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I HAVE A VOICE: María Ramos

“I am a community Activist…”

María Ramos has dedicated her life to eliminate discrimination, oppression, and injustice in her community. Continue reading

Opinion:Research and Development: Settling for Tres Leches Cake

(ADKITCHEN) – Every new bakery starts with faith, and a business plan. Your business weather it is a bakery, car dealership, newspaper, or wedding planner can somehow relate. Continue reading

Stockton has PRIDE for the first time

STOCKTON, CA – The San Joaquin Pride center will host Stockton’s first Pride Festival in recent history on Saturday, August 25th, 2012 at Oak Grove Regional Park. In Addition, there will be a pre-event celebration and art exhibition held on Friday, August 24th, 2012 at the Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery from 6PM until 9PM. Continue reading

I Have a Voice: Jose Cuevas

STOCKTON, CA – Downtown Stockton is a pivotal location for Jose Cuevas, it represents the middle of two worlds – a road to north Stockton one way known for its rich members of the community and a road leading the other directions – toward a bridge that has housed many of Stockton’s homeless or helpless. Continue reading

Breaking the Trend on Crime

*Updated August 07, 2012 at 4:34 pm to say, “oversees 235 organizations and partnered with several of the Miracle Mile Merchants and the University of Pacific.” It used to say it ”coordinated with 235 organizations on the Miracle Mile and the University of Pacific.”

STOCKTON, CA – With the city of Stockton facing high crime rates, the city experienced one district that is breaking the trend. Continue reading

Opinion: Latino Vote National Tour Welcome to Stockton

By Fr. Dean McFalls

As a Caucasian American born into the middle class and raised in Seattle, I always considered citizenship, voting, and making a political difference as a foregone conclusion.  It never dawned on me that huge sectors of American society might feel themselves isolated, counted-out, or systematically unwelcome in the process of self-determination and of shaping the future of this great democratic nation. Continue reading

Stockton Approves Agreements with Six LAbor Groups

STOCKTON, CA – The Stockton City Council approved labor agreements with six of its nine employee labor groups Tuesday, July 24. Continue reading

Recipe: Lavender Thumbprint Cookies with Lemon Curd Filling

by Angela Wright


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks (reserve egg whites)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon(s) dried lavender flowers (Look for dried lavender flowers in spice shops. If using lavender from the garden, make sure it hasn’t been treated with chemicals.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup(s)Lemon Curd, or store-bought
  • 1  egg white
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans


1)      Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with mixer until well blended. Beat in yolks, vanilla, lavender and salt. With mixer on low speed beat in flour just until moist clumps form. Gather dough together in bowl to bind. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

2)      Heat oven to 350 degrees ºF.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or nonstick liners.

3)      Shape scant tablespoons of dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in egg white, then nuts. Place on cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. With your thumb make a deep indentation in the center of each ball.  Bake cookies until firm and lightly golden on bottom, about 19 to 20 minutes.

4)      Remove cookies from oven and immediately fill indentations with curd.  Return to oven and bake 2 minutes longer to set curd.

Lemon Curd:


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice


In the top of a double boiler, beat eggs and sugar.  Stir in lemon juice, butter and lemon peel. Cook over simmering water for 15 minutes or until thickened.

San Joaquin County Reports First Detection Of West Nile Virus Infection

STOCKTON, CA (July 20, 2012) — San Joaquin County Health Officer, Dr. Karen Furst, confirmed that a 48-year old male living in Stockton is the first human with West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in San Joaquin County this year. Continue reading

Voters to Consider New Term for County

(BW) SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, CA – On July 17, 2012 the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors decided in a 4-1 vote to place a measure on November’s ballot to increase Board of Supervisors term limits to three terms in a lifetime. Continue reading

Recent Pacific Grad victim of the Colorado theater shooting

STOCKTON, CA- Petra Anderson ’12, who graduated in May as a composition major in the Conservatory of Music, of the University of the Pacific was caught in last night’s shooting at a Colorado movie theater. The latest information provided is that Petra is undergoing surgery in an Aurora hospital. Continue reading

