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Hunger Solutions Summit is Friday, September 21

Hunger Solutions Summit is Friday, September 21

The community is invited to attend the “Hunger Solutions Summit”, Sept. 21, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM at the Robert Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Road, Stockton, CA (just north of Stockton Metro Airport, off Arch-Airport Road).

Sponsored by the Hunger Task Force for San Joaquin County, the Summit will offer an overview of Task Force successes in ending hunger and food insecurity in the county over the last five years and the ongoing challenges faced by county residents.  Keynote Speaker George Manolo-LeClair of California Food Policy Advocates will offer an overview of challenges and successful programs affecting hunger and malnutrition in California. 

The just-completed Hunger Survey of San Joaquin County will be presented by Cam Bullock of the San Joaquin Data Cooperative, and a panel of food bank clients, homeless clients and senior clients will share their own stories.

Watch 'Stand Up To Cancer' on News10 Sept 7 @ 8pm

Watch 'Stand Up To Cancer' on News10 Sept 7 @ 8pm

This year 1.4 million Americans will be diagnosed with Cancer.

Help advance groundbreaking research.  Watch 'Stand Up to Cancer' this Friday from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Season’s first Air Alert planned for next week

Season’s first Air Alert planned for next week

Annual program calls for action to keep ozone levels low

As Valley schools go back into session and vehicle traffic picks up, Air District officials are gearing up for the first Air Alert episode of 2012.

The annual air quality-notification program addresses elevated ozone (smog) levels that correlate to increased vehicle use, including back-to-school traffic. About 80 percent of the Valley’s ozone is caused by mobile sources. During back-to-school week, vehicle idling is also a major air-quality concern.

“We are asking people to refrain from idling their vehicles when dropping off or picking up schoolchildren,” said Jaime Holt, the District’s chief communications officer.

Air officials were encouraged by the public’s reception to the first Air Alert notifications in 2011 and anticipate a similar response this year.

Wildfire smoke impacts northern counties: Air officials warn of smoke emissions through weekend

Wildfire smoke impacts northern counties: Air officials warn of smoke emissions through weekend

Smoke from a wildfire near the northern boundaries of the San Joaquin Valley air basin is impacting San Joaquin County, with potential impacts in Stanislaus and Merced counties.

Air officials said the pattern may continue through the weekend, and encourage residents in these areas to monitor their local air quality and take appropriate precautions as needed.

“Our standard is, if you can smell smoke, you are being affected by it,” said Jaime Holt, the District’s chief communications officer.

Smoke produces large quantities of particulate matter, which can exacerbate or cause respiratory disease and lung damage.

The fire in Plumas County is producing smoke that is remaining in the air basin because of a stagnant high-pressure system.

St. Baldricks "Head Shaving Event" Supports Childhood Cancer Research

St. Baldricks "Head Shaving Event" Supports Childhood Cancer Research

Delta College employees and the Associated Student Body Government (ASBG) invite you to help conquer kids cancer at a special "Head Shaving Event" on Thursday, August 16, from 12:30-2:30 at the Delta College Quad.


This St. Baldrick's Foundation charity event works to fight childhood cancers. St. Baldricks funds more childhood cancer research than any organization in the country. Get involved and give hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting cancer.

Excessive heat watch for San Joaquin County

Excessive heat watch for San Joaquin County

The National Weather Service predicts increasing temperatures over 100 degrees that will last for the next several days and into next week throughout the region.

Temperatures this hot can cause undue stress on the human body, as well as pets and livestock. A prolonged period of hot temperatures may lead to the serious medical conditions of heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Public health officials urge the public to be prepared and take precautions to prevent heat stress. San Joaquin County Health Officer, Dr. Karen Furst emphasizes, “Heat stress can result in heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or heat rashes, so it is also important to be aware of dangerous heat related symptoms.”

Air quality deteriorates as ozone levels climb

Air quality deteriorates as ozone levels climb

Rising ozone levels throughout the San Joaquin Valley are causing air quality to deteriorate, and local air officials urge residents to take health-protective measures where necessary.

Typical summer meteorological conditions are ideal for ozone (smog) formation, which officials expect to continue through Thursday.

The District has developed a valuable tool to help residents stay informed about air quality in their area. The Real-Time Air Advisory Network (RAAN) is a free, automated data delivery service that links the subscriber’s computer to an air monitor of choice. (For more information and to subscribe to RAAN, visit http://www.valleyair.org/Programs/RAAN/raan_landing.htm).