As we begin 2012, Bilingual Weekly’s newsroom extracted the top 10 most read stories during the last 352 days. Please note that the top 10 stories were not selected by the Bilingual Weekly’s staff, our team ran the http://www.bilingualweekly.com English website’s analytics’ report which evaluates the hits received daily and it ranked each story from the highest number of hits to the lowest ranking in local news coverage. The following stories are briefs of the top 10 stories you, our readers clicked on.
10. Stockton Arena: IFG is out, SMG is in
The City of Stockton and International Facilities Group (IFG), the company that manages the Stockton Arena, Stockton Ballpark, Bob Hope Theatre and the Oak Park Ice Arena, announced on January, 2011 that a six-year relationship would end. A thirty-day transition period to a new management company, SMG, started on January 25, 2011.
SMG —formerly Spectator Management Group— is a worldwide venue management group headquartered in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, that specializes in managing publicly owned facilities. SMG began their operation in 1977 with management of the Louisiana Superdome and have grown to one of the largest property management corporations in the world. Presently, SMG operates entertainment venues and convention centers worldwide in Europe, Mexico, Latin American and Asia, as well as venues throughout the United States, including Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, Long Beach Arena and Convention Center and Moscone Center in San Francisco. Click here to read full story on: Stockton Arena- IFG is out, SMG is in
9. City Council debates management of Teen Center
Two months into Stockton’s Teen Center contract with the City of Stockton, Fathers and Families of San Joaquin’s (FFSJ) leadership become unclear to city officials due to an email dating April 21, 2011 by Motecozuma “Patrick” Sanchez. The result, City’s Attorney recommended halting the contract which was pending the Council’s vote.
On April 26, 2011, concerns citizens lined up at City Council’s Public Comment, in their majority to support Sammy Nunez, Executive Director of FFSJ. “I am concerned that as the founder of this agency I was not allowed to defend myself,” Said Nunez.
By Friday, September 16th the Gary and Janice Podesto Teen Impact Center cut a ribbon as the city granted The Family Resource and Referral Agency the contract instead of FFSJ. Click Here to read full story: Teen Center back to City Council for Vote
8. State Wide Spelling Bee Comes Home
On April 16, 2011 approximately 60 —fourth through sixth-grade— students from 31counties in California who were certified as county champions by their County Superintendents of Schools —competed for the state championship. This is the first year San Joaquin County Office of Education has hosted this event.
Two San Joaquin County students, Annamarie Gayla from Waverly School in Linden Unified School District and Samuel Zelalem from Bella Vista Christian Academy in Tracy, were strong competitors in the State finals. Samuel advanced to round five and Annamarie to round 8 before being eliminated. Click here to read full story on: State Wide Spelling Bee Comes Home
7. Book review- Becoming Dr. Q
Local book collector, Richard Soto wrote a book review on Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa — a brain surgeon who arrived in San Joaquin County undocumented and successfully achieved his education.
It was at Delta College that Dr. Q learned the power of writing as it offers “the opportunity to express my own strong point of view.” One of his mentors, Dr. Santiago Roman y Cajal laid out a roadmap for doing good science that emphasized three main steps: first, think clearly; second, design your experiments appropriately; and third, work extremely hard and never give up. Cajal was insistent that scientists not only conduct research but also write about their findings so that others could continue the work. Read full story here on: BOOK REVIEW- Becoming Dr. Q- Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, MD
6. Baby Bash Interview
Baby Bash known nationally for his R&B, Rap, and Pop style music came to Stockton to have an album release party at Taste Ultra Lounge on Friday March, 2011. The artist, from Vallejo, CA, was interview with Stocktonian Motecuzoma Sanchez and Bilingual Weekly’s Sarah Lippincott. Their conversation was transcribed and published.
The conversation included a message of education, hard work and determination. In addition, Bash supported of the DREAM act, and supporting the troops, he also made recommendations to others for their music success. Click here to read full story on: Baby Bash Interview
5.Aeromexico Inaugurates New Flight to Mexico
Aeromexico, one of Mexico’s leading global airlines announced a new flight from Sacramento’s International Airport to Guadalajara Mexico, a flight that began in July 16, 2011.
