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Celebrate! THE HOLIDAYS IN DOWNTOWN For clients or family, for five or five hundred, for business or pleasure, Downtown Stockton has a space for your holiday Celebration. Stockton is the County seat for San Joaquin County and one of California’s fastest growing communities. Located just 90 minutes east of San Francisco, Stockton is a surprisingly convenient location, brimming with history, arts, and entertainment. It is also a popular location for business and entertainment events. Downtown Stockton offers over 20 meeting and rental venues, from an openair waterfront amphitheater to high-tech conference facilities. Promoters and enterprenuers may choose between smaller intimate venues for meetings or presentations and large spaces capable of hosting trade shows and rock concerts. With over 60 restaurants and bars within walking distance and affordable lodging, downtown has a receipe for a successful event. On September 23, the Downtown Stockton Alliance offered a complimentary tour of available rental spaces to increase holiday bookings in downtown. Each stop included a behind the scenes tour of the facilities, samples

O’Ryleigh’s Tavern offered food samples to the Holiday Rental Tour participants. Photo by DSA

range of celebration options fit for a small office or family holiday party to large group parties. Tour groups visited Banner Island Ballpark – including a tour of the Ports locker room, watched sunset from the roof of Sass Bar and Grill, ate gourmet pub grub and sampled brews at O’Ryleigh’s Tavern and toured hotel rooms and ball rooms at the Lexington Plaza Waterfront Hotel. “I can’t believe how good this food is, I had no idea O’Ryleigh’s was here! I’m coming The ballroom at the Lexington Plaza Waterfront Hotel can serve a variety back for lunch,” said of events. Photo courtesy of the Hotel Bob and Marlene Hnath, visitors on the tour who sampled of delicious holiday menus, drinks and details on booking holiday parties with grilled tri tip, bratwurst and crab cake each establishment. Venues offered a sliders at O’Ryleigh’s Tavern. After O’Ryleigh’s, tours progressed to Sass Bar and Grill where they met with Chef Buddy O’Dell and owner Andreina Ventura. Buddy and Ventura toured the groups through the restaurant, kitchens and rooftop. “I want to come back to support this business because they are so invested in the local community. It’s amazing that they’re going to do field trips for schools to their kitchen, and I didn’t realize they had private banquet areas on the ground floor. This is a great option for parties in downtown,” said Chad Sublet of Verve Networks. Tours also enjoyed a great spread at the Lexington Plaza Waterfront Hotel. “I’m Chef Buddy O’Dell of Sass Bar and Grill gives a presentation on the Hotel Stockton rooftop. such a sucker for chocolate fountains Photo by DSA and cheese plates. If the Lexington is Downtown Stockton Alliance 209.464.5246

offering this to their guests, they can expect to see my face again and again,” said another tour attendee. This tour would not have been possible without the support of the San Joaquin County HR Association, O’Ryleigh’s Tavern, Lexington Plaza Waterfront Hotel, Sass Bar and Grill, and the Stockton Conference and Visitors Bureau. “We’re incredibly thankful for our partners support and hope that our visitors will return to downtown for their holiday celebration. Well, any celebration is welcome for that matter,” said Emily Baime, Marketing Director. In total, attendees represented fifteen locally operated businesses who have expressed interest in booking an event downtown. For a full list of rental venues, visit www.downtownstockton. org/stockton_event_hosting or call (209) 464-5246. 


Ambassadors: providing directions and information about downtown Maintenance: sidewalk power washing, graffiti removal Marketing: promotional material distribution, online and print ads placement, online and print press releases Event Logistics: event equipment, vendor and musician contacts, permit guidance For the full listing of services, visit stockton_event_hosting

From the Executive Director

Executive Committee: Chair Steve Stevenson Bank of Agriculture and Commerce Vice-Chair Mahala Burns, Cort Companies Treasurer Jim Donaldson, JF Donaldson Automotive Secretary Mahesh Ranchhod, Property Owner Daniel J. Schroeder, Neumiller & Beardslee

Board Members: Anthony Barkett, Attorney at Law Corie Coleman, State Farm Insurance Robert Davis, Robert Davis Construction Kevin Dougherty, First Commercial Real Estate Joe Draegert, Joe Draegert Studio Doug Egbert, Riverrock Properties Karl Gassner, Mark-Ease Products David Gould, Vision Printing David Qualls, Blackwater Cafe Downtown Benjamin Saffold, Gospel Center Rescue

Recognizing the state of the current economy and the struggles of the business community, both the Board of Directors of the Downtown Stockton Alliance (DSA) and the Stockton City Council recently took actions to provide relief to Stockton’s embattled business community. At their regular meeting on August 18, 2 the DSA Board of Directors voted to abstain from levying the Hospitality Assessment in 2011. The Hospitality Assessment, approved by downtown property owners in 2007, funds a heightened level of service in the area of downtown commonly referred to as the “Hospitality District.” The decision to not levy the Hospitality Assessment provides immediate financial relief for the businesses operating within the Hospitality District. The net effect of the Board’s action is that these businesses will not be required to pay approximately $19,000 in Hospitality Assessments in 2011. However, recognizing that reducing the DSA’s 2011 revenues by $19,000 also created a dilemma of how to offset this revenue loss, the Board appointed an ad hoc subcommittee composed of DSA Board members and local business

people to review the DSA budget and develop recommendations on how DSA spending could be adjusted to accommodate this revenue loss. During the subcommittee’s meetings, the group agreed to identify spending cuts that would not impact services to the business community or result in personal hardship for DSA staff. After reviewing the budget, the subcommittee and DSA management was able to successfully identify spending adjustments totaling $20,228 to offset the loss of Hospitality Assessment revenue in 2011. In addition to offsetting the loss of the Hospitality Assessment, the spending cuts are consistent with the subcommittee’s earlier goals of maintaining service levels and avoiding cuts affecting DSA staff. At their regular meeting on September 14, the Stockton City Council demonstrated the same consideration to the hardship today’s economy has created for Stockton’s business community. The City Council adopted a comprehensive Fee Deferral Program on new development and a Public Facility Fee Reduction Program for certain public facilities. Of particular interest

Tim Kerr Executive Director to the Downtown, is the fact that Public Facility Fees will not be collected on new residential development proposed for the Downtown. Specifically, new residential development in Downtown Stockton will not be charged fees associated with City office space, community recreation centers, libraries, police stations, street improvements, fire stations, or park lands. It is important to note that this fee relief expires on December 31, 2015. Both the Board of Directors of the Downtown Stockton Alliance and Stockton City Council are to be commended for their responsiveness to the needs of the downtown business community. We would be remiss if we did not also acknowledge the willingness of downtown businesses to work with the Alliance in a creative and cooperative manner to maintain DSA service levels during these economically challenging times. Thank you all! 


