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I Have A Voice: Dr. Gene Bigler

Dr. Gene Bigler a visiting professor of International Relations at the University of the Pacific, and retired member of the U.S. Foreign Service; is a passionate man about Latin America’s culture and history. Continue reading

Book Review: Say You’ll Be Mine

Say You’ll Be Mine: Parte de Julia Amante

By Richard Soto

Grand Central Publishing of New York City has done it again in publishing Julia Amante’s second novel set in Temecula, California and Argentina.  In her second book, Ms. Amante explores with great sensitivity the delicate issues of child adoption, child rearing, love, cultural nationalism, discrimination and success. Continue reading

James Butler,one of the candidates interested in leading the city of Stockton in 2013.

Plant Maintenance Supervisor, James Butler, is one of the candidates interested in leading the city of Stockton in 2013. Continue reading

Cinco de Mayo Parade’s First Annual King and Queen Pageant

San Joaquin County, CA — “Being bilingual gives me the ability to communicate in the workforce and it allows me the opportunity to understand my roots and background,” explained Gabriela Fernandez who was crowned Queen of the Cinco de Mayo Parade Pageant 2012. Continue reading

International Run Crosses Stockton

STOCKTON, CA- Five runners stopped through the streets of Stockton on their way to Alaska as they participate in the Peace and Dignity Journey of 2012. Continue reading

UC Merced Campus Earns Leed CertificationUC

Merced’s Long Range Development Plan earns recognition for green design and construction; Logistical Support/Safety Facility achieves LEED Gold certification


MERCED, Calif. — The University of California, Merced, recently earned what they consider to be the most prestigious of a growing list of awards for its Long Range Development Plan, while the campus had its seventh building certified “Gold” by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

UC Merced’s commitment to sustainability can be seen throughout the campus, which now has eight buildings LEED certified silver or better, and in its ambitious goal to achieve zero net energy use, contribute zero waste to landfills and produce zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 — known as the Triple Zero Commitment.

“At UC Merced, we’re attempting to set new standards for energy efficiency and environmental stewardship in our building design and construction,” said Thomas Lollini, FAIA, campus architect and associate vice chancellor for Principal Planning, Design and Construction. “These latest achievements show that we are on our way toward not just meeting those standards, but exceeding them.”

Development Plan Among ‘Top Ten Green Projects’

UC Merced’s grand plan for campus design and construction — the 2009 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) — continues to be lauded by industry organizations. The latest recognition is the LRDP’s inclusion in the Top Ten Green Projects list compiled each year by the American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment. The award, given to the leading examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions, will be formally announced at a convention in May in Washington, D.C.

The plan, which has been honored several times for its commitment to sustainability, earned high praise from the AIA judges for its ambitious goals, the many successes already achieved toward those goals, and UC Merced staff’s diligent monitoring of the campus’ performance in areas of sustainability.

“This is a profound example of taking the long view of the built environment, setting out an early plan, identifying benchmarks, designing and building a campus, seeing if you are meeting your benchmarks, and continuous improvement until hopefully you reach the goals of zero energy and zero waste for 10,000 students in 2020,” wrote one juror. “It’s an astonishing ambition, and they are on track.”

According to principal planner Richard Cummings, UC Merced’s Physical Planning, Design and Construction team was assisted in developing the 2009 plan by a consultant team that included Bruce Race, FAIA, FAICP, RACESTUDIO; Cliff Lowe Associates; A. Plescia & Co.; Shabnam Barati, Impact Sciences; Paul Heath, Business Place Strategies; STANTEC; Fehr & Peers; and Douglas Jamieson.

Another Campus Building Strikes Gold

The campus’ Logistical Support/Safety Facility (LSSF) is the latest UC Merced building to achieve LEED Gold certification. The facility, which encompasses two metal buildings joined by a loading dock, houses the departments of material management, mail services; environmental health and safety; facility management; and transportation services.

Construction of the LSSF featured a number of sustainability-related achievements. Around 77 percent of the construction waste was diverted from landfills and was ground up for reuse by farmers and nurseries; potable water use in the facility was reduced by 48 percent via the installation of waterless or low-flow urinals, lavatories and sinks; and 24 percent of the materials used in construction were made from recycled content.

