McNerney on Ebola in the U.S.

U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, issued the following statement over the weekend on the recent cases of Ebola in the U.S.: "I am monitoring the situation with regards to the current Ebola outbreak. My primary concern is the health and safety of our families and health care workers. I will »»Read Full Post

Bidding preference change keeps police-vehicle purchase local

Just about 13 months ago, the city purchased 48 new police cars from an out-of-town dealer rather than one from Stockton because its rules forced it to accept the lowest bid.  The following March, the council adopted a local bidding preference which gives Stockton businesses a 5-percent edge and San »»Read Full Post

Helmet Stickers: Prep Football Week 7

At this point in the season, names of top football performers sounds really familiar. You hear pretty much every week, from my coverage and elsewhere, that St. Mary's linebacker Khalil Hodge leads the state in tackles, and that Sierra running back Mark Paule Jr. has more rushing yards and TDs »»Read Full Post

Annuals, Biennials, Perennials: What's the Difference?

A plant’s ultimate goal is to self-perpetuate in some way by making more of itself. Their life cycle, be it short or long, consists of building up vegetative growth, which in turn supports seed development and other methods of self-propagation (runners, bulblets, etc). Plant life cycles fall into three broad »»Read Full Post

"Who steals our purse...

  Takes trash, ‘twas ours, ‘tis his, and has been slave to thousands; But he that flinches from us our CoMotion tandem; Takes that which not enriches him, But leaves us poor indeed." With due apologies to Shakespeare, I know two very nice people who have been left ‘poor indeed’. »»Read Full Post

Desalination, the Delta's friend

The problem is, filtering the salt out of ocean water is quite expensive (Well, that's one big problem. Another is California coastal regulations and environmental opposition. San Diego County had to fight 14 lawsuits over 14 years before getting the go-ahead). San Diego County is paying $1 billion to desalinate, »»Read Full Post

That's California water for ya

San Joaquin County supervisors on Tuesday will declare this to be "California Flood Preparedness Week" and then, several agenda items later, will discuss the ongoing drought. Reminds me of this recent story by my colleague Roger Phillips. At a meeting in September, the Stockton City Council approved almost $50,000 to repair »»Read Full Post

Congressman meeting with hospitals to talk Ebola

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, released a statement recently about the spread of the Ebola virus. Reporter Joe Goldeen posted it on his blog, here. Fears about the disease, which has seen three cases in the United States, have become a part of the national electoral landscape in the lead up »»Read Full Post

Invitation to Art Exhibit of Late RCAF Artist, Ricardo Favela

Hola Gente:  La Familia Favela proudly presents Mr. Con Safos: A Ricardo Favela Retrospective Art Exhibit at Sol Collective, located at 2574 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95818.  The exhibit features iconic Chicano Art Movement silkscreen posters and sculptures created in a span of four decades by the late Chicano Civil »»Read Full Post

A New Roof for St. Mary’s Church

For those of you that work, play or live downtown you must have noticed the roof repair taking place at the St. Mary of the Assumption Church on Washington Street the past few months. St. Mary’s nave and square bell were built in 1861 on land donated by city founder Charles Weber. The transept »»Read Full Post