Ex Officio Members: Alicia Arong, Stockton Arts Commission Dr. Elizabeth Blanchard, Port of Stockton Carl Brooking, Stockton Redevelopment Agency Susan Carson, Stockton Arts Center Alliance Bob Deis, Stockton City Manager Matt Duaime, Stockton Fire Department Gus Duran, City of Stockton Redevelopment Susan Eggman, Stockton City Council Member Peter Gutierrez, The Record Lt. Doug Anderson, Stockton Police Dept. Debbie Hernandez , Cultural Heritage Board Ann Johnston, Mayor City of Stockton Gabriel Karam, SJ County Facilities Management Division Dennis Lee, Central Valley Asian American Chamber of Commerce Mark Martinez, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Dick McClure, Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce Janice Miller, City of Stockton Economic Development Department

From the Marketing Director

Emily Baime

New Marketing Trend: Groupon, the Deal Is On Groupon is a nationally recognized internet start-up that sells your product at a discount to new customers. Groupon negotiates discounts on popular local goods, services and events. Then they offer the deals to their subscribers via daily e-mails and social networks. If a minimum number of their subscribers agree to purchase the item at the discount offered, the deal is “on” or activated. Merchants can cap the number of items sold or can set the sky as the limit. Groupon also offers business planning services to help the businesses who experience quick growth through their

Groupon sale. The Downtown Stockton Alliance will be using Groupon to sell tickets to the Costume Pub CRAWL (see CRAWL article page 3). We’ll offer subscribers two CRAWL tickets for $30, a normal retail price of over $50. For each pair of tickets that retails for $30, Groupon and the DSA split the revenue 50/50 or $15 each. While this represents lost revenue to the DSA, it will not impact the amounts reimbursed to our downtown restaurants and bars. In fact, this will increase our payout to our stakeholders as we sell up to 700 tickets rather than

Marketing Director capping at 300. Rather than spending money on advertising the Pub CRAWL, this will allow us to trade a new downtown customer for a cut of each ticket price. Groupon will enter the Stockton market in early October. The Costume Pub CRAWL will be one of their first featured events. For more information about Groupon in Stockton, visit www. or e-mail me at 

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How Far Can You CRAWL?

Find out at the Costume CRAWL on October 30 The 2nd Annual Costume Pub CRAWL will be held on Saturday, October 30. Crawlers start at the Hotel Stockton and enjoy drinks, appetizers, entertainment, and safe trolley transportation. Discounted admission for students and designated drivers is available, as well as reduced hotel stays and group packages. Wristbands range from $10 to $25 and include three drinks, three appetizers, live entertainment and unlimited trolley transportation. Come in an original costume, save $5 off admission, and win! Prizes will be given away at the Costume Contest at 10 pm at O’Ryleigh’s, and Costume CRAWL swag will be given away at the Lexington Plaza beginning at 11 pm. We recommend that you Original costumes and party atmosphere dominated the first CRAWL in this order: start near Costume Pub CRAWL in 2009. Photo by DSA the Downtown Cinema and restaurant- Club and O’Ryleigh’s Tavern. Be at hop to fill your stomach at Bradley’s O’Ryleigh’s by 10 pm for the Costume American Bistro, Davoli’s Bar, Sass Bar Contest with prizes. and Grill and Misaki Sushi and Bar. Be Finish at the Lexington Plaza at Bradley’s at 8 pm for the “group drink Waterfront Hotel where swag is handed of witches brew.” Then hop on the trolley out after 11 pm. Crash in a discounted and head to the waterfront for some room or hop on the trolley to meet your dancing at Chitiva’s Salsa and Sports Bar designated driver for a ride home. and Grill. Don’t give up there! Head into For more information, visit www. East Downtown to check out new up and or call (209) coming spots; Charlie’s Bar and Night 946-5246. 

Monument of José María Morelos Unveiled on the Waterfront

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The bust of José María Morelos y Pavón.

On Wednesday, September 30 Stockton’s community leaders, Mexican officials and residents celebrated unveiling of the bust of José María Morelos y Pavón at McLeod Park. The monument was erected along side of the Fallen Firefighter Memorial and the statue to The Bracero on the downtown’s waterfront. The concrete base designed by a local artist, Anthony Acevedo AIA, is topped by a bronze bust designed and cast in Mexico. “We’re excited to partner with the City of Stockton Community Services Division to hang banners throughout downtown to honor Mexico’s bicentennial celebration,” said Mimi Nguyen,

Economic Development Director. José María Morelos was a Catholic priest and revolutionary rebel leader who led the Mexican War for Independence. He assumed the leadership after the execution of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in 1811. Morelos wrote Mexico’s Magna Carta, which became the fledging country’s first constitution. He also outlawed slavery on Mexican territory. Later captured by the Spanish colonial authorities Morelos was executed in 1815. The bust of José María Morelos was donated by the Mexican Government as part of Mexico’s bicentennial celebrations. 

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SportsandRecreation In-Shape City, Work Out Made Fun If boredom is keeping you from working out on a regular basis, In-Shape City: Downtown has the perfect cardio machine to make it more interesting. Nestled between the treadmills and ellipticals, sits EFX Elliptical Crosstrainer from Precor. “At first sight, it looks intimidating, combining the stair stepper with the elliptical, but after trying it, you will instantly agree it is the perfect machine allowing for a variety and the chance to experience freedom of movement within a work out,” says Stephanie Gilbertson, an In-Shape City trainer. This machine provides an effective, low-impact workout that is easy on joints and helps burn calories faster. The Crossramp technology changes the incline of the ramp on the footpads which means that it is easy to vary the muscle groups used during the workout. Also, varying the intensity of exercise, brings even better results. “It is hard to find an elliptical machine that gives you such a total lower body workout. Whatever is the level of your fitness, you’ll find a workout that suits you best! You will not be disappointed,” enthused Gilbertson. The EFX Elliptical Crosstrainer has four programs (Hill Climb, Heart Rate, Manual, Weight Loss) and 20 resistance

levels with synchronized handlebars. These features help keep routines fresh, varied, and challenging for faster results with sustained motivation. In-Shape City: Downtown offers a variety of individual work out options, group exercise classes, and personal training. For more information, visit or call (209) 472-2190. 

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Thunder, and Oilers, and Sharks, Let the Games Begin By Mike Benton

The Stockton Thunder, continuing to connect with the hearts and passions of fans across the Central Valley, took another step to enhance that relationship on the morning of August 2, 2010. At a news conference at Stockton Arena, officials from the National Hockey League clubs of the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers convened in Stockton to announce a dual affiliation with the Thunder, strengthening the opportunities for a loaded lineup that comes back to ECHL play at Stockton Arena on October 15 against the Ontario Reign. “With the Oilers blessing, we thought it would be a huge benefit in many areas,” said Thunder head coach Matt Thomas, who helped orchestrate the deal between the two NHL teams. “From my standpoint, it was beneficial to get another team on board in the San Jose Sharks. We have two great organizations that I can say are a great part of the family.” Under the agreement, the Thunder will continue to pursue free agent talent to add to its roster, while receiving an unspecified amount of players sent their way through the Oilers and Sharks. The roster limit is 20 players and eight

from last season’s team that made the Conference Finals have already resigned, including leading goal scorer Chris D’Alvise. Since the Oilers first began the affiliation with the Thunder in 2006-07, Stockton has never missed the playoffs. They advanced to the Conference Finals for the first time last season and have also sent seven players upward to eventually don an NHL jersey, including goaltender Devan Dubnyk (Edmonton) and right wing Troy Bodie (Anaheim). With the Oilers refurbishing their roster with rich talent, including #1 overall draft pick Taylor Hall, there is a bevy of offensively gifted forwards, lumbering and physical defensemen and seasoned goaltenders that are set to battle for spots in the American Hockey League with Oklahoma City and with the Thunder. The same applies with the Sharks farm system, with six goaltenders in the organization that have AHL and/or NHL experience. “I think we’re this close to winning a championship,” said Thomas. “What contracted players do from NHL SEE THUNDER, page 13

