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California minimum wage increase affects local business

By NORA HESTON TARTE
Business Journal Writer

Jan. 1 marks the next mandatory wage increase in California, with a rise to $10.50 for businesses with 25 or less employees and $11 for companies with 26 employees or more.

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Turlock singing group wins Foster Farms contest

 

Members of Pitman High School’s Madrigals singing group were selected winners of the Foster Farms Bowl “Oh Say, Can You Sing” contest.

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UC to offer Green Gardener course at Stockton extension

By NORA HESTON TARTE

With young professionals buying up properties in San Joaquin County, the role of landscape professionals is changing. More than simple edging and mowing, homebuyers hiring gardeners are placing an emphasis on green practices.

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JC Penney partners with YMCA to provide children school-year necessities

Stockton students in need were the recipients of a donated socks and underwear thanks to a donation project between the YMCA of San Joaquin County and JC Penney.

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Stockton Unified students benefit from Amazon donations

 

Amazon associates unload boxes with $15,000 worth of clothing, living essentials and holiday toys for children and families in Stockton.

STOCKTON — Online retail giant Amazon brought much needed relief to families in transition during the holidays.

On Dec. 5, employees of Amazon’s Tracy fulfillment center helped make the season a little more joyous for students of Stockton Unified School District whose families are going through rough times by delivering some relief.

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RTD launches Talk To Me Maps technology for visually impaired community

By NORA HESTON TARTE

For those who are blind or visually impaired, public transit is often necessary. However, navigating the bus schedules and reading maps offers a different complication.

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Gallo in top 100 of ‘Best Places to Work’ for 2018

E&J Gallo Winery of Modesto was chosen as one of the best places to work in a recent survey.

The winery, founded in 1933, was ranked 14 out of 100 of the “Best Places to Work in 2018” by Glassdoor, a job recruitment company. In 2016, Gallo was ranked 47 out of 50.

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Modesto’s AgSafe awarded $192K contract

MODESTO — A contract worth $192,000 has been awarded to a nonprofit which provides training, education and outreach in the farming industry.

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Stockton-Lodi Ranks No. 4 on top market list for 2018

By NORA HESTON TARTE

Buying and selling homes in the Stockton-Lodi metro should get easier in 2018. During its annual housing forecast, realtor.com ranked the metro area No. 4 on its list of top housing markets based on both sales and price gains, signaling a positive trend for number of homes sold and home values.

Predictions include a 4.55 percent sales growth in 2018 and a 6.43 percent growth in price, according to realtor.com.

For the first time since 2015, realtor.com is also predicting a positive trend in housing inventory across the country, with easing of the housing shortage allowing for steadier price growth and more millennial mortgage share.

Kris Klair, a Central Valley Realtor and president of the Central Valley Association of Realtors agrees the 2018 housing market in Stockton-Lodi will be hot. His chief concerns about the market are exactly what area builders are addressing — a shortage of homes... Read More

Online app inspires real-life activity in school kids

 

Students at Hoover Elementary are part of 95,000 students throughout Merced, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties staying active with an online application called GoNoodle.

By MARC LUTZ
Business Journal Editor

There’s no denying that it’s a digital world we live in. Anywhere one turns, people are connected to their smartphones, tablets or some form of digital device.

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