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Christmas Food Baskets: A Traditional Community Gift

STOCKTON, CA – Only a week away from Christmas, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) along with community members, and organizations, gathered to assemble nearly 1,600 food baskets for disadvantaged families in San Joaquin County.

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SACRAMENTO, CA  —UC Davis Health System has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, to partner to improve the health and well-being of its residents through the exchange of ideas, data and research on telehealth, scientific and technical development, and neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Two Latinas Vying for the CA Assembly| Mayra Barrios


(bw) CALIFORNIA – The new 13th State Assembly District offers the Latino community a possibility of having a Latina as the Member representing San Joaquin County — two Latinas are vying for the District.

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State Controller Continues to find Discrepancy’s in Cities throughout California

Motebello, CA  – State Controller John Chiang today released his final review  of the City of Montebello, exposing possible pension spiking, payroll errors, a loose petty cash drawer, and systemic problems in the City’s internal controls of its Finances.


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San Joaquin RTD Fare Restructure Starts January 1

(Stockton, CA) – On January 1, 2012, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) is
implementing a new, simplified fare structure that eliminates transfers, 10-ride passes,
and other passes, and changes the way RTD operates its Fare Vending Machines
(FVM). This restructure is the result of a fare study, public hearing comments, and
staff analysis.

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Boys and Girls are visited by Santa Claus at their club

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Mayra Barrios

(bw) STOCKTON, CA – Early visit by Santa Claus at the Boys and Girls club in Stockton gives children an early surprise during the clubs Christmas lunch on Thursday, December 21.


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City of Tracy Shares Proper Holiday Trash Disposal

(TRACY, CA) – The City of Tracy in partnership with Tracy Delta Solid Waste Management, Inc.

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Campaign to Cut Waste: U.S. will stop Production of Excess Dollar Coins

By Mayra Barrios

WASHINGTON- Vice President Biden announced on Tuesday December, 13 that the U.S. Mint would suspend the production of Presidential dollar coins for circulation as part of the Obama Administration’s Campaign to Cut Waste.

An estimate of 1.4 billion surplus dollar coins are sitting in Federal Reserve vaults due to lack of demand for the coins. By halting this unnecessary production, the Administration will save taxpayers at least $50 million per year in production and storage costs. 

In 2005, Congress enacted the Presidential $1 Coin Act, which mandated that the United States Mint issue new Presidential $1 Coins with the likeness of every deceased President.  But more than 40 percent of the $1 coins that the United States Mint has issued have been returned to the Federal Reserve, because nobody wants to use them.

Avoid Wild Mushrooms

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By Mayra Barrios

Avoid Wild Mushrooms

As the winter mushrooms season come s near, the California Department of Public Health reminds consumers that eating wild mushrooms can cause serious illness and even death.

“It is very difficult to distinguish which mushrooms are dangerous and which are safe to eat.  Therefore, we recommend that wild mushrooms not be eaten unless they have been carefully examined and determined to be edible by a mushroom expert,” Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and State Public Health Officer in a recent press release to alert consumers.

According to the California Poison Control System (CPCS), 1,748 cases of mushroom ingestion were reported statewide in 2009-2010.  Among those cases two individuals died and ten individuals suffered a major health outcome.

The most serious illnesses and deaths have been linked primarily to mushrooms known as Amanita phalloides, or the “death cap”. Mushrooms that grow in California and are commonly found during fall, late winter or spring reported the CDPH.

In 2009 The Record reported that a family from Lodi ended up in an intensive-care unit at a San Francisco hospital after eating “death cap” mushrooms by mistake.

Immigrants are susceptible to confusing these two varieties of mushrooms because they often resemble their native countries edible varieties.

Senior one-on-one Event


By Mayra Barrios

On the left Health Insurance Specialist, Dickson Chan explains Kenneth Johnson his benefits when applying to the program Medicare.

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HIV Serious Problem Among Latinos

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Bilingual Weekly

Mayra Barrios

(BW) SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, CA- 2011 marked 30 years since the first case of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) was found in the United States —a case which became an Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

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Study Shows Sugarcane Ethanol Production Causes Air Pollution

UC Merced researchers show burning of sugarcane fields prior to harvest can create more pollution than previously thought, detracting from benefits of the alternative fuel source

MERCED, Calif. — The burning of sugarcane fields prior to harvest for ethanol production can create air pollution that detracts from the biofuel’s overall sustainability, according to research published recently by a team of researchers led by scientists at the University of California, Merced.

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Scientists Propose Thinning Sierra Forests to Enhance Water Runoff

Less water used by trees would result in more runoff, which could benefit farmers and water managers statewide; Project will examine impacts on forest health and other ecosystem services

MERCED, Calif. — Runoff from the Sierra Nevada, a critical source of California’s water supply, could be enhanced by thinning forests to historical conditions, according to a report from a team of scientists with the University of California, Merced, UC Berkeley and the Environmental Defense Fund.

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US Postal Service Enhances Online Service in Spanish and Chinese

WASHINGTON — Customers from two fast-growing U.S. populations — Spanish and Chinese speakers — will now be able to track packages, look up ZIP codes and learn about U.S. Postal Service products and services in Spanish and simplified Chinese on

“We’re making it easier for our customers to take care of their mailing and shipping needs at a time and place that is most convenient and in a language that is most comfortable,” said Kelly Sigmon, vice president, Channel Access. “Translation of product pages and FAQs in Spanish and simplified Chinese is the latest example of how we’re improving customers’ experiences on our newly redesigned website.”

After English, Spanish and Chinese are the two most popular languages spoken in the United States. Simplified Chinese was selected for the Postal Service’s website because it’s the most common version in written communications.

Multilingual options are the first major functional improvements to since the recent launch of the site’s new look and feel. “Other major enhancements planned for the near future will build on the goal of expanding customer access to our products and services and improving customer service,” said Sigmon. had 413 million visits in 2010 — more than 1.3 million each day. “Other companies have seen 1 to 3 percent of their traffic driven by their multilingual sites,” said Sigmon. “We’re hoping for the same results.”

According to the 2010 Census, the U.S. Hispanic population grew by 43 percent from 38 million in 2000 to 50 million in 2010 while the non-Hispanic population grew by only 4.9 percent. Of the 55.4 million people who speak a language other than English at home, 62 percent (34.5 million) speak Spanish, and 15 percent speak an Asian/Pacific Islander language. According to the 2009 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census, Chinese-Americans are the largest Asian group (3.8 million) in the United States.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Information provided by the USPS

Traffic Advisory for Modesto 99 from Sierra Drive to Kansas Ave.

Modesto – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the #2 (middle) and #3 (right) lanes on northbound and southbound State Route 99 from Sierra Drive to Kansas Avenue.

Work will begin on Monday, December 19, 2011, through Friday, December 23, 2011, from 9:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m.

Crews will work on the roadway in this location.

Motorists should expect 15 minute delays. Alternate routes should be taken whenever possible.

This work is scheduled to begin as listed, but is subject to change based on weather conditions.

Information provided by Caltrans

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