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Bullet train construction underway throughout Central Valley

A stretch of the railroad tracks for the bullet train is under construction alongside Highway 99 through Fresno in the Central Valley.

FRESNO—The much-anticipated bullet train project is inching its way to the finish line.
Over 119 miles of the Central Valley leg is under construction from Madera to Wasco, with 1,700 workers dispatched to 21 active construction sites.

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CAPC seeking donations for B&N book fair

The Child Abuse Prevention Council is seeking donations to bring the gift of literacy to area preschoolers. The organization’s goal is to receive 800 books, one per each student enrolled in HeadStart preschools.

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West High team wins water tech challenge

Twelve high school teams from across San Joaquin County vied for a prize in this year’s H20 Hackathon, with one team taking home the Cal Water Golden Spigot Award.

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CAR: Housing sales up in state, Central Valley

The California Realtors Association recently reported that California’s home sales were up in February this year by 5.4 over the same time last year. The Central Valley market has fared a bit better despite a lack in inventory.

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Businesses need to worry About employment taxes

Employee taxes just as important as other business taxes.

When most people think of the word “tax,” the first thing that usually comes to mind is the income tax levied by the IRS. This is natural as most everyone has to pay income taxes and we are reminded of that fact every April 15.
However, for business owners, employments taxes are just as important, if not more so.

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What if your business could talk to you?

What if your business could alert you to catastrophic issues that your business was going to face unless you made some type of correction? Items such as cash flow issues, loss of a key customer, a loss of trust with your customers, ineffective use of financial resources, decrease in morale and dedication of employees, loss of mission focus or even poor leadership. What if, similar to a “check engine” light, there was a “check cashflow” light that would turn red?

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Ag action plan earns Stockton award of merit

Stockton’s new Food and Agriculture Action Plan has earned an award of merit from the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED). The plan, which was presented to and accepted by the city council last July, was the brainchild of the Stockton Economic Development Department.

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Miracle Mile chooses new executive director

Jaime Watts has been chosen as the new executive director of the Miracle Mile Improvement District in Stockton.

STOCKTON—Jaime Watts knows what it takes to run an improvement district, operate a small business and draw thousands of patrons to a location. And now she’s bringing her expertise to the Miracle Mile Improvement District.

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Is your business adapting to the evolving digital marketplace?

Advertising in the digital marketplace used to be pretty cut and dry. Do this, don’t do that and—poof!—success. Those were the early years of internet development before everyone and their grandmother was tweeting across multiple platforms. As the years ticked by, the internet grew and changed, and so did the way people needed to approach it. Gone are the days of throwing up a site and stuffing a few keywords in so the search engines could pick it up. It is necessary now to be much more fluent in the language of technology to make a profit.

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Deputy DA retiring after more than 36 years

San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Stephen Taylor is retiring at the end of March after 36 years in public service.

STOCKTON—One could say that Stephen Taylor has a head made for numbers. When he was 12 years old, he was already running his own soda machine operation. By 16, he was doing the back-office accounting for his father, a doctor.

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