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Update: Delta College approves new stadium after field mistake


UPDATE at 11:45 p.m.

Delta College trustees approved a new soccer field by a 4-0 vote Tuesday night, paving the way for a new field to be in place possibly as soon as August 2015.

"Some mistakes were made on that practice field and so we're kind of trying to rectify some of those mistakes and finally get the field that was in the original plans out there for our soccer teams to play on," Delta College Athletic Director Dr. Daryl Arroyo said.

The new field will integrate the soccer program into the existing facilities for football and baseball.

"We have a field house out there. We have bathrooms, we have a concession stand," Arroyo said. "Only soccer doesn't use it."

"This is a facility that we absolutely need," Delta Board of Trustees President Taj Kahn said. "Soccer is growing in the United States tremendously."

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I-5 south through Stockton a challenge


STOCKTON - Drivers already frustrated by never-ending construction on Interstate 5 in Stockton have a new challenge to face. South of March Lane, the southbound traffic is separated, with the far right lane taking cars away from the middle and left lanes.

Two exits in that area aren't accessible if drivers make the mistake of staying to the left and not moving into that right lane.

The southbound lane separation is expected to last for about six months. The freeway construction projects on I-5 in Stockton won't be completed until 2016.


How to use social media to manage your brand

How to use social media to manage your brand

MODESTO — Social Media is no longer a tool of the future; it’s the here and now. In fact, Adrenna Alkhas, president of the Central Valley Public Relations Organization, says social media is today’s biggest brand management trend.

The most important part of brand management is “consistency in your messaging,” Alkhas said. Everything a company puts out should display the same message. From color schemes, to taglines, to what platforms you use to engage your audience, everything should be synonymous with your message.

Fire devours Clements restaurant


CLEMENTS, Calif. - Firefighters switched from offense to defense while battling a fire that destroyed a restaurant in Clements Monday night.

The fire was first reported at 11:30 p.m. near state Route 12 near Mackville Road, according to the battalion chief on scene.

Crews were on the roof of the building fighting the fire for 45 minutes until it got out of control, forcing them to move everyone off the building, the battalion chief said.

Two warehouses were also in the complex where the restaurant was located but they were saved.

No injuries were reported according to the battalion chief.

Seven different fire departments responded to the fire.


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A conversation with the Stockton Symphony’s Peter Jaffe

A conversation with the Stockton Symphony’s Peter Jaffe

STOCKTON — The Stockton Symphony begins its 88th season Sept. 13 with its performance in collaboration with  Cirque de la Symphonie, which returns for two new performances at Atherton Auditorium on the San Joaquin Delta College campus. The performance combines cirque acrobatics with live orchestra music and proved popular with audiences two years ago.

In addition to its musical contribution to Stockton’s cultural landscape, the symphony helps educate young people in San Joaquin County about music through its two programs, the Steppin’ Out concerts and  Harmony Stockton.

Should you learn to code?

Should you learn to code?

The explosion in web, mobile applications and smart technology has led to an increased interest in computer programming. That interest has prompted many people to ask whether coding is a skill everyone should learn, just like reading or writing.

Former Microsoft executive, Hadi Partovi, is promoting programming as a component of core education, like science and math. He said schools in most states treat computer science as an elective rather than something everyone should learn.

Rising out of the ground again in San Joaquin County - "Spec" buildings!

Rising out of the ground again in San Joaquin County - "Spec" buildings!

The Buzz Oates Group of Companies demonstrated its faith in San Joaquin County and Stockton's economy this morning with a wall-tilting and celebration of the first speculation building since early 2009. Chief Investment Officer Kevin Ramos said the timing is perfect for the construction of this building and they have already received some inquires through their brokerage Jones Lang LaSalle. The 257,000 square foot, Class-A warehouse distribution facility is in the Stockton Airport Business Center. "We haven't' seen anything like this over the last five years," said Ramos. "We have seen the signs that the economy is coming back and Buzz Oates is making the investment now." Robert Taylor, JLL Executive Vice President, said the signs were evident that it was time to start building. "There is a less than eight percent vacancy rate in San Joaquin County right now for Class A high cube warehouse space like this.