Ports End a Great Season, Look Forward to 2011 In their 61st season in the California League, the Stockton Ports used a terrific second half to vault from fourth place in the North Division of the California League to second place, just 2.0 games out of first. The Ports won the 2nd Half Championship to advance to the postseason, in search of an unprecedented 12th California League championship title. It was their first 2nd Half crown since 2005, and their first playoff appearance since 2008. The team’s success in the second half is best illustrated by their 14-game winning streak in August, which featured four consecutive sweeps. It was the longest winning streak in the League since the Lake Elsinore Storm won 13 straight games in 2007. The Ports finished the regular season two games behind the first-place San Jose Giants in their division. They ended the year seventh in the League with a .269 team batting average and a 4.60 team ERA. The Ports pitching staff was again first in the League with 1,163 strikeouts. The Ports will be entering their 62nd season as a member of the California League and their seventh as an Oakland A’s affiliate in 2011. The 2011 season begins on the road on April 7 at Modesto, and opening game of the season at Banner Island Ballpark will be on April 14 against Modesto Nuts. 2011 Season tickets and multi-game packages are on sale now. The Downtowner


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Port’s RHP Scott Hodsdon during the 2010 seson. Photo courtesy of Stockton Ports

“We are excited to present our fans with our season ticket plans, and to continue to be a source of affordable family fun and entertainment in Stockton and San Joaquin County,” said Ports President and General Manager Pat Filippone. “We look forward to building on our successes from 2010 in our upcoming season, and we will enjoy welcoming our 5 millionth fan in franchise history next season.” For more information, contact the Ports front office at (209) 644-1900 or visit 

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Meet The Firm Night, April 22, 2010, CSU Stanislaus Turlock campus. Photo courtesy of SCU Stanislaus

In October, the CSU StanislausStockton Center will present Meet-theFirms Night. The event is held annually at the University’s Turlock campus, but this year it will be hosted for the first time at the Stockton Center at University Park on November 4, 6 – 8 pm. (612 E. Magnolia Street). “At Meet-the-Firms Night, area employers have the opportunity to showcase their company and discuss job opportunities with well qualified business-students carrying pre-screened resumes. These students are trained, ready to work, and eager to meet potential employers, “commented Dr. Linda Nowak, Dean of the College of Business Administration at CSU Stanislaus.

The event is hosted by the College of Business Administration’s Student Success Center. The Center facilitates the educational and professional goals of all business students. It provides a one-stop shop for students to receive multiple student services including academic advising, career advising, and internship / mentorship information. Parking is free at the event, along with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Sponsorship opportunities are available at different levels providing businesses with additional exposure. For more information and to register, visit or 

A History Course at the Pacific Brings Back Stockton’s Heydays

The University of the Pacific’s Center for Professional and Continuing Education is offering a five-week (1-unit) extension course on Stockton History on Thursday nights beginning October 14. The course will be taught by Alice van Ommeren, a local historian, the author of “Stockton in Vintage Postcards,” and a recipient of Captain Charles M. Weber Award in 2010. “The overall objective of this fascinating course is to provide local residents, as well as community leaders, business professionals, and local educators with an understanding of how the city’s past influenced its development,” described her classes van Ommeren. Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of the main themes and significant events during one of the most important periods in local Stockton history. Students will also develop an association or connection between the history of the community and the complex forces behind its identity today. On the last night, a panel of archivist and librarians will connect students with community resources for further information on Stockton history topics.

Although the course is appropriate for all individuals, its target audience is professionals such as history and social studies teachers who include local history into their curriculum. As well as for business owners who can incorporate a sense of pride in the community history into their advertising and marketing campaigns. The course focuses on themes and events related to development, industry, entertainment, architecture and immigration during Stockton’s “golden era” from the early 1900’s to the 1940’s. Because most of historic events of that era happened in or around present downtown area, many topics will cover the history of downtown. “One night will be on civic and commercial development in downtown, I’m bringing in a guest speaker to talk about the historic Main Street. Another night is on the history of recreation and entertainment during Stockton’s heyday,” said van Ommeren. There is no deadline for registration and students can sign up until the day of the class on October 14. For course information and registration (before October 14), visit x23320.xml. 

Through October, An Eclectic Affair Art Exhibit at the Tidewater Art Gallery! An eclectic collection from Babbette Thompson, a member of the Tidewater’s Board of Directors and an artist in her own right. A free lance artist, Thompson is known for her work in local theatres designing and painting sets for stage plays, including at Stockton Civic Theatre. She also creates window displays, gallery settings, and even designs and creates table settings for receptions and special events. Her work is very creative and often highly flamboyant. This extends into her art works as well. Her choices of media are varied, depending on mood, discipline, and what’s available at the time inspiration strikes. She works in watercolor, acrylic, clay, and even Styrofoam. Meet-the-Artists reception is open to the public on Friday, September 10, 5-8 p.m. For more information call (209) 463-4033 or visit

October 2, Disney Live! at the Stockton Arena! Mickey, Minnie and a host of Disney friends come together with world-class magicians to perform magic from legendary Disney films right before your eyes. See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beutiful ball gown in a split second; the spectacular levitation of Aladdin’s Princess Jasmine; and the enchanted dancing brooms of Fantasia. Join Donald and Goofy, Alice and the Mad Hatter, and many more for a one-of-a-kind stage show that spectators will never forget. For more information call (209) 3731700 or visit October 2, Waiting for Superman & John Legend in Concert at the Bob Hope Theatre! Oscar-winning

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filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds that education “statistics” have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of “Waiting for Superman.” As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying “drop-out factories” and “academic sinkholes,” methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly

intractable problems. After the movie, John Legend, a Neo-soul singer and pianist, will perform live. For more information call (209) 337-4673 or visit October 8, Dinner with the Brewer at the O’Ryleigh’s Tavern! Kick off the Stocktoberfest 2010 and meet the brewers at this special pre-event party. Tickets include a 4-course meal with beer pairings and live entertainment. To reserve tickets call (209) 946-5246 or visit

October 8, Jo Coy’s Stand up Comedy at the Bob Hope Theatre! From filling clubs across the nation to being seen weekly as a regular guest on Chelsea Lately, Jo Koy has come a long way from his modest start performing at a Las Vegas coffee house. His infectiously explosive energy on stage, insightful jokes and family inspired humor cross all boundaries and led Daily Variety to name him one of the “10 Comics to Watch.” For more information call (209) 337-4673 or visit www. October 9, Stocktoberfest at the Downtown Marina! Activities Continued on page 6

