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Stockton California Ready For Universal Basic Income Apparently

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Wage stagnation. Rising housing prices. Loss of middle-class jobs. The looming threat of automation. These are some of the problems facing Stockton and its residents, but the city’s mayor, Michael Tubbs, says his city is far from unique.


“I think Stockton is absolutely ground zero for a lot of the issues we are facing as a nation,” Tubbs said.


‘I think Stockton is absolutely ground zero for a lot of the issues we are facing as a nation.’
Michael Tubbs, mayor of Stockton
Stockton is one of many Bay Area cities on the fringe of the wealth accumulating in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. The Central Valley city went bankrupt in 2012, and for decades it has been trying to diversify its agriculture-based economy.


“I feel that as mayor it’s my responsibility to do all I could to begin figuring out what’s the best way to make sure that folks in our community have a real economic floor,” Tubbs said.


Tubbs is coordinating an effort to test a new way to sustain residents: universal basic income, or UBI. For one year, several dozen Stockton families will get $500 a month, no strings attached.


Dorian Warren co-chairs the Economic Security Project, which is contributing $1 million to the initiative. He said the goal is to gather data on the economic and social impacts of giving people a basic income.


In addition to tracking what residents do with the money, Warren said they will be monitoring how a basic income affects things like self-esteem and identity.


“What does it mean to say, ‘Here is unconditional guaranteed income just based on you being a human being?’ ” Warren asked.


The hope is to demonstrate UBI’s potential and encourage other places to give it a try. UBI has recently gotten a boost from Silicon Valley moguls concerned about income inequality and the future of society, but the idea isn’t actually all that new, said Michelle Anderson, a Stanford law professor.


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  1. Emory Thorpe

    January 31, 2018 at 11:32 am

    I remember when Stockton was very beautiful all around years ago! Why is there no public officials touring the landscape of the City of Stockton taking notes to at least make it a clean city? I do believe that the city of Stockton needs a clean ordinance to be enforced! I love Stockton, but we are looking bad as if the city officials do not care about their city!

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Fear & Loathing in Iowa: Are The Cedar Rapids NewBo Tech Elite, GO Cedar Rapids, KCRG / Gazette Running Amuck Maybe Sabotaging Jordan Farley?

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Around May 20th, 2017, KCRG-TV 9 News, a CNN & ABC network and “local” news station, released a story on Jordan Farley, which seemed to represent a premise in which Jordan was some sort of wild-west bandit attempting to screw over any and all willing people. The Gazette, who is owned by KCRG, also put out a similar story. Mind you, these were the only two news station that reported on this story, most likely because of the missing facts.

What happens when you dig deeper, is what seems to be a coordinated, planned, and downright blatant attempt to ruin someone’s reputation while not thoroughly investigating or purposely omitting facts from a story to portray it in a specific light.

Jordan Farley moved back to Cedar Rapids to do a couple things. Start a new life, run a venue, and do a music festival tied to the venue in the NewBo District. He had shared these ideas all of the business owners involved as well as many of the people in NewBo District, even Go Cedar Rapids who at the time was planning their Newbo Evolve music festival.

Jordan Farley had presented multiple similar ideas before their festival with budgets 10X less and were partially free and locally organized with local vendors. Some things that were told to Jordan that could not be done by the city, were done for Go Cedar Rapids, which ended up losing millions of dollars and closing up shop, even with it projected to lose money initially.

His hunch is they stole his idea but extorted the city of money, all in the name of being trendy and elitist.

KCRG & Gazette Botch The Story

To fully explain what KCRG and the Gazette left out and decided not to investigate, we have to look at what they didn’t report on, mostly the fact that there was a second person leasing the property and was business partners with Jordan Farley, the owner of 515 Alive: Rajan Devan, someone who was the only investor on the project at the time. Jordan was simply a General Operations Manager, as was publicly stated on his Facebook Page. Documents for all related info in article linked above. Raj had left the project and decided to leave Jordan with the burden of dealing with new investors, an almost impossible task. Raj still denies he owes anything, a denial of what 2025 Corporation has stated he owes.

Another fact that was left out is that each and every person besides Joe, had signed a contract, one that had saved Jordan from all potential downsides, specifically called an ‘Indemnification Clause’. While the Gazette mentioned agreements, they did not mention the content at all.

Booking Agreement (Mock Up) by on Scribd

They also didn’t mention Joe was working not only in the NewBo Market but in the venue itself, he knew the condition of the building when he decided to do the deposit and over the 4 months of negotiation never wanted anything but 100% repayment all at once, many different repayment options were offered. Communications were never ceased by Jordan Farley, Joe’s lawyer and him simply decided to stop negotiating and go to the press maybe get publicity for the lawyer’s Law Firm , which was mentioned several times in both publications as well as the other venue, A Touch Of Class. Did they have to be mentioned?

