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Is high-speed rail building a bullet train to nowhere?

Is high-speed rail building a bullet train to nowhere?

The plan to build a high-speed rail system took a weird detour in February when the California High Speed Rail Authority suddenly decided to run its first phase between Kern County and San Jose.

Sharon Alley Calone

We learned more about the plans during a hearing March 28.The revised plan would lay the first 250 miles of track between San Jose and the Bakersfield area and now aims to offer service on the line in less than a decade.

But here’s the shocker for our region: It turns out the changed plans call for cutting out Merced until at least 2029. That’s a big change from the original plan that called for the first phase to run between southern California and Merced.

The announcement took a lot of people by surprise, including Assemblyman Adam Gray who represents Merced... Read More

Head Start expanding services to San Joaquin County children

Head Start expanding services to San Joaquin County children

Nine new Head Start preschool locations are opening in San Joaquin County according to the San Joaquin County Office of Education and the Stockton Unified School District. The program aims to provide 3- and 4-year-olds the skills needed to enter kindergarten and prepare them for success in school and life.

Studies show that children attending preschools, such as Head Start, complete high school and attend college more often and are less likely to be arrested or charged with a crime. Federally funded Head Start programs have operated nationwide and in San Joaquin County for about 50 years... Read More

University of the Pacific receives ECO Award

University of the Pacific receives ECO Award

STOCKTON — Commute Connection recognized the University of the Pacific with its first ECO Award for demonstrating excellence in commuter options.

The school was honored for its efforts to foster an environment to promote sustainable transportation options at its worksite.

The school earned the award by demonstrating and implementing strategies, promotions, and incentives to encourage employees to consider transportation alternatives... Read More

7 things to know before Stockton’s water meeting

7 things to know before Stockton’s water meeting

STOCKTON — Stockton’s City Council will meet in a special session Saturday to study two important issues about water: the proposal to increase water rates and chloramine use for water treatment.

The city manager and city attorney will also attend the meeting. Assistant Director Bob Granberg from Municipal Utilities Department will be the lead presenter for MUD.

The meeting is open to the public, and residents are encouraged to offer questions and comments.

Here’s what you need to know about the issues:... Read More

Delta College to host Stockton is Magnificent celebration

Delta College to host Stockton is Magnificent celebration

STOCKTON — San Joaquin Delta College will host the fifth Stockton is Magnificent celebration from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m, April 2 at the college campus.

The event will feature 24 performing acts, 135 participant booths, nine food trucks and the traditional enormous group photo.

The goal of the event is to help promote the city and improve its image among Stockton citizens... Read More

Little change in area unemployment numbers

Little change in area unemployment numbers

SACRAMENTO — The unemployment rate for February remained relatively stable across the Central Valley. San Joaquin County came in at 8.8 percent, down 0.1 percent from January while Stanislaus County’s rate was unchanged at 9.4 percent. Merced County continues to suffer from the highest rate in the area at 12.6 percent, down 0.1 percent from January.

Nationally the unemployment rate stood at 5.2 percent while California’s rate was 5.7 percent.

The biggest drivers of employment gains in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties were trade, transportation and utilities and leisure and hospitality. The two catagories both added 1,600 jobs to San Joaquin County. Trade, transportation and utilities added 1,400 jobs in Stanislaus County. Leisure and hospitality added 1,600 jobs to the county... Read More

Join Dare to Prepare Day April 30!

Join Dare to Prepare Day April 30!

For more information, go to daretoprepareday.com