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this musical comedy concert. For more information call (209) 337-4673 or visit throughout the night will include lovely ladies in German dress, keg lifting competitions, chicken dance dance-offs and, of course, beer stein holding competitions. Enjoy live entertainment ranging from polka to rock, brats and over 10 brews! Modeled after a German Oktoberfest, Stocktoberfest seating will be outdoors on long benches and tables and the festival will open with the tapping of the first keg by local dignitaries. For more information call (209) 464-5246 or visit October 9, Weekend Wine-Down Cruise from the Downtown Marina! This is a great way to relax and winedown after a long week at the office all the while learning from local experts on wine and food pairings. Featured winery this month is Carvalho Family Wines and live music will be performed by Joni Morris singing Patsy Cline hits. A 3-course dinner will be paired with local wines in the climatecontrolled main salon of the Island Girl - a 149-passenger vessel operated by Delta Discovery Cruises. For more information call (209) 462-9300 or visit www.deltadiscoverycr October 9, WWE Raw World Tour at the Stockton Arena! World Wrestling Entertainment returns to Stockton. Don’t miss the this special Raw World Tour and see all of your favorite RAW Superstars like John Cena, Sheamus, Randy Orton, Edge, The Miz, Chris Jericho, Ted Dibiase, Mark Henry, Evan Bourne, The Hart Dynasty, or The Divas. For more information call (209) 373-1700 or visit October 15, Stockton Thunder Hockey Opening Night at the Stockton Arena! The proud ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers and the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League, the Thunder was voted “Best Local Sports Team” by readers of the San Joaquin Magazine, led the ECHL in attendance for four consecutive seasons and drew over 200,000 fans for the fifth consecutive season in 2009-10. They open the new season in Stockton against Ontario Reign. For more information call (209) 373-1500 or visit www. October 15, Ang Ganda Diva with Lani Misalucha & Vice Ganda at the Bob Hope Theatre! Filipino pop star Lani Misalucha and Manilabased comedian Vice Ganda present The Downtowner


October 24, Vince Gill’s Country Music Concert at the Bob Hope Theatre! One of the most popular and most recorded singers of the past quarter-century, Vince Gill has become the measure of excellence in country music. His vocal performances are spellbinding, his songwriting emotionally powerful and his guitarplaying world-class. Gill complements these stellar talents with a quick and easy wit and a generosity of spirit that is legendary. For more information call (209) 337-4673 or visit www.

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) has begun construction of stations for Metro Express: Airport Way Corridor (Route 44), which will expand its Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service. San Joaquin County’s first BRT route is RTD’s Metro Express (Route 40), which connects the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) with the Hammer Triangle. “Metro Express Route 40 is RTD’s most successful route. We are excitedly looking forward to introducing this service to the Airport Corridor with Route 44. Buses will arrive every 10 minutes and continue seamlessly to the Pacific Corridor through the Downtown Transit Center,” said Paul Rapp, RTD Marketing Director. Construction commenced on September 20 at the intersections of Airport Way and 2nd Street and Airport Way and 8th Street. In October, construction will begin at Airport and Industrial; Airport and Sonora; Airport and Miner; and Aurora and Channel. For the latest updates on construction,

visit or follow San Joaquin RTD on Twitter. Route 44 will begin service in January 2011. It will connect with Route 40 at the DTC to extend express bus service south to the Stockton Metropolitan Airport. As an extension of RTD’s Metro Express service, Route 44 will bring the following features to SEE BUSES, page 13

October 29, Young Frankenstein at the Bob Hope Theatre! Enjoy a classic movie and a Mighty Morton Organ concert in the magical atmosphere of the historic “Fox” theatre. A laugh riot from beginning to end, this classic parody from director Mel Brooks (1974) stars Gene Wilder as Frederick Frankenstein, who detests his family history but ultimately can’t resist the temptation to follow in his infamous grandfather’s footsteps. Adding to the fun is a brilliant supporting cast that includes Marty Feldman as bug-eyed assistant Igor, Madeline Kahn as Frankenstein’s frosty fiancée and Peter Boyle as the zipper-necked monster. For more information call (209) 337-4673 or visit October 30, Costume Pub CRAWL in Downtown Stockton! How far can you CRAWL? Find out at the Costume CRAWL. For details call (209) 4645246, visit www.downtownstockton. org or see page 3.

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Commerce Mayor to Host a City of Stockton Wastewater Rate Small Businesses Summit in October Adjustment Adopted Workshops The City of Stockton, in partnership Stockton City Council voted 6-0 to number of years. If we don’t take action The following workshops are held at the Small Business Development Center, 56 S. Lincoln Street, Stockton. For more information and registration, call (209) 954-5089 or visit Marketing Your Business Effectively Workshop Oct 26, 2-4 pm, $40 (additional persons from same business $20 each) A key aspect for business growth and success is effective marketing. Learn how to identify targeted customers, assess customer needs, evaluate the competition, and effectively communicate what your business has to offer. Reservations required. Web Design Workshop Oct 26, 9 - 11 am Registration is $40 Get your business online by building and lunching your own website. The tools are simple: point, click, drag, and drop images and text. Upon completion of the workshop you will set your website live! Participants must meet with a SBDC consultant to outline their website needs and gather the necessary information prior to the workshop. Starting and Financing Your Own Business Workshop Start smart by attending an informative, workshop outlining legal requirements and regulations, business planning, sources of funding, determining funding needs, and preparing a funding request. Oct 13 4:30-6:30 pm or Oct 27, Noon – 2 pm Registration is $25 Starting and Financing Your Own Business Workshop - Bilingual Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 306 E. Main St. #303 Oct. 28, 4:30-6:30 pm Registration is $20

with the Northeastern California Small Business Development Center - San Joaquin Delta College, will be hosting the Mayor’s Economic Development Summit on Tuesday, October 19, 8:30 am - noon at the San Joaquin WorkNet Building, 56 S. Lincoln Street in Downtown Stockton. Mayor Ann Johnston and Councilmember Diana Lowery join industry experts to discuss Stockton’s economic make-up. Learn about traditional and non-traditional funding sources for your business, and meet representatives from local business resource groups that can help you with your business operations. For more information call the Small Business Development Center (209) 954-5089. 

today, we are at-risk of being fined or experiencing lawsuits, which would further jeopardize the General Fund, deepen our financial crisis, and increase our bond financing interest rates.” New wastewater rates will go into effect October 1, 2010, and will be used to maintain and improve these vital city-provided services, ensuring that the costs for providing these services are covered by the rates and fees charged. Ballots for the stormwater Clean Water Fee were mailed on September 7, 2010 and are due by 4:30 pm, October 25, 2010. For additional information, please contact the City of Stockton Municipal Utilities Department at (209) 937-8700. 

