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Stockton begins new branding effort

Stockton begins new branding effort

STOCKTON – Visit Stockton, the city’s conference and visitor’s bureau website and tourist information center, has partnered with Nashville-based North Star Destination Strategies in an effort to boost the city’s image.

The effort will be aimed at discovering and defining the community’s exceptional assets and make Stockton stand out in the marketplace.

“Over the next several months, using our Community BrandPrint process we’ll be digging out Stockton’s competitive identity that is derived from the history, the culture, the geography and the society of a place,” Don McEachern, CEO of North Star said in a press release.  “Branding Stockton will give community members the tools to effectively manage the conversation that is taking place in order to build a reputation that is fair, honest, and powerful.”... Read More

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CCAA baseball tournament coming back to Stockton

CCAA baseball tournament coming back to Stockton

STOCKTON – The California Collegiate Athletic Association’s (CCAA) Championship baseball tournament will be heading back to the Stockton Ballpark in 2016. The Stockton Ports, in conjunction with the Stockton Convention and Visitors Bureau, announced that the ballpark will be the site for the 2016 tournament.

It will be the third time in four years that the conference has chosen Stockton to host its tournament. The CCAA currently consists of 13 schools, including CSU Stanislaus, CSU Monterey Bay and  San Francisco State as well as numerous schools from Southern California... Read More

California leads country for most expensive gas

California leads country for most expensive gas

STOCKTON – Area gas prices rose slightly over the last week, increasing by 6 cents to $3.39 in the Stockton-Lodi area. Modesto also saw a 6-cent increase, bringing prices for drivers there to $3.34. Merced drivers saw a slightly smaller increase as their prices rose $.04 to $3.46.

Nationwide, gas prices have stayed relatively stable during the last 30 days. The average price on Monday stood at $2.76 per gallon, the lowest average for this date since 2010. That price is down nearly a nickel per gallon compared to the 2015 peak price reached on June 15 ($2.80).

California has the most expensive gas in the country, with an average price $3.87, up from $3.71 per gallon last week. Alaska ($3.47) Hawaii ($3.34), Nevada ($3.26) and Washington ($3.19) round out the top 5. ... Read More

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San Joaquin County’s Highway 99 project done and under budget

San Joaquin County’s Highway 99 project done and under budget

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY — One of the region’s biggest road construction projects is finished and came in $92 million under budget, Caltrans said Wednesday.

Caltrans, along with the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) and the city of Manteca partnered to widen the freeway from south of SR 120 in Manteca to north of Arch Road in Stockton.

The project was initially budgeted at $250 million in 2007 but only cost $158 million, Caltrans said.

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Holt-Singh remembered one year after Stockton bank robbery and chase


STOCKTON – It's been one year since Misty Holt-Singh's family learned their lives had changed forever.

Holt-Singh was taken hostage during a bank robbery and was killed during a chase and shootout with police on July 16, 2014.

A year later, the community gathered to remember her.

"It's unfortunate we had to go through such a tragedy, we live it every day, but it is good that there is some positive that comes out of it and that's Misty. She would sacrifice for everyone else and she just gave the ultimate sacrifice," said Paul Singh, Holt-Singh's husband.

Thursday night friends, family and strangers gathered at her permanent bench memorial near Thornton Road and Otto Drive in Stockton.

The showing of support meant a lot to her loved ones.

Sales of outdoor faucet locks in Stockton are up due to thefts


STOCKTON, CA – At ACE Hardware in Stockton, sales of outdoor faucet locks are up 200 percent, after a similar increase in thefts of water.

Linda Monschein of Stockton discovered a theft of her water about a month ago. "When I came outside, the hose was across the front yard, laying in the yard. The nozzle was in the grass, and the water was still running," she said.

Though Monschein now uses a screwdriver each night to remove part of the faucet, locks are a popular item at the nearby ACE.

"I don't think it's going to get better either. It's a sad thing what's going on these days," said store owner Mark Ivary. Ivary said he's also going to stock grass paint as the drought continues and demand grows for green lawns.