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Community Voices: Medicaid at 50

Community Voices: Medicaid at 50

By AMY SHIN
Health Plan of San Joaquin CEO

STOCKTON — For its 50th anniversary, we’re celebrating Medicaid and how a great vision, powered by enduring partnerships, across political divides and from national to local levels, can deliver on the promise of quality health care access. Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) continues to be government service at its best.

After President Johnson signed it into law in 1965, state and the federal governments worked to turn this first blush of health care reform into a lifeline for people who otherwise lack coverage.  Since that summer 50 years ago, nearly two-thirds of Americans have either benefited directly from Medicaid or have a family member or friend who has... Read More

Fewer foreclosures help Stockton, Modesto hit “sweet spot”

Fewer foreclosures help Stockton, Modesto hit “sweet spot”

The Stockton and Modesto housing markets are now in that “sweet spot” where the market is not too hot and not too cold, according the latest analysis by Freddie Mac. The mortgage giant’s  Multi-Indicator Market Index (MIMI) rated Stockton at 80.2 and Modesto at 86 with both markets improving. The state, overall, got an 87 rating.

According to the index, anything below 80 is considered weak; anything above 120 is considered elevated.

MiMi measures housing stability of local housing activity by combining current local market data in the top 100 metros in the nation with Freddie Mac data for all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia... Read More

Stockton begins new branding effort

Stockton begins new branding effort

STOCKTON – Visit Stockton, the city’s conference and visitor’s bureau website and tourist information center, has partnered with Nashville-based North Star Destination Strategies in an effort to boost the city’s image.

The effort will be aimed at discovering and defining the community’s exceptional assets and make Stockton stand out in the marketplace.

“Over the next several months, using our Community BrandPrint process we’ll be digging out Stockton’s competitive identity that is derived from the history, the culture, the geography and the society of a place,” Don McEachern, CEO of North Star said in a press release.  “Branding Stockton will give community members the tools to effectively manage the conversation that is taking place in order to build a reputation that is fair, honest, and powerful.”... Read More

California leads country for most expensive gas

California leads country for most expensive gas

STOCKTON – Area gas prices rose slightly over the last week, increasing by 6 cents to $3.39 in the Stockton-Lodi area. Modesto also saw a 6-cent increase, bringing prices for drivers there to $3.34. Merced drivers saw a slightly smaller increase as their prices rose $.04 to $3.46.

Nationwide, gas prices have stayed relatively stable during the last 30 days. The average price on Monday stood at $2.76 per gallon, the lowest average for this date since 2010. That price is down nearly a nickel per gallon compared to the 2015 peak price reached on June 15 ($2.80).

California has the most expensive gas in the country, with an average price $3.87, up from $3.71 per gallon last week. Alaska ($3.47) Hawaii ($3.34), Nevada ($3.26) and Washington ($3.19) round out the top 5. ... Read More

Valley home sales figures show improvement overall

Valley home sales figures show improvement overall

STOCKTON — Home sales are up, home prices are up and homes are selling faster in San Joaquin County, according to the latest MLS figures for June.

According to statistics supplied by MLS, 684 homes closed in June. That’s up 2.2 percent from the month before and 8.18 percent from a year ago.

The median price for a home in San Joaquin County was $296,000 — 5.7 percent higher than in May and 11.3 percent more than June 2014.

Homes also spent an average of 34 days on the market, down 9.8 percent from the previous month.

Home sales news was mixed in the region’s other two counties.

In Stanislaus County, 543 home sales closed in June. That was 2.5 percent lower than in May. However it was an increase of 12.4 from a year ago.

The median price for a home in Stanislaus County in June was $249,000, up 2 percent from May and 6.3 percent from a year ago... Read More

St. Joseph’s Medical Center receives stroke care certification

St. Joseph’s Medical Center receives stroke care certification

STOCKTON — St. Joseph’s Medical Center has received recognition for its stroke treatment.

The hospital recently received Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

“The certification provides us with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide as well as to continually strive to advance our care even further,” said Don Wiley, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Medical Center in a press release.

St. Joseph’s received the certification after an onsite review in which Joint Commission experts evaluated the hospital’s compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements. The inspection looked at program management, the delivery of clinical care, and performance improvement... Read More

Hispanic Chamber to explore civic involvement at luncheon

Hispanic Chamber to explore civic involvement at luncheon

The San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Leaders’ Luncheon on Business on Thursday, July 30 at the Stockton Golf & Country Club.

The focus of this year’s luncheon will be how to take part in the civic process and will feature four speakers who will discuss the importance of civic participation at all levels of government, the Chamber said... Read More

  • Assemblyman Rockey Chavez
  • San Joaquin County Supervisor Carlo Villapudua
  • Latino Leadership & Policy Forum Ruben Barrales
  • El Concilio Executive Director Jose Rodriguez