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manteca school board members charged with election fraud


STOCKTON - Two members of the Manteca school board have been charged criminally with election fraud. They're accused of lying about their addresses on election forms.

"You have to live in a jurisdiction to run for office. The allegation is they did not reside in that district at the time they ran," Deputy District Attorney Robert Himelblau said.

The charges are filed against Ashley Hampton, also known as Ashley Drain, and Alexander Bronson.

Himelblau said convictions could bring jail time, not state prison time. Hampton is also accused of food stamp fraud, but Himelblau said that charge has nothing to do with the election issue.


Manteca adopts drastic water saving measures


Taking out the front lawn was a no brainer for new Manteca resident Virginia Morris.

Having recently moved from Arizona, Morris replaced her green turf with rocks and drought tolerant plants.

"I just don't like to see water running down the gutter is all, that bothers me," she said.

Given the severe drought, water waste is something Manteca is hoping to curb. Under new drastic water saving measures approved Tuesday night, the city is hoping to meet Gov. Jerry Brown's 25 percent reduction mandate.

"For us, this is kind of a preemptive effort," Manteca Public Works Director Mark Houghton said. "Brings it to the forefront of public attention."

Same store robbed twice in one day; police seek suspects


ID=24990387Manteca police are asking for help identifying two men accused of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint.

The suspects are considered to be armed and dangerous, and police are asking anyone who can identify the men to call 911 immediately.

The first suspect is described as an African American adult male in his late to early 20s, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a slender build. He was last seen wearing a long white t-shirt and jeans, and police report the suspect was armed with a large-frame revolver.

Construction driver caught on camera stealing water


The driver of a construction site water truck was photographed this week in Manteca illegally taking water from a fire hydrant. The photo appeared on the front of the Manteca Bulletin newspaper.

Public Works Director Mark Houghton said it wasn't a major crime. While it doesn't happen often, he said this wasn't the first time.

"It's not a huge crime per se, but we'll follow up with contractors and give them notice this isn't right, to stop," Houghton said.

Construction companies spray water to reduce dust and dirt from blowing into the air, and Houghton said the city is willing to sell companies water for that purpose.

University of the Pacific program will help meet nationwide demand for data scientists

University of the Pacific program will help meet nationwide demand for data scientists

University of the Pacific this fall will begin showing working professionals not only how to crunch data, but how to use the information to help their organizations prosper.

Pacific’s School of Engineering and Computer Science is offering a new master of science degree in analytics, a high-paying field facing an acute shortage of professionals. The program will be based at the university’s new, state-of-the-art campus in San Francisco.

With courses such as Data Engineering, Machine Learning and Data Visualization, the program will combine rigorous academic training in analytics along with the practical experience of working on real-world case studies of issues facing industries today.

University of the Pacific’s Student Investment Fund climbs to $3 million

University of the Pacific’s Student Investment Fund climbs to $3 million

An investment fund managed by University of the Pacific students that routinely outperforms Wall Street indicators reached a monumental benchmark of $3 million.

The Student Investment Fund portfolio – valued at roughly $2.5 million just a year ago – is managed by students in Pacific’s Eberhardt School of Business and is one of the largest student-run funds in the western United States.

The SIF hit $3 million for the first time in early October, but market fluctuations caused the fund to dip below that benchmark. The fund returned to the $3 million mark this month.

University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music announces new music industry studies degree

University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music announces new music industry studies degree

Beginning in the fall, University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music will offer a bachelor of science in music industry studies designed to prepare students for success in today's music industry. The program is the first of its kind in the region.

"The Music Management Program has been very successful over the years in preparing students for careers in the music industry because the type of courses and experiences we offer has adapted as the industry has evolved," said Keith Hatschek, Music Management Program director who designed the music industry studies degree for the program.