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2014 Food Trends

2014 Food Trends

What do Sriracha, Ginger, and Gluten-Free products have in common? (Don’t worry, it’s not a daringly obscure recipe combining them.)

In fact, the three are among the top food trends for 2014, finding their way into trendy restaurant dishes, Pinterest recipes and flying off grocery store shelves. Haven’t tried them yet? Here are some tasty ideas to get you started:... Read More

  1. Explore the surprisingly delicious world of “Gluten-Free” with top notch baking mixes. My personal favorite is King Arthur Flour’s Gluten Free Muffin Mix. Toss in some blueberries and you’re in heaven! Seriously. 
  2. Kick up the heat by adding Sriracha to mac n’ cheese or mix it in a bloody mary

S.J. Partnership attends trade & investment conference with high-level Chinese business leaders

S.J. Partnership attends trade & investment conference with high-level Chinese business leaders

San Joaquin Partnership President & CEO Mike Ammann participated in a May 30th California-Shandong high-level trade and investment conference in Santa Clara. It was an opportunity to meet Governor Guo Shuqing and business leaders from Shandong, one of China's most vibrant provinces.

The conference focused on high tech, finance, clean energy and life sciences. Representative from Shandong's designated high-tech development zones attended, searching for local firms eager for a "leg-up" in Chinese markets.

Kish Rajan, director of Go-Biz, the Governor's office of Economic Development spoke during the afternoon conference hosted by the Shandong Provincial Government and the Shandong Department of Commerce with the support of the Chinese Consulate of San Francisco and the Office of Governor Brown.

Edible flowers that won't poison your family

Edible flowers that won't poison your family

Whether you're looking for unique flower cake decorations or seeking out ways to jazz up your family's meal, sprinkling in flowers you can eat adds color without the excessive calories. So, come take a stroll through the garden and discover edible flowers that won't poison your family... Read More

Banishing the Dark

Banishing the Dark

Banishing the Dark
Pocket
edelweiss
4th in a series
May 27
Karen

Cady and Lon have a lot to deal with in this book. This book was her learning more about her powers and her mom. Cady and Lon's relationship changes even more, and they are still in love. This was the perfect end to the series.
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Windswept fires kept firefighters on the defensive for another day.

Windswept fires kept firefighters on the defensive for another day.


SACRAMENTO - Another day of wind kept firefighters on the run across Northern California, battling grass and brush fires.

A fire alongside Sacramento's old dump beside the Capitol City Freeway sent city fire crews on the offensive shortly before 1:30 p.m. Friday. The windswept blaze burned 8 acres before it was contained. Arson is suspected and police have detained a suspect for questioning.

A fire that broke out in Elk Grove along Civic Drive was contained to about 1 acre. The blaze was caused by someone mowing the grass in the middle of a windy day.

"This week is a classic example of when you should not be doing defensible space," Cal Fire spokesperson Daniel Berlant said. "In the hot temperatures, dry conditions and a little bit of wind, that's gonna allow a fire to quickly spark and ignite and spread very, very quickly."

Keep the fire triangle in mind this fire season

Keep the fire triangle in mind this fire season


The fire season started early and is already keeping firefighters busy.

The lack of rain during the 2013-2014 rainy season combined with the two previous dry years, added up to critical fire conditions.

Most fires require three elements to ignite: fuel, oxygen and heat. This is illustrated as a fire triangle. Removing one of the elements will extinguish or prevent fires. The triangle is a helpful tool when surveying our own fire risk.

When we look at our current year, there is plenty of dry brush for fuel due to the drought. Winds can help to further dry vegetation making it prime for catching fire and quickly spreading. Clearing dry brush can help to minimize this spreading.

Oxygen is present naturally in our atmosphere.

Finally, heat is especially common during the late spring and through the summer.

Greater Stockton Employer Advisory Council wins top honors

Greater Stockton Employer Advisory Council  wins top honors

The Greater Stockton Employer Advisory Council (GSEAC) has received the 2014 California Employer Advisory Council Outstanding California EAC award. This award is based on several factors including the underlying question the Awards Committee asked: "Is California and/or your community a better place as a result of what the Employer Advisory Council (EAC) or individual has done?" The goal of the GSEAC is to promote a stronger partnership between the Employment Development Department (EDD) and the business community of San Joaquin County. GSEAC members are a cross section of local employer volunteers who join with EDD staff to assist the employer community to do business more effectively and to promote communication. It's objectives include: giveing back to the community, advocating local workforce development efforts, supporting veterans' stand downs, and providing scholarships to local area young people.