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Stockton police finally hiring 'sales tax' officers


STOCKTON - When Stockton Chief of Police Chief Eric Jones announced the hiring of 10 more officers Tuesday, it was the first time officers had been hired with funding from a voter-approved sales tax hike.

Measure A sales tax revenue allowed the city to pay for another 120 officers. Jones said Tuesday that seven of the new hires are "Measure A" officers.

"Today is a big day for us," Jones said.

Even though voters approved a much larger police force, Stockton continues to lose nearly as many officers as it hires. Retirements and officers taking different jobs continues to limit hirings in Stockton.

"It's just the hiring process and recruitment process takes a lot of time. We're now seeing the dividends. We've been gearing up this hiring machine for some time and it's now beginning to pay off," the chief said.

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Update: Stockton police release person of interest in July robbery, shootout


UPDATE at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014:

Stockton police said a man they questioned Tuesday morning in connection to a July robbery at the Bank of the West -- that led to a high-speed chase and shootout -- was released as a person of interest.

Pablo Ruvalcaba, 21, voluntarily spoke with investigators, police said. He was then released by police.

Original post on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014:

STOCKTON - In a news conference Monday, Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said investigators believe Pablo Ruvalcaba, 21, drove the car involved in the robbery at a Bank of the West in July that led to the deaths of two robbers and a hostage.

Jones was joined by FBI and ATF agents who separately announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the person who sold an illegal AK-47-style gun to the robbers.

Update: Stockton PD releases Bank of the West robbery person of interest


UPDATE at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014:

Stockton police said a man they questioned Tuesday morning in connection to a July robbery at the Bank of the West -- that led to a high-speed chase and shootout -- was released as a person of interest.

Pablo Ruvalcaba, 21, voluntarily spoke with investigators, police said. He was then released by police.

Original post 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Stockton police Officer Joe Silva confirmed that Pablo Ruvalcaba, 21, is being questioned by Stockton police Tuesday.

Ruvalcaba is suspected of being the person who drove the car involved in the violent robbery and shootout at the Bank of the West in July -- a shootout that led to the deaths of two robbers and a hostage.

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Stockton corners the market on medical tubing industry

Specialized Engineering is the largest medical tubing manufacturer in Northern California, and it’s based right here in Stockton.

Two children, adult shot injured in Stockton shooting


A 3-year-old, an 11-year-old and a 30-year-old

were shot Saturday night but all wounds were not life-threatening said Stockton police spokesman Joseph Silva.

The age of kids and adult have not been released.

There was also a fatal shooting that happened in the same area Saturday morning but police are unsure if both incidents are related.

That fatal shooting involved a 25-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman who were shot near Princess Lane and Duke Drive around 2:15 a.m.

Credit rating agencies give Delta College outstanding marks for 2014

Credit rating agencies give Delta College outstanding marks for 2014

Credit rating agencies Moody's, Standard & Poor's, and Fitch Ratings have given San Joaquin Delta College outstanding credit ratings for the existing $250 million Measure L General Obligation Bond, passed in 2004.

Bond credit ratings are the equivalent of an individual's credit score and are designed to gauge the risk a bondholder will receive on their investment. In preparation for the District's Series 2014C $35 million bond issuance, the District's controller and financial adviser undertook surveillance credit reviews from the three major ratings agencies.

All three agencies affirmed the District's current excellent bond credit ratings. These credit ratings determine the costs the District will pay to borrow funds, and its ability to retain favorable debt structuring.