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Stockton among cities with best job prospects

Stockton among cities with best job prospects

STOCKTON — Stockton is one of the cities with the best job prospects, according to workforce consulting firm ManpowerGroup

According to ManpowerGroup’s employment outlook, employers predict the last three months of this year will show the strongest hiring plans since the fourth quarter of 2007.

Of the more than 11,000 U.S. employers surveyed, 21 percent anticipate increasing staff levels in Q4 2015, while 6 percent of employers expect workforce reductions.

Among employers in the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas, the strongest job prospects are expected in Stockton-Lodi; McAllen, Texas; Greenville, SC; Tampa, Florida and Cape Coral, Florida. Among survey participants, the Stockton-Lodi MSA employment outlook is the second best in the nation.

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Free Small Hot or Cold Beverage at Peet's Thru Monday with Purchase

Free Small Hot or Cold Beverage at Peet's Thru Monday with Purchase

Buy a food item at Peet's Coffee & Tea and get a free small hot or cold beverage through Monday, Sept. 14. Specifically, the food items included in the deal include an artisan baked good, warm breakfast or simply oatmeal..... Read More

Local radio personalities nominated for CMA award

Local radio personalities nominated for CMA award

“DJ Walker In The Morning” is a finalist for the Country Music Association (CMA) Broadcast Awards radio personality of the year.

Dennis Walker and Jim Wells of KATM are nominated, along with four personalities, in the medium market category.

The finalists were surprised by the two-time CMA Awards finalist when Kelsea Ballerini called under the pretense of talking about the nominations and then turned the tables.

“Radio has played such an important part in this amazing year that I jumped at the opportunity to call the stations to tell them they were nominated for a CMA Broadcast Award,” said Ballerini. “It has been an amazing day and I was really happy to share it with people who have contributed so much to my career.”... Read More

University of the Pacific ranks among best private colleges in California

University of the Pacific ranks among best private colleges in California

STOCKTON — The University of the Pacific ranked sixth among private colleges in California by U.S. News in its annual Best Colleges ratings of national universities, released Wednesday.

The university also rated high for ethnic diversity.

“University of the Pacific is deeply committed to our wonderfully diverse and engaged student body, and proud of the superb education we offer them,” said Pacific’s President Pamela A. Eibeck. “Today’s rankings reflect our commitment and our students’ success.”

Nationwide, Pacific ranked No. 108 among 268 institutions in the category, tied with USF, Illinois Institute of Technology, Iowa State University, University of Dayton, University of Oklahoma, and University of South Carolina... Read More

Air alert issued for Valley

Air alert issued for Valley

STOCKTON — Smoke has prompted air pollution officials to issue an air alert for much of the San Joaquin Valley, including San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties. The alert started Wednesday and is set to run through Friday.

Smoke from the Rough Wildfire burning in Tulare and Fresno Counties, high temperatures and an increase in vehicle traffic now that school is back in session are all contributing to very unhealthy air quality conditions in areas throughout the Valley, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District said.

“With smoke from the Rough fire pouring into the Valley, it is important that we limit any additional emissions wherever we can in addition to staying inside to protect our health.” said chief communications officer Jaime Holt.

Residents are asked to reduce their vehicle use to minimize smog-forming emissions by:... Read More

7-Eleven clerk arrested for striking customer says he was defending himself

STOCKTON - A 7-Eleven clerk who works two jobs to support his family was arrested early Monday morning for striking a customer he described as drunk and abusive.

UPDATE: No complaint has been filed at this time. Juan Valles will be released from jail Wednesday evening.

In an interview Tuesday at the San Joaquin County Jail, Juan Valles, 33, said the man had been drinking beer in front of the store during the evening and was extremely intoxicated when he came inside and created a disturbance around 3 a.m.

Valles said he demanded the man leave the store and walked behind him as they went through the front door.

Stockton clerk involved in violent encounter won't be charged

STOCKTON - A Stockton 7-Eleven clerk who claimed to be defending himself when a customer became violent, then suffered critical injuries, will be home Wednesday night.

The San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office declined to pursue charges against Juan Valles, who was arrested very early Monday morning at the store.

He said in a jailhouse interview Tuesday he'd done nothing wrong.

"He was coming at me, to swing at me. I pushed him back; I didn't want to hurt him. He fell down, tripped and hit his head," Valles explained.

Unable to afford bail, Valles has been in jail since his arrest early Monday morning.