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Stockton airport ready for takeoff

Stockton airport ready for takeoff

STOCKTON — The Stockton Metropolitan Airport is becoming known as more than a place to get cheap fares from cut-rate carrier Allegiant Airlines. While the low-cost carrier continues to be the only airline offering passenger service from the municipal facility, more businesses are locating in the area.

“We have had two businesses recently start operations here,” said Stockton Municipal Airport Director Harry Mavrogenes. “Red Cedar (a spinoff of Duraflame) and we have a commercial laundry coming here.”

That laundry, Aramark, will join Turkhan Foods and Shepard Bros. which have purchased sites and are in the process of locating facilities near the airport... Read More

Stockton to host public forum on taxis

Stockton to host public forum on taxis

STOCKTON — A public forum on March 12 will address concerns about taxi cabs in Stockton.

Stockton’s ordinance governing taxi cab regulations has not been substantively updated since 2004, except to increase fares in 2012. Since then, car services such as Uber and Lyft have begun operating in Stockton. Questions about insurance, pricing and driver background checks have been raised about those services... Read More

Gas prices rise after steep decline

Gas prices rise after steep decline

STOCKTON — Those sinking gas prices that drivers across the nation enjoyed during the winter months are quickly becoming a thing of the past.

The cheapest prices in the Stockton and San Joaquin County was $2.45 per gallon as of March 2 while most stations across the area were near or above $3, according to gas price web site gasbuddy.com.

Modesto’s cheapest station checked in with a $2.81 per gallon. Like San Joaquin, most stations in Stanislaus County were showing prices near $3, according to gasbuddy.com. One month ago, many area stations were under $2 per gallon... Read More

How high-speed rail could affect housing in the Central Valley

How high-speed rail could affect housing in the Central Valley

CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED RAIL AUTHORITY

With the Jan. 6 groundbreaking  in Fresno for California’s high-speed rail project and the success of the Altamont Corridor Express, it seems rail systems are taking center stage in the Central Valley, albeit with cheers and jeers from both sides.

The debate rages around concerns over noise as well as business and traffic disruption from construction. Proponents point to positive environmental impact and economic growth through job opportunities and increased visitors in cities with rail stations.

What all can agree on is that the $68 billion high-speed rail project will impact numerous areas, including a direct – as well as a peripheral – effect on the real estate market... 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.

San Joaquin County gets over $7.7 million to repave part of Highway 12

San Joaquin County gets over $7.7 million to repave part of Highway 12

STOCKTON – San Joaquin County has received more than $7.7 million to repave part of Highway 12, the California Transportation Commission announced Thursday.

The money will pay to replace pavement on Highway 12 from east of Interstate 5 to the Potato Slough Bridge with rubberized asphalt concrete... Read More

ACE gives "the business" on special tour!

ACE  gives "the business" on special tour!

The San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission provided an invitation-only Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) train for a special business-to-business tour to San Jose on Thursday. The goal was to give business leaders in the Central Valley a first-hand experience on the ACE train and answer questions regarding current ACE service as well as future plans for expansion in the Valley. About 75 people including city managers, mayors, council members, education and chambers of commerce representatives as well as economic development specialists from San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties participated in the day-long trip which began at dawn. San Joaquin Partnership President & CEO Mike Ammann participated in the tour. Once the group arrived at Diridon Station in San Jose, they traveled by light rail to the downtown San Jose library where Regional Rail Commission Chairman Bob Johnson, a Lodi City Councilman began the day's program.