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    Michael Tubbs, former mayor of Stockton, California.Nick Otto | AFP | Getty Images Michael Tubbs had the odds stacked against him while growing up in Stockton, California, as the son of a young single mother and an incarcerated father. Tubbs, 31, felt the expectations for his life as a Black man in America were either prison or death, he writes in his new memoir, "The Deeper the Roots." But Tubbs defied that grim future when he was accepted to Stanford University. After graduating, he returned to Stockton to serve as city council member. He upended expectations again when in 2017 he became the city's first Black mayor and, at just 26, the youngest mayor ever of an American city. More from Personal Finance:Federal stimulus efforts prompt comparisons to guaranteed income How one universal basic income experiment is helping the homeless Just 30% of the poorest families have a savings account While in office, Tubbs created a guaranteed income experiment that gave certain residents $500 per month, a program that has since been replicated in other American cities. He also worked...
    On the Shelf The Deeper the Roots: A Memoir of Hope and Home By Michael TubbsFlatiron, 272 pages, $28If you buy books linked on our site, The Times may earn a commission from Bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookstores. “Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet.” For most of his life, Michael Tubbs has carried around that verse, from Tupac Shakur’s poem “The Rose that Grew from Concrete,” like a mantra in his head — a reminder to himself of where he came from and why it matters. When Tubbs was 6, his father was sentenced to at least 32 years in prison for kidnapping, robbery and a drug violation. His mother, Racole Dixon, was 23. She raised him with help from Tubbs’ aunt and grandmother — his “three mothers.” They lived in poverty, and he knew the odds were stacked against him. Tubbs’ anger at his circumstances became fuel — it propelled him to excel. He interned at the White...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — In what would be the first state-funded guaranteed income plan in the US, California lawmakers on Thursday approved $35 million for monthly cash payments to qualifying pregnant people and young adults previously in foster care. Both votes in the California Senate and Assembly were unanimous with some abstentions (36-0 and 64-0, respectively), but the plan did get some bipartisan support. READ MORE: Sacramento County Recommends That Fully Vaccinated People Mask Up Again As Cases And Delta Variant Surge “If you look at the stats for our foster youth, they are devastating,” Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk said. “We should be doing all we can to lift these young people up.” The plan could possibly spur other states to follow. “Now there is momentum, things are moving quickly,” said former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, now an advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom. The guaranteed income program that was instituted in Stockton during Tubb’s time as mayor catapulted him to national recognition. That program gave dozens of people living in lower-income neighborhoods $500 a month with no strings attached. Stockton’s...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- On Tuesday, Oakland is expected to launch one of the largest basic income pilot programs in the country."With the pandemic, the number of people and the range of people who could use this, has grown tremendously," said Oakland City Councilmember, Dan Kalb.On Tuesday Mayor Libby Schaaf will announce the program - the number of families, the monthly dollar amount they will receive, and for how long - all of it funded through philanthropy.RELATED:Illinois city becomes 1st in US to pay reparations to Black Americans"If the results of that show tremendous benefit: fewer people unemployed, more money in people's hands to stimulate the economy and all sorts of other positive impacts for all of Oakland, then we could look to see how we transition that into some public-private combination," said Kalb.It has been done before in a handful of U.S. cities - the first time in Stockton in 2019."We gave 125 residents $500 a month," said former mayor of Stockton, Michael Tubbs. "We had money distributed on debit cards every month, we had researchers doing surveys, looking...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- On Tuesday, Oakland is expected to launch one of the largest basic income pilot programs in the country."With the pandemic, the number of people and the range of people who could use this, has grown tremendously," said Oakland City Councilmember, Dan Kalb.On Tuesday Mayor Libby Schaaf will announce the program - the number of families, the monthly dollar amount they will receive, and for how long - all of it funded through philanthropy.RELATED:Illinois city becomes 1st in US to pay reparations to Black Americans"If the results of that show tremendous benefit: fewer people unemployed, more money in people's hands to stimulate the economy and all sorts of other positive impacts for all of Oakland, then we could look to see how we transition that into some public-private combination," said Kalb.It has been done before in a handful of U.S. cities - the first time in Stockton in 2019."We gave 125 residents $500 a month," said former mayor of Stockton, Michael Tubbs. "We had money distributed on debit cards every month, we had researchers doing surveys, looking...