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City of Tracy tour draws crowd

City of Tracy tour draws crowd

More than 100 people participated in the Tracy Chamber of Commerce and the city of Tracy's tour of local commercial and residential real estate and development yesterday. Two RED (Real estate & Development) tour buses began at City Hall, traveling next to the northeast industrial area and returning through the I-205 retail corridor. Participants also viewed Legacy Fields, a master-planned 166-acre multi-use sports venue expected to open in 2018, then to the new Prologis International Park of Commerce, viewing the one million square foot spec building under construction as well construction of the recently announced FedEx hub. Mike Ammann, San Joaquin Partnership president & CEO participated in the tour and luncheon. "The RED tour shows the results of a long term public-private partnership in developing a community strategic vision then executing a plan to make it happen," said Ammann.

Charter Schools Gain Momentum in San Joaquin County

Charter Schools Gain Momentum in San Joaquin County

Year after year, we see more parents demanding high quality school choice options for their children. Current enrollment numbers tell us that an estimated 547,800 students are enrolled in charter public schools across the state for the 2014-15 school year. Charter enrollment grew by an estimated 33,525 increase this year. This growth pattern isn’t limited to student enrollment in existing charter schools, in fact there are 87 new charter schools that opened their doors this year, bringing the total number of charters in California to 1,184.  Despite the growth and momentum, charter school students only represent about 7% of California’s student population.  Yet according to a number of polls and studies conducted in recent years a majority of parents feel charter schools do a better job than traditional public schools. 

Celebrate The Earth

Celebrate The Earth

For eight years Disneynature has created films released for Earth Day.  Seeing these films has become a favorite tradition for my husband and I.  This year’s movie opens on Friday, April 17 and is called Monkey Kingdom.  Part of the proceeds from attending opening week goes to protecting monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats.  Watching Monkey Kingdom this week is something simple and enjoyable you can do while helping our endangered friends.

Pacific business student wins Entrepreneur Challenge

Pacific business student wins Entrepreneur Challenge

STOCKTON — A business student from the University of the Pacific and his plan to sell naturally raised rabbit meat was the winner of the sixth San Joaquin County Entrepreneur Challenge.

Frankie Arburua III placed first during the second round of competition, beating out 15 other business ideas.  He will receive $10,000 toward his business as well as an additional $10,000 in professional services.

Arburua and his family have a 50-acre ranch in Tracy on which he plans to run the operation. Unlike a cage-based system, the rabbits would have twice the room to roam and would be raised on dirt instead of wire... Read More

Strawberry and Cashew Milk Smoothie

Strawberry and Cashew Milk Smoothie

Spring had definitely sprung during my recent visit to the Midtown Farmers Market, and with the warm midmorning air and sunshine, I couldn’t resist buying a flat of fresh, organic strawberries from Rodriguez Farms. An entire flat may seem like a lot to consume before my strawberries start growing fuzz, but I am a prolific smoothie maker when the weather is fine. After hauling my flat home – and admittedly losing a couple strawberries on the way – I took stock of my fridge and decided to try out my newly purchased cashew milk by Silk to make the following strawberry smoothie for breakfast. The result was delicious. I have to say that cashew milk might just be my new favorite nut milk! 

Ingredients
½ cup strawberries
¼ cup raspberries... Read More

Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Rocking Chair

Free DIY Furniture Plans / How to Build a Rocking Chair

Nothing says spring like a rocking chair on the porch. I kind of have a thing with chairs that rock... or bounce. I guess I never grew out of that stage from my years as a baby? Who knows, but there is definitely something so soothing about sitting in a rocking chair, listening to the evening sounds. It is even better in the morning, but somehow school routines and young children seem to keep this from happening during the week. A gal can dream though...

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HERO program launches in Lodi, Hughson, Ripon

HERO program launches in Lodi, Hughson, Ripon

LODI — Lodi, Hughson and Ripon were three of 38 cities to launch the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy program during the last week of March.

“Saving water and energy has never been a higher priority for California households. We’re honored to have the opportunity to partner with hundreds of California communities in efforts to conserve resources and stimulate job growth by providing a new financing option for homeowners,” said J.P. McNeill, CEO of Renovate America, the company that administers the HERO program... Read More