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Triple-digit temperatures prompt reminders about worker safety

Triple-digit temperatures prompt reminders about worker safety

The Central Valley is in for its first heat wave with triple-digit temperatures forecast for Monday and Tuesday.

The state is reminding businesses that have employees working outside to keep watch so workers don’t get sick.

Employers are required to have an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) in place and to provide for drinking water, shade, first aid and emergency response, according to the Department of Industrial Relations. There are also requirements tailored to specific industrial operations.

There is a heat safety tool app that helps workers and supervisors calculate the heat index and to get reminders of safety procedures. The app is available for both iPhone and Android devices and can be downloaded ... Read More

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Port of Stockton to double rail capacity

Port of Stockton to double rail capacity

STOCKTON – The Port of Stockton will add more than 22,000 feet of new railroad track over the next year —  more than double its current rail capacity. The $7.4 million project will allow the port to handle up to 12 bulk trains per week, up from its current six.

The improvements will be paid for through a loan from the Federal Railroad Administration’s Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing (RRIF) program.

“This sets the port up for long-range development,” said Senior Deputy Port Director Mark Tollini. “Right now we have seen a lot of businesses opting for rail-based transport.”

Each bulk train that comes into the port can be miles long and made up of hundred of cars. The port managed more than 97,000 rail cars last year... Read More

Colleges rely on technology to cut water use

Colleges rely on technology to cut water use

STOCKTON — For colleges and universities throughout the Central Valley, managing water during the drought is a balancing act. How do they do their part to conserve this diminishing resource while keeping campuses presentable?

Colleges say the visual impact of a campus, drought or not, is important to potential students who are deciding where to go to school.

“The challenge with this campus, is the balance we try to strike between the general campus aesthetic and the governor’s water edict, said UC Merced Facilities Management Senior Mechanical Engineer Jim Brugger.

Like parks and golf courses, colleges have expanses of lawn and landscaping. Many are well known for their campus greenery... Read More

Drought still not bringing down the economy

Drought still not bringing down the economy

STOCKTON –  The Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific maintains its view that California’s economy will remain strong despite sluggish national growth and a deepening drought.

The center boosted its projection of 2015 job growth to 2.8 percent, up from a 2.3 percent forecast in January  They project the state’s unemployment rate will drop below 6 percent by the end of the year and job growth is predicted for 1.8 percent in 2016.

The center predicts that the drought will have a relatively small, .25 percent, reduction of the gross state product. The center expects the drought to continue to have substantial impact on the environment and lifestyles, however... Read More

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Leadership Stockton class application deadline looms

Leadership Stockton class application deadline looms

STOCKTON – People hoping to get a spot in the 2015-2016 Leadership Stockton class have until June 12 to get their applications in. Applications can be found at www.leadershipstockton.com or by calling (209) 547-2770.

Leadership Stockton is the state’s oldest adult community leadership program and is overseen by the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce. The program aims to prepare the next generation of men and women who will assume leadership roles in the greater Stockton community.

Participants take part in an 11-month course that includes learning about the greater Stockton community, developing their personal leadership skills and addressing the needs of the community through hands-on service projects... Read More

Hand In Hand

Hand In Hand

Every year there are many Asian celebrations with roots from South Stockton, each featuring a distinct culture – the Chinese New Year Parade and Festival, the Cambodian New Year Celebration, the Obon Festival, the Barrio Fiesta, Hmong New Year to name a few.

This Saturday, June 6, the cultures come together in an Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration known as Hand in Hand which is a collaboration between the Central Valley Asian American Chamber of Commerce (CVACC) and the Haggin Museum.  The event takes place at the Haggin starting at 12:30 pm.  See the schedule below:

(Museum Entrance)

12:30 pm – Stockton Bukkyo Taiko

(Haggin Room)

1 pm – Welcome messages

1:15 pm – Pacific Islander Dance Performance (Te Ihi O Te Ara Nui)

1:30 pm – Chinese Cinderella Theater Performance (Red Dragon Youth Theater/Edison High School Chinese Club)

2 pm – Hmong Dance Group (Hmong International Culture Institute)

RTD unveils new bus times and routes

RTD unveils new bus times and routes

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) is changing some of its routes, starting June 7. Most of the changes are minor route or map changes aimed at improving on-time performance, providing better connections and increasing service availability.

A few of the more notable changes are occurring on ... Read More