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has a new job for former Stockton mayor Michael Tubbs. Tubbs, who gained national attention for running the country’s highest-profile experiment with a guaranteed income, is joining Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration as an unpaid special adviser. READ MORE: Study: Stockton Universal Basic Income Experiment Led to Increased Employment Michael Tubbs, then mayor of Stockton, spoke about his city’s experiment with universal basic income on Oct. 3, 2019. (CBS) Michael Tubbs, 30, will be a special advisor for economic mobility and opportunity. He’ll also join the governor’s Council of Economic Advisors. “I can think of no one more dedicated or better equipped to make recommendations to my team and help lead outreach efforts to increase opportunity and entrepreneurship to reduce poverty in California,” Newsom said in a news release. Raised by a single mother while his father has been in prison for most of his life, Tubbs landed a scholarship to Stanford and later was an intern in the Obama White House. He returned to Stockton and was elected to city council at age...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has a new job for former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs. On Thursday, the governor’s office announced that Tubbs has been named Special Advisor for Economic Mobility and Opportunity. The position means Tubbs will continue his work on fighting for equity in California. READ MORE: Hit-And-Run Driver Causes Power Outage In Sacramento County “I can think of no one more dedicated or better equipped to make recommendations to my team and help lead outreach efforts to increase opportunity and entrepreneurship to reduce poverty in California,” Newsom said in a statement. Tubbs got national attention when Stockton implemented a pilot program that gave $500 a month to some residents with no strings attached. The project was a testing ground for the idea of universal basic income, with social scientists and pundits alike keeping a close eye on Stockton to see how the money would change people’s lives. READ MORE: Man Suspected Of Selling Marijuana Edibles To 14-Year-Old Colfax Boy Despite his national profile, however, Tubbs lost his bid for reelection as mayor last year. Still, Tubbs has...
    SACRAMENTO —  When Michael Tubbs was ousted as Stockton’s mayor in November, many wondered how the young Democratic favorite — backed by national supporters who in the past have included former President Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Kamala Harris and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes — might pen his next chapter. It seems that Gov. Gavin Newsom will help with the writing. Prior to an expected official announcement Thursday, Tubbs said that he has accepted an unpaid advisory role with Newsom to help coordinate economic mobility and opportunity in California, with a focus on the Central Valley. Tubbs briefly flirted with a White House job before accepting the position under Newsom. In an interview, he said the state gig would involve acting as a liaison between state and local governments on issues of equity. “Economic mobility speaks to real opportunity, how to make sure that a child born in California has the opportunity to one day be governor, or one day be mayor, or one day be a CEO,” Tubbs said. “How do you make sure that no matter...
    STOCKTON (CBS13) — Earlier this week Mayor Michael Tubbs conceded the Stockton mayoral race to challenger Kevin Lincoln, ending his tenure as the city’s top elected official. “It was definitely a big shock,” Tubbs said. At age 26, he became the city’s youngest mayor with 70% of the vote in 2016. Tubbs was first elected to the Stockton city council in 2012. The Stanford University graduate was only 23 years old when elected to serve on the city council. “I am incredibly proud of the work of myself, of my staff,” Tubbs said. “I’m the youngest ex-mayor in the history of this country.” Thrust into the limelight at a young age, Stockton native Tubbs garnered the support of international icons and powerhouse politicians. “I’ve been blessed to be supported from former teachers, basketball coaches, Oprah, President Obama, V.P.-elect Harris. I won’t apologize for being able to have networks,” Tubbs said. His connections led to criticism that he lost touch with the city’s needs. “After working at Google, the White House, I could have done a million other things after college....
    When Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs conceded defeat Tuesday in a bid for a second term in this troubled San Joaquin Valley city, it was a painful moment he had not expected. “As someone who is used to winning, it’s always difficult when things don’t work out in your favor,” Tubbs said Wednesday from Los Angeles, where he was in town for meetings. “I put my heart and soul into my job, so I took it very personally.” Tubbs lost to Republican challenger Kevin Lincoln, a military veteran who served on Marine One, the presidential helicopter, during George W. Bush’s administration, but who has never held political office. Lincoln won with 56% of the vote, about 12,000 more ballots in his favor than Tubbs. Critics of the incumbent say voters rejected him because of problems in the city including poverty and homelessness and a sense that Tubbs was more interested in national affairs than local ones. Tubbs said he believed he’d been misrepresented in a “four-year misinformation campaign” on social media, including by a political page on Facebook...
