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Two Fire Engines a Gift for Life

Spanish Translation: Dos Camiones de Bomberos Un Regalo Por Vida

Stockton, CA – During the morning of Monday March 28, two retired fire engines roared for the last time in Stockton as they headed south to a new home in Empalme, Sonora Mexico.  The obsolete engines, “were first line 15-years ago,” explained Captain Jonathan Smith adding, “today the engines are estimated at a $5,000 dollars [each],” scrap metal value.

While the engines may not be suited for U.S. Fire Engine standards, “the two units will make a huge difference to the lives of Empalme Residents,” noted Louie Gonzales who has seen firsthand the need for the firefighting equipment at the sister city.  “My wife [Lucero Gonzales] and I, visit Empalme at least once year,” Gonzales recognized that the nearly 100 thousand residents have limited equipment in a city known for its dry and warm weather.

“Two years of hard work, raising funds, completing paperwork between two governments; the project has finally become a reality,” said Rosalinda Galaviz, Chair of the Stockton-Empalme Sister Cities.

Fire Captain Dan Morris remembered the conversation when representatives of the Sister City tour Stockton’s Fire Station 2 and the question was brought up, “what do you do with your older engines when you are done with them?”  Morris answered, “They go to auction,” to which rose the question, “is there a way we can get them?”

“It’s a great feeling to know that the engines will be put to good use,” said Captain Morris during a 45 minute departure gathering by community members.  The engines are estimated to have more than a decade of functionality and “the two units are compatible; which will be beneficial for parts in the future when one of the two breaks down,” said Morris.

Members of the community gathered to appreciate the City and the Department’s donation.  Stockton Catholic Dioceses’ Bishop, Stephen Blair, blessed the drivers, the engines and their journey before the two engines departed to their new home.

While the two volunteer drivers; Tracy Firefighter, Clarence Marquez, and Retired Firefighter Roger Gray will meet their Empalme Counterparts in Tucson.  The fire engines will be accompanied by Stockton residents all the way to the destined fire district in Empalme.  “I am excited to be the designated drive on heading the caravan,” said Susana Dominguez who will be accompanied by Rosalinda Galaviz and Ana Zapien.  They are expected to reach Empalme by March 30, 2016 midday.

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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

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.

Reduction of demand for Wild Life may end illegal trade

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – WildAid’s second annual Gala Fundraiser hosted at the Terra Gallery in San Francisco on May 11, 2012 at $120/ticket; bringing celebrity ambassadors to represent WildAids Mission to, “End the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes by reducing demand through public awareness campaigns and providing comprehensive marine protection.” Continue reading

Cinco de Mayo Parade Winners

STOCKTON, CA –  Sunday May 6, 2012 the Coalition of Mexican American organizations (COMA) held their annual Cinco de Mayo parade in Downtown Stockton. COMA hires a professional judges association, Pacific COast Judges Association, to judge the parade and give awards to the best parade entries with the theme of ‘Peace in the Valley.’ Continue reading

Family and Youth Services of San Joaquin merge into Women’s Center: Announcement hits the community at annual luncheon

Stockton, CA- Wednesday, March 28, in addition to the traditional Women’s Center’s Annual Luncheon; the community received a surprise announcement at the conclusion of the event; the Women’s Center announced a new partnership with Family and Youth Services of San Joaquin.  Continue reading

Recognizing A Trauma Advocate

Update: The women’s Center Women’s Center Welcomes a new keynote speaker, Filmmaker and Activist Nancy Schwartzman Annual Luncheon Returns to Civic Auditorium. Please read updated story CLICK HERE.




The Women’s Center of San Joaquin recognizes Advocate for survivors of trauma including homeless, survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, acute trauma, and natural disasters: author and Zen Master Laura van Dernoot Lipsky at this years 32nd annual luncheon.

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, CA – The Women’s Center will host its 32nd Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at the Stockton Civic Auditorium.

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I Have a Voice: Jeremy Terhune

Jeremy Terhune is a community advocate and Executive Director of PUENTES (Promoters United for a National Education on Sustainable Technologies). Continue reading

FHFA Urged to Follow Promise of Reconsideration

Homeowners with Government-Sponsored Mortgages not eligible to Reduce Homeowners Negative Equity – yet.

