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A conversation with the Stockton Symphony’s Peter Jaffe

A conversation with the Stockton Symphony’s Peter Jaffe

STOCKTON — The Stockton Symphony begins its 88th season Sept. 13 with its performance in collaboration with  Cirque de la Symphonie, which returns for two new performances at Atherton Auditorium on the San Joaquin Delta College campus. The performance combines cirque acrobatics with live orchestra music and proved popular with audiences two years ago.

In addition to its musical contribution to Stockton’s cultural landscape, the symphony helps educate young people in San Joaquin County about music through its two programs, the Steppin’ Out concerts and  Harmony Stockton.

Should you learn to code?

Should you learn to code?

The explosion in web, mobile applications and smart technology has led to an increased interest in computer programming. That interest has prompted many people to ask whether coding is a skill everyone should learn, just like reading or writing.

Former Microsoft executive, Hadi Partovi, is promoting programming as a component of core education, like science and math. He said schools in most states treat computer science as an elective rather than something everyone should learn.

Rising out of the ground again in San Joaquin County - "Spec" buildings!

Rising out of the ground again in San Joaquin County - "Spec" buildings!

The Buzz Oates Group of Companies demonstrated its faith in San Joaquin County and Stockton's economy this morning with a wall-tilting and celebration of the first speculation building since early 2009. Chief Investment Officer Kevin Ramos said the timing is perfect for the construction of this building and they have already received some inquires through their brokerage Jones Lang LaSalle. The 257,000 square foot, Class-A warehouse distribution facility is in the Stockton Airport Business Center. "We haven't' seen anything like this over the last five years," said Ramos. "We have seen the signs that the economy is coming back and Buzz Oates is making the investment now." Robert Taylor, JLL Executive Vice President, said the signs were evident that it was time to start building. "There is a less than eight percent vacancy rate in San Joaquin County right now for Class A high cube warehouse space like this.

Haggerty Construction celebrates fulfillment of dream with new Stockton office opening

Haggerty Construction celebrates fulfillment of dream with new Stockton office opening

Haggerty Construction held a ribbon cutting and celebratory barbecue yesterday at their recently remodeled office in Stockton. Established in San Joaquin County in 2010, Haggerty Construction, Inc. is a full-service, design-build, commercial & industrial general contractor. "Two years ago, in a down economy and with four children, my wife and I decided to take a leap of faith and open our own contracting business," said President Ryan Haggerty. "We never looked back and today are celebrating our accomplishment." Haggerty Construction principals, Ryan and Andrea Haggerty, CFO, are both graduates of Saint Mary's High School and are local residents of Stockton. Their family ties are strong, as Ryan is the son of the late David Haggerty, and Andrea is the daughter of local farmer and businessman Robert Caffese.

Holt of California, Verve Networks honored by Veterans Program

Holt of California, Verve Networks honored by Veterans Program

The California Employer Advisory Council (CEAC) along with the Employment Development Department (EDD) annually honors employers who consistently demonstrate positive policies toward U.S. veterans and go the extra mile to hire, retain, and promote them providing training and benefits. Holt of California and Verve Networks along with US Foods, ASCO and Lowes received certificates of recognition from EDD & CEAC for outstanding service in the employment of veterans for the year 2014 at the August 14th Veterans Orientation workshop. Verve Networks participated in The Veterans' Program at the Stockton EDD office in San Joaquin County. Holt of California provided a valuable perspective to the veterans during the Veteran Network (VET NET) workshops.

Facebook "Small Business Boost" packs them in!

Facebook "Small Business Boost" packs them in!

More than 500 people filled a large conference room at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel in Stockton today for a free seminar by Facebook Inc. on best practices for small businesses. The two-hour seminar and networking opportunity was made possible through a special partnership with local business organizations.

Facebook Small Business Team Leader Bess Yount surprised the audience with a few facts: Facebook has 1.3 billion users; 128 million people use Facebook daily; 21%of total mobile time is spent on Facebook; and 38% of online purchases are a result of Facebook "shares". "The world is going digital and you need to be online to reach the people trying to find you," said Yount. She illustrated the strategies small businesses can utilize Facebook to bring people to company pages with key objectives being: building awareness; bringing people into a physical store; and increasing online sales. "You can reach the right audience and turn them into loyal customers."

Stockton, CA leading contender for Tesla battery factory says Los Angeles Times

Stockton, CA leading contender for Tesla battery factory says Los Angeles Times

According to an article in yesterday's Los Angeles Times, Stockton is shaping up to be a leading California contender for a Tesla Motors Inc. massive 6500-worker "gigabattery" factory expected to cost up to $5 billion to construct. Caifornia was not even in the running until a few months ago when Tesla announced it was looking in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. But then several state areas stepped up with proposals include Stockton, Concord, Sacramento and Imperial County. San Joaquin Partnership Vice President of Client Services Shelley Burcham says, "There are lots of opportunities here and we continue to put our best foot forward.