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Lodi Chamber unveils Economic Vision for 2020

Lodi Chamber unveils Economic Vision for 2020

What are the "must haves" for Lodi's future? How attractive is it today? and what needs to be done to attract future employers? Those are just a few of the challenges the Lodi District Chamber of Commerce tackled in its recently released report, Vision 2020, a combined volunteer vision of what they would like to see the City of Lodi "Be like, look like and work like" in the year 2020.

Chamber President & CEO Pat Patrick presented the report to the San Joaquin Partnership Board of Directors at its regular monthly meeting on October 23rd. Patrick said their research unveiled that economic development in neighboring cities such as Elk Grove, Tracy and Manteca was far ahead of Lodi's, which only has 12 vacant industrial parcels east of Highway 99. He said according to a recent HUD report Lodi is the slowest growing city in the Valley and that equals less tax dollars.

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University of the Pacific Pres. Pamela A. Eibeck named AICCU chair

University of the Pacific Pres. Pamela A. Eibeck named AICCU chair

Pamela A. Eibeck, president of University of the Pacific, has been named the new chair of the executive committee of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, an organization that has represented the state’s 77 private nonprofit colleges and universities since 1955.

Eibeck’s two-year term begins Oct. 24. She succeeds Pepperdine University president Andy Benton.

“California’s partnership with its private nonprofit colleges and universities has played a pivotal role in making our state a symbol of innovation across the globe,” Eibeck said. “Over the course of nearly 60 years, AICCU has made tremendous strides for higher education, and I look forward to the challenges and rewards of continuing that effort during my tenure.”

Kashkari campaigns in Stockton with election closing in


STOCKTON - Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari campaigned in Stockton Wednesday, promising supporters the race can be won.

"We can win this election and break the super majority (in Sacramento)," Kashkari said to a group at Brookside Country Club.

Even though Kashkari's campaign trails Gov. Jerry Brown by about 15 points, he said he overcame a similar deficit leading up to the party nomination.

"I was way behind. Pundits said it was over," Kashkari said. "We ran TV ads, and people paid attention and we got through."

Kashkari received criticism a recent TV ad, which portrayed a young boy in danger of drowning before Kashkari rescues him from the water. The candidate isn't apologizing for any insensitivity in that message.

Landfill Gas to Energy! Republic Services uses methane to power 1600 homes

Landfill Gas to Energy!  Republic Services uses methane to power 1600 homes

Methane is a normal by-product of decomposition in landfills. At Republic Services' Forward landfill in Eastern San Joaquin County, they have harnessed the methane and converted it into power. Republic Services, in cooperation with Ameresco, the largest renewable energy firm in the country, have constructed a 4.3 megawatt twin-turbine power plant next to the Austin Road landfill that runs on the methane pulled out of the nearby landfill. The generated power is sent to the PG&E grid and then to Silicon Valley Power, where it is used to supply 1600 homes in Santa Clara.

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Alpha Gamma Sigma & City of Hope host the 2nd Annual Delta College Be the Match donor registry drive

Alpha Gamma Sigma & City of Hope host the 2nd Annual Delta College Be the Match donor registry drive

Alpha Gamma Sigma & City of Hope will host the 2nd Annual Delta College Be the Match donor registry drive, Thur, Oct 23, 10am-2pm in Danner Hall.

Be the Match registers potential blood marrow donors and matches them with critically ill blood cancer patients. Potential donors complete a short questionnaire, then perform their own cheek swab. City of Hope takes care of the rest.

Last year, Delta’s drive was a great success. 147 students registered with Be the Match. Statewide, over 1350 students registered at Alpha Gamma Sigma (California Community College Scholastic Honor Society) sponsored events.

http://www.bethematch.org/Support-the-Cause/Donate-bone-marrow/

Stockton Children's Museum funds help keep it operating


STOCKTON - The Children's Museum in Stockton held its annual fall luncheon today to help raise funds to keep the museum operating.

News10 has been a proud sponsor of the museum for years and contributions are needed because it does not get city funds due to Stockton's bankruptcy declaration.

The Board of Directors rallied to find the funds to keep the museum afloat through fundraisers like this one.

With winter weather finally approaching, the museum is a great spot on a rainy day to keep kids occupied and constantly learning.

The museum is located near the downtown waterfront at 402 Weber Avenue in Stockton.

To learn more about how you can contribute, visit the Children's Museum in Stockton website here: http://bit.ly/1ziFG0T

Water hyacinth replaces algae along Stockton waterfront


STOCKTON - The Stockton waterfront is finally relieved of smelly green algae now that the hot weather is gone.

However, it comes with a caveat: one green mess replaces another.

Delta waterways are now filled with a plant called water hyacinth. It makes boating practically impossible because the plants get sucked into the engines.

The state said it has been spraying water hyacinth in the delta since last march.

They are still trying to figure out what to do with the lingering problem that makes waterways tough to navigate.