Stockton Collegiate International ranked in national honors

STOCKTON - Earlier this month, Stockton schools had several pieces of good news to share. Nineteen-year old AnaMiguel Rodriguez, became the first SECA student to receive her bachelor's degree. The school allows students to take community college credits at the same time they are in high school, cutting down on »»Read Full Post

Joe's Health Calendar May 28

COMMUNITY EVENTS Make Half Your Grains Whole in North Stockton June 2 (Tuesday) 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Diamond Cove II, 5506 Tam O’Shanter Drive, Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time »»Read Full Post

Readers Photo Challenge: Celebrating the ordinary

The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment is to find the extraordinary in ordinary objects or scenes. It takes more than just taking an everyday object and photographing it. One needs to look with a discerning eye to find the beauty and nobility of it through lighting, composition, and/or detail. That’s »»Read Full Post

Looking for a loophole?

As some callers have pointed out, Stockton's new twice-a-week watering rules aren't exactly, uh, watertight. While limiting the days on which people can water, the rules do not attempt to limit the duration of watering. So, if your habit in the old days was to water 15 minutes four days »»Read Full Post

All-Stockton Unified School District athletic awards unveiled

The All-Stockton Unified School District athletic awards were released to the media today. Included are the four SUSD high schools: Franklin, Edison, Chavez and Stagg. Here's a complete list of the awards: Superintendent's Award - SUSD Best Athletic Program: Tony Espinoza (Stagg) Charles Washington - SUSD Male Coach of the »»Read Full Post

Second budget hearing coming up at 5 p.m.

If we learned anything at last night's budget hearing, it's that libraries are a uniting force. No matter how bitterly people may disagree with each other on other topics, everyone will say they love libraries and wish there was one on every block (as opposed to four in a city »»Read Full Post

Gardens Without Borders

Last spring I went on a garden tour and came across an amazing sight: two neighbors had simultaneously ripped out their lawns and installed a water-wise landscape that spanned both front yards with no sign of borders, offering a sense of flowing continuity rarely seen in suburban gardens. Although most »»Read Full Post

Stockton's library deficit

Last night I attended the San Joaquin County League of Women Voters' annual meeting, where new city librarian Suzy Daveluy and Strong Libraries=Strong Communities chair Mas'ood Cajee spoke about the Stockton/San Joaquin County library system. Cajee brought up some interesting statistics about libraries in other cities and compared them to »»Read Full Post

Drilling down into Stockton's growth

Well, wonks, here's more to chew on after reading today's column about the mayor's proposal to chop developer fees. First -- which I should have got in there -- the city of Lodi cut fees. Lodi slashed fees from $14,590 per house to $5,940, but expected to break even through »»Read Full Post

California’s central coast; elephant seals, stunning coast, Hearst Castle and Morro Bay

Hearst Castle's Grand Mansion, looking up from the outdoor pool area. The mansion houses most of William Randolph Hearst's extensive art collection. Hearst Castle's beautiful pool looks out over the Santa Lucia Mountains along the California coast;the complex also includes a huge indoor pool! Several hundred elephant seals lounge on »»Read Full Post