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California State Parks Specialized License Plate Now Available

California State Parks Specialized License Plate Now Available

California State Parks (State Parks) has unveiled its specialized vehicle license plate "ParksPLATE”.

The design of the plate features California’s official tree, the California redwood. Proceeds from the sale and annual renewal of the plate will provide an ongoing funding source for the restoration and preservation of state parks across California.

State Parks officials unveiled the specialized plate at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park where some of the most extensive restorations since a major reconstruction effort in the 1890s are currently underway. Plate sales will support restoration projects like this one and help the department restore and preserve California’s state park system.

Retail rebounds in Central Valley

Retail rebounds in Central Valley

Signs of recovery in the Central Valley’s retail market were everywhere in 2015.

Shopping centers expanded. Vacancy rates were down. Retail employment went up.

“2015 has been the best year for retail in the past six years,” said John Godi, president and CEO of Stone Bros. Management, which manages Sherwood Mall and Stonecreek Village in Stockton.

Retail centers expect the good times to roll through the all-important holiday shopping season.

The National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales will increase 3.7 percent in November and December to $630.5 billion — significantly higher than the 10-year average of 2.5 percent.

“We prepare year-round for the holiday season which is our Super Bowl,” said Vintage Faire Mall’s marketing manager Annie Amies. “We think people in Modesto and Stanislaus County will be out shopping in full force in what we anticipate will be a positive holiday season.”... Read More

Council moves closer to reducing Stockton’s building fees

Council moves closer to reducing Stockton’s building fees

STOCKTON — Stockton builders will have to wait two more weeks to see what kind of fee reductions the City Council will approve.

The council voted to have staff analyze an alternative proposal to reduce public facilities fees that would include more multi-family housing and steeper fee cuts  in low-income areas of town.

The effort to stimulate Stockton’s job market and jump start new home construction by reducing public facilities fees started last March and has become more complicated with every meeting.

By the end of Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, four plans had emerged:... Read More

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Stockton Heat to turn pink for breast cancer

Stockton Heat to turn pink for breast cancer

STOCKTON — The Stockton Heat will continue an annual hockey tradition this weekend when they paint the ice pink for breast cancer awareness.

The Heat will raise money for St. Joseph’s Foundation – Breast Health Services during its home games Friday and Saturday as part of Hot Pink 1 presented by Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

In addition to playing on pink ice, Heat players will wear pink jerseys during their Friday and Saturday games. Fans can bid for pink jerseys during silent and live auctions. The live auction will take place on Saturday night after the game against Ontario. There will also be raffles on the Heat’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.  

The team will also make a number of special items available in the silent auction. Proceeds from that auction and other event proceeds will be donated to St. Joseph’s Foundation – Breast Health Services... Read More

Stockton physician appointed to osteopathic medical board

Stockton physician appointed to osteopathic medical board

SACRAMENTO – Cyrus Fram Buhar has been appointed to the Osteopathic Medical Board of California by Governor Jerry Brown.

Buhari, a 41-year-old Stockton native, has been a physician at the San Joaquin Cardiology Medical Group since 2013. Buhari’s career from 2008 to 2013 included serving as an assistant clinical professor of medicine and physician at the Central California Faculty Medical Group, a physician in the Veterans Affairs Central California Healthcare System and at the Community Hospitalist Medical Group.

Buhari earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Western University of Health Sciences.

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Stockton simplifies, reduces permit fees

Stockton simplifies, reduces permit fees

STOCKTON — Starting Nov. 2 it will cost developers less to apply for permits in Stockton.

The city’s Community Development Department is launching a new automated system for building, planning and engineering permits. The process eliminated outdated practices and results in cost savings of between 24 and 62 percent, the city said in a press release.

The city will implement simpler and less expensive permit fees for all types of development.

The new permitting system uses cloud-based software and will streamline permitting, inspections, and plan review. In addition, it introduces 24/7 online access for residents and businesses. Customers will be able to access the system remotely, check status, and answer questions about projects and plans... Read More