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Grass fire concerns grow in Tracy as grass, weeds go unattended

STOCKTON - The city of Tracy has a program to deal with property owners who let dry grass grow tall on vacant lots. Residents said Monday the program isn't efficient.

"I love Tracy, I love my home, but this stuff is really frustrating. Really frustrating," said Margaret Briones who live on Cose Lane in Tracy.

Tracy's answer for those lots is notifying owners by mail there's a problem, then scheduling a public hearing before the city council if the problem isn't dealt with. The next hearing date for these issues is in September.

"Here it is July, and you'll have a hearing in September? We have this (all grass). Nothing's going to happen," Briones said.

Fire official David Bramell said the department is currently handling 27 properties where the vegetation is out of control. He said typically up to 90 percent of the property owners they contact take care of the problem.

Manteca 15 Year Old Killed, Family Wants Answers

Manteca police are investigating the death of a 15-year-old boy, found shot in the 2100 block of Yosemite Avenue Saturday morning. However, details of Dylan Antonio Brown's death are still few, far and between.

"He was happy. He was so happy," said his grandmother, Debra Brown.

Brown says her grandson, who went by his middle name, came to live with her a few years ago to be closer to his father. She says he had big plans; first to get his learner's permit, then add track to the list of sports he would participate in this upcoming school year. In the long run, he planned to become a surgeon.

"That would have been his future,' Brown cried. "He would have been good at it," she said.

The honor roll student at Manteca's East Union High wouldn't get to save lives, not after his was cut short early Saturday morning.

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

6 Manteca party goers injured by explosive device

An explosive device that was set off at a party in Mateca left six minors injured, two of which sustained serious injuries. One victim had to be air lifted to a Bay Area hospital to be treated for an eye injury.

The Manteca Police Deparment said approximately 60 high school aged kids were in attendance at the party that was held at a home located in the 300 block of Santiago Way.

According to the department, several party goers were in the backyard of the home when someone (whom police have not yet identified) threw an explosive device over a fence. Police did not say whether that explosive was or was not a firework. The device exploded near party goers, injuring many of them.

Currently, the department said they have six victims that range in age from 15 to 18-years-old.

Pacific announces new Sacramento degrees: Expansion is milestone in region’s higher education

Pacific announces new Sacramento degrees: Expansion is milestone in region’s higher education

University of the Pacific celebrated June 26 the expansion of its Sacramento campus, longtime home of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, into a multidisciplinary center that will educate the professionals California needs in the decades ahead.

Joining the law school will be new graduate programs in health, education, business and public policy. Five new degrees will be rolled out over the next two years: Master of Business Administration; Doctor of Education; Master of Public Policy; Master of Physician Assistant Studies; and Master of Public Administration.

“This is a watershed moment for our university,” said Pamela A. Eibeck, president of University of the Pacific. “Pacific has been a pioneer in higher education in California for more than a century and a half, and it is with great excitement that we expand our presence and service in the Sacramento region.”

Nonprofit helping needy families go solar

Nonprofit helping needy families go solar

MODESTO – The Light For All Foundation (LFAF), a Manteca based non-profit in partnership with Habitat For Humanity, is helping some Modesto families see a drastic reduction in their electricity bills, by helping them go solar.

The group kicked off a program in Stanislaus County that helps pay for solar systems for underprivileged families. Kurios Energy, a Manteca based full service solar provider, contributed by donating 100 percent of the installation costs. Other pieces of the system were donated by LFAF partners, including Soligent and AEE Solar... Read More