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iShop Tracy Downtown Promotion Kicks-off Shopping Season

City of Tracy Partners With Tracy City Center Association and Tracy Chamber of Commerce to Promote Local Shopping Downtown with iShop Tracy Program

Tracy, Calif. – The City of Tracy is proud to announce its continued partnership with the Tracy City Center Association (TCCA) and the Tracy Chamber of Commerce to promote local shopping this holiday season. The goal for iShop Tracy Downtown is to engage and introduce residents and visitors to Downtown Tracy, while encouraging residents to spend their holiday shopping dollars locally. When residents shop local, they support local businesses, create and retain jobs, and contribute to the local tax base. This ultimately improves the City’s ability to provide essential government services such as police, fire, and parks and recreation that make our community a great place to live and thrive.

Comic Con comes to Modesto with Central Valley Con

Comic Con comes to Modesto with Central Valley Con

Central Valley Con presented by BattleGround Games debuts at the Modesto Centre Plaza on December 6th just in time for the Holidays. This one day Pop Culture Convention will run from 10am until 4pm and is only $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Modesto is the 3rd city that the creator of Stockton Con will be hosting an event in; with Grape City Con debuting earlier this year and returning to Lodi in 2016.

Over the fist four years Stockton Con has seen over 30,000 attendees, including a record setting 14,400 at last years 2 day convention at the Stockton Arena.  A protion of the the proceeds from Central Valley Con will go to Make A Wish Foundation and the Modesto Gospel Mission.

With 30,000 square feet of exhibitors space CV Con will be hst to well over 100 Vendors and featuring artists that have worked for DC. Marvel, Image, Archie Comics and Dark Horse Comcs.

Vocational students win $2,500 grants

Vocational students win $2,500 grants

Thirty-one students in the vocational programs at San Joaquin Delta College and Modesto Junior College qualified for $2,500 grants from the Cortopassi Family Foundation (CFF). The four-semester grants, totaling $10,000 per student, were awarded to high school graduates in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties... Read More

Homeless men file civil rights lawsuit against the City of Manteca

One year after passing a tough anti-homeless ordinance, the City of Manteca now faces a lawsuit filed by 4 homeless men who claim their civil rights are being violated.

"I've been here since 1981 and I'm here to make sure the chief of police gets the message, he's not going to run me off," said Robert Schuknecht, one of the plaintiffs.

The lawsuit claims the city has "criminalized their ( homeless ) very status. It also claims homeless people in Manteca are told to go to Stockton and " Manteca is not the place for you."

In 2014 Manteca passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for homeless people to sleep in camps on public or private property. Police Chief Nick Obligacion is the city spokesperson on the homeless issue.

Eight steps to building great teams

Eight steps to building great teams

There always seems to be an abundance of intelligent entrepreneurial people with great ideas for changing the world. But in actuality, most of them will fail to do so.

It won’t be because of lack of hard work, talent or perseverance but because they didn’t put an effective team in place to create the desired impact.

Even the most talented individual who chooses to play by himself will fall short against an average team. A solo Michael Jordan would be no match for an NBA team of average players.

Teams allow us to create a synergistic environment where the impact of the whole team far surpasses the abilities of the individuals combined.

Andrew Carnegie once said, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”... Read More

Blog – McCaulou’s department store opening

Blog – McCaulou’s department store opening

TRACY — It’s always great to open my email and see a new business is opening in our area.

Next week Tracy will get its own Dunkin’ Donuts. The new store is opening at 1970 West 11th St. in time for the morning commute — 5 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17.

It’s the newest location in Northern California for the nationwide donut chain, which has been expanding quickly throughout the state.

The opening includes a cup-stacking contest with representatives from  the Boys and Girls Club of Tracy, Tracy Ministries Homeless Group and V.B.R. Foster Family Agency. Those organizations will each get a donation from Dunkin’ Donuts... Read More