    STOCKTON (CBS13)  — Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs has conceded to challenger Kevin Lincoln. The latest numbers show him trailing by more than 11,000 votes. Tubbs made headlines becoming the city’s youngest and first black mayor back in 2016. He won that contest by more than 70 percent of the vote. He’s also been in the national spotlight and has had support from big names like president Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey. On Tuesday, Tubbs released a statement saying, in part, “I am honored to have served as your mayor and I will continue to support the work needed to move our city forward.” Tubbs also congratulated Lincoln, wishing him the best as the new mayor. “He [Lincoln] will need all of our support as we still have issues of poverty, education, health, and especially COVID-19 that must be addressed,” Tubbs said in a statement. Earlier this month, CBS13 spoke to Lincoln about the close race. He said getting boots on the ground in the community helped his campaign. “People started engaging more and more. And paying more and more attention...
    Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, a Democratic rising star with a national reach, is trailing in a reelection bid to an upstart Republican contender — a potential upset driven in part by a local social media page that has become a kingslayer if not a kingmaker in this San Joaquin Valley city. Tubbs, the city’s first Black mayor and a favorite in progressive circles for championing ideas such as universal basic income, trailed Republican Kevin Lincoln 52% to 48%, though county officials said many mail-in ballots remained to be counted, leaving the possibility of a reversal. Though Tubbs won his first mayoral election in 2016 with 70% of the vote and an endorsement from President Obama, this time he has been dogged by a social media page whose founder acknowledges he harbors a grudge against Tubbs — and which has hounded the incumbent, and other local political figures, with years of accusations of corruption and misdeeds. As the city’s local newspaper, the Record, has struggled with staff cuts in recent years, the social media page, the 209 Times,...
    STOCKTON (CBS13) — The city of Stockton, hit hard by the homeless and housing crisis, is now in the middle of a political battle. Current mayor Michael Tubbs is falling behind in the polls against challenger Kevin Lincoln. See the latest results for the Stockton Mayor race here.  Tubbs made headlines becoming the city’s youngest and first black mayor back in 2016. He won that contest by more than 70 percent of the vote. He’s also been in the national spotlight and has had support from big names like president Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey. So what happened that caused Mayor Tubbs to fall behind early in the polls? Brian Kunk is an associate professor of political science at the University of the Pacific. He says the spotlight may be part of the blame. “The sense that the mayor may have too much star power and may not be sufficiently focused on doing the work in Stockton,” Kunk said. More from CBS Sacramento: ‘Blue Dots Spray-Painted In Front Of Several Roseville Homes With Biden-Harris Signs Detectives: Trap Door...
    STOCKTON, Calif. (KGO) -- Michael Tubbs walks into his office, apologizing for being a few minutes late. It's hard for him to leave his little boy, who is less than a year old, he explains.It doesn't come as a surprise that anyone would have trouble separating from a child, even for just a few hours. For Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, it is especially difficult.OUR AMERICA: Living While Black"My mom Racole was a teenager when she had me, and my father, Michael, was incarcerated when I was born and has been incarcerated for 25 of the last 27 years."Tubbs attributes much of his success to his mother, grandmother and aunt. He described them as a "wall of mothers" that kept him from straying. "They did everything they could to kind of insulate me from the harsh realities of poverty."Their effort more than paid off in 2016 when Tubbs became Stockton's youngest and first Black mayor.Four years on, Tubbs is being watched closely across the country -- not just because he is a political rising star, but because this native son is...
    Denver in Decay, a documentary by KNUS radio personality and filmmaker Steffan Tubbs that castigates the city for its alleged inaction on chronic homelessness and violent protests, was meant to be provocative. But did it provoke "Denver on the Rise," a new and decidedly optimistic city-produced video shared via Twitter and other social media channels on October 7? Tubbs admits he can't prove it, but he has suspicions. Corresponding via email, he writes: "I think the City of Denver went, 'Holy shit — Tubbs's film isn't as slanted and bad as we thought!' and 'We should do something ourselves!'" Not true, maintains Theresa Marchetta, a former TV reporter/anchor and spokesperson for Mayor Michael Hancock, who narrates "Denver on the Rise." When asked by email if "Denver on the Rise" is a response to Denver in Decay, she answers with a simple "No," adding that she hasn't had time to watch that documentary.Related Stories Denver in Decay: Steffan Tubbs on Controversial New Documentary Breonna Taylor Protests: Media in Denver Puts Violence Before Peace COVID-19 Denver: Average Cases Have Doubled in Two Weeks...
