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Stockton bankruptcy saga drawing to an end

Stockton bankruptcy saga drawing to an end

The Stockton bankruptcy case appears to be near its end. Chief Judge Christopher M. Klein of the Unites States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California denied a stay in Stockton’s long-running saga, Tuesday. The decision clears the way for the city to exit the bankruptcy process that it began two years ago.

Franklin High Yield Tax-Free Income Fund was the lone holdout creditor fighting the city’s reorganization plan. The company appealed the judge’s decision to approve the city’s plan in November and sought a stay as the appeal winds its way through the courts.

Once the judge signs the order, an automatic stay will be in place for 14 days, after which the city’s plan can go into effect... Read More

San Joaquin Hispanic Chamber & University of the Pacific sponsor student financial aid workshop

San Joaquin Hispanic Chamber & University of the Pacific sponsor student financial aid workshop

The San Joaquin Chamber of Commerce, University of the Pacific and several other agencies are sponsoring the 12th annual San Joaquin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Student Financial Aid and College Awareness Workshop.

The free event will be at Alex G. Spanos Center on the University of the Pacific campus in Stockton.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the program begins at 9 a.m. The workshops are focused on sixth- to 12th-graders and their parents. All 12th-graders will work on the free application for federal student aid with college financial aid counselors.

For more information, call Pacific’s Latino/a Community Outreach Office at 209-946-7705. Register at www.icangotocollege.org.

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

Stockton City Council selects new member

Stockton City Council selects new member

STOCKTON — The Stockton City Council on Tuesday night selected elementary school principal Dan Wright to replace Kathy Miller on the Council. His term begins immediately and goes through Dec. 31, 2016.

Wright is principal of Harrison Elementary School in the Stockton Unified School District. He was chosen by the Council after members interviewed five candidates... 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

2014 rankings: University of the Pacific is diverse, smart and cool

2014 rankings: University of the Pacific is diverse, smart and cool

University of the Pacific awards more doctoral degrees to Asian American students than any other college in the country. Pacific alumni have the sixth-highest salaries among recent graduates who earned diplomas at West Coast colleges. And the university counts among the 15 most popular, 50 most beautiful, 50 smartest and 100 “coolest” campuses in the nation.

Those are just some of the rankings Pacific chalked up this year in assessments from popular magazines and websites, including Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Payscale.com, PolicyMic.com, Lumosity, Sierra Magazine and more.

“It’s wonderful when these rankings emphasize what we already know about Pacific,” said Provost Maria Pallavicini. “Pacific is a special place that prepares students for success through rigorous academics and superior teaching. While no ranking should be taken too seriously, we appreciate being recognized in so many areas.”

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