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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

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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

Stockton's own Alyssa Light sings her way to fame on YouTube and Vine


ID=29893951STOCKTON, CA - It wasn't too many years ago that musicians perfected their act, performed live over and over, and hoped to be discovered by the recording industry.

Alyssa Light, 16, of Stockton has found a different way.

"I started on YouTube, then Twitter, Instagram and Vine," said Light, describing her path to large musical exposure.

At 13 she put 'Girl of Fire' on the Internet and that video has 1.7 million hits on YouTube.

It also attracted attention of music industry professionals who've produced a four-song EP that followed a single called 'California Love,' a video with 137,000 hits. Songs from the EP are being sold on iTunes.

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Stockton police lieutenant blasts same-sex marriage in newspaper editorial letter


A Stockton police lieutenant has written a sharply-worded letter to the local newspaper condemning the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

Lt. Toby Will, a former Marine and 25-year veteran of the Stockton Police Department, wrote a 282-word letter to the editor of the Stockton Record which was published in Wednesday's edition under the heading "Marriage ruling shuns God."

The letter claims those who live according to "vile and sinful passions" will be met with the wrath of God.

"...when the highest office in the land publicly declares the legitimizing of homosexuality to be a great victory for the nation, you can be sure that God is giving that nation over to its own destruction," Will wrote.

Stockton man turns losing lotto ticket into more than $1M


A Stockton man turned a losing lottery ticket into more than $1 million – and he's not the first winner in his family.

For those who do not believe in second changes, you may want to meet Bruce Seitz.

The 53-year-old mortgage banker considers himself extremely lucky. It was about a year ago when he bought a California Lotto Scratcher. He didn't win but entered his losing ticket into the 2nd Chance Program.

"A week ago, I signed into the account for non-winning tickets and a big ticket popped up on the screen saying, 'Congratulations, you're a winner,'" Seitz said.

His losing ticket was drawn to win the top prize and now finds himself $1.3 million richer.

At first, he thought it was all a joke.

"I wasn't sure if it was real or not. That's when you kind of start pinching yourself," Seitz said.

Stockton finally evicts squatters from home


STOCKTON - Stockton city code workers thought they solved a problem three weeks ago when evicting squatters from a home on West Poplar. The problem simply returned.

"They never left, there's always people going in and out," said neighbor Pete DaValle.

"They were given adequate time to vacate and they left and we verified they were gone, but then returned and caused danger to children and the community," said Stockton code enforcement official Pete Lemos.

The home was vacant after an elderly couple living there passed away. Neighbors began a campaign of alerting city officials through Facebook when people and children, who weren't renters, moved in. Lemos said the group had rigged wiring to bypass meters, creating a fire danger at the home.