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Pay raise, better retirement part of nurses’ contract

Pay raise, better retirement part of nurses’ contract

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced Saturday they had reached a tentative nurses’ contract with Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics that will cover their 18,000 California RNs. The deal will give the RNs increased pay, a stronger voice on patient care and improve workplace protections according to the union.

The agreement, which still needs to be ratified by the RNs, also provides significant raises and adds to their retirement package... Read More

Changes coming to San Joaquin Superior Court’s Civil Division

Changes coming to San Joaquin Superior Court’s Civil Division

San Joaquin Superior Court’s Civil Division is undergoing a number of comings and goings.

Judge Barbara Kronlund is now the Supervising Judge for the Civil Division, and on Tuesday, Feb. 17, she will move from Department 11 to Department 42.

Judge Bob McNatt is retiring soon. His caseload will be divided among Judge Kronlund, Judge Roger Ross, Judge Linda Lofthus and Judge Carter Holly, the court said... Read More

Brown’s budget would pay down debt, hold down college tuition

Brown’s budget would pay down debt, hold down college tuition

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown this morning presented his budget proposal, which he said  injects billions of dollars more into schools and health care coverage, holds college tuition flat and delivers on Propositions 1 and 2 by investing in long overdue water projects.

“This carefully balanced budget builds for the future by saving money, paying down debt and investing in our state’s core needs,” said Brown. “Our long-term fiscal health depends on the wise and prudent actions we take today.”... Read More

Blog: Settling into positive economic trends

Blog: Settling into positive economic trends

 If the Central Valley’s economy were a car, Stockton’s bankruptcy and the recession would be receding in the rearview mirror; new jobs and housing starts would be a growing presence in the windshield (though maybe not approaching as fast as we’d like); and in the distance to the east and west, a few storm clouds.

The car analogy is mine, but positive economic trends are pretty much what business people heard at this morning’s Business Forecast breakfast presented by the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce... Read More

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

San Joaquin County Council of Governments tops in the state!

San Joaquin County Council of Governments tops in the state!

In the final calculations for fiscal year 2014, the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) finished number one among regional agencies in the state as to percentage of federal obligations. This means the SJCOG is getting its available funding out to work at a greater rate than the 28 other regional agencies in California. "Our mission is to get transportation dollars out there to work for the traveling public as quickly as possible" says SJCOG Executive Director Andy Chesly. As a result, the region will receive, in fiscal year 2015, an additional $1.7 million! Finishing just behind the SJOCG were the Bay Area (MTC) , the San Diego Association of Governments, and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments.

Susan B. Anthony Women of Achievement Awards nominations sought

Susan B. Anthony Women of Achievement Awards nominations sought

The San Joaquin County Commission on the Status of Women is looking for women to honor at its Feb. 15 dinner at the Stockton Golf and Country Club.

The Susan B. Anthony Women of Achievement Awards honor women who have made achievements in San Joaquin County in categories such as business, community service, creative arts, education, government and politics, homemaking, law and legal services, labor and employment, health care, media, peace, religion, research, science, sports, women’s rights and women’s services... Read More