Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Jerry Brown Announces Multi-Billion Dollar Bay Delta Plan

By Lucy Ma | California, Energy and Water, Headline, Issues, States

Today, Governor Jerry Brown and U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar formally announced the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The BDCP is a controversial multi-billion dollar project aimed at fixing California’s ongoing “water war” over the Sacramento- San Joaquin Delta.

The proposal includes constructing a pair of underground tunnels designed to move water through the Delta at 9,000 cubic ft. per second to the south toward cities and millions of acres of farmland. It also includes plans for extensive habitat restoration as an effort to balance the needs of water users against eco preservation.

In a joint release issued earlier today:

“A healthy Delta ecosystem and a reliable water supply are profoundly important to California’s future,” said Governor Brown. “This proposal balances the concerns of those who live and work in the Delta, those who rely on it for water and those who appreciate its beauty, fish, waterfowl and wildlife.”

“As broken and outdated as California’s water system is, we are also closer than ever to forging a lasting and sustainable solution that strengthens California’s water security and restores the health of the Delta,” said Secretary Salazar. “Through our joint federal-state partnership, and with science as our guide, we are a taking a comprehensive approach to tackling California’s water problems when it comes to increasing efficiency and improving conservation. Today marks an important step forward in transforming a shared vision into a practical, effective solution. With California’s water system at constant risk of failure, nobody can afford the dangers or costs of inaction.”

More information on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is available here.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Why the Delta Pipeline project should be a big N-O!

How can we sit back while witnessing Treason, across the aisle. I mean just look at what they did to Ron Paul, the front-runner in 2012, that the media spoke rarely on his behalf. Plus clear voter fraud in nearly every state, makes many stumble around senseless, wondering.

When will Americans come to terms with the fact that we got the 2012 election completely Wrong, except Stockton, where Anthony Silva unseated Ann Johnston for Mayor? Popular to what many are aware of is there is a war going on for our water, and some are willing to rid our only clean water source from the region, which is what we are currently using for our drinking supply. What ABOUT our WATER?

The Gospel of Jesus' Wife: Textuality, Sexuality, and the Latest Controversy in Religion

Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00pm
Vereschagin Alumni House 1022 Dave Brubeck Way, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA 95204, USA

Dan Brown’s 2008 novel “The Da Vinci Code” had a controversial premise – that Christian savior Jesus married and had children. The fictional book sold more than 80 million copies and was turned into a hit movie. It also was widely condemned by many religious institutions.

Two months ago the issue of Jesus’ marital status was raised again. A researcher from Harvard announced she had identified and translated a piece of papyrus with Coptic writing that suggests Jesus had a wife.

When that announcement was made at a scholarly conference in Rome, University of the Pacific early Christianity Professor Caroline Schroeder just happened to be there. And she also happens to read Coptic.

Schroeder will be joined by professor George Randels and Anthony Le Donne as well as Pacific chaplain Joel Lohr to discuss the Harvard announcement, the controversy surrounding the writing on the papyrus, and the opinions about speculation of a Mrs. Jesus. The discussion, titled “The Gospel of Jesus' Wife: Textuality, Sexuality, and the Latest Controversy in Religion,” will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Vereschagin Alumni House on Pacific’s Stockton campus. The event is free and open to the public.

“The announcement made international news, but also was quickly denounced by many scholars, some who claim the papyrus was a forgery, or at least not a fourth century document,” Schroeder said. “Meanwhile, other scholars have argued that the text, even if authentic, tells us nothing about Jesus himself and only about the beliefs of Christians living in the second through fourth centuries. So this should be a lively discussion.”

Schroeder and Randels are professors in Pacific’s Department of Religious and Classical Studies, where Le Donne is also a visiting scholar and professor this semester. Schroeder and Le Donne have penned articles and books on early Christianity while Randels has written on theological ethics. University Multifaith Chaplain Joel Lohr, who has written books and articles on the Bible and theology, will act as moderator for the panel.