BUSINESS BRIEFS • BUSINESS BRIEFS • BUSINESS BRIEFS The Children’s Museum of Stockton is located near the Downtown Waterfront at 402 W. Weber Avenue. The museum’s hours are: Fridays 9 am - 4 pm, Saturdays 10 am - 5 pm, and Sundays 12 pm - 5 pm. General admission is $5 per person; kids under 2 years are free of charge. For more information or for birthday party reservations, call (209) 465-4386.  Cali Street Grill, Home of the Cali Cheese Steak and ¼ Stuffed Big Dog offers a myriad of choices including a Char-grilled Chicken Sandwich, salads and desserts. Open Monday - Saturday, 11 am - 8 pm, with Saturday offering Smoked Ribs, Tri-Tip, Chicken and Hot Links available in dinner plates or single sandwiches. Cali Street Grill provides week day specials to entice large orders from local businesses (10% off orders over $40) and to encourage downtown employees to try the grill (10% off orders on Tuesday and Thursday with

Pricing Your Product or Service Effectively Workshop Nov 9, 2-4 pm, $40 (additional persons from same business $20 each) This workshop will explain and help the business owner apply key aspects of setting the right price for any product or service. Business owners will also learn strategies to increase prices and improve margins, how and when to offer discounts or similar offers, and more. Lunch at Cali Street Grill. Photo by DSA

proof of employment). The grill is located at 38 North California Street and is most excited about their deep fried dessert varieties – deep fried Snickers

adjust City of Stockton wastewater fees and mail ballots to establish a new Clean Water Fee for stormwater services. A wastewater rate study had not been conducted since 1998 and the stormwater fees had not been studied since 1991. The Council adopted plans that provide for gradual increases that keep pace with the actual costs for providing these services and does not increase rates dramatically in any one year. “Our infrastructure is over 35 years old, and we must comply with ever increasing, strict regulatory standards,” said Mayor Ann Johnston. “We are in the unfortunate position of having to make up for what has occurred over a

bar sprinkled with powdered sugar and chocolate or caramel and deep fried Twinkies sprinkled with powdered sugar and chocolate, caramel or mixed berry topping. Daily specials include a variety of sandwiches, stuffed hot dogs and fresh salads including a Chicken Fiesta and a Chicken Thai Salad. Cali Street Grill is also available for catering – to place your catering or lunch order, call the grill at (209) 463-1280. Cali Street Grill offers beer and wine along with a Happy Hour during the week with appetizers such as chicken wings and sirloin steak & cheese fries. Come and enjoy Karaoke/Music on Friday and Saturdays! 

in 2010, and allows self-employed taxpayers to deduct health care costs for payroll tax purposes on 2010 returns It will initiate a New Strategic Partnership with Healthy Community Banks and create a $30 billion Small Business Lending Fund that utilizes healthy community banks as a conduit to increase lending to small business, a provision that will generate $1 billion for the treasury and provides $1.5 billion in grants to support at least $15 billion in new small business lending through already successful state run programs For more information, contact the Small Business Administration at (916) 930-3700. 

The United States Senate passed a landmark small business jobs bill that aims to boost billions of dollars of lending and investment to America’s entrepreneurs. The bill expands trade and export opportunities and increases small business access to Federal contracts. It expands counseling and technical assistance programs by partnering with hundreds of non-profits throughout the country. The Small Business Lending Act will provide $12 Billion in Targeted Tax Cuts for small businesses. It allows for a 100 percent exclusion of capital gains tax on small business investments made in 2010; increases the maximum deduction for startup expenditures in 2010 and 2011 to $10,000; extends the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act bonus depreciation provision for an additional year for qualifying property purchased and placed into service

Carol J. Ornelas, CEO ofVisionary Home Builders of California in Stockton, has been selected to participate in the NeighborWorks ® Achieving Carol J. Ornelas Excellence in Community Development program in collaboration with Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Ornelas is one of 49 leaders selected for this class – a prestigious 18-month educational program for senior leaders in community organizations that have a focus on affordable housing, community revitalization or community economic development. 

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California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc., provides free legal services to lowincome persons and families who reside in San Joaquin County. Their offices have recently moved to the first floor of the Hotel Stockton at 145 E. Weber Avenue. More information at (209) 946-0605.  7 The Downtowner


LEASE 222 N. El Dorado St., Ste F City Centre Cinema Use: Office/Retail Sq. Ft.: 1,200 LR: $1.50 psf, NNN ($0.33 psf) Regal Theaters 16 screens, 3,400 seats; Close to parking structures, high traffic counts. Contact: Lisa Hodgson, Colliers International (209) 475-5100;

225 E. Weber Ave. Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 25,628 Amenities: On site security, covered parking, professional management company, health club. Contact: Brian Peterson, CB Richard Ellis (209) 476-2907;

10 N. California St.

Use: Retail Sq. Ft.: 2,880 LR: $1,750 per month Contact: Craig Moore, C: (209) 639-3238, O: (209) 466-5135

229 E. Weber Ave. Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 200-400 LR: $1.25 psf Amenities: Various size offices Contact: Craig Moore, C: (209) 639-3238, O: (209) 466-5135

235 N. San Joaquin St.

LEASE 400 E. Main St.

634 Main St. Use: Office/Program Sq. Ft.: 4,950 bottom floor and 4,925 upper floor LR: $0.50-$0.75 psf Amenities: Building in good condition, new paint Contact: Mahala Burns or Peggy Massey, Cort Companies, (209) 235-5222,

705 N. Union St. Use: Industrial Sq. Ft.: 1,400 LR: $2,300/mo. Negotiable Amenities: Lot size is about 10,000 sq. ft with 2-two car garages Contact: Anthony M. Budhai, (209) 948-2705

27 Hunter Sq.

Use: Commercial/Light Industrial Sq. Ft.: 5,000 LR: $2,250 per month Amenities: Corner lot with 5,000 sq.ft. fenced parking lot adjacent to building; 1/2 in offices/1/2 warehouse. 2 blocks from Ace Rail Depot, 3 blocks from Crosstown Fwy. Contact: Mike Griffin, Coldwell Banker Commercial (209) 466-5311 ext. 223 Vision Plaza Use: Office/Retail Sq. Ft.: 3,500 LR: 2nd fl $1.25 psf Amenities: Indoor private parking, tenant move-in allowance negotiable Contact: Zac Cort, The Cort Group (562) 537-3692;

Bank of Stockton Building

Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 2,000 - 25,000 LR: Negotiable Amenities: 8 story office building with secured underground parking Contact: Brian Peterson, CB Richard Ellis (209) 476-2907;

802 E. Market St.

Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 3,000 LR: $1.00 modified gross Amenities: Renovated interior, 2 restrooms, 2 conference rooms, 8 offices. Full basement storage. Contact: Mike Torres, CB Richard Ellis, (209) 476-2932 ;


836 E. Weber Ave.

311 E. Main St. Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 160-4,949 LR: $0.95 psf Amenities: Directly across from the Courthouse, close to banks, restaurants & government offices Contact: Suzanne Stone, RT Yee and Associates (209) 473-3799;

