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11th Street Bridge Update - February

In mid February, vehicle and pedestrian traffic will be detoured from the 11th Street Bridge to the new detour bridge until construction is completed in 2017. The detour bridge will have a 35 mph speed limit, and will be reduced to one lane in each direction, which may prompt traffic delays. Read this and more in this month’s newsletter:

Seniors like mobile home parks for security, price

Seniors like mobile home parks for security, price

By BOB BALGEMANN
Business Journal writer

STOCKTON – Senior mobile home parks for many years have served as a source of housing for those opening a new chapter in their lives.

That’s especially true for senior citizens in the Central Valley, where a conventional three bedroom, two-bath house can cost $200,000-$300,000 more than a manufactured house of the same size. Mobile home living keeps a senior’s residence from take a large bite out of their savings accounts.

Realtor Gary McKenney, of Century 21 M&M Associates in Lodi, is in his eighth year of selling mobile homes. He likens senior parks to the days when wagon trains traveled the country in search of a new life. When pioneers were attacked, they circled the wagons for protection.

Residents of senior parks, especially those with gates and walls, live there in part because they like the security of a close-knit community, where neighbors look out for one another... Read More

Sacramento to Celebrate Heart Month with Go Red For Women Event at Arden Fair

Sacramento to Celebrate Heart Month with Go Red For Women Event at Arden Fair

Featuring a Macy’s fashion show, healthy cooking demos, CPR trainings, giveaways and more

WHAT:  The American Heart Association in Sacramento will celebrate American Heart Month with its own Go Red fashion show at Arden Fair on Saturday, February 6. The fashion show will feature local adult and children heart disease survivors, cardiologists and volunteers. The event will also feature healthy cooking demos, free health screenings, CPR trainings and giveaways. Women, men and families of all ages are invited to attend the celebration and to help raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women by wearing red.       

WHO:  The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women is asking everyone to help America Go Red!

GRAPE CITY CON

GRAPE CITY CON
Lodi, Calif. – The Grape City Con, returns to the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds on Saturday, February 13, 2016. The one-day pop culture convention will run from 10am-4pm. The first Grape City Con, held this past February exceeded expectations with over 2,500 fans turning out for the event.

Ticket prices for the one-day event are $7 at the door and $5 in advance at select locations and online at http://grapecitycon.com/tickets

Manteca city officials weigh $40K measure to secure trash bins


A costly measure to prevent the homeless from stealing trash in a downtown Manteca transit center may be nearing development.

City officials are looking at spending $39,000 to build a roof on top of a 7-foot brick structure that contains trash bins.

Though the doors to the structure remain locked, officials said people are able to scale the walls to search for the trash and recyclable materials inside.

Delta College named among top 150 community colleges

Delta College named among top 150 community colleges

San Joaquin Delta College was named one of the country’s top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. The school was chosen from a pool of more than 1,000 public, two-year colleges. It will be able to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds.

The school was chosen to be among the top 150 schools based on publicly available data on student outcomes in three areas. Those areas include performance (graduation, retention, ext), improvement (awarded for steady improvement in each performance metric over time) and equity (evidence of strong completion outcomes for minority and low-income students).

Ten finalists will be chosen in fall, 2016. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each campus and collect additional information. A prize jury will select a grand prize winner and several finalists with distinction in early 2017... Read More

Manteca ranks ninth on U-Haul’s list of growing cities

Manteca ranks ninth on U-Haul’s list of growing cities

MANTECA — Manteca was named the ninth fastest growing city in 2015, according to The U-Haul Top 10 U.S. Growth Cities for 2015. The rankings are determined by the net gain of incoming one-way U-Haul truck rentals versus outgoing rentals for the past calendar year.

Local U-Haul locations saw 56.3 percent of its customers coming into the city as opposed to those leaving. That accounted for a 60 percent spike in U-Haul arrivals year over year... Read More