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McNerney to host drought forum

McNerney to host drought forum

STOCKTON — Rep. Jerry McNerney will host a California Drought Solutions Forum in Stockton on Aug. 25.

The forum will feature experts and voices that include farmers, water technology innovators, policy makers, federal and state government and local universities, his office said.

The forum will consist of two panels:

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Water, Energy, and Technology: Partnerships and Solutions Panel

Invited panelists include: GE; California Energy Commission, Water Energy Technology Program; U.S. Department of Energy, Water Energy Technology Team; ACWA; and IBM.

11 a.m.  Noon:  Agriculture, Technology, and Water Sustainability Panel

 

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Rail hearing draws standing-room-only crowd

Rail hearing draws standing-room-only crowd

About 200 business and community leaders from throughout the northern Central Valley turned out Friday to voice their support for improvements to passenger rail service in Northern California.

Merced’s Assemblyman Adam Gray, who chairs the Assembly Select Committee on Rail, held the meeting in downtown Modesto to get public input on the expansion of Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) and Amtrak’s San Joaquin service in the Central Valley... Read More

Grant aims to help boost home ownership

Grant aims to help boost home ownership

STOCKTON – The Bank of America Charitable Foundation gave Visionary Home Builders a $90,000 grant as part of the company’s commitment to boosting home ownership.

The grant will be used to give 570 people housing counseling and help them become first-time home buyers. The money will also help 850 people get foreclosure prevention assistance and 77 united of affordable housing will be rehabilitated. Visionary Home Builders will also provide financial management and wealth building services to 1,130 people... Read More

Milk producers eye joining federal system

Milk producers eye joining federal system

California’s three largest milk cooperatives have filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to start the process to join the federal milk marketing order (FMMO) system. Currently dairy producers are part of the state milk marketing order.

Federal and state milk marketing orders require regulated milk processors, to pay minimum prices for milk and adhere to other specified rules. FMMOs are authorized under the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937.

The move comes after years of trying to get the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to bring parity to farm milk prices in California... Read More

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Stockton utilities department wins honor

Stockton utilities department wins honor

STOCKTON – The Stockton Municipal Utilities Department’s (MUD) Focus on Safety Program earned the department the Organizational Excellence Award from the California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA).

MUD will be honored with the award at CASA’s 60th Annual Conference, Aug. 19 – 21, in San Diego. CASA, with over 100 member agencies, focuses on the wastewater utility issues in California.

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City of Tracy brings Blues, Brews & BBQ to Downtown Plaza

City of Tracy brings Blues, Brews & BBQ to Downtown Plaza

City of Tracy brings Blues, Brews & BBQ to Downtown Plaza

Tracy, Calif. - Head to Downtown Tracy for an afternoon filled with live music, food and family fun! Tracy’s first Blues, Brews & BBQ event is scheduled for Saturday, September 12, 2015 from noon - 6:00pm. The Blues, Brews & BBQ event will be held at the beautiful Downtown Plaza located on the corner of 6th Street and Central Avenue. This event will include a barbecue contest, home brewed beer contest, children’s entertainment, food trucks and three live bands on stage.