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California Seeks Bids for Next Segment of High-Speed Rail

California Seeks Bids for Next Segment of High-Speed Rail

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is expected to invite contractors to submit bids to design and build the third segment of the proposed bullet-train route through the San Joaquin Valley... Read More

Stockton FedEx freight drivers vote to join Teamsters

Stockton FedEx freight drivers vote to join Teamsters

STOCKTON — Fifty FedEx freight drivers in Stockton voted last week to join Teamsters Local 439.

The vote, 33-12, was taken March 12 and 13.

The vote to join the Teamsters union follows three previous elections in 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina; South Brunswick, New Jersey and Croydon, Pennsylvania, which added a total of 382 drivers to the union... Read More

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.