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United Cab makes inroads to specialized service; vies for Uber, Lyft customers

By Patricia Reynolds
Business Journal Writer
preynolds@cvbizjournal.com

MODESTO — Jay Akbari started working in the transportation industry at a very young age.
“I’ve been in this business since I was seven years old,” Akbari said.

Now the owner of Modesto-based United Cab Company, Akbari grew up helping in the family’s Bay Area taxicab business, an operation his father started in 1998 with one vehicle.

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Central Valley cities continue to see increase in tourism

By Patricia Reynolds
Business Journal Writer
preynolds@cvbizjournal.com

STOCKTON — California’s travel and tourism industry enjoyed a seventh consecutive year of growth in 2016, according to the annual economic impact report released by Visit California and Dean Runyan Associates.

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Farmers markets canceled as heatwave spikes

Farmers markets across the Central Valley have been canceled tonight as temperatures spike to 110 degrees in many places.

In Stanislaus County, the popular outdoor markets in Gustine, Hughson and Turlock have been canceled. In San Joaquin County, the markets in Lodi and Manteca are canceled as well.

Several cities provide cooling stations for those who might not have access to air conditioning. The City of Stockton encourages its citizenry to make their way to community centers, libraries, pools and other places with “cooling zones” to get relief from the heat.

Temperatures are forecasted to drop to the century mark by tomorrow and into the mid-90-degree range by the end of the weekend.

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La Dolce Vita holding ‘pop up’ food event

 

Chef Tobias Cooks will be serving up cannoli and other decadent desserts this Sunday, June 25.

Sweet treats and Southern eats is the theme of a food-related pop up event in Downtown Stockton this Sunday.

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Shopping center secures $9.1 million refinancing

Vintner’s Square shopping center in Lodi has secured refinancing in the amount of $9.1 million through San Francisco-based New Realty Capital.

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Unemployment rate drops in San Joaquin County

The latest data for job statistics was released by the Employment Development Department today showing a decrease in unemployment numbers in San Joaquin County.

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Crowds turn out for food, entertainment and wine at ZinFest

 

Attendees at this year’s ZinFest event lined up to sample the Lodi appellation’s best wines. (Photo courtesy of Lodi Winegrape Commission/Goff Photography)

LODI — Every spring, wine lovers flock to Lodi Lake Park to enjoy the fruits of hard-working vintners across the regions.

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Doctors Medical Center of Modesto reaches surgery milestone

Surgeons at Modesto-based Doctors Medical Center performed an open-heart surgery June 13, bringing the total to 20,000 at the hospital. The procedure has been performed at DMC since 1976.

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University of the Pacific receives $1.3 million Upward Bound grant for Edison High School

Project to help south Stockton students with applying for college, financial aid, other services

University of the Pacific has been awarded a $1.3 million five-year federal grant for an Upward Bound project that will put eligible Edison High School students on a college-bound trajectory. The project will provide needed instruction, tutoring, advising, and assistance with applying for financial aid and college to help students graduate high school, enroll in college and earn a degree.

“It’s very exciting for all of us to be partnering with the Stockton Unified School District on what should be a very powerful, transformative opportunity to help Edison students make it through high school and onto college,” said Patrick Day, Pacific’s vice president for Student Life. “Upward Bound is a strong, proven program and will give students a great chance to succeed and someday give back to their communities.”

LangeTwins picked as 2017 Grower of the Year

Bradford and Randall Lange of LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards have grown their operation over the years to be a successful, thriving business.

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