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Drought works in new kayak store’s favor

Drought works in new kayak store’s favor

STOCKTON — It took 10 years, but the Haussmann brothers finally achieved their long-held goal of expanding their kayak and paddle board business to Stockton.

“I’ve looked at Stockton for a long time, for 10 years or more,” said Eric Haussmann, co-owner of Kayak City-Adventure Sports. “We started looking for a building and this place came together.”

What came together was a deal on a 6,000-square-foot showroom at 1818 W. Fremont St. The location gave the brothers’ new store the visibility and parking that other sites in the city lacked... Read More

Health Plan of San Joaquin wins NCQA accreditation

Health Plan of San Joaquin wins NCQA accreditation

FRENCH CAMP – The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) awarded Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) a three-Year Health Plan accreditation for its Medicaid/HMO line of business (Medicaid is known as Medi-Cal in California)... Read More

Affordable housing project to get cap-and-trade money

Affordable housing project to get cap-and-trade money

STOCKTON – An affordable housing development near the Stockton Downtown Transit Center is one of 28 projects recommended for portions of the $122 million available under the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program state grant.

Anchor Village, a 51-unit housing project being developed by infill developer Domus Development, is designed to provide comprehensive supportive services. The project has been recommended for $5.9 million through the state’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program, part of the state’s cap-and-trade program.

This development would be the first transit oriented development in the Central Valley funded through cap and trade, a program aimed at reducing air pollution by encouraging public forms of transportation... Read More

CAPG gives Sutter Gould Medical Foundation elite status

CAPG gives Sutter Gould Medical Foundation elite status

SACRAMENTO – The annual CAPG Standards of Excellence Survey gave the Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, serving Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced counties elite status on Tuesday. Sutter Gould was among six physician organizations and all five medical foundations in the Sutter Medical Network to receive the highest possible honor awarded by the CAPG professional organization... Read More

Central Valley foreclosures continue to drop

Central Valley foreclosures continue to drop

IRVINE – CoreLogic, a company that tracks real estate trends, released data showing foreclosures in Modesto and Stockton-Lodi continue to decline.

According to the company, foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans in Modesto was 0.57 percent for April 2015, a decrease of 0.19 percentage points compared with April 2014 when the rate was 0.76 percent.

In the Stockton-Lodi area, foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans was 0.62 percent for April 2015, a decrease of 0.24 percentage points compared with last year.

Both cities were below the national average of 1.33 percent, but above the state average of .51 percent... Read More

Stockton Metro Aiport: big changes!

Stockton Metro Aiport: big changes!

Stockton Metropolitan Airport (SMA) Director Harry Mavrogenes outlined recent accomplishments and projected improvements at the facility to the San Joaquin Partnership Board of Directors this morning during its regular monthly meeting in Stockton.

Mavrogenes said there are four critical growth areas for the SMA:

1.Grow and promote existing air passenger service

2.Bring a domestic airline that will link Stockton with a major hub airport

3.Promote the creation of international service

4.Develop air cargo as a viable business

Fewer homeowners underwater in mortgages

Fewer homeowners underwater in mortgages

The housing market continued its recovery as CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider, released a new analysis showing 254,000 properties regained equity in the first quarter of 2015.

Nationwide, nearly 90 percent of mortgaged residential properties, approximately 44.9 million, now have positive equity. Just over 5.1 million properties, approximately 10.2 percent, still have negative equity meaning owners are upside down or underwater in their mortgages.

Locally the numbers aren’t quite as good. The company’s statistics indicate that 15.3 percent of homeowners in the Stockton-Lodi area ... Read More