All of those factors contributed to the high LEED ranking. The facility was also the first UC Merced construction project to achieve several new LEED credits: a renewable energy credit, thanks to the campus’ 1-megawatt solar array constructed in 2009; an alternative fuels credit, for offering a 20 percent discount on parking permits for drivers of fuel-efficient vehicles; and an “Innovation and Design” credit, which the LSSF earned for its Green Cleaning Plan.

“Achieving LEED Gold on a metal building here on campus goes to show our high commitment to sustainability,” said Mark Maxwell, UC Merced’s assistant director of construction and sustainability.

UC Merced’s standards for sustainability are only increasing, Maxwell said. Four completed projects are all expected to achieve LEED Gold certification or better: the Dining Expansion (platinum), the Early Childhood Education Center (gold), Housing 3 (platinum) and the Social Science and Management Building (platinum). And the campus is pursuing LEED Platinum for each of its four newest construction projects: Housing 4; the Student Activity and Athletic Center; Science and Engineering Building 2; and the Student Services Building.


Information provided by UC Merced

California Act that would allow farm and labor workers to work lawfully moves ahead

SACRAMENTO, CA — AB 1544, the California Agricultural Jobs and Industry Stabilization Act of 2012 that would allow undocumented farm and service-sector workers to stay in California lawfully, was approved on Wednesday,  April  18,  in the California Assembly Committee on Labor and is now ready to move to the next committee—the Appropriations Committee. Continue reading

Water Measures Request Third Party

EDITORS NOTE: Earlier this year, Investigative Reporter Deanna Lynn Wulff  discovered the Peripheral Canal‘s 12 Billion dollar projection may be closer to 40 billion.

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Bill Berryhill announced  April 24, 2012 that the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife passed out two common sense water measures, Assembly Bills 2421 and 2422. 

AB 2421 requires that an independent third party Cost/Benefit analysis must be completed on any plan that is submitted as part of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).  Many in the Delta have strongly expressed skepticism to the BDCP’s ability to achieve the co-equal goals that were mandated by the Legislature in 2009.  Nearly all of the options being studied, including a tunnel that could divert the entire Sacramento River around the Delta, will have a significant financial burden on California. Continue reading

Handing Traditions to upcoming generation

STOCKTON, CA – Fathers and Families of San Joaquin hosted, “The Boys and Men of Color Summit” at the University of the Pacific on Friday, April 20th. Continue reading

Taking Steps to Equality

STOCKTON, CA – On Saturday, April 21 the Women’s Center of San Joaquin County hosted its 5th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event on Pacific Avenue on Stockton’s Miracle Mile. Continue reading

Candidate for City Council could be voice of Latinos in Stockton

STOCKTON, CA –Three Stockton City Council seats are up for election in the June 5th Primary and November 2nd General election.   In District 4, Attorney Moses Zapien is challenging incumbent, Diana Lowery.   Continue reading

The Diocese to $3.75 million to victim of Fr. Michael Kelly

STOCKTON, CA — on the morning of April 20, 2012 Stockton County Superior Court Judge Bob McNatt, announced the settlement of the sexual abuse claims filed by Manly & Stewart’s client, who revealed himself after the settlement to be Travis Trotter. Continue reading

The Diocese of Stockton to pay $3.75 million dollars to the victim of Fr. Michael Kelly.

STOCKTON, California (April 20, 2012)  – This morning, at 10:00 a.m., Stockton County Superior Court Judge Bob McNatt, announced the settlement of the sexual abuse claims filed by Manly & Stewart’s client, John TZ Doe.  Continue reading

California DREAM Act Application Now Available

Approved in October of 2011, applications for the CA DREAM ACT (AB-131). are now open for qualifying students. Similar to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid most known as FAFSA, the Student Aid Application for Dream Act Students (SAADAS) will determine eligibility for California student financial aid. The California Student Aid Commission will have an all day live Webinar on April 20th to answer questions via IM & Text messages on the California DREAM ACT. There will be specific hour sections in several languages for students, teachers, counselors and parents.

 Students may download the application at:

Lathrop receives $5 million for amphitheater, recreation area, and playground

SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that it has awarded a $5 million grant for a new community complex in the city of Lathrop that will feature an amphitheater, recreational use area, community complex building, public art courtyard, playground area, skate and BMX park, community garden, and parkour course. Continue reading

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