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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.

CSU-Stanislaus renews commitment to Stockton Center

CSU-Stanislaus renews commitment to Stockton Center

The satellite campus, or Stockton Center, of CSU-Stanislaus is back in action after a series of budget cuts beginning in 2006 that left the center without a dean or funds for classroom repairs.

"We want it to be known that we are here to stay, have received funding and are developing programs," said Dr. Ashour Badal, Interim Dean of the CSU-Stanislaus Stockton Center, last night at an open house.

About 40 people gathered to hear Dr. Badal recognize faculty and department heads for their hard work in keeping the Center open during the lean times. He also recognized Kevin Huber and Dan Keyser of The Grupe Company  for their assistance with infrastructure improvements including a state-of-the-art classroom.

Retirement outlook brightens in San Joaquin USA

Metro region advances in new survey

Confidence in retirement plans soared in the past year among residents of the Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto metropolitan area, largely due to the improved housing market and economy, a new survey finds.

The Retirement Mindscape City Pulse index, which examines the 30 largest U.S. metro areas, says the Central Valley area ranks No. 7 overall, a huge jump from 2012, when the region ranked 18th.

The index is based on a survey commissioned by Ameriprise Financial Inc. and conducted online by Harris Interactive in June.

Sacramento-Stockton residents report strong retirement preparation and confidence levels, the survey found. Other highlights:

   » Fifty-four percent of respondents report adding to retirement savings, the most in four years and higher than the national average of 48 percent.

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