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Hispanic Chamber to explore civic involvement at luncheon

Hispanic Chamber to explore civic involvement at luncheon

The San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Leaders’ Luncheon on Business on Thursday, July 30 at the Stockton Golf & Country Club.

The focus of this year’s luncheon will be how to take part in the civic process and will feature four speakers who will discuss the importance of civic participation at all levels of government, the Chamber said... Read More

  • Assemblyman Rockey Chavez
  • San Joaquin County Supervisor Carlo Villapudua
  • Latino Leadership & Policy Forum Ruben Barrales
  • El Concilio Executive Director Jose Rodriguez

Scholarships aim to keep health workers in Valley

Scholarships aim to keep health workers in Valley

One of the biggest challenges Central Valley medical offices and patients face is finding top-notch professionals to provide care. Health Plan of San Joaquin is trying to address the problem in a small way by offering $2,500 scholarships to students looking to pursue careers in health care in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.

“We specifically partnered with organizations that have programs built around health careers,” said David Hurst, vice president of External Affairs for Health Plan of San Joaquin. “These students have made a decision to pursue health care related careers.”

This year, applicants were culled from specific programs that partnered with Health Plan of San Joaquin... Read More

Summer jobs available for Stockton 'at-risk' kids


STOCKTON - Three dozen young people are busy working in Stockton this summer because of a jobs program designed to help kids at risk.

Funding came from the city of Stockton. H.O.P.E., Helping Other People Expand, is the agency supervising the kids and their work projects.

"I'd be getting in trouble on the streets, running around, but this job saved me," 16-year-old Marcus Crowell said.

Carlos Valencia, 17, is on probation for burglary but excelling in the work program.

"I applied and came here, it's great," Valencia said. "They put me at the head of the kitchen. Doing good, I love it."

"Here, I'm trying to change my life around and do good," he added. "[Crime] leads to nowhere. I don't want to be a nobody when I grow up."


Stockton mayor, council member butt heads at meeting


Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva and Council member Michael Tubbs exchanged some heated words during the city council meeting this week.

During the meeting, the council had a lengthy discussion about making sure the public comments portion of the meeting were appropriate. The discussion and the meeting ran smoothly and with decorum.

However, as the meeting was ending, Silva directed several comments at Tubbs.

"You have this anger, on your phone or iPad. When vice mayor makes a motion, you don't have to get upset," Silva said. "This is a family. I know you smile when you're nervous. I haven't slammed you when you got your DUI, haven't slammed you when you voted to fund a non-profit where you sit on the board."

In response, Tubbs said, "Everyone is fatigued with your antics."

Justice Sotomayor to speak at Advancing Women’s Leadership forum

Justice Sotomayor to speak at Advancing Women’s Leadership forum

STOCKTON U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be the keynote speaker for the Advancing Women’s Leadership forum at University of the Pacific in October, the university announced.

Also speaking at the Oct. 23 forum will be Amy Purdy, a 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist and motivational speaker, and Connie Rishwain, former president of the boot company UGG and a graduate of Pacific.

“This forum is intended to promote and showcase women leaders and to cultivate future leaders,” said Kathleen Lagorio Janssen, chair of Pacific’s Board of Regents and a member of the planning committee for Advancing Women’s Leadership. “We want to transform our community by inspiring and empowering youth and adults alike.”

The first Advancing Women’s Leadership forum in March 2013 featured former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice... Read More

Stockton city council dealing with free speech issues


STOCKTON - The public comment portion of Stockton City Council meetings has produced a discussion among council members on how to handle free speech.

It was after a regular council visitor used offensive words discussing his religion and homosexuality that Mayor Anthony Silva asked the city attorney for direction on how to limit that speech.

"You need to get to me what is the legal ramification when someone expresses free speech; at what point have they gone too far," Silva said Tuesday.

City Attorney John Luebberke didn't provide much guidance.

"First amendment law is a murky area," he said.

Vice Mayor Christina Fugazi said she wants to remind speakers before the council their speech should be appropriate, but said it's a balancing act reaching that goal.

Home prices on the rise in Valley

Home prices on the rise in Valley

MODESTO — Home prices in the Central Valley are up over last year, according to the May 2015 CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI).

In Modesto, home prices, including distressed sales, rose 7.9 percent in May compared to May 2014, CoreLogic said.

In Stockton and Lodi, prices, including distressed sales, were up 7.6 percent, year over year.

On a month-over-month basis, Modesto home prices, including distressed sales, increased by 0.8 percent in May 2015 compared to April. Prices rose 1.4 percent between April and May in Stockton and Lodi... Read More