The controversy about Jesus’ Wife started in September. Harvard professor Karen King revealed simultaneously at a scholarly conference in Rome and in interviews with the New York Times and other news outlets that she identified a new papyrus fragment containing the earliest known statement saying that Jesus was married. Since this discovery was announced, some scholars and religious leaders have denounced the so-called "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" as a likely modern forgery, with some claiming there are hints the handwriting reflected modern techniques not available when the words were penned.

Schroeder said that some of the topics the panel will attempt to approach include:

• What is the Gospel of Jesus' Wife?
• What does a fourth-century reference to Jesus and his wife mean about early Christianity?
• Is this papyrus a forgery, and if so, why would someone forge an ancient manuscript?
• Could Jesus have been married?
• Why does a text suggesting that Jesus might have had a wife cause so much controversy?
• What does it mean to sexualize Jesus?

The event is sponsored by Pacific’s Department of Religious and Classical Studies, the Pacific Alumni Association, the Humanities Center, Women's Resource Center at Pacific, Religious and Spiritual Life at Pacific, and Phi Beta Kappa.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Homeland Security Busts Meth Ring in Stockton


Four people were arrested in a Department of Homeland Security-led drug investigation Thursday in San Joaquin County.

The four men are believed to be involved in the distribution of high-grade meth.

The investigation started in March after Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security agents got a tip about a drug ring operating out of Stockton and Lodi. Homeleand Security say undercover agents bought drugs from the suspects two separate times.

Lab tests revealed the drugs to be 99 percent pure D-methamphetamine-hydrochloride, the department said.

In Thursday’s bust, agents recovered three handguns, two of which had been stolen, about $15,000 and a quarter-pound of meth. Agents also seized small amounts of marijuana and cocaine.

The four suspects appeared in court Friday.

By Jason Anderson
Record Staff Writer
December 01, 2012 12:00 AM
STOCKTON - Three Stockton men and one Lodi man were arrested Thursday in a series of raids targeting a suspected drug distribution ring.

Federal and local investigators executed the raids in San Joaquin County and the San Jose area Thursday morning, serving nine search warrants that led to the four arrests and thousands of dollars in cash, drug and weapons seizures, officials said. Authorities said they arrested Thomas Orozco, 31, of Stockton, the alleged ringleader of the organization; Vincent Camarillo, 25, of Stockton; Theodore Ohagen, 21, of Stockton; and Jeffrey Lamendola, 50, of Lodi.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security investigators executed the raids with assistance from the Lodi Police Department, the Manteca Police Department and the San Joaquin County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force. Authorities said they seized $15,000 in cash, more than a quarter-pound of methamphetamine, small quantities of cocaine and marijuana, and three pistols, two of which were stolen.

According to an unsealed criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, the search locations included Orozco's residence on Old Ranch Circle in Stockton; Lamendola's residence on North Thornton Road in Lodi; and Ohagen's residence on Estate Drive in Stockton. Additional searches were carried out at homes on East 9th Street in Stockton, East Hogan Lane in Lodi, North School Street in Lodi and two residences on Highway 99 in Acampo.

Delta plan to get cost benefit analysis

By Scott Smith
Record Staff Writer

December 01, 2012 12:00 AM
State water officials announced this week that they intend to undertake a cost-benefit study of a controversial, multibillion-dollar plan to transport water from Sierra Nevada snowmelt around the Delta and send it south.

This appears to be an about-face for state officials, who have long opposed the study. A spokesman for California's Natural Resources Agency on Friday downplayed the shifting position as an effort to be responsive to the project's critics.

"I wish I could say this is a huge step," agency spokesman Richard Stapler said. "This is a step in the process."

In January, the state expects to lay out the scope of the analysis, which might be completed at the earliest in the spring.

Gov. Jerry Brown backs the proposed $14 billion project - called the Bay Delta Conservation Plan - which would siphon water past the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and down to farmers in the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California residents.

Johnston Reacts to Dropping Numbers in Stockton Mayoral Race

by Sonseeahray Tonsall

2012 Stockton Mayoral Race

Sonseeahray Tonsall talks to Stockton’s incumbent mayor Ann Johnston and asks, with the city’s record crime rates and bankruptcy, what needs to happen?

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