Growth and success at SUSD

On Monday, Stockton Unified trustee Lange Luntao shared a document with data taken from the district and state Dept. of Education featuring several areas of growth over the past school year: Increased reclassification rate for English learners from 1,208 in 2015-16 to 1,767 in 2016-17, a 6.5 percent increase, meaning »»Read Full Post

Joe's Health Calendar

COMMUNITY EVENTS Documentary: "Now is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody" free screening July 29 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: A documentary "Now is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody" will be screened and discussed in the Community Room, 7751 S. Manthey Road, French Camp. Admission is ​FREE - no Co-Pay! Light refreshments will »»Read Full Post

It's Ephemerisle time again

Ephemerisle, the annual floating party in the Delta, is going on this week, with the usual flatulent blather about seasteading. I went there last year. It's original but hilariously pretentious. It was dreamed up by Patri Friedman, a Bay Area programmer, and grandson of famed economist Milton Friedman. Patri Friedman wants »»Read Full Post

In defense of the (mostly) harmless spider

With apologies to those who suffer from arachnophobia (the fear of spiders), this week’s article covers a member of the animal kingdom that isn’t usually thought of as beneficial. Spiders often get a bad rap. They’re portrayed as evil or deadly creatures in movies. Large, black bodies with eight spindly »»Read Full Post

Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 30-36

Five of these next seven players competed in last year's Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs. Four of these next seven players spent time at quarterback. One of these players won a section championship and NorCal play-in game. Want to know more?  Read on. My Top 50 Football Returners Countdown continues with »»Read Full Post

Teardrop and larger classic travel trailers; class, comfort and a smart investment!

Classy, comfortable and a smart investment; teardrop and larger classic travel trailers... Years ago, with kids in school, we would load them into a small car, pack our camping gear into a canoe, car-top the canoe and head off to Mount Rainier National Park or remote campgrounds on the Olympic »»Read Full Post

The name game

The late Sacramento area stock photographer Tom Meyers was not only a great shooter but he was a whiz at organizing his photos as well. In the pre-digital age, he had file cabinets with thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of slides, and each were carefully and meticulously filed and cross »»Read Full Post

Fact check on Devin Nunes

On the floor of the House of Representatives last week, south valley Rep. Devin Nunes was calling attention to all of the "wasted" water that flowed out to the ocean this year when he made an interesting comment: "Some on the other side of the aisle, they continually talk about »»Read Full Post

Tripped by the GFI

Last Friday and Sunday I pressure washed the exterior of our house. The vinyl siding cleaned up nicely. Diane was very happy and kept saying how great the house looked. And if Stoker is happy everybody is happy. But no good deed goes unpunished. On Monday, I got out our »»Read Full Post

Masthead project provides glimpse into art of blending

LODI — The bar had been set high. The 2014 Masthead by Scotto Cellars, released at the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, received 93 points from Tasting Panel and 90 points from Wine Enthusiast. Impressive scores indeed. Wine bloggers Nancy Brazil and Peter Bourget from Stockton (, Cindy Rynning from »»Read Full Post