Historic Budd Building 333 E. Channel St. Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 3,000 on the 2nd floor LR: $1,300 for the first year if taken “as is” Amenities: 8 offices, library, 2 bath. New plumbing, seismically retrofitted, fully sprinklered; Elevator and stairway access to 2nd floor, 8 x 10 dry storage. Adjacent to 2 major parking garages. Use: Office Sq. Ft: 3,200 gr. fl. LR: $1.25 psf Amenities: Divisible from 800 to 2,400 sq.ft., 7 private offices/10 work stations, reception/ bullpen/conference room. 8-line phone system, networked printer-scanner, router and CAT 5 wiring in all offices. Break room/kitchen, two ADA restrooms. Basement storage, all offices furnished, adjacent to two parking garages Contact: Mahala Burns or Peggy Massey, Cort Companies, (209) 235-5222;

Historic California Building

322 N. California St. Use: Social Program/Medical Rehab Sq. Ft.: 20,100 LR: Negotiable Amenities: 3 double-storied buildings; full kitchen and dining hall. Contact: Navin Patel, C: (209) 481-3328, O: (209) 472-7762 Use: Office/Retail Sq. Ft.: 5,000 LR: $5,000/mo Contact: Jim Martin, Lee & Associates (209) 983-1111;

123 E. Lindsay St. Use: Auto Repair LR: $1,600/mo Amenities: Smog & Auto Repair Shop movein ready Contact: (530) 751-2249

110 N. San Joaquin St.

336 E. Main St. Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 5,952 LR: $1.25 NN PSF Amenities: Single story with basement, close to Courthouse, and county offices. Contact: Brian Peterson, CB Richard Ellis (209) 476-2907;

338 E. Lafayette St.

Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 1,800 LR: $0.70 psf Amenities: 2 story charming Victorian home converted into office use; central heat &air, full kitchen with stove and fridge; on-site parking available. Commercial Tenants only. Contact: Ken Taylor, (916) 813-2283

Bank of America Building

Use: Office/Retail Sq. Ft.: 5,200 LR: $2,000/mo Contact: Patricio Vicuna, Hardin Animal Hospital, (209) 464-4521

11 S. San Joaquin St. Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 180-200 LR: $1.00 psf, 1st month free with year lease Amenities: Conference room available to all tenants, PG&E and janitorial included Contact: Angie Parham, (209) 463-3569

Cal-Weber Building

340 E. Main St. Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 13,358 LR: $1.25 NN PSF Amenities: 2 stories with basement; close to Courthouse, and county offices; On-site basement storage; Easy access to freeways. Contact: Brian Peterson, CB Richard Ellis, (209) 476-2907; Belding Building Use: Office/Retail Sq. Ft.: 244 - 4,000 LR: $1.15-$1.50 psf Amenities: Completely renovated. Reasonable tenant improvements included. Adjacent to two large parking garages. Contact: Mahala Burns or Peggy Massey, Cort Companies, (209) 235-5222,

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110 E. Weber Ave. Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 3,565-4,918 LR: Negotiable Amenities: Suite with private elevator, 3 offices. High exposure location on El Dorado Street. Contact: Joe Crist , Lee and Associates (209) 983-1111;

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Weber Ave. and California St. Use: office/retail Sq. Ft.: 1,400 gr. fl., 2,500 mezzanine, 13,000 upper floors LR: Negotiable upper, $.75 psf ground floor Amenities: Parking lot behind building; New travertine tile and oak flooring throughout Contact: Mahala Burns or Peggy Massey, Cort Companies, (209) 235-5222,


LEASE Sutter Office Center

SALE 42 N. Sutter St.

SALE 347 E. Weber Ave. The Metro Building

Sq. Ft: 300-6,500 Price: $980,000 Amenities: 3-story, multi-tenant office building; common area restrooms; completely renovated; rent incentives available to qualified tenants Contact: Joe Crist, Lee & Associates (209) 983-1111 #217;

525 E. Channel St. 393 E. Market St., 2nd Fl. Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 2,500 LR: Negotiable Amenities: Five offices, main reception area, two baths; proximity to parking & freeway access. Contact: Tim Cassidy, (209) 462-7593

Historic Cort Tower

242 N. Sutter St. Use: Office/Retail Sq. Ft.: 280-4,000 LR: $0.75psf & up Amenities: All spaces except retail include utilities Contact: Sharlene McLemore (209) 943-7308;

Waterfront Towers

Elks Building Sq. Ft.: 51,500 Price: $3,200,000 Amenities: Currently available for lease at $0.90-$0.99 psf. Contact: Bert Aranda, (510)538-2096

146 Weber Ave.

Use: Office/Entertainment Sq. Ft: 7,500 Price: $199,000 Amenities: Large older building with front office, 3 rooms and large hall. MLS#10022826 for more pictures and information. Contact: Tony Ippolito, (209) 688-3888;

630 E. Main St.

343 E. Main St. Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 140-22,500 LR: $0.95 psf one month free with one year lease Amenities: Single offices from 140 sq.ft. to 22,500 sq.ft., three contiguous floors at +/7,500 sq.ft. totaling 22,500 sq.ft. Office suites can be combined for desired square footage. Tenant pays PG&E, owner pays janitorial. Contact: Mahala Burns or Peggy Massey, Cort Companies, (209) 235-5222;

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501 W. Weber Avenue Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 600-11,300 LR: $1.45-$1.65 psf full service Amenities: 600 sq.ft. high density storage space on ground floor; Contact: Jerry Butterfield, Croce and Co. (209) 460-3233;

Waterfront Office Tower

555 E. Weber Ave. Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 10,000 LR: $1.65 psf Amenities: Large copy/project area; seminar meeting area/conference room; reception area/ break room; Contact: Wendy Coddington, Lee and Associates, (209) 983-1111,

Historic Hotel Stockton 141 E. Weber Ave. Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 1,323 LR: $1.50/sf modified gross Amenities: New reception area, conference room, private office, cubicle office area, server room and break room. Common area rest rooms. Contact: Lisa Hodgson, Colliers International (209) 475-5100;

McKeegan Building

520 – 534 E. Weber Ave. Use: Retail/office/entert. Sq. Ft.: 2,000-10,000 LR: Negotiable upper, $.75 psf ground floor Amenities: Spanish revival architecture; open floor plan with stage on upper floor ideal for entertainment, programs or church space. Contact: Mahala Burns or Peggy Massey, Cort Companies, (209) 235-5222,

509 W. Weber Avenue Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 1,400 2nd fl. LR: $1.40 psf Amenities: High profile, 5-story office building on the waterfront, multiple private offices and ample windows. Free gated parking for employees and clients. Contact: Wendy Coddington or Joe Crist, Lee & Associates, (209) 983-1111 ext. 220;

Historic Sperry Building Sq. Ft.: 5,000 Price: $725,000 Amenities: One story office building with parking; Unobstructed view of the waterfront. Contact: Dan Thompson, Coldwell Banker Grupe, (209) 955-5590,

322 N. California St.

La Estrella Building Use: Office/Retail Sq. Ft.: 15,000 Price: $995,000 Amenities: Retail/office; basement sprinklers; open floor space; new roof; 2nd floor ideal for ballroom; possible owner finance. Contact: Jimmie Rishwain, (209) 747-7863

