Anti-tunnels ad in race for Congress

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, has released a campaign ad touting his opposition to the “Twin Tunnels,” referring to state plans to build tunnels that would bypass the Delta, creating a direct conduit from the Sacramento River to export pumps.

Here’s the ad:

His Republican opponent, Tony Amador, is also not a fan of the tunnels plan.

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New look at county budget

San Joaquin County has a new way to look at pretty-colored graphs while learning about county finances. There was a short blurb about it today here. And here is the site:

The site has been live for a little while. The county announced it’s arrival last week. Over the past 30 days, about 100 people have checked it out, Information Systems Director Jerry Becker said.

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(Video) Bussing Days of Future Past

San Joaquin Regional Transit District has started its 50-year anniversary with a new video.  The short-film starts with a modern-day Metro Express bus heading back in time, picking up passengers in 1965.

Here it is:


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Candidate bucket challenge

The number of ALS Ice Bucket Challenges keeps growing. And now one candidate for county supervisor has extended a bucket challenge to his rival for the office.

Ripon Mayor Chuck Winn posted his ice-bucket-challenge video on Facebook, along with a challenge for Lodi businessman Russ Munson. Both are running to replace Supervisor Ken Vogel, who is terming out.

Here’s Winn’s video:

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Ice Ice County

The ice-bucket challenges continue.

San Joaquin County Child Support Services Director Lori Cruz and the rest of the department’s management team lined up and got soaked this week, but not before throwing down the gauntlet to the executive management team at the Human Services Agency.

Besides the dousing, Assistant Director Regina Martin said the group is pooling some money to donate to fight ALS.

This was also an inter-county challenge. The Child Support Services folks named their counterparts in Stanislaus and Los Angeles counties, too.



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More ice buckets, challenges

City Councilwoman and San Joaquin County Supervisor-elect Kathy Miller joined the steady stream of local folks taking, then passing on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. So did Paul Canepa, the city of Stockton’s vice mayor.

Last week, county Supervisors Carlos Villapudua,  took the lead on the Board of Supervisors, dousing himself and challenging his colleagues on the board, in addition to every elected official in the county.   Ken Vogel took a measured approach to the challenge, dousing himself with a cup of ice, in the name of the drought.

At his soaking last week, Record Editor Mike Klocke challenged Canepa and Miller, along with Mayor Anthony Silva, to the challenge.

Since then, both Canepa and Miller have posted their challenges online. They both challenged Stockton City Manage Kurt Wilson to the take the bucket. Canepa challenged City Attorney John Luebberke and City Clerk Bonnie Paige. For her part, Miller challenged Supervisor Steve Bestolarides and Ripon Mayor Chuck Winn. Winn is running against Lodi businessman Russ Munson for a seat on the board.

Here are the videos:

And this:

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A drought-conscious response to the ice bucket challenge

San Joaquin County Supervisor Ken Vogel donated $125 and dumping a cup of ice over his head today, responding from Supervisor Carlos Villapudua’s passing of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Thursday. Villapudua got soaked, then challenged the Board of Supervisors and all the elected officials in San Joaquin County.

Vogel is one of the county’s lead people on water issues, always top among county issues, but even more during the current drought. “I Since we are in a drought, I did a cup of ice,” he said. He didn’t pass the challenge on to anybody else.

He posted the photo on his Facebook page.


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(Video) Monkeys get a homegrown treat

Staff at Micke Grove Zoo started an in-house garden this year, using compost made from scraps from the zoo’s kitchen. Here’s the story that ran this week.

The zoo’s spider monkeys love the garden’s bell peppers. Here’s the monkey’s getting a treat.


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Supervisor’s ice-bucket challenge

Supervisor Carlos Villapudua donated $100 to fight ALS and was doused in ice water, and he challenged his colleagues on the Board of Supervisors to do the same. He challenged all of the politicians in San Joaquin County, actually. Here’s the video he posted on his facebook page:

Here’s a video I shot:

I’m not sure what the protocol is for multiple challenges, because some of the county’s got served an ice-bucket challenge by The Record’s own Mike Klocke took the challenge earlier on Thursday. He picked Kathy Miller, supervisor-elect and current City Council Member. He also challenged City Councilman Paul Canepa and Mayor Anthony Silva.

Cops reporter Jason Anderson was there, too. He challenged Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones along with Stockton PD’s Joe Silva and San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office’s Les Garcia. They are the agency’s public information officers.

Here’s that video.


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Tighter turns the spigot

San Joaquin County government is moving closer to putting mandatory water restrictions in place that could carry fines of up to $1,000 for violators. The Board of Supervisors gave its initial OK to a new water ordinance that includes four new stages of emergency measures to conserve water. County staff plans to recommend instituting the first stage next month.

Here are the conservation measures:


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