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Home Depot to hire 80,000 amid Spring super sales

Home Depot to hire 80,000 amid Spring super sales


SACRAMENTO - Big-box retailers are pinpointing spring as the perfect time for industry specific super sales. Similar to the big discounts available on Black Friday, bargains at stores like Home Depot, Lowe's and even Walmart are predicted to increase shopping, and in time, require additional help.

Home Depot, for example, is hiring 80,000 employees to help with the spring season.

Walmart's specials started on the first day of spring and will continue for nine days. Home Depot and Lowe's do it a little differently. They have deals going on now, but will continue various offers throughout the season.

Visit the store websites for specific details.


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Birthday girl escapes attempted kidnapping, saved by dad


STOCKTON - A Stockton father came to his daughter's rescue on her birthday Saturday.

Police say Gerald Childs, 33, tried kidnapping three young girls at a birthday party when one of the victim's dad stepped in.

The 11-year-old girl was celebrating her birthday with dozens of her friends outside a Stockton apartment complex Saturday evening when a stranger crashed the party.

Witnesses say Childs jumped over the apartment fence and began growling at the guests. "He looked like he had already had an altercation because he had blood on his shirt already and he was real dirty," neighbor Adrianna Hernandez said.

Authorities say Childs then approached the birthday girl and grabbed her.

"I was scared because he was trying to put her on her back and she was kicking, screaming," said Hernandez.

Delta solar farm plan dies amid red tape

Delta solar farm plan dies amid red tape


STOCKTON (AP) - A plan to build a solar farm atop farmland in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has died after officials decided the land should be kept for agricultural use.

The Stockton Record reported that Michael Robinson's idea to build a 120-acre solar farm atop salty, poor quality soil died after the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors voted against giving the project more time. The same board approved the project in January 2012. But since then two more state agencies had raised concerns that the solar farm plan might require more time consuming and costly review.

The Delta Protection Commission's executive director Erik Vink says the solar farm was not consistent the commission's plan to keep agriculture as the area's main land use.


San Joaquin RTD breaks ground on new Regional Transportation Center!

San Joaquin RTD breaks ground on new Regional Transportation Center!

It was the culmination of seven years of planning Friday morning as San Joaquin Regional Transit District (SJRTD) began construction on its $51.1 million Regional Transportation Center (RTC) in east Stockton. The RTC will replace an aging overcrowded facility originally designed for a fleet of 50 buses, less than half of SJRTD's current fleet. Funding was provided by Federal, state and local agencies. SJRTD CEO Donna DeMartino says approximately $1 million in design costs were saved by arranging for the design copying of Orange County Transit Authority's RTC built in 2008. Congressman Jerry McNerney speaking at Friday's festivities called SJRTD "A model for public transportation in the state of California."

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Area Nat'l. Guardsmen get prison for machine gun theft, sale

Area Nat'l. Guardsmen get prison for machine gun theft, sale


SACRAMENTO - A second California National Guardsman was sentenced to prison for possession of two M-4 machine guns stolen from the Guard's armory in Lodi.

Stephen Gooden, 40, of Stockton, received a one-year sentence in Sacramento federal court and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, Lauren Horwood, spokesperson for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, said.

The stolen machine guns were sold to individuals not authorized to have them, according to court records. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents recovered the guns during an undercover operation.

Luis Castro, 28, of Sacramento, who also served in the National Guard, was sentenced to 20 months in prison in February for the theft and sale of machine guns, Horwood said.


Intuit Vice President gives tips to Small Business Owners at Latina Business Conference

Intuit Vice President gives tips to Small Business Owners at Latina Business Conference

Whitney MacDougall candidly admitted starting her own small business a while back that "dismally" failed, but she is not letting that prevent her from launching another one in the near future. MacDougall, vice president, corporate affairs for Intuit, Inc. owners of Turbo Tax and Quicken, was the keynote speaker at the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 13th Annual Latina Business Conference at the Hilton Stockton yesterday.

"First and foremost, I'm a mom," said MacDougall. She's been with Intuit more than 22 years and said she's learned to balance her professional life with family. "Small businesses really inspire us at Intuit," she said then went on to give tips to the more than 200 people gathered for the luncheon. Those tips: never stop learning, be yourself, and give yourself a break. She described small business owners as having a passion for what they do as well as having an excitement and energy that is captivating.

Stockton mayor takes anti-media stance

Stockton mayor takes anti-media stance


STOCKTON - Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva not only wasn't in the mood to discuss the issue of giving badges to his private security staff, he told two news agencies, including News10, he was finished doing interviews entirely.

Tuesday night it was learned Silva had personally paid for eight badges that resemble police badges. Silva said they're necessary when he visits rough neighborhoods.

Since Silva didn't return calls about the matter on Wednesday, a "key to the city" event Thursday offered News10 and The Stockton Record the opportunity to get more information from the mayor. The information wasn't forthcoming.