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ACE gives "the business" on special tour!

ACE  gives "the business" on special tour!

The San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission provided an invitation-only Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) train for a special business-to-business tour to San Jose on Thursday. The goal was to give business leaders in the Central Valley a first-hand experience on the ACE train and answer questions regarding current ACE service as well as future plans for expansion in the Valley. About 75 people including city managers, mayors, council members, education and chambers of commerce representatives as well as economic development specialists from San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties participated in the day-long trip which began at dawn. San Joaquin Partnership President & CEO Mike Ammann participated in the tour. Once the group arrived at Diridon Station in San Jose, they traveled by light rail to the downtown San Jose library where Regional Rail Commission Chairman Bob Johnson, a Lodi City Councilman began the day's program.

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Former Tiger Tennis ace helps celebrate new tennis complex

Former Tiger Tennis ace helps celebrate new tennis complex

Thirty years ago, Eve Zimmerman threw herself on newly resurfaced tennis courts at University of the Pacific – and kissed them. That passion brought her back to her alma mater recently to help celebrate the groundbreaking for what is planned as one of the finest tennis facilities on the West Coast, the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center.

Made possible by a $1.5 million gift from Zimmerman, the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center will include 12 courts, a 5,500-square-foot clubhouse, covered player benches, and a new electronic scoreboard. It will occupy a portion of the footprint of the former Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadium.

“This facility will enable Pacific tennis players to shine as Tigers should,” said Zimmerman, who played for Pacific from 1980 to 1984 and went on to become a world-ranked professional player. Returning to Pacific for Homecoming, she will be making her first visit to the campus since she graduated.

Opponents vow to fight delta tunnels despite treasurer's report


Everyone from Silicon Valley to Southern California, and farmers in between, depend on water from the San Joaquin Delta. The proposal for two enormous tunnels through the San Joaquin Delta may be the next big water war in California.

Gov. Jerry Brown's plan is to build two tunnels that are 40 feet wide and 30 miles long to carry Sacramento River water to Southern California. Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of the Restore the Delta coalition, opposes the plan.

"You cannot divert two-thirds of the Sacramento River and anticipate that the ecosystem, the estuary, the farming communities, our delta and our bay will remain healthy and serve the purpose that it does presently for millions of Californians," Barrigan-Parrilla said.

Habitat for Humanity presents single dad with new home


Habitat for Humanity of San Joaquin County presented a single dad with a new home in Stockton Saturday.

William Hill applied for a Habitat home in 2012. Since then, he has put in the required 500 hours of sweat equity to help build a new house for him and his three children.

The organization is not done building housed in the area. On Saturday, Habitat for Humanity also broke ground for four new homes in the same neighborhood.


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Utility Box Design Contest 2

Utility Box Design Contest 2

The Downtown Utility Box Design Contest has returned. The theme is, "Artistic Illusions - Art Reflects Life" requesting designs that create an optical illusion of objects in 3-D. The contest is open to Stockton high school and college students.  Deadline for submission is Monday, November 17 at midnight.  Link here for details.

Highlighted Utility Box Design Contest Past Winner

Deanna Medek started art at a young age.  She developed her skills by drawing her favorite characters. Deanna knew if she wanted to get better she had to take classes so she began formal art instruction in middle school.

Stockton attempted murder suspect caught in North Carolina


A man accused of severely beating a man in Stockton six months ago was captured North Carolina Friday.

The U.S. Marshals Service announced their fugitive task force and Winston-Salem, North Carolina police took suspect Jose Luis Gonzalez into custody during a traffic stop. Gonzalez, 30, was wanted on an arrest warrant for attempted murder.

Gonzalez allegedly repeatedly punched and kicked the victim in the head while he was on the ground during a fight on the 8100 block of Montgomery Avenue on Stockton last May 1, the Marshals Service stated.

The victim suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken by air ambulance to a hospital.

Gonzales is expected to be extradited to California to face charges.


Arrest made in 3-month-old Stockton homicide


The Stockton Police Department announced investigators made an arrest in connection to the death of a 21-year-old woman on Aug. 8.

Jeffrey Taylor, 24, was taken into custody Thursday. He is suspected of involvement in the fatal shooting of Vanessa Shockley, according to police. Shockley was found shot in the chest near an apartment complex on 3200 block of Blue Ridge Circle.

At the time, police said the shooting took place after an alleged dispute and that they were looking for a second young man in his late teens or early 20s.

The investigation continues.