To celebrate the launch of these flights, Aeromexico along with the Mexico Tourism Board, the Mexican Consulate in Sacramento and 100 Amigos hosted a presentation and informational seminar on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at the Mexican Consulate Office in Sacramento,
A total of three California flights were added to Aeromexico’s fleet including, Sacramento, Fresno, and San Francisco. Click here to read full story on: Aeromexico Inagurates Direct Flight Between Sacramento, CA and Guadalara Mexico
4. Stockton is Magnificent Event
A group fed up with Forbes Magazine made up of proud Stocktonians gathered in an event to show the world that Stockton is not miserable.
The event was hosted by the Miracle Mile Improvement District and was held during the afternoon of Saturday, April 23rd at Pacific Avenue and Tuxedo Court. Volunteer entertainers sang, danced and performed comedy to participating citizens while volunteer artist were busy painting a wall mural on the corner of Pacific and Adams Street.
Forbes ranked Stockton as the #1 the most miserable city in February 2011, and mentioned the city in their America’s Most Dangerous Cities story on their October 2011 issue. Click here to read full story on: Stockton is Magnificent Event
3. The Delta Water Wars Heat Up
Stockton is ground zero for the nation’s biggest and most troubling water war — Delta faces multifaceted environmental and political problems, which have led to the decline of fisheries, wildlife and water quality, and special interests are directing the dialogue away from resolution and restoration.
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) has spent more than $100 million advocating some form of peripheral canal or tunnel conveyance system, which would route water around the Delta rather than restoring it. In reaction, Stockton’s Restore the Delta, an environmental group, is teaming up with the founder of the nation’s largest construction company, A.G. Spanos to sustain Delta water rights.
On the federal level, legislators are pushing Bill House Resolution (H.R.) 1837, which proposes to take water away from Delta wildlife and give it to state water contractors. The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) also recently voted to spend $1.75 million to study a new reservoir in Colusa County.
For ecosystem restoration, one of the cheapest ways to increase Delta flows is through conservation, a concept not entirely ignored. And, California Senate Bill enacted in 2009, set an overall goal of reducing urban water use by 20 percent by December 31, 2020. Click Here to read full story on: The Delta Water Wars Heat Up
2. Obama: DREAM is a good investment
President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union’s challenge to Congress was to pass an immigration reform legislation this year, in his speech—without naming it— he referenced the DREAM Act.
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) —a coalition of the 30 leading Hispanic organizations in the US— said they “were encouraged that the President forcefully addressed the need to pass the DREAM Act and give undocumented workers the chance to come out of the shadows.”
In Stockton Dr. Ines Ruiz-Huston, president of the Coalition of Mexican American Organizations (COMA) said, “It’s just wonderful to see that the President not only realizes the value of an educated youth, but that he will keep pushing for the DREAM.”
While the Federal DREAM ACT has not been approved, State of California’s Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 131 —the California DREAM Act— on October 8 2011 and the Chicago Huff Post Reported that Governor Quinn of Illinois signed their states DREAM ACT. Click Here to read full story on: Obama- DREAM is a good investment
TOP STORY OF THE YEAR:
1. Sacramento Mexican Consulate Moved
On January 31, 2011 the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento opened its doors to a brand new facility. This is the first Sacramento Consulate Office owned by the Mexican Government since they arrived to the city in 1942.
The acquisition of this building demonstrated the Mexican Government’s commitment to foster Mexico-California relations from the State’s capital with a long-term perspective.
The new location and brand-new building offers high visibility in North Natomas near the former ARCO Arena. The office is located at 2093 Arena Boulevard, Sacramento, California 95834. The building is a standalone two-story structure, three times the size of the Consulate’s former premises.
To reach the Consulate General of Mexico their office number is (916) 329-3508 or visit their website at http://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/sacramento.