705 N. Union St.

Sq. Ft.: 20,100 Price: $ 2,500,000 Amenities: 3 double-storied buildings; full kitchen and dining room Contact: Navin Patel, (209) 481-3328 or (209) 472-7762;

333 E. Channel St.

Historic Waterfront Warehouse 445 W. Weber Avenue Use: Office/Retail/Restaurant Sq. Ft.: 1,766-5,000 LR: Negotiable Amenities: Great water views; private, gated parking. Contact: Mahala Burns or Peggy Massey, Cort Companies, (209) 235-5222;

The Metro Building

347 E. Weber Ave Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 300-6,500 LR: $.99 psf Amenities: 3-story, multi-tenant office bldg; common area restrooms; completely renovated; rent incentives available to qualified tenants Contact: Joe Crist, Lee & Associates (209) 983-1111 ext. 217;

Sq. Ft.: 1,400 Price: $595,000 Amenities: Lot size is about 10,000 sq. ft. with 2-two car garages Contact: Anthony M. Budhai, (209) 948-2705;

Historic Budd Building Sq. Ft.: 3,000 2nd fl. Price: $350,000 Amenities: 8 offices, library, 2 bathrooms. New plumbing, seismically retrofitted, and fully sprinklered, elevator and stairway access to second floor, 8 x 10 dry storage available. Adjacent to two major parking garages. Sq. Ft.: 3,200 gr. fl. Price: $350,000 Amenities: 8 private offices/10 work stations, reception/bullpen/conference room. 8-line phone system, networked printer scanner, router and CAT 5 wiring in all offices. Break room/kitchen, 2 ADA restrooms. Basement storage, all offices furnished, adjacent to 2 parking garages. Contact: Mahala Burns or Peggy Massey, Cort Companies, (209) 235-5222;

Need help selling or leasing your downtown building? Call Downtown Stockton Alliance, for a free listing in The Downtowner at (209) 464-5246 or email

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901 E. Miner Ave.

Sq. Ft.: 10,000 Price: $325,000 Amenities: Limousine size paint booth, across from the new Ace Train station. Contact: Patrice Chavez, (209) 808-2161;

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Commerce Mr. D’s Pizza Brings Back Memories United Way Hosts 9th Annual Power of One Luncheon

Mr. D’s Pizza and Sports is filled with memorabilia and delicious food. Pictured James Leyva, Bunny Leyva’s son. Photo by DSA

For some, 122 E. Oak Street is just a beautiful brick building. For others, it is a place filled with memories, laughter and good times. And yet for others, it’s an great pizza parlor. This historic building is mostly known as Mr. D’s Pizza and Sports Bar, which reopened in 2005 under a new owner, Mike Jimenez. Open for three meals a day and a happy hour, Mr. D’s is known for their delicious pizzas with green olives and large pepperoncinis and their new chef, Bunny Leyva from the former Bunny’s Hole in the Wall. The menu of Bunny’s Hole in the Wall has been merged into Mr. D’s, only to make the historic parlor

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even more memorable. Mr. D’s is within a walking distance from the Arena and Ballpark. Specials for before and after the Arena events are on the menu. Recently, the Bank of the West construction next door has decreased the visibility of the venue, however, owner Mike Jimenez is doing all that he can to make sure his regular and new customers know he’s still open. Stop in to visit Mr. D’s Pizza and Sports Pub for a great pizza, music from the juke box, and good company. Call them at (209) 941-0881 or follow on Facebook. 

The Stockton Community Council of the United Way of San Joaquin County will be hosting the 9th Annual Power of One – Women Making a Difference Luncheon. The Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, October 26, at the Hilton Stockton. Doors open at 10:30 am with numerous local non-profit organizations offering information and education throughout the hotel. The lunch will be served at noon. Table sponsorships begin at $400 for a table of ten. Multiple levels of sponsorships are available with various benefits for each level of commitment. Individual tickets are $30 per person. The Keynote speaker, Tina Macuha, is an anchor and reporter for Channel 31 Good Day Sacramento. Working in radio was Macuha’s dream. In high school, she pretended to be on the radio with her homemade station she called K-Mac. Friends and relatives didn’t

take her seriously, which led Tina to believe that a job on the air would be an impossible feat. Her outlook on life changed in 1983 when her mother died from breast cancer. Her mother always encouraged her to follow her dreams so Tina changed her major and did just that. Tina will inspire listeners with her story of how the power of one woman can make a difference in the community. The Power of One Committee will be awarding its Sixth Annual “Community Star” award to a member of the community who has demonstrated passion and lifelong commitment to making a difference in the lives of those in need. The net proceeds of this event will be donated to United Way’s Community Council projects. Call Donna Ng at (209) 3206206 with individual or sponsorship reservations. 

SAVE THE DATE Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce Fall Tradeshow October 14, 5 pm-7 pm Hilton Stockton 2323 Grand Canal Boulevard (209) 547-2770

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Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Conference & Trade Show October 28, 9 am-noon or 1 pm-3:30 pm San Joaquin County WorkNet 56 South Lincoln Street (209) 943-6117

Summertime in Stockton, Finalists of the Annual Photo Contest Over 160 entries were posted on the Annual Stockton Photography Contest Flickr page. The contest was a joint venture of the Stockton Conference and Visitors Bureau and the Downtown Stockton Alliance. This year, participants were encouraged to submit photos in a specific theme: “Summertime in Stockton.” Submitted entries featured families or friends participating in summer activities in Stockton. Many showed Stockton’s events, architecture and landscapes. Organizers of the contest were looking for images that portrayed Stockton as an attractive and inviting destination. Images were judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. Youth and adult winners were selected in each category: Grand Prize - Jose Abarca 1st Place Adult - Randall Gee Honorable Mention Adult - Jock Crook 1st Place Youth - Chloe Prout Honorable Mention Youth - Haile Shavers To view all contest entries, visit visitstockton/pool. For more information, call Stockton Conference and Visitors Bureau at (877)778-6258.  Grand Prize: “Downtown Stockton” by Jose Abarca

1st Place Youth: “Downtown Stockton” by Chloe Prout

1st Place Adult: “Kiddo Lion” by Randall Gee

Honorable Mention Youth: “Fun at Quail Lakes Park” by Haile Shavers

Honorable Mention Adult: “Hallway at Haggin” by Jock Crook

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Postcards from the Past:

The Oldest Hebrew Cemetery in California

Buses (from page 6) the Airport Corridor: • Metro Express hybrid buses arriving every 10 minutes (peak hours) • Improved shelters and boarding areas • Fare Vending Machines enabling the use of pre-paid fares, which speed passenger boarding • Seamless connections at the DTC to Route 40, which will begin 10-minute service to the Miracle Mile.

Capital funding for this project is provided by several federal programs administered by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA): FTA Very Small Starts, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program. The project is matched with state funds from Proposition 1B and the State Transportation Improvement Program.

