting for a constructive conversation about solutions for our city."  

News10 will be integrating audience and online questions throughout the town hall, allowing community members an opportunity to have their comments and concerns addressed directly by participants.

News10's own Cristina Mendonsa, Dale Schornack and Stockton Reporter Tim Daly will moderate the discussion. A live stream of the event will be available on News10.net. Reporter Leigh Paynter will moderate the online conversation fielding questions and comments from News10 viewers.

For those interested in attending the event, please visit News10.net and click on the "Stockton in Crisis" web page to RSVP or call 916-441-2345.