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Hispanic Chamber to explore civic involvement at luncheon

Hispanic Chamber to explore civic involvement at luncheon

The San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Leaders’ Luncheon on Business on Thursday, July 30 at the Stockton Golf & Country Club.

The focus of this year’s luncheon will be how to take part in the civic process and will feature four speakers who will discuss the importance of civic participation at all levels of government, the Chamber said... Read More

  • Assemblyman Rockey Chavez
  • San Joaquin County Supervisor Carlo Villapudua
  • Latino Leadership & Policy Forum Ruben Barrales
  • El Concilio Executive Director Jose Rodriguez

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Scholarships aim to keep health workers in Valley

Scholarships aim to keep health workers in Valley

One of the biggest challenges Central Valley medical offices and patients face is finding top-notch professionals to provide care. Health Plan of San Joaquin is trying to address the problem in a small way by offering $2,500 scholarships to students looking to pursue careers in health care in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.

“We specifically partnered with organizations that have programs built around health careers,” said David Hurst, vice president of External Affairs for Health Plan of San Joaquin. “These students have made a decision to pursue health care related careers.”

This year, applicants were culled from specific programs that partnered with Health Plan of San Joaquin... Read More

Justice Sotomayor to speak at Advancing Women’s Leadership forum

Justice Sotomayor to speak at Advancing Women’s Leadership forum

STOCKTON U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be the keynote speaker for the Advancing Women’s Leadership forum at University of the Pacific in October, the university announced.

Also speaking at the Oct. 23 forum will be Amy Purdy, a 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist and motivational speaker, and Connie Rishwain, former president of the boot company UGG and a graduate of Pacific.

“This forum is intended to promote and showcase women leaders and to cultivate future leaders,” said Kathleen Lagorio Janssen, chair of Pacific’s Board of Regents and a member of the planning committee for Advancing Women’s Leadership. “We want to transform our community by inspiring and empowering youth and adults alike.”

The first Advancing Women’s Leadership forum in March 2013 featured former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice... Read More

Home prices on the rise in Valley

Home prices on the rise in Valley

MODESTO — Home prices in the Central Valley are up over last year, according to the May 2015 CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI).

In Modesto, home prices, including distressed sales, rose 7.9 percent in May compared to May 2014, CoreLogic said.

In Stockton and Lodi, prices, including distressed sales, were up 7.6 percent, year over year.

On a month-over-month basis, Modesto home prices, including distressed sales, increased by 0.8 percent in May 2015 compared to April. Prices rose 1.4 percent between April and May in Stockton and Lodi... Read More

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RTD wins $6.8 million grant for new routes

RTD wins $6.8 million grant for new routes

STOCKTON — San Joaquin Regional Transit will receive a $6.8 million grant for two new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes along the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Corridor and Crosstown Miner Corridor in Stockton, RTD announced Tuesday.

“This project will build upon RTD’s existing and highly successful BRT network of three routes that serve the Pacific, Airport, and Hammer corridors,” said RTD General Manager and CEO Donna DeMartino. “The project is a product of RTD’s mission to provide a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation system for the region.”

RTD’s project was one of just 14 selected in the competitive grant process. In all, Caltrans awarded $224 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, which uses proceeds from California’s cap-and-trade auctions... Read More

Drought works in new kayak store’s favor

Drought works in new kayak store’s favor

STOCKTON — It took 10 years, but the Haussmann brothers finally achieved their long-held goal of expanding their kayak and paddle board business to Stockton.

“I’ve looked at Stockton for a long time, for 10 years or more,” said Eric Haussmann, co-owner of Kayak City-Adventure Sports. “We started looking for a building and this place came together.”

What came together was a deal on a 6,000-square-foot showroom at 1818 W. Fremont St. The location gave the brothers’ new store the visibility and parking that other sites in the city lacked... Read More

Health Plan of San Joaquin wins NCQA accreditation

Health Plan of San Joaquin wins NCQA accreditation

FRENCH CAMP – The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) awarded Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) a three-Year Health Plan accreditation for its Medicaid/HMO line of business (Medicaid is known as Medi-Cal in California)... Read More