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I Have a Voice: Danny Thomas Dunne Ruiz


Dunne-Ruiz is a retired police officer from Tracy, author of the Blue Mexican, a novel published in 2009 and currently works as English teacher at San Mary`s High School and the San Joaquin Delta College.

What started as a part time job at the Tracy Police Department, for the young Dunne-Ruiz turned into a police career of twenty years.

“I went from a dispatcher to a patrol man, to detective sergeant.”

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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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Up with Education: A workshop for Latino Families to apply for scholarships


By Mayra Barrios

(bw) STOCKTON, CA – The San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SJCHCC), in partnership with the University of the Pacific and other community organizations, hosted the 9th Annual Student Financial Aid and College Awareness Workshop during the morning of Sunday, January 29th at the A.G. Spanos Hall at University of the Pacific in Stockton.

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If you missed it: The State of the Union Address

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State of the Union Address

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A Crane with a story: Heros and Economic Boost Come to Stockton Port

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STOCKTON, CA — On Friday, January 6, 2012, the Stockton Port received a special package whose delivery not only benefitted Stockton, but turned into a life saving story for Russia.

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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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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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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.

HIV Serious Problem Among Latinos

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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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Veterans Day 2011, Frank Reyes Dedicated to Serving his Community

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In honor of Veterans Day, November 11th, Bilingual Weekly reached out to a member of our community who had served our country. We spoke with Vietnam Veteran Frank Reyes, who welcomed us into his home on November 10, 2011. As we visited with Reyes we met a humble person, an unsung hero to other Veterans. His service to America did not end at the closure of the Vietnam war, today, he continues to serve, annually he provides many Veteran organizations with countless volunteer hours as he helps with several tasks at each of the organizations he serves.

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New Funding for Police

Washington, D.C. –”The citizens of Stockton deserve to have the best safety and security we can provide,” commented Congressman Jerry McNerney in an announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented policing Services (COPS Office) will be granting Stockton nearly 8 Million dollars in funding for law enforcement and San Joaquin County nearly 5 million.

The $7,817,161 to Stockton, and $4,595,360 to San Joaquin County Sheriffs office will be allocated to law enforcement agencies to hire, preserve, and/or rehire law enforcement officer positions.

Throughout the State of California, 190 new police officers will be created and a total of more than $71 million. “I am pleased that this funding will put more police officers on the streets to protect our families and communities,” said California Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA).

The grants provide all of the approved salary and benefits for entry-level officer positions for three years and require police departments to retain the grant funded positions for a fourth year.

The grants will support 190 police officers across California, including 25 each in Oakland, Los Angeles and Sacramento. 

Specifically, the funds will be allocated as follows:

Crescent City Police Department $238,737

Fairfield Police Department$1,809,475

Indio Police Department$1,235,928

Lompoc Police Department$932,844

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department$8,535,100

Madera Police Department$531,896

City of Maywood$428,788

Monterey County$2,369,759

Norwalk Department of Public Safety$810,950

Novato Police Department$1,095,873

City of Oakland$10,739,575

Parlier Police Department$244,057

Perris Police Department$835,833

Placer County Sheriff’s Department$2,587,904

City of Redlands$1,711,616

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department$11,306,450

Sacramento Police Department$8,102,450

City of Salinas$2,832,472

San Joaquin County Sheriff$4,595,360

City of San Jose$1,703,664

City of Stockton$7,817,161

City of Tulare$1,230,792

Williams Police Department$245,450

Festival seeks To Educate on the Corn Crisis in Mexico | “We are the children of the corn, [is] what represented the Aztecs, “said Jonathan Sanchez, instructor of the Aztec dance group Ocelotl, after performing at the Festival.

 But the future for Mexican corn farmers and the meaningful crop is uncertain.

Aztec Dancer at the Corn Festival by Mayra Barrios

by Mayra Barrios (bw) SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY – Cristina Gonzales spent her childhood learning about the native corn production alongside her father in Michoacán, Mexico.


Today, Gonzales is part of Los Hijos Migrantes del Maiz (Migrant Children of the Corn); a committee that has organized the Corn Festival in Stockton in the last four years — a festival which this year took place at Taft Park on Sunday August 28. Continue reading

Nuevo Centro de ayuda Hipotecaria intenta ayudar a toda la región

Por Mayra Barrios

SACRAMENTO, CA -La  Asociación  Nacional Federal de Hipotecas conocida como en ingles como Fannie Mae se asoció con la organización sin fines de lucro NeighborWorks  para abrir un Centro de Ayuda Hipotecaria en Sacramento con el fin de ayudar a los propietarios de viviendas en todo el Valle de San Joaquín.

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The Delta Water Wars Heat Up

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Photo by Bilingual Weekly of the Delta | By Deanna Lynn Wulff

(bw news) STOCKTON, CA – Stockton is ground zero for the nation’s biggest and most troubling water war – nearly 25 million Californians get their water from the Delta, which surrounds the city in an intricate pattern of rivers, farms and levees. But the 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.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Lloyd G. Carter, former Fresno Bee reporter and President of the Save Our Streams Council. “I have watched this for 30 years. They’ve been searching for a solution to the Delta’s problems for decades. It’s what I call the phenomena of endless studies no results. We know what we have to do. Put water back into the Delta.” Continue reading

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