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Lodi's F & M Bank Exec named to Federal Reserve Bank advisory panel

Lodi's F & M Bank Exec named to Federal Reserve Bank advisory panel

Kent Steinwert, chairman and CEO of of Farmers' & Merchants Bank of Central California (F&M Bank), has been named to the small bank advisory panel for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. The panel, formally known as the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council, provides Fed leaders with input on the economy including lending conditions. Steinwert says he will be able to speak for the economic climate in the Central Valley. He joined F & M Bank, based in Lodi, in 1997 and has been president & CEO for 16 years. He became bank chairman in 2010.

River Islands announces the planned community's award-winning homebuilders

River Islands announces the planned community's award-winning homebuilders

When River Islands, the largest new master planned community in Northern California, opens in the late spring, home buyers will be able to walk through models from three of the state's leading homebuilders:Brookfield Residential, De Nova Homes, and Van Daele Development. Each of the home builders is bringing all-new floor plans and elevations to River Islands, with architectural styles and features that reflect the community's strong ties to the history of the area and to its vision of the future.

Brookside Country Club GM Obtains Highest Distinction

Brookside Country Club GM Obtains Highest Distinction

Alecia Escajeda, General Manager of Brookside Golf & Country Club in Stockton, has achieved the designation of “Certified Club Manager” CCM with the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA).

Escajeda is the only Country Club General Manager in San Joaquin county to earn this designation and is among an elite group of  club managers worldwide to have achieved this hallmark professionalism.

Alecia Escajeda qualified for the CCM examination after fulfilling requirements in Club Management experience, education and association activity. The CCM examination require expertise in areas of leadership, communication, club governance, financial management, human and professional resources, food and beverage operations, facilities management, principals of management and recreation management.

San Joaquin County Supervisors appoint new Airport Director

San Joaquin County Supervisors appoint new Airport Director

The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors has announced its selection of Harry Mavrogenes as the new Director of the Stockton Metropolitan Airport effective February 14th. Mavrogenes has been acting as Interim Director of the Airport since July 2013. Mavrogenes has served as San Joaquin County's Chief Deputy County Administrator since November 2012.

During this time he developed an Economic Strategy for the County as well as establishing a strong presence for San Joaquin County in the Silicon Valley including the opening of an office in Santa Clara. He was also a key player in helping to establish the County as an Innovation Hub (iHub).

Preparing San Joaquin USA's future workforce

Preparing San Joaquin USA's future workforce

  More than 400 educators and industry leaders gathered at the San Joaquin County Office of Education's (SJCOE) Career Technical Education Advisory Meetings on February 11 to discuss, share ideas and update curriculum.

   Programs are available for high school students as well as adults to prepare them for the workforce with real life skills needed for jobs in areas of construction, business, agriculture, software design, healthcare, alternative energy and electric vehicle technology.

   Chris Kleinert is the Director II at SJCOE that led the evening's program.  For more information or to become an industry partner in education call 209-468-4800.

Local malls welcome Thanksgiving Day shoppers

SACRAMENTO - Tens of thousands of shoppers packed malls up and down the Valley to take advantage of Black Friday sales.

Malls reported strong showings from bargain hunters. Arden Fair Mall had 61,000 shoppers pass through its doors between 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving and 3 p.m. Friday. Mall representatives expected to welcome enough shoppers in the final seven hours of the day to beat last year's turnout of 80,000 on Black Friday.

"There were 7,000 people in the first hour," Arden Fair Director of Security Steve Reed said.

Westfield Galleria at Roseville officials said there had been a "steady stream" of shoppers after the initial rush on Thanksgiving. They did not expect to be crunching visitor numbers until Sunday evening.

Stockton's Weberstown Mall also reported "thousands" of shoppers into the overnight hours Friday morning, and general manager Tom Cleveland said 32 of his mall's stores opened at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Stockton man's brother feared dead after Philippines typhoon

STOCKTON, CA - Mario Yaoyao's brother is among the thousands feared dead in the Philippines city of Tachloban.

Although most of his family is safe, "they are still looking for my brother," said Yaoyao.

Tachloban is one of the cities hardest hit by the powerful typhoon. Mario said his brother, Raymond, went to work in the city the morning the typhoon hit, while his brother's wife and children sought higher ground. The wife and children survived the storm.

Yaoyao spent Friday and Saturday trying to get reach his sister to see how everyone was doing. The country's communications network is crippled, and cellphone coverage is spotty at best.

"Finally, last night, I was able to contact [my sister], and the first thing I asked, 'How is my mom?'" Yaoyao recalled. "They said, 'she's OK.'"

Yaoyao said his sister told him the sound of the storm is something she will never forget.