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Day of the Farm Worker: Community Health Fair in Lodi

Lodi, CA — Farm workers are encouraged to attend Día del Campesino (Day of the Farm Worker) on Thursday, October 6, 2011 starting at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Día del Campesino is a free health and community resource annual fair which is scheduled during Binational Health Week for the San Joaquin County community. Participants will be able to receive health screenings including blood pressure checks, diabetes tests and vision screenings. Free food, kids’ activities, entertainment, raffles and important information on community resources is available throughout the day. This years Fair will be at 631 E. Oak St., Lodi. Information: Maria Rosado at (209) 812-9587.

New Hope For Youth: Teen Center

Stockton, CA — Friday, September 16th the Gary and Janice Podesto Teen Impact Center (The Podesto Teen IMPACT Center) cut the ribbon as the facility is under new management — The Family Resource and Referral Agency.

"We are extremely excited about our opportunity to manage the Podesto Teen IMPACT Center," stated Tony Washington, Family Resource & Referral Centers Public Relations Manager. Simultaneously young adults are eager to return to the center, "It’s great that the Teen Center is re-opening," said Shawn Cruz, lead person of Pack A Punch (PAP) a break dancing group of Stockton which competes statewide and among the eight U.S. western states. Continue reading

A total of $12,412,521 dollars for Public Safety:

San Joaquin County Sheriff and the City of Stockton Police Department receive grant

San Joaquin County,  —The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services will grant $4,595,360 to San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and $7,817,161 to Stockton City Police.

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Air Alert for Sept. 29

The san Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District issued an Air Alert for Thursday, September 29, 2011 for the Valley Air Basin. This includes the counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and portions of Kern.

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New Funding for Police

Washington, D.C. –”The citizens of Stockton deserve to have the best safety and security we can provide,” commented Congressman Jerry McNerney in an announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented policing Services (COPS Office) will be granting Stockton nearly 8 Million dollars in funding for law enforcement and San Joaquin County nearly 5 million.

The $7,817,161 to Stockton, and $4,595,360 to San Joaquin County Sheriffs office will be allocated to law enforcement agencies to hire, preserve, and/or rehire law enforcement officer positions.

Throughout the State of California, 190 new police officers will be created and a total of more than $71 million. “I am pleased that this funding will put more police officers on the streets to protect our families and communities,” said California Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA).

The grants provide all of the approved salary and benefits for entry-level officer positions for three years and require police departments to retain the grant funded positions for a fourth year.

The grants will support 190 police officers across California, including 25 each in Oakland, Los Angeles and Sacramento. 

Specifically, the funds will be allocated as follows:

Crescent City Police Department $238,737

Fairfield Police Department$1,809,475

Indio Police Department$1,235,928

Lompoc Police Department$932,844

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department$8,535,100

Madera Police Department$531,896

City of Maywood$428,788

Monterey County$2,369,759

Norwalk Department of Public Safety$810,950

Novato Police Department$1,095,873

City of Oakland$10,739,575

Parlier Police Department$244,057

Perris Police Department$835,833

Placer County Sheriff’s Department$2,587,904

City of Redlands$1,711,616

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department$11,306,450

Sacramento Police Department$8,102,450

City of Salinas$2,832,472

San Joaquin County Sheriff$4,595,360

City of San Jose$1,703,664

City of Stockton$7,817,161

City of Tulare$1,230,792

Williams Police Department$245,450

Sperry Road Construction begining

STOCKTON, CA —On September 30, 2011 a groundbreaking ceremony for the Sperry Road Extension Project at 4554 South El Dorado Street will be held at 11:00 a.m., near the start of construction.

The construction is set to begin in October and is expected to be complete by December 2013. [MORE]The Project aims to provide a direct connection from the Interstate 5/French Camp Road Interchange to the Sperry Road/Performance Drive intersection. This new roadway will include bridges to cross French Camp Slough, El Dorado Street, McKinley Avenue, and the railroads. The roadway will complete the connection between Interstate 5 and State Route 99 for the south Stockton Planning Area.

The purpose of the long-awaited Sperry Road Extension is to reduce existing traffic congestion, improve traffic operations in South Stockton, facilitate the movement of goods and providing services, enhance economic development, and accommodate anticipated travel demands. The Sperry Road extension will be connected to the planned reconstruction of the interchange at French Camp Road and Interstate 5 with a four-lane elevated roadway (two lanes in each direction).

The project was designed by the City of Stockton and the consulting firm of Rajappan & Meyer. The contractor is C. C. Myers, Inc. The construction management will be done by the City of Stockton and Parsons Brinckerhoff.

The project is being funded with Measure K (the local, voter-approved, ½-cent sales tax) dollars, state Proposition 1B Trade Corridor Improvement Fund (TCIF), and local funds.