Opinion: A defect in Women

A defect in Women

Story by Lila Towns

God made women in the sixth day.   It was an intense journey of hard work and extra hours.  An angel appeared and asked: “Why do you dedicate so much time to the creation of this creature?  And the Lord answered: Have you read the project of what I want to accomplish with this creation?   It must be able to wash, but not made of plastic, it has to have more than 200 movable pieces, each exchangeable and be able to function with a diet of left overs o anything, it has to have shelter for four children simultaneously, must have a kiss that can heal anything from a knee up to a broken heart y and it will do everything with a simple two hands. Continue reading

Dialog: Honoring Frida Kahlo


Museo Frida Kahlo

Museo Frida Kahlo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In July in Mexico celebrates the birth and  the death  of one of the most important painters in Mexican art- Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo Calderó

Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacan, south of Mexico City and died on July 13, 1954, at the of  47 years old- leaving behind  an artistic legacy of great cultural value.

Eva`s Smile

by Felipe Ríos

-Hello, how is going’?-  said ‘Eva on her way,  like a slight greeting.

 -Good, and you ‘? …
-Good, also-… Eva said, walking, as she follow her way downhill.
-Hey, wait …! ? Where are you from? …
-From México- she said, showing her smile as he opened, as if one would  open,  from a single pull, a blind single..
-‘I see! And? From what part? …
-! North! Eva said, as she paused for a reaction … -? And you? ..
-From the South! … And…? Where are you walking to?
-Down over there, I`m going to wash these clothes …
-And… You probably live around here…
-No, Not so close, but I work nearby, two blocks up …
– And why not wash your clothes at home?
-My house is a bit far from here, I’m washing   clothes for my masters  …

-of your masters? Who are your masters? …
– The Orozco family …

– Yes, they are from México as well …  friends of your father …
-Of my father?!, Hahahaha, you just made me laugh…? Where is my father?
-Hmm… the man who lives here, in this house!, Well I think he is your …
-No, Eva,   that is my husband …
-Your …! Oh … excuse me … I did not wanted …
-Do not worry, Eva …
-Well, I`m leaving … I pass by here almost every day, I can help with the chores whenever you like… except washing your dresses
-And? why not ? ….? what`s wrong? …
-Because I think those are not for washing, they are to be saved a lifetime …
– They are beautiful huh? … Look, I got paint on this one already…
-Seems like it was painted!
– And what do you think it is?
-MHH, something like a heart but? A blue heart?, Oh, no, no,
– the one you had on, when you got here, is the one I like the most
-A red one with …
– Yes, it looked beautiful on you! …
-Oh, Leonor made that one, especially for my birthday … they must have here …
-Ooooh, no…! Not at all! ….

-Well, I promise you that as I return to México, I will give them all to you, you look like a very nice person
-Fridaaaaaa!! …? Where are you? …
-Here, chubby, here …
– Come,give me your hand, let’s have breakfast, I already prepared something

-Hey Diego …
– Yes, tell me …
-When are we leaving to San Francisco? …
-I told you, if all goes well, I’ll leave in November..Why?
-You will leave after I settle in …
-Diego, give me a kiss …
– Frida!! That is a beautiful tone!! …
– You mean red one?
-Yes, the red dress … and, God! Look at this … well, well, my girl, this is great … fantastical composition: a blue apple … bluer than the sea, the brightness …
-No Diego, more bluer the sky…

40 Years of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, New Board, and Business Awards

Stockton, CA — On Friday, July 6, 2012 nearly 200 community members gathered at Stockton Golf and Country Club to celebrate San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SJCHCC) 40th Annual Awards Luncheon.  Continue reading

Legislators Request Delay in Finalizing BDCP Water Conveyance Plan

SACRAMENTO—Northern California legislators pushed for a delay in the $23 billion water conveyance project through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta until more details are available on the state’s revised Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). Continue reading

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