Stockton's Fast-Rising Mayor Michael Tubbs

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Michael Tubbs is the Mayor of Stockton. (Sara Washington)

Mayor Michael Tubbs has a bit more star power than the average Stockton mayor. Oprah Winfrey donated $10,000 when he ran for the city council, then-President Obama endorsed his bid for mayor, and last Christmas, after defeating incumbent Mayor Anthony Silva, Tubbs was invited to a party at the White House -- where he once worked as an intern. He’s also Stockton’s first black mayor. But despite the celebrity endorsements, Tubbs, and Stockton, face challenges. The city has the second-highest rate of violent crime in the state and is only a little more than two years out of bankruptcy. We'll talk to Tubbs about his first few months in office and what his priorities will be going forward.


Michael Tubbs, mayor, Stockton