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Charter Schools Gain Momentum in San Joaquin County

Charter Schools Gain Momentum in San Joaquin County

Year after year, we see more parents demanding high quality school choice options for their children. Current enrollment numbers tell us that an estimated 547,800 students are enrolled in charter public schools across the state for the 2014-15 school year. Charter enrollment grew by an estimated 33,525 increase this year. This growth pattern isn’t limited to student enrollment in existing charter schools, in fact there are 87 new charter schools that opened their doors this year, bringing the total number of charters in California to 1,184.  Despite the growth and momentum, charter school students only represent about 7% of California’s student population.  Yet according to a number of polls and studies conducted in recent years a majority of parents feel charter schools do a better job than traditional public schools. 

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Celebrate The Earth

Celebrate The Earth

For eight years Disneynature has created films released for Earth Day.  Seeing these films has become a favorite tradition for my husband and I.  This year’s movie opens on Friday, April 17 and is called Monkey Kingdom.  Part of the proceeds from attending opening week goes to protecting monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats.  Watching Monkey Kingdom this week is something simple and enjoyable you can do while helping our endangered friends.

Pacific business student wins Entrepreneur Challenge

Pacific business student wins Entrepreneur Challenge

STOCKTON — A business student from the University of the Pacific and his plan to sell naturally raised rabbit meat was the winner of the sixth San Joaquin County Entrepreneur Challenge.

Frankie Arburua III placed first during the second round of competition, beating out 15 other business ideas.  He will receive $10,000 toward his business as well as an additional $10,000 in professional services.

Arburua and his family have a 50-acre ranch in Tracy on which he plans to run the operation. Unlike a cage-based system, the rabbits would have twice the room to roam and would be raised on dirt instead of wire... Read More

Delta College dedicates Horticulture Center

Delta College dedicates Horticulture Center

San Joaquin Delta College President Kathy Hart said it was the perfect day to dedicate the next project in a series of improvements at the college as she cut the ribbon signaling the opening of of the new state-of-the-art Horticulture Center Tuesday afternoon. Picture: And attendees agreed it was - sunny with a slight breeze- outside the two new working greenhouses and updated plant nursery, a "production classroom" according to horticulture professor Mike Toscano. He proudly showed off the updated facilities saying that all the plants had been grown from seeds, cutting or plugs. "Everything here has student value-added," said Toscano. "Each plant has been worked on by a student." The horticulture nursery is a hidden gem for plant-seekers with prices way below your average retail or big box stores. It's open to the public each Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and will be open the same hours this Saturday for a "weekend sale".

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Stockton accountant appointed to state board

Stockton accountant appointed to state board

STOCKTON — Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Jian Ou-Yang, 36, of Stockton to the California Board of Accountancy.

Ou-Yang  is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.  ... Read More

UOP employee claims Clinton owes university $12K


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STOCKTON - As Hillary Clinton prepares for another run for the White House, an employee of the University of the Pacific wrote over the weekend Clinton still owes the school money from her first presidential campaign.

Events Director Steve Whyte wrote on Facebook the Clinton campaign had not paid UOP $12,000 for hosting an event in 2008.

Whyte finished his post with "she has no integrity."

Whyte first agreed then canceled an interview with News10, saying he was told by school officials not to talk about the story.

Blog: Stockmarket to showcase local artisans, downtown Stockton

Blog: Stockmarket to showcase local artisans, downtown Stockton

STOCKTON — If you’re looking for a way to support local artisans, Stockmarket may be your best bet.

Stockmarket is a pop up shopping experience set for May 2 in downtown Stockton. It will feature artisan products as well as curated and vintage items all presented by vendors from the region.

“It will be a fun destination for people to come down to. There’ll be music. There’ll be drinks,” said Katie Macrae, who, with her partner Amy Sieffert, organized the event.

Among the vendors you can expect to see are Ten Four Goods, which makes eco-friendly, artfully designed canvas bags; Port City Pomade, which makes men’s hair care products; Jesus Mountain Coffee, a Stockton-based craft coffee company. There is also a local macaroon shop, hand poured candles, furniture, calligraphy, vintage clothing and more.

There will also be food from mobile trucks and live music by local bands... Read More