    Loading the player... SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A growing number of mayors across the country support giving cash to low-income families with no restrictions on how they can spend it — part of a growing movement to establish a guaranteed minimum income to combat poverty and systemic racism. Mayors in at least 25 cities — from Los Angeles to Paterson, New Jersey — have pledged to support such programs as part of the group Mayors for a Guaranteed Income. They are led by Michael Tubbs, the 30-year-old mayor of Stockton, California, who launched one of the country’s first guaranteed income programs last year with the help of private donations from Silicon Valley. Read More: HBO doc ‘Stockton On My Mind’ chronicles Mayor Michael Tubbs’ journey The idea of guaranteed income programs has been around for decades, but it got a lot of attention in the U.S. as the centerpiece of Andrew Yang’s failed bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Critics have scoffed at Yang’s plan, which would have cost $2.8 trillion a year while giving every American $1,000...
    Michael Tubbs celebrates after being elected he youngest and first Black mayor of Stockton, California. (Photo: HBO) It has been eight years since Mayor Michael Tubbs made history as the youngest person and first Black man to be elected mayor of Stockton, California and the world will get to learn more about his journey in the upcoming HBO documentary Stockton On My Mind.  Read More: HBO doc ‘Stockton On My Mind’ chronicles Mayor Michael Tubbs’ journey The film follows millennial Tubbs’ personal and political journey and explores how growing up amid poverty and violence shaped his vision for change. At 26 years old and on the same day Donald Trump was elected in 2016, he became the youngest mayor of a major American city and set out to lead his beleaguered hometown in a different direction. theGrio caught up with the history-making politician to find out how he feels now that the film that has followed his journey is ready for the world. “I have a lot of butterflies,” Tubbs admits. “Stories about cities like Stockton and stories about incarcerated people like my...
    HBO Mayor Michael Tubbs helping the homeless in Stockton, California. The latest documentary to be released this summer is Stockton on My Mind, which chronicles the story of Michael D. Tubbs Jr., the youngest and first African-American mayor of Stockton, California. It premieres Tuesday, July 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. If you don’t have cable, here’s how to watch Stockton on My Mind on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV or other streaming device:Heavy may earn an affiliate commission if you sign up via a link on this pageAmazon Prime’s HBO ChannelIf you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber or you want to start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, you can watch all live and on-demand HBO content via the HBO Amazon Channel, which comes with a seven-day free trial: Watch HBO on Amazon Prime Once you’re signed up for both Amazon Prime and the HBO channel, you can then watch Stockton on My Mind either live as it airs or on-demand anytime after. For either option, you can watch on your computer via the...
    City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images) It’s finally time for the world to see how Mayor Michael Tubbs made history as the youngest mayor of a major American city at 26 and became the first Black man to be elected mayor of the Northern California town in 2016. HBO premieres Stockton On My Mind, the stunning documentary from Marc Levine, on Tuesday and will make it available for free next week. Here are 5 reasons you should watch: Read More: HBO doc ‘Stockton On My Mind’ chronicles Mayor Michael Tubbs’ journey Michael Tubbs is amazing. Tubbs’ history-making mayoral win at age 26 is just the start of the project that highlights how he beat the odds to achieve his dreams and continues to take big risks to improve his hometown—a place known for being riddled with crime and poverty. Viewers will come to understand how he came up with some of his most controversial initiatives like the nation’s first ever municipal level basic income pilot, known as the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration or SEED. Hometown heroes. While Stockton On...
    City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images) It has been eight years since Mayor Michael Tubbs made history as the youngest person and first Black man to be elected mayor of Stockton, California and the world will get to learn more about his journey in the upcoming HBO documentary Stockton On My Mind. Read More: Mayor Michael Tubbs unveils controversial plans to solve his city’s poverty problem Here’s the description: The film follows millennial Tubbs’ personal and political journey and explores how growing up amid poverty and violence shaped his vision for change. At 26 years old and on the same day Donald Trump was elected in 2016, he became the youngest mayor of a major American city and set out to lead his beleaguered hometown in a different direction.  Stockton was ground zero for the subprime mortgage meltdown in 2008 and then became the first major U.S. city to declare bankruptcy. Now as Stockton’s first African-American mayor, Tubbs is launching some of the boldest policy experiments in the country to lift up his city of 300,000 residents. Born to a teenage...
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