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California State Parks Specialized License Plate Now Available

California State Parks Specialized License Plate Now Available

California State Parks (State Parks) has unveiled its specialized vehicle license plate "ParksPLATE”.

The design of the plate features California’s official tree, the California redwood. Proceeds from the sale and annual renewal of the plate will provide an ongoing funding source for the restoration and preservation of state parks across California.

State Parks officials unveiled the specialized plate at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park where some of the most extensive restorations since a major reconstruction effort in the 1890s are currently underway. Plate sales will support restoration projects like this one and help the department restore and preserve California’s state park system.

Allegiant introduces flights between Stockton & Phoenix

Allegiant introduces flights between Stockton & Phoenix

Amongst art, wine and frivolity, passengers from Allegiant airline's first flight from Phoenix-Mesa were warmly greeted as they arrived at the Stockton Metropolitan Airport last night. According to Airport Director Harry Mavrogenes the inaugural flight had 120 passengers and 153 were booked for the return flight to Phoenix-Mesa. The new non-stop flights will operate twice weekly between the Stockton airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Phoenix becomes the third destination offered to Allegiant travelers flying out of Stockton. The flurry of arrivals and departures took place during ArtExpressions of San Joaquin "Gallery on the Move" with wine tasting, olive oil tasting and more than 20 artists displaying their works through the facility. Even the banners twisting from the ceiling were designed by local photographer Arturo Vera.

Allegiant announces new non-stop between Stockton and Phoenix

Allegiant announces new non-stop between Stockton and Phoenix

Allegiant (NASDQ: ALGT) today announced new non-stop, low-cost service between Stockton, CA and Phoenix, AZ via Phoenix/Mesa Gateway Airport beginning May 15, 2014. the airline is offering promotional one-way fares for as low as $58 (seats are limited).

"We are pleased to expand our service in Stockton to include low-cost, convenient travel to the sunny destination of Phoenix, " said Andrew C. Levey, Allegiant Travel Company president and COO in a press release. "The community has embraced our long-running service to Las Vegas and our seasonal Honolulu flights, and we are confident that they will appreciate our low-cost flights to Phoenix."

Allegiant began service at Stockton Metropolitan Airport in June 2006 with nonstop service to Las Vegas.

For more information please visit Allegiant.com

ACE commuter rail looks to expand- holding public open houses

ACE commuter rail looks to expand- holding public open houses

  The Altamont Corridor Express passenger train service, which now runs between Stockton in the Central Valley and San Jose in Silicon Valley, is planning to expand.

The project includes improving existing service and extending new ACE rail service to downtown Modesto by as early as 2018 and to Merced by as early as 2022.

The San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission is holding five public scoping meetings over the next two weeks to get public comment on its plans, which it calls "ACEforward."

The SJRRC and the Federal Rail Administration are jointly preparing an Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the ACEforward program in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. 

The meetings will be open houses and attendees can drop by anytime during the three hour meetings. Public scoping meetings will be held at the following locations:

Rail expansion projects present historic opportunities for Valley businesses

Rail expansion projects present historic opportunities for Valley businesses

Over the next two decades rail improvements and construction are going to present one of the largest opportunities for area businesses.

Nearly $2 billion of rail construction and improvements are coming in the next year alone.

Traffic information: State Route 99 Sept 10-15

Traffic information: State Route 99 Sept 10-15

State Route 99 (Sacramento County) Work continues on the $39 million Central Galt Interchange Project that will replace and improve the existing interchange on State Highway 99 at C Street in Galt. Completion of the project is scheduled by late 2012. (The new northbound SR99 C Street on-ramp is now open.)  Additional information on this project can be located at http://www.centralgaltic.com/

State Route 99 (Sacramento County/ City of Galt) From Crystal Way to Fairway Drive: Motorists can expect north and southbound lane restrictions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. A contractor is scheduled for grinding and paving.

Traffic Advisory: I5 from McCabe Road to Whitworth Road

Traffic Advisory: I5 from McCabe Road to Whitworth Road

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform one-way traffic control on McCabe Road at Interstate 5 (I-5) for bridge work beginning Monday, September 10, 2012, through Wednesday, September 12, 2012, from 7:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m.

Crews will also perform one-way traffic control on Whitworth Road at I-5 on Monday, September 10, 2012, through Wednesday, September 12, 2012, from 7:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m.

Motorists should expect 15 minute delays.  Alternate routes should be taken whenever possible.

This work is scheduled to begin as listed, but is subject to change based on weather conditions.

For the safety of workers and other motorists, please Slow For the Cone Zone.

Source: Angela DaPrato, State of California Department of Transportation