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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 water customers confused over billing glitch

Stockton water customers confused over billing glitch

STOCKTON — The city of Stockton has been flooded with calls from confused residents who received bills that incorrectly showed their accounts were past due.

The city said the mistake happened when nearly 38,000 customers, who previously received a combined (unified) bill from Cal Water, received their first bill from the city of Stockton for sewer, stormwater, garbage and recycling services.

According to the city, about a third of the city of Stockton accounts in the Cal Water service area were posted late because of a “technical issue.”... 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

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

Justice Sotomayor to speak at Advancing Women’s Leadership forum

Justice Sotomayor to speak at Advancing Women’s Leadership forum

STOCKTON U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be the keynote speaker for the Advancing Women’s Leadership forum at University of the Pacific in October, the university announced.

Also speaking at the Oct. 23 forum will be Amy Purdy, a 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist and motivational speaker, and Connie Rishwain, former president of the boot company UGG and a graduate of Pacific.

“This forum is intended to promote and showcase women leaders and to cultivate future leaders,” said Kathleen Lagorio Janssen, chair of Pacific’s Board of Regents and a member of the planning committee for Advancing Women’s Leadership. “We want to transform our community by inspiring and empowering youth and adults alike.”

The first Advancing Women’s Leadership forum in March 2013 featured former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice... Read More

RTD wins $6.8 million grant for new routes

RTD wins $6.8 million grant for new routes

STOCKTON — San Joaquin Regional Transit will receive a $6.8 million grant for two new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes along the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Corridor and Crosstown Miner Corridor in Stockton, RTD announced Tuesday.

“This project will build upon RTD’s existing and highly successful BRT network of three routes that serve the Pacific, Airport, and Hammer corridors,” said RTD General Manager and CEO Donna DeMartino. “The project is a product of RTD’s mission to provide a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation system for the region.”

RTD’s project was one of just 14 selected in the competitive grant process. In all, Caltrans awarded $224 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, which uses proceeds from California’s cap-and-trade auctions... Read More