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Free E-Waste recycling events in Tracy

Free E-Waste recycling events in Tracy

TRACY - The City of Tracy in partnership with San Joaquin County will be hosting a free E-Waste collection event on Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Boyd Service Center located at 520 Tracy Boulevard.

This event will give residents and local businesses an opportunity to dispose of their unwanted electronic devices. Additionally, Styrofoam packaging and cardboard waste will also be collected free of charge.

These one-day drop-off events aim to increase public awareness of recycling while decreasing the amount of recyclable toxic waste to our landfills.

Stormy clouds over Manteca

Stormy clouds over Manteca

This is taken at Pro Bass Shops in Manteca. Submitted by Ron Tolentino.

San Joaquin County receives disaster declaration

San Joaquin County receives disaster declaration

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY - California Emergency Management Agency Acting Secretary Mike Dayton Thursday announced San Joaquin County has been declared a disaster by the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture due to production losses caused by freezing temperatures that occurred on Nov. 25-26, 2010.

Cal EMA transmitted a letter to USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack on behalf of Governor Jerry Brown on Feb. 2, 2011 requesting the disaster designation after local officials were able to detail their losses. The resulting declaration by Vilsack helps farm operators in San Joaquin County, and contiguous counties, recover from these impacts through assistance from the Farm Service Agency.

"We worked closely with those impacted to compile a comprehensive Loss Assessment Report that would accurately reflect the significant damage to the region's crops," said Dayton.

Tracy power plant expansion underway

Tracy power plant expansion underway

TRACY - Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11) Tuesday marked the start of construction on the Tracy combined cycle power plant projec. The project will expand the current power plant in Tracy into a combined cycle power plant and is expected to create nearly 400 local jobs during construction and another 17 full-time jobs post-construction.

McNerney played a key role in advocating for the project’s approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). In doing so, he wrote a letter of support to the President of the CPUC. A member of his staff also spoke at multiple meetings hosted by the CPUC and read statements from the Congressman expressing his support for the project.

"The start of construction on the Tracy combined power plant is great news for our community," said McNerney. "This project that is expected to create nearly 400 construction jobs as well as 17 full-time jobs after construction.

Help plan for the future of the Altamont Corridor

Help plan for the future of the Altamont Corridor

TRACY - Plans are in the works to redesign and modernize the existing ACE train. Please join us to learn more about the Altamont Corridor Rail Project, which will create an exciting new commuter and intercity train service connecting the Central Valley, Tri-Valley and Silicon Valley. This faster electric train could be a real alternative to driving on the 580/205 freeways! 

At these upcoming public meetings, a variety of options for new routes and station sites and the results of the preliminary alternatives analysis will be presented for community feedback. Your input is vitally important, as we are selecting the range of alternative routes and station locations that will go forward for detailed consideration in the environmental impact analysis.

Free yard waste pick-up service available until Feb. 1

RIPON - The city is still providing free pick-up service for disposal of leaves, trimmings and Christmas trees, until Feb. 1.

Residents should place loose yard trimmings and leaves in the street just outside of the gutter (the gutter needs to remain clear for water runoff). No other solid waste of any kind should be included among the prunigs or leaves. Branches should not be more than 4-feet-long. Do not bag or tie the trimmings.

There's no need to call City Hall to have your trimming picked up. A special Public Works crew will pick it up each week as they check neighborhoods. The workers don't follow a set route, so if the yard trimmings are not picked up one week, they will get picked up the next.