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UOP hosts 'teach-in' on political unrest in Egypt

UOP hosts 'teach-in' on political unrest in Egypt

STOCKTON - On Thursday, Feb. 10, two University of the Pacific professors will host a "teach-in" to discuss recent political unrest events in Egypt.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. in the George Wilson Hall on campus.

Professors Arturo Giraldez and Ahmed Kanna will discuss economic contexts, cultural symbolism and political ramifications. Refreshments will be served.

SMG names Mike Cera general manager of Stockton venues

SMG names Mike Cera general manager of Stockton venues

STOCKTON - SMG is proud to announce the appointment of Mike Cera as General Manager of the Stockton Arena, Stockton Ballpark, the Bob Hope Theatre, and the Oak Park Ice Arena.

Since joining SMG in 2000, Cera has worked in a series of advancing positions in the sports and entertainment facility management industry including tenures at SMG facilities in Florida, Georgia, and most recently as the General Manager at CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, LA. Prior to CenturyTel Center, Cera served as Director of Booking at the Gwinnett Center in Gwinnett, GA and as Director of Event Services at the now named Bank of Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida.

"I am extremely excited and honored to have been selected as the General Manager of the Stockton Arena, Bob Hope Theatre, Stockton Ballpark and Oak Park Ice Arena. They are outstanding facilities and I look forward to working with the community to help these facilities realize their full potential.

Miserable? I think not!

Apparently they stopped shoveling snow long enough to say Stockton is a miserable city. Perhaps they should take another look....

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Chinese urban and land use planners visit Stockton for ideas

STOCKTON - Urban planners from eastern China's largest city are on a quest to learn how to improve Shanghai, a journey that has brought them to Stockton. These professionals are spending six weeks meeting with local Stockton officials, city planners and University of the Pacific professors, to learn the best ways to plan out future development in their hometown. At the conclusion of their six-week training period, the planners will then embark on a four-week visit to major cities in the United States.

The program began Dec. 21 and will continue until March 3. The Shanghai Urban Planning and Land Resources Administration Bureau selected 20 professionals working in the fields of engineering and urban planning and land resources to attend this program. The attendees left home and traveled across the globe to learn what those in Stockton and in major cities in the United States have to teach them.

2-year-old girl in critical after ingesting marijuana; Father arrested

STOCKTON - A 2-year-old girl was in critical condition after ingesting marijuana when left unsupervised by her father Tuesday evening, according to authorities.

The incident happened just before 2 p.m. at a home on the 2300 block of Budiselich Road, said San Joaquin County Sheriff's spokesman Les Garcia. The girl was rushed to a local hospital after she became lethargic and began having seizures. The toddler tested positive for THC, a chemical compound found in marijuana, said Garcia.

Investigators determined the child was left unsupervised for about 15 minutes by her father, identified as Alfonso Correa, and his acquaintance Juan Zambrano, who was also at the home at the time of the incident. During that time period, the girl was able to access a jar lid that had resim from several marijuana cigarettes on it. Garcia said she somehow ingested some it, causing an overdose.

Detectives served a search warrant around 3:30 a.m.

Stockton-San Joaquin Public Library receives $35,000 donation

STOCKTON - The Library & Literacy Foundation generously donated two contributions totaling $35,000 to the Stockton-San Joaquin Public Library system. The library received $33,000 to purchase reading materials and $2,000 for the popular Summer Reading Club.

"This is such great news," said Community Services Director Pamela Sloan. "It couldn't have come at a better time, when our collections and programs need the most support."

The funds will allow the library to purchase approximately 1,3000 copies of high-demand adult reading material, which will reduce the time customers have typically had to wait for popular titles to become available.

Just in time for summer planning, the $2,000 grant will be used to supplement the library's 2011 Summer Reading Club program, which serves about 2,3000 children, teens and adults throughout the county.

"The foundation has been a tremendous partner throughout the years," continued Sloan.

State approves funding for Sperry Road extension

STOCKTON - The City of Stockton has been notified that the State of California approved $30 million in funding for the extension of Sperry Road, a project that will create a connection between State Route 99 and Interstate 5 (I-5). The city is the lead agency on this critical project which will begin construction in July 2011 and expected to be complete in December 2013.

City of Stockton Deputy City Manager Mike Locke has been a proponent of the project for over a decade as the former President and CEO of the San Joaquin Partnership.

"This connection is vital to the movement of goods and jobs creation for the entire region," said Locke. "It will provide direct access to the Stockton Metropolitan Airport and businesses in the area, which will increase safety and significantly improve freight movements to and from this logistical hub of south Stockton, enhancing the opportunity for the retention, expansion and attraction of new industries.