From Costa Rica to a taco truck with UOP authors

Books and music by University of the Pacific authors and artists range in subjects matter from the Nez Perce Indians to Roman Empire women of the Christian movement to jazz and opera recordings. Jennifer Lopez, a former Record reporter, has been recognized by Time magazine for “Stef Soto, Taco Queen »»Read Full Post

Joe's Health Calendar

COMMUNITY EVENTS Cancer Center Unites With Toys for Tots to Help Children in Need Now through Dec. 14 (Wednesday) Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: To kick off the holiday season, St. Teresa Comprehensive Cancer Center, 4722 Quail Lakes Drive, Suite B, Stockton (off March Lane and Quail »»Read Full Post

Video of Measure A oversight committee meeting

I stayed for about the first 150 minutes before moving on to other obligations. You can view it here. And here's the handout from the meeting. »»Read Full Post

Another great (but tragic) Valley mayor

  We've been talking about what Valley mayors can be. In today's SacBee, Marcos Breton grapples with the complicated legacy of Mayor Kevin Johnson. "He once told me what he wanted most of all was for Sacramento to be a cool place. You know what? It is now ... " »»Read Full Post

'It's truly an amazing thing'

For those who have never had the chance to paddle down a salmon-bearing stream. Great stuff (well -- except for that rope swing business. What were you thinking, dude?). http://youtu.be/wbGVptkhJ5g »»Read Full Post

Off the beaten track; hidden gems close to San Joaquin County

Winter will soon officially arrive, along with holiday houseguests and kids soon to be out of school. What to do, for outings for a day, or longer? Here are several destinations within an hour for day tours, or a bit further for multi-day tours that are just right for winter »»Read Full Post

St. Mary's football ranked seventh in state

  This St. Mary's football team might just be the best edition of the Rams in their 88 years of existence. St. Mary's hammered Folsom 56-25 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship game. Not only was it the second-most points scored in a Division I final, but Folsom was »»Read Full Post

Athletes from across the world converge on Stockton in January

This coming January 13-15 athletes from Australia, Japan, Canada and from all over the U.S. will converge on the Stockton Arena for the first ever Pan Pacific Cup competition.  The Pan Pacific Cup is a baton twirling competition sanctioned by the World Baton Federation and sponsored locally by Visit Stockton »»Read Full Post

Holiday shopping event at Barnes & Noble Weberstown

On Saturday, Dec. 3, Barnes & Noble bookstore at the Weberstown Mall in Stockton will celebrate a special day of shopping, savings and personalized service for teachers in pre-K to 12th grade. Those with a B&N Educator Discount Card can take 25 percent off on books, toys, games, music, movies »»Read Full Post

Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Out your backdoor

“There's a giant doing cartwheels a statue wearin' high heels Look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn A dinosaur Victrola list'ning to Buck Owens Doo, doo, doo, lookin' out my backdoor” – Out My Backdoor – John Fogerty When I was a photo student way back in »»Read Full Post