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Earlier this month, a $25 billion settlement was announced for 49 states to help former and current homeowners who have struggled in the wake of the foreclosure crisis, including California. Although five major banks—Bank of America, Wells Fargo, J.P. Morgan Chase, Ally Financial, and Citigroup—are participating in the settlement, homeowners with loans secured by Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) are not eligible for that assistance. The GSEs, including Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, own or secure approximately 60 percent of the mortgages in the country.

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INTERVIEW: Veronica Ramos

Veronica Ramos is the new Director III of the Region 23 Migrant Education Program, a program that provides supplementary programs and services to children of migrant farm workers within San Joaquin and Contra Costa Counties



(VR) Veronica Ramos

(BW) Bilingual Weekly

(BW) You have been in the education field for a number of years, when did you decide that you wanted a career in the field of education?

(VR) I have been in education for 16 years. I come from a long line of educators, and I think I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, even when I was a little girl I would play “school” with my little sister. Working with underprivileged students while in college showed me a path to serve students who needed the extra push and encouragement that I could give them.

(BW) How has it been for you, working for the Migrant Education Program?

(VR) MEP has been the most rewarding job I have ever had. I’d say this experience of working with MEP is one that most people dream about, and I’ve been able to make it my reality.

(BW) What challenges have you have along your career?

(VR) My biggest challenge was the budget cuts we had last year in Migrant Education. The decision to not bump another manager was very difficult and led me to ultimately being laid off and having to rebuild many aspects of my life. It was the most challenging, humbling, and strangely enough, the most rewarding experience. I was forced to take time off and learn a lot about myself and learn what I valued most, and that was my friends and family who stood by me in a very difficult time.

(BW) How do you feel as you take on a new challenge as the Director of Migrant Education Program? When would you start your new position?

(VR) I started this new position Jan 9, 2012. Although this is a new challenge for me, I am comforted by coming back to familiar surroundings and know that we have great people in Migrant Education and here at SJCOE. I have great support and although this is clearly the most challenging position in my career to date, I work with a great team and I know we will do our best to serve our students

(BW) As an experienced educator, what are your views on Latinos (a) and education? Do we have a problem with getting Latino students to college?

(VR) I think that our problem of getting Latinos to college is still an issue today, but thanks to programs like ours, we are breaking through; students and families are understanding the power and importance of a higher education for our students. I wish that more areas had strong programs that really reach out and make a difference for our Latino youth. I love that our staff serve as great examples of what can happen with a little effort and perseverance. My motto has always been: Si Se Puede, and I’m sticking to that!

(BW) Lastly, how do you see yourself in the upcoming years?  Perhaps going back to the classrooms as a teacher?

(VR) If you would have asked me that a year ago I would rattle off a list of things I’d like to do, but not anymore.

Being laid off for 6 months and struggling to find a job has given me a new sense of who I am and my purpose in this world. I know that I am dedicated to serving students, but I am not sure what the plan for me is. I know that as soon as you try and plan something—and think you have it all figured out—God, fate, whatever you want to call it, comes in and creates a new plan for you.

Carrying Forward the Vision of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream


By Mayra Barrios

(bw) STOCKTON, CA – Carrying forward the vision of Martin Luther King`s dream, diverse members of the community and outreach agencies came together to improve Stockton, gathering in the Gymnasium of St. Mary of the Assumption Church on Saturday, January 14th.

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Students Infused with the Holiday Spirit

WEston Ranch Students

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, CA- A group of students at Weston Ranch High School driven by the “Christmas spirit” decided to extend their holiday enthusiasm and bring  joy to  families in need—only a few days away from their final exams.

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Energy Bills Increase in 2012

(bw) CALIFORNIA.— While the value of the dollar has decreased over the last several years and U.S. consumer prices increased to 3.4 percent over 2011 the cost of living continues to raise for Northern and Central California residents.

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The 2011 Top 10 Stories Most Read

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 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.

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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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