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Many of the tombs at the Temple Israel Cemetery are well over 100 years old. Photo by DSA

Only 5 minutes from the heart of downtown is the oldest Hebrew cemetery west of the Rocky Mountains that is in continuous use. The bronze marker at the entrance to the Temple Israel Cemetery on East Acacia Street between North Pilgrim and North Union Streets says: “This hallowed ground was donated by Captain Charles M. Weber in 1851 for use as a cemetery by the Jewish community of Stockton.” The plaque was installed in 1961 by the California State Park Commission

in cooperation with the Temple Israel and the Union of American Hebrew Congregation, when the site was reconsecrated and re-dedicated. “On October 4, 1851, Solomon Friedlander, a young merchant and a native of Prussia, passed away. The members of Rhyim Ahoovim met together to acquire a cemetery so that their departed brother could be interred in hallowed ground,” according to these words of Mrs. David “Bea” Schwartz, the SEE POSTCARDS, page 14

organization – there’s a little more of a carrot to play for what’s right in front of them and that’s important from a motivation standpoint. Likewise, for our players on ECHL contracts they’re not that far off from moving up and this gives them that chance for an extra little push over the edge. That’s all what we need.” Both Oilers and Sharks executives agreed as to what the possibilities were. “Any hockey player aspires to play in the big dance,” said Oilers assistant general manager Rick Olczyk. “We know we put players down here in Stockton with a great fan base and a building that outshines a lot of AHL buildings. We have the utmost confidence and respect with Matt Thomas. He instills those principles on a daily basis.”

“We feel really comfortable with our players learning, winning and experiencing success under Matt,” said Sharks executive vice president and general manager Doug Wilson. “The partnership we’re trying to create is to benefit all parties but to have a team win a championship and bring a Kelly Cup to Stockton would be a great accomplishment for all of us.” The Thunder, one of Northern California’s most prestigious minor league franchises by averaging over 6,000 fans per game in the last five seasons, are offering season, group and mini plan tickets geared to entertain a hockey fan of all ages for as low as $7 per game. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Thunder at (209) 373-1500. 

Update on Downtown Projects Bank of the West’s New Branch

The new branch of Bank of the West will be completed in early 2011. Photo by DSA

The new Bank of the West “Stockton Main” branch facility is expected to open by the end of January 2010 with Vice President Terri Du Vall continuing as branch manager. Now located at 1340 N. El Dorado Street, the branch will relocate to 540 N. El Dorado. The new branch will have about 15 employees, and will also house the bank’s Stockton Commercial Banking Office. The new building will be approximately 5,000 sq.ft. with an off-street parking for

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more than 50 vehicles. It will facilitate six teller windows, a private location for merchant customers and five desks for new accounts and financial services. There will be two drive-up windows and one walk-up ATM. The building was designed to have a red brick exterior consistent with traditional downtown look and feel. For more information, contact Terri Du Vall, the Branch Manager, at (209) 946-5203 or (800) 488-BANK (2265). 13 The Downtowner


Who We Are Our Mission To develop, promote and maintain historic Downtown Stockton as a regional business, cultural and entertainment destination.

Timothy Kerr Executive Director 209.888.8624

Sylwia Lipiec-Qualls Graphic Design 209.888.8626

Our Goals To provide advocacy for property and business owners, we host the public policy committee and engage politicians in the interests of our stakeholders. For more information, contact Tim Kerr, Executive Director.

Emily Baime Marketing Director 209.888.8621

Charisse Lowry Administrative Assistant 209.888.8625

To attract and retain businesses and investors, we provide assistance to start up/relocated businesses, promote available real estate, provide loan funds and generate micro enterprise endeavors. For more information, contact Mimi Nguyen, Economic Development Director.

Mimi Nguyen Economic Development Director 209.888.8623

To market the downtown, we host events and activities, provide the monthly Downtowner, and work with media to attract visitors and locals. For more information, contact Emily Baime, Marketing Director.

Ron Burton Maintenance Coordinator 209.888.8628

To increase safety and welcome visitors, we have a staff of downtown ambassadors, host historical tours, provide escort services, and reach out to the community. For more information, contact Nick Trulsson, Ambassador Coordinator.

Nick Trulsson Ambassador Coordinator 209.888.8630

AMBASSADORS: Shirley G. 209.888.8631 Manuel L. 209.888.8622 Johnny P. 209.888.8633 Art S. 209.888.8634 Gus S. 209.888.8632 Luis V. 209.888.8635

To maintain Downtown, we remove graffiti, power wash and provide cleaning services. For more information, contact Ron Burton, Maintenance Coordinator.

Public Policy Updates Business Recruitment: Mimi Nguyen toured seven downtown spaces with two potential businesses. In addition, she conducted meetings with three additional businesses looking to relocate in Downtown Stockton. Follow-up with those businesses has been scheduled. Business Retention: Stockton Collegiate International Schools opened on September 7 with over 600 students attending grades Kindergarten through 12. Ambassadors welcomed new families and were available to answer questions relating to downtown. The Downtown Stockton Alliance prepared welcome packets for teachers, introducing them to businesses and services available to them in the area. Events: Mimi Nguyen and Tim Kerr attended an event planning meeting with representatives with Cort Companies, OSC Computer Training and Pathways for Veterans to plan their fundraiser and raise awareness for Veterans. The event has since been rescheduled to the spring.  Stockton Beautiful hosted on September 23 a TREE-mendous Fundraising Event to raise monies for placement of 30 trees on Weber Avenue in downtown. The DSA team is assisting with promotion, marketing, set up and ticket sales.

installed on September 27 around City Hall and McLeod Lake. Media and Marketing: Tim Kerr, Emily Baime and Mimi Nguyen toured downtown with a photographer from Comstock’s Magazine for the special section on Property Based Improvement Districts in the upcoming October Edition. Board of Directors: At their regular meeting of August 18, 2010, the Board of Directors of the Downtown Stockton Alliance created a number of new Committees to address administration, economic development and Housing, safety, and advocacy. The new committees will provide Board members with an opportunity to become more involved in the major policy areas of the DSA. At the first meeting of the newly created Economic Development Committee, the members agreed that the DSA should consider hosting a summit in early 2011 to specifically address development in the downtown. BROKER • CONSULTANT 1213 14th St., Suite 3 Modesto, CA 95354

The DSA team hosted a Holiday Rental Tour which toured over 30 visitors to available rental space for holiday and other party rental areas. Stops included the Lexington Plaza Waterfront Hotel, Sass Bar and Grill and the Delta Discoveries Boat. The Stocktoberfest Working Group met twice to plan Stocktoberfest logistics. Public Policy: The Downtown Stockton Alliance and City of Stockton Community Services have partnered to coordinate the installation of 21 banners to celebrate the new monument of Jose Maria Morelos at McLeod Lake. Banners were The Downtowner


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Postcards (from page 13) president of the Temple Israel Sisterhood in the 1950s, such were the beginnings of the cemetery. Rhyim Ahoovim (meaning “brotherly love”), a Hebrew benevolent society, appointed a committee to call on Captain Charles M. Weber, the founder of Stockton. He generