Within a year, she ap-plied to 30 different loca-tions. In that span of time, she got two interviews. The desperation grew as mon-ey became scarce. She then began to try harder, call-ing locations weekly and strengthening her interview skills. Since the age of 16, senior Angelique Faison has been trying to find a job. She will soon be turning 18. It wasnt until the recent seasonal hirings that she was able to get a third interview and was offered a job. Faison feels the burden of competing with adults. Im competing with people who already had four or five jobs, and my schedule isnt as flexible, Faison said. Why would they want to hire me? Even now that the senior has found a job, it is only
seasonal and does not guarantee a decent amount of hours. In three weeks she was
only able to work 13 hours. Its no surprise that during the holidays money becomes scarce for many students and their fami-lies. Competition in the job market is inevitable; nearly all individuals have financial needs. The problem isnt the competition that is rising but rather the level at which it is occurring. The complication is found in the amount of minimum wage jobs that are occupied by adults. Social studies teacher Tara Hayes speaks to her students about her youth, recalling the minimum wage jobs at places like McDon-alds being predominantly for teenagers. However, today she claims that many of those jobs are taken by adults, leaving students who seek
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Sophomore Andrea Martinez shares how she is kind of scared about the next couple months for her family of five. My step-dad and my mom both work at the same place, so they are both going to lose their jobs, she said. Her parents work for Head Start. Because of a recent budget cut, they are losing their jobs due to the need to downsize staff. Oth-ers have faced a similar fate. Mayor Anthony Silva says it best: Everything bad that could happen to a city happened to Stockton, Cal-ifornia. The citys general fund was nearly liquidated in 2005 when the new arena, baseball field, cinema, and hotel were built, causing lasting effects on the citys economy. On June 27, 2012, Stockton became the largest city in the nation to file for bankruptcy. The issue still has not reached a settlement on whether the city can move on from the Chapter 9 debt. Approximately $700 million in debt, the city struggled to make regular payments on the interest, accumulating debt to multiple creditors. On Jan. 7 of the new year, Stock-ton representatives have to face, again, the last creditor to negotiate the payment of $35 million bond granted in 2009. Record re-porter Roger Phillips has been covering the court cases via Twitter. The millions of dollars being spent by the city, combined with record foreclosures across the nation and a drop in wages and health care for city employees as the years progressed, created an unstable Stockton. More than 300,000 people make up Stocktons population. Bankruptcy has a ripple effect that has left students and their parents with stress, especially during the holiday season as students are now feeling the pressure of a near-empty pocketbook. Junior Katherine Phan admits that while her family is not feeling it as hard this season, they are still conserving.
Were trying to save as much as we can, Phan said. We turn off the light if we dont need it, the water if were not using it; we just dont waste anything. Senior Brandon Alford does not feel the pressure of the bad economy, yet he feels that the city does not encourage a pleasant future for students. The city is doing bad. School pushes us to succeed but surrounds us with an unpleasant environment.
Silva sees the resilience in the people of Stockton while acknowledging that the city has hit rock bottom. Stockton is a city of sec-ond chances, Silva said as he opened his arms, his gaze locked on a photograph of Webers Point on the wall as he shares how he too strug-gled as a single father. We have a national stig-ma of negativity, Silva said. Peoples view of Stockton is negative. In order to better the city, the mayor plans to make Stockton a business-friend-ly area and market the town more positively. Geographically, we are at the right place for com-panies to come and make
money, Silva said. The money future busi-nesses bring in will help build positivity. But the spending isnt quite done yet as far as renovations go. The downtown area and the improvements made lack places for people to live, causing the mayor to work with the city planner in drafting new living complexes, so that the city can meet the re-quirement of a loan awarded. Just like the city, Martinezs family is taking a new approach this Christmas. Its more about making the gifts instead of buy-ing them, she said. And just like the mayor, Martinez encourages that the city not only help the working population but the home-less population as well. Stockton is struggling to get back on its feet in light of the recent bankruptcy, and many of the citizens feel the season of stress even as the city embarks on its new path. Overall, Silva is confident that the city always finds a way to survive.
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Walls outside Stockton storefronts were de-signed with art projects in 2012. Young artists painted murals displaying historic pictures. We are hoping to paint before the Christmas holiday, Downtown Alliance member Sylwia Lipiec-Qualls said, as quoted in The Record. A lot depends on the weather.
The Stockton arena, located right across the waterfront, hotel, and ballpark, was opened in December 2005. The Arena is known as a key location for concerts, school graduations, indoor hockey, and much more.
Its uncommon to hear a community college offering a baccalaureate degree program, but Delta College will. For the past month or so, this proposal was being approved by legisla-tors and Governor Jerry Brown. The college is still waiting on a decision being made by the government.
Many people complain about the city of Stockton, but have they taken the time to look at the positive side of Stockton? Some characteristics overlook the bad. Whether one is taking a stroll on the stunning Miracle Mile or enjoying the mile with entertainment, it will always be part of a positive atmosphere.
Ever thought of having a CSU in Stockton? Lawmaker Susan Eggman proposed the idea of doing so. Eggman contributed to this plan by creating a bill for the state to study the possibil-ity of opening a CSU, which will take a couple of years.
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