July 15, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: Lofty plans for old City Hall Stockton Record The 93-year-old City Hall on El Dorado Street may be about to take a small first step toward a major transformation as the clock ticks toward Stockton’s eventual move into a new city headquarters on the south side of downtown’s waterfront. […]


July 12, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: Mayor says Tracy City Council committed to respect, civility after grand jury report Stockton Record A month after the San Joaquin County civil grand jury released a report that looked into multiple complaints of friction and toxic behavior among Tracy City Council members, officials have reviewed the findings and […]


July 11, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS Facts about Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever) California Department of Public Health Valley fever (also called coccidioidomycosis or “cocci”) is a disease caused by a fungus that grows in the soil and dirt in some areas of California and the southwestern United States. Anyone who lives, works, or visits in areas where Valley fever […]


July 10, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley Grand jury says Modesto fixing problems that contributed to $16M in overspending Modesto Bee Modesto has taken big steps in fixing the breakdown in its purchasing practices that resulted in the city spending about $16 million over several years than had been authorized by the City Council or by […]


July 9, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: Olsen won’t seek second term on Stanislaus County board. Councilman to vie for seat. Modesto Bee Stanislaus County Supervisor Kristin Olsen announced Monday that she won’t seek re-election to the county Board of Supervisors. Big Valley pastor announces his run for Modesto mayor Modesto Bee The senior pastor of […]


July 8, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: Merced has to pay the county nearly $10 million, court says. Here’s why Merced Sun-Star The city of Merced lost a legal appeal recently and must now pay out $9.5 million to the Merced County controller, according to Sacramento County Superior Court records. Council members question Modesto’s spending on […]


July 3, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: Rep. Josh Harder discusses federal funding for higher education Modesto Bee Rep. Josh Harder, D-Turlock, listened to local educators, school administrators and economic development experts Tuesday as he prepares to draft legislation that would target federal funding for labor needs in the Central Valley. See Also: ●     Harder to seek […]


July 2, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: Stanislaus County makes leadership change at troubled Consolidated fire district Modesto Bee Stanislaus County leaders have appointed two new members to the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District board, replacing the former president and a board member whose furniture sales to the district were exposed in 2017. See Also: ●     Why […]


July 1, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: Merced legislator moves to legalize gambling in California. Where would the money go? Merced Sun Star Legislation that would allow California to regulate sports betting independent of federal rules moved forward this week thanks to Assemblymember Adam Gray, D-Merced. Called ACA 16, the proposal needs two-thirds approval in the […]


June 28, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: Stockton chamber installs new officers, plans to boost outreach Stockton Record The Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce installed new officers on Thursday at Brookside Country Club. Central SJ Valley: Fresno annual budget passes, but mayor hints he will drop veto hammer Fresno Bee The Fresno City Council voted 5-1 […]