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Drought’s impact on farm labor proving unpredicable

Drought’s impact on farm labor proving unpredicable

STOCKTON – The impact of the drought on the state’s farm workers has been smaller than expected according to the latest state and federal statistics.

California farms employed about 417,000 workers per month, in 2014. That total was up by 6,000 from 2013, state figures show. Farm employment increased by about 30,000 from 2004 to 2014.

Those farmworkers were also being paid more in 2014 than in the past. The average front-line farm worker earned $9 per hour, still among the lowest paid workers in California, but a 2 percent increase from 2013... Read More

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Photos of Lodi Wine Nation at another fun, tranquil ZinFest

Photos of Lodi Wine Nation at another fun, tranquil ZinFest

ZinFesters know what they like…Lodi grown wine!

Blame it all on their roots, they showed up in boots, and all kinds of hats and wine-country-chic apparel, including threads studded with corks from their favorite bottlings of Lodi wine!

They also came from places as far as Canada (whole contingents from both Vancouver and Toronto), Iowa or Florida, and as near as Sacramento, San Francisco, Reno, Carlsbad or L.A.  According Macchia Wines owner/winemaker Tim Holdener, quoted in the local paper (Lodi News-Sentinel), the 2015 Lodi ZinFest Wine Festival “was very exciting… the crowd really got into it this year.”... Read More

Top reasons home sales fall through

Top reasons home sales fall through

Michael Blower

When you enter into a real estate transaction, whether you’re buying or selling, you can be fixated on getting the sale done. There’s typically excitement or anticipation that comes with this, and while you might be focused on the big picture, it’s the small details that often make or break a deal.

Below are some things to pay attention to during the process. However, your best bet for having a successful transaction is to consult a real estate professional.

Transactions fall apart for a variety of reasons. Here are the most common culprits:... Read More

California Seeks Bids for Next Segment of High-Speed Rail

California Seeks Bids for Next Segment of High-Speed Rail

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is expected to invite contractors to submit bids to design and build the third segment of the proposed bullet-train route through the San Joaquin Valley... Read More

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Cal Weber 40 to bring affordable housing to downtown Stockton

Cal Weber 40 to bring affordable housing to downtown Stockton

STOCKTON — Construction is underway on Cal Weber 40, the first housing project in downtown Stockton since the Great Recession.

The partners involved in the project held a groundbreaking ceremony in the building at California Street and Weber Avenue for city officials and reporters Thursday morning. No actual ground was broken, however. Construction on the project began March 23... Read More

8th annual "Rina's Run" 5K/Half Marathon in Ripon draws more than 400

8th annual "Rina's Run" 5K/Half Marathon in Ripon draws more than 400

More than 200 volunteers, including the entire Ripon city council, turned out to assist the 430 runners who participated in Saturday's "Rina's Run" on the new all-weather track the previous seven "Rina's" helped to fund. It's named in honor of the late Rina Brocchini; the Brocchini Family Foundation has been a major supporter of the Ripon High Stadium Project since its inception. This year's race raised funds and awareness towards the need to replace the inaccessible bathrooms and unsafe bleachers. The Ripon High Stadium Project has gone to Washington DC three times with the San Joaquin Council of Governments as a regionally beneficial project and has continued to be a hub of grassroots community fundraising that has unified virtually every non-profit, including 900+ volunteers and donors from Ripon's community of 15,000. Vernon Transportation's Gregg Wilson sponsored a special $1,000 cash prize for the first runner to beat a time of 1:11 in the half marathon.