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Today is my last day at The Record. It has been almost 10 years since I started as an intern, then later became a full-time reporter covering the education beat. After more than two years, I switched beats, covering San Joaquin County government, mostly, since the tail end of 2007. Until today. I’ve enjoyed getting [...]

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14 common spots in homes where mosquitoes can breed

Mosquitoes can breed just about anywhere, as long as they have half an inch of water for more than five days. Officials with the San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District said the warm weather this winter has started the population growing early. But residents can help slow it down by eliminating breeding spaces [...]

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The 411 on 211

Today’s story was about a referral database that officials decided would be redundant when San Joaquin County gets a 211 system later this year. Basically, 211 is a phone number people can call to get hooked up to services. There’s a website, too. I’m told that San Joaquin is the largest county in the state [...]

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Advocates planning next steps after immigration decision

Since I filed my story about the response to a judge’s decision to halt executive action from President Obama that would allow millions of undocumented residents to work and live legally in the country I heard that planning is already underway on what to do next in San Joaquin County. Catholic Charities Executive Director Elvira [...]

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More from Election 2016 preview

The race to replace Supervisor Steve Bestolarides after he terms out is already starting to take shape. Stockton City Councilman Moses Zapien and Stockton business owner Tom Patti are already jockeying for position. Here’s a little bit more about them, in this story. Both candidates had filed initial paperwork with the San Joaquin County Registrar [...]

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Ebola statement from congressional candidate

Congressional candidate Tony Amador released a statement this week calling on tighter travel restrictions to slow the spread of the Ebloa virus to the country. The Republican Amador is running against four-term Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, who represents the 9th Congressional District. Here’s the press release sent out from the Amador campaign: Stockton.  Today Antonio [...]

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Fire Photo

At Tuesday’s dedication of a replica of a plaque dedicating a tree that had been moved across town town in 1965 to firefighters in San Joaquin County, the Board of Supervisors received a photo of almost all of the county’s fire departments and districts posed outside the County Administration Building. I’m told it was no [...]

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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 [...]

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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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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 [...]

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