Joe refused anything but a full refund all at once with no paperwork, but Joe had no paperwork signed to guarantee any of this in a specific format in the first place, Jordan simply wanted both parties to have something in writing.

KCRG then made several edits a year after the article had been out that removed their video as well as Jordan Farley’s response via voicemail. We have saved both for you to view and listen below as well as an example that most of the renters signed.

One other huge factor is that Samantha Meyers, the reporter who did the story, left the network and the state exactly a year to date after the story came out.

Starting to come together?

The Connections Explained

Before we explain the direct connections, we need to make you aware that 2025 Corporation, at the time, had four owners. Dennis Henderson, Bruce, Joe Ahman, and one other.

Joe Ahman, Owner of Ahman Design and Construction & Pivot Real Estate, two companies that seemed to just become million dollar companies overnight, have several projects that are subsidized by the city, state, and local “development” groups, such as the “NewBo Development Group”, where they have built property using grants outside the official NewBo market, sometimes miles away. How they get away with it we don’t know. The local media will not question this but simply announce day after day Ahman’s next big project for rentals that gentrify beautiful grassy areas and forests.

Pivot Real Estate also did work with the law firm mentioned in the article and video as well as GO Cedar Rapids’s ex-CEO who gave them a very good reference.

It is very proudly listed even on Pivot’s Real Estate Website as one of their clients.

Dennis Henderson, who owns and runs a company that sells Government subsidized services and devices from “Lifeline“, a program started under Bush and expanded under Obama, programs that has also had multiple issue with fraud and abuse as well as secret private funds that were hidden from tax payers. Dennis’s companies has also worked on that devices that would hypothetically allow the company to see if they have been texting, something that should alarm privacy advocates and defenders of our rights.

Dennis had two stories written about his spouse, one just a month after the May 20th story on Jordan on KCRG, showing an obvious connection. Ironically this story was about her business workshop in the same business district for “struggling business owners”, except one catch, it was for “only females”. The next story was done in the fall of the same year, on her birthday, espousing her good deeds with her mostly Facebook promoted “African Charities“.

Starting to see the bigger picture?

Dennis, along with Bruce, were investors in Steven Gray’s Casino project, which has been a long time goal for the Cedar Rapids elite and venture capitalists, despite being built in a flood zone with the nearest flood wall project being years away from being complete. This casino project was vastly propagated by KCRG with many stories. The voters ultimately rejected the casino.

KCRG has refused to remove the “allegedly defrauded” part on their article despite Jordan not being charged with fraud or at all follow up on any of the complaints we’ve raised so we created this article to raise awareness and show KCRG’s clear lack of self awareness and professionalism and how they deflect important issues while not concentrating on the real corruption in the city.

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NFL Ratings Continue To Fumble

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The NFL – suffering from dismal ratings for last week’s opening game and Sunday Night Football, may be in for a serious decline in viewers this season if Dallas local TV ratings are any indicator – after the Cowboys registered their lowest local ratings since 2009.

the Dallas market is an important market for one of the most watched teams in the country. There is a reason the Cowboys are valued at over $4 billion dollars. They absolutely own Dallas Fort-Worth. Nothing else really matters.

The NFL does not want to see one of it’s most important market losing fans. It’s not a good look. It’s cause for concern. -Touchdownwire

That said, some have pointed out that the cowboys are “boring” now…

No one should be surprised. The Cowboys, while still a compelling aspect of the overall fabric of the NFL, have become a somewhat boring team, with a Salisbury-steak-and-lumpy-spuds offense that features two stars, a diminished offensive line, and a collection of No. 2 and No. 3 receivers. -Profootballtalk

Less viewers, more money

Despite a steady decline in viewership over the last three years, advertising revenues have continued to climb.

“Everyone loves to focus on the ratings, and everyone loves to focus on the NFL because it is the biggest ratings on television,” said Brian Rolapp, the league’s head of media. “But the reality is: Historically, the ratings of the NFL have always gone up, they’ve just never gone up in a straight line.”

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Austin Texas May Change It’s Name According To A New City Report About Confederate Statues

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Known as both the “father of Texas” and the namesake of the state’s capital, Stephen F. Austin carved out the early outlines of Texas among his many accomplishments.
He also opposed an attempt by Mexico to ban slavery in the province of Tejas and said if slaves were freed, they would turn into “vagabonds, a nuisance and a menace.”

For that reason, the city of Austin’s Equity Office suggested renaming the city in a report about existing Confederate monuments that was published this week.

Also on the list of locales to possibly be renamed: Pease Park, the Bouldin Creek neighborhood, Barton Springs and 10 streets named for William Barton, the “Daniel Boone of Texas,” who was a slave owner.

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