Category Archives: General news

Safe Trick or Treat at UOP

TOP LEFT: Ten-month-old Alondra Merritt is dressed as a pineapple at the 18th annual Safe Trick or Treat event at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. TOP CENTER-LEFT: Five-year-old Solida Pen-Meach dressed as an space alien. TOP CENTER-RIGHT: Eight-year-old Year Juarez dressed as artist Frida Kahlo. TOP RIGHT: Six-year-old, Julian Rodriguez wears a Curious [...]

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Napa wine country fire relief

TOP: Craig Ledbetter with Vino Farms rearranges donations to make room for more items in a semi trailer at the Lange Twins Winery in Acampo bound as relief for people displaced by the fires in the Napa wine country. BOTTOM LEFT: Water and food are offloaded from a farm truck to be transferred to a [...]

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U.S. senator Kamala Harris visits Stockton

TOP: U.S. Senator Kamala Harris was the keynote speaker at the San Joaquin Valley Leadership Conference held at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel in downtown Stockton. MIDDLE: U.S. Senator Kamala Harris speaks at the San Joaquin Valley Leadership Conference. BOTTOM LEFT: U.S. Senator Kamala Harris shakes hands with the public after speaking at the San [...]

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Graduation day

May is the season for graduations and soon the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance will be playing at high schools, colleges, arenas and stadiums throughout the country. Graduations are among the milestone moments of our children’s lives and it’s only natural that we want to preserve those moments in photographs. The best and easiest times [...]

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Meet Artie D, the…

Also seen in the Stockton Chinese New Years Parade was “Artie D” the mascot for the San Joaquin Regional Transit District. Like so many other business mascots, Artie is portrayed by a person in a plush costume. The thing is, I don’t know what Artie is supposed to be. Pacific Gas and Electric’s mascot (which [...]

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Luck of the…

It is a Chinese tradition to give out small red envelopes during special events such as a wedding or New Years. They’re supposed to represent good luck and prosperity. The envelopes are red, a color that’s supposed to represent good luck in Chinese culture. They’re usually stuffed money and given as gifts. The sum can [...]

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Random photo #54: Tiny dancer

4-year-old Raziya Ward dances to the beat of a DJ while waiting for a 9/11 ceremony to start at the Sierra Vista Community Center in south Stockton.

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Day of the beard

  With genetics being against me, my attempts at growing a beard or even a mustache have been, at best, pitiful. But there are others who can easily sprout voluminous amounts of facial hair. To them I say: Happy World Beard Day!

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Richard Kiel: RIP

Actor Richard Kiel, best known for portraying the steel-toothed villain “Jaws” in two of the Roger Moore-era Bond films, died on September 10 at the age of 74. I photographed him in 2012 during his appearance at MiniCon at UOP’s Spanos Center. At 7-ft, 2-inches tall he was an imposing figure but genuinely seemed like [...]

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Would like to fly in my beautiful balloon?

Last Sunday I covered the Color the Skies hot air balloon festival at the Mistlin Sports Park in Ripon. It brought back memories of when I was a young photo student in college and some friends and I went to the Great Reno Balloon Race in Nevada. We drove through the wee hours of the [...]

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    Clifford Oto, an award-winning photographer, has been with The Record since 1984. Through the changes from black and white to digital photography, he’s kept his focus on covering the events, people and life of San Joaquin county. This blog deals ... Read Full
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