For more information: (209) 464-8707, Ext. 101

Mosquito Vector Control Board Vacancy

STOCKTON, CA – The City of Stockton is currently accepting applications to fill one (1) vacancy on the eleven-member San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District Board of Trustees. This vacancy is due to the term expiration of a Stockton City Council appointed member on December 31, 2011. The term of office is for four (4) years. The application deadline is Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 5:30p. Continue reading

Enrique’s Journey Visits at San Joaquin County Office of Education: Sonia Nazario Author of the Book delivers message on Immigration

A conversation with Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Winning Author, hosted by Mick Founts Ed. D. Superintendent of Schools.

by Mayra Barrios (bw)
“Immigrants are incredible people because they are willing to leave everything they know for the unknown,” said Pulitzer Prize winning author Sonia Nazario as she addressed an audience of  students, parents and other community members that gathered at the Wentworth Education Center on Thursday September, 15.

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Faith: Our Response to 9/11: a Legacy of Questions

By Fr. Dean McFalls, St. Mary’s Parish,

Stockton, CA. September 10th, 2011- Like all of you, I remember distinctly where I was and what I was doing on that Tuesday morning when the world changed forever.

Something prompted me to do what I never did: turn on the television.

The rest of that day passed like a dream. I can hardly remember anything.

Suddenly, the Modesto Bee’s endless front-page repetition of the Chandra Levy mystery and Congressman Gary Condit’s suspected connection went silent. Suddenly, it was as if the Dot-Com crash had never taken place. Continue reading

Will Climate Change Affect Migration?

Multi-American News Report

Sep 07, 2011- Will climate change contribute to migration in the future as people are displaced? Many experts believe so, and the Migration Policy Institute is the latest to produce a report detailing how.

According to the report, climate change stands to displace people in a number of countries as weather changes affect basic necessities like the food and water supply. The countries most vulnerable to climate change affecting the qualify of life for their citizens are Bangladesh and India; other countries deemed vulnerable include Madagascar, Nepal, Mozambique, the Philippines, Haiti, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Burma and Mexico. Continue reading

Literacy Book Fair

The Record’s Literacy & Book Fair – Family Day at the Park

STOCKTON, CA – Saturday, September 24, 2011 The Record’s Literacy and Book Fair, a Family Day at the Park is being held from 9:30 to 3:30 at University Park in Stockton. A free event to the public " The Record’s signature event, Family Day at the Park provides a full day of fun and educational activities for the entire community," explains producer Carrie Sass. Continue reading

Justice Irrelevant in Davis Execution | New America Media, News Analysis, Peter Schurmann, Posted: Sep 22, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO — At 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon the Ferry Building’s clock tower rung in San Francisco, a somber note under a blue sky as men and women joined hands in a silent circle to pray for the life of Troy Anthony Davis. Above, tourists hooted and hollered as they sped along a zip line running the length of Justin Herman Plaza, their laughter coming in mocking tones to those below. Continue reading

OPINION: Senate Bill 375- What’s at Stake for Us?

Michael Villanueva
Hispanics for Political Action

Senate Bill (SB) 375 is centered on Sustainable Communities Strategy.
There will be Sustainability Forum (AB 375) on Friday, September 23, 2011, 08:00 AM at Council of Government (COG) board room, 555 E. Weber Avenue, Stockton, CA
The public is encouraged to attend and ask questions of the law’s author, Senator, Darrell Steinberg who is the lead speaker.

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OPINION: Is it too early?

benignoThomas A Benigno
Former candidate for congress & business person.
Tracy, CA

Here we go again! Almost the third year into his term of president, Obama is campaigning for re-election.  One wonders what is next for America, and will President Obama win another term or not. Now on the other side, the republicans are staging an attack on president Obama as never before in the history of politics. The republican candidates are also coming out early on a bid for a candidate to take on President Obama in 2012. They themselves have started early to see who has the stamina and most of all, the money to get the nomination.  The candidates vary in many ways but all seem to be going after each other more so than the last election. The issues are varied from immigration, to a balanced budget, but to date none have seemed to strike at the heart of the problem which is the economy and jobs.

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RTD to Participate in “Don’t X Out Public Transit Day”

(Stockton, CA) – the San Joaquin Regional

transit (RTD) will join with other public transportation organizations and supporters throughout the nation on Tuesday, September 20, for “Don’t X Out Public Transit Day.” Supporters of public transportation are asked to wear red as a show of support and as a call to action for Congress to oppose a proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives to cut federal transportation funding by more than 30 percent.

With over 4 million passenger trips on RTD each year, local residents rely on public transportation to get them to work and school every day. “Such drastic cuts have the potential to create service delays, fare increases, and cutbacks to the number of vehicles running, leading to longer wait times. These cuts would have a severe effect on Stockton, as well as the entire country’s ability to create and sustain jobs – further hampering efforts to stimulate the local economy.” said Marketing Director of RTD Paul Rapp.

“Safe and reliable transportation is at risk,” said Donna DeMartino, General Manager and CEO of RTD. “Without federal investment in our nation’s public transit systems the millions of Americans who depend on it daily may be left with longer wait times, overcrowding, and decreased services. Now is the time for our government to be investing in public transportation and our infrastructure, not cutting.”

Organizers of the day say cuts this drastic will mean significant job loss in both the public and private sectors. Estimates show that 614,000 public transportation jobs could be lost over the next six years if a funding cut this extreme takes place.

According to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), for every one dollar invested in public transportation, four dollars in economic returns is generated, and every $1 billion invested in public transportation creates or supports 36,000 jobs.


Information provided by RTD

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