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What the unemployment rate doesn’t tell you about the Valley’s job picture

What the unemployment rate doesn’t tell you about the Valley’s job picture

Last fall, for the first time since before the recession, unemployment in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties dipped into the single digits. It was taken as a sign that recovery from the recession was finally reaching the Central Valley... Read More

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Our best and most interesting blogposts from 2014

Our best and most interesting blogposts from 2014

Visiting Sonoma winemaker Greg La Follette respectfully bows before 100-year old Lodi Zinfandel plant

Happy 2015!

We’re looking forward to another year of exciting achievements by the Lodi winegrowing community.  But before embarking towards this bright new horizon, we thought it worthwhile to take another look back at our favorite, and most informative, blogposts from 2014:  not so much out of fear of forgetting our past and being condemned to repeat it, but rather to sharpen our focus on the future with the clarity that invariably comes with hindsight... Read More

Exhibit Opening

Exhibit Opening

The Art Against Violence exhibit is opening this Saturday, January 10 at the Mexican Heritage Center, 111 S. Sutter, Stockton, and runs through January 30. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 5 pm. A reception will take place Friday, January 16 from 5:30 pm – 8 pm with entertainment, food and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Suspect shot, killed by Stockton police; investigation underway

Suspect shot, killed by Stockton police; investigation underway


The Stockton Police Department said a man who broke into a Stockton group home Tuesday afternoon was shot and killed by officers.

PAtrick Wetter, was described by police as a 25-year-old documented gang member. He was recently arrested twice for possessing a bladed weapon and resisting arrest.

Officer Joe Silva said the department was called at 3:41 p.m. regarding a man who appeared to be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs in front of a residence in the 800 block of Howard Street, just west of Interstate 5.

The man then kicked in the front door of the residence and went inside. The residents barricaded themselves inside the bedroom.

Silva said the suspect was inside the group home when two officers with a K9 arrived at the scene. Officers ordered the suspect to stop and surrender and when he did not comply they deployed the K9.

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Police: Teen committed Stockton murder while on pass from juvenile hall

Police: Teen committed Stockton murder while on pass from juvenile hall


Stockton police said a 16-year-old boy was on a weekend pass from juvenile hall when he shot and killed a man Sunday.

The teen, who is in juvenile hall for an unrelated case, was charged with homicide and robbery, police said in a Facebook post Tuesday. His name was not released. The teen is accused of killing 30-year-old James Gorman.

Police said the 16-year-old and a 17-year-old male accomplice had robbed Gorman's sons earlier Sunday. The 17-year-old was booked into juvenile hall on robbery charges.

San Joaquin County Chief Probation Officer Stephanie James said the boy was in a program called Camp Peterson. James explained a judge usually sentences a juvenile to the 1-year program, which has four stages:

1) Orientation

2) Intensive Treatment

3) On-going treatment, where the juvenile can begin to earn 8- to 12-hour passes

2014 rankings: University of the Pacific is diverse, smart and cool

2014 rankings: University of the Pacific is diverse, smart and cool

University of the Pacific awards more doctoral degrees to Asian American students than any other college in the country. Pacific alumni have the sixth-highest salaries among recent graduates who earned diplomas at West Coast colleges. And the university counts among the 15 most popular, 50 most beautiful, 50 smartest and 100 “coolest” campuses in the nation.

Those are just some of the rankings Pacific chalked up this year in assessments from popular magazines and websites, including Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Payscale.com, PolicyMic.com, Lumosity, Sierra Magazine and more.

“It’s wonderful when these rankings emphasize what we already know about Pacific,” said Provost Maria Pallavicini. “Pacific is a special place that prepares students for success through rigorous academics and superior teaching. While no ranking should be taken too seriously, we appreciate being recognized in so many areas.”

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Ice cream truck driver robbed, ordered to strip down to his underwear in Stockton

Ice cream truck driver robbed, ordered to strip down to his underwear in Stockton


Two suspects held a 54-year-old ice cream truck driver at gunpoint, forced him to strip down to his underwear, then robbed him Monday afternoon in Stockton according to Stockton police.

The two suspects involved in the incident are described as:

Suspect One: Black male between ages of 25-30 years old, 5 foot 8 inches and 160 pounds. Clean shaven and last seen wearing a black jacket armed with a black semi auto handgun.

Suspect Two: Black male between ages of 25-30 years old, 5 foot 8 inches and 160 pounds.

The incident happened in the 9000 block of Fox Creek in the Valley Oak District at 4:20 p.m. The victim was driving his ice cream truck on Fox Creek then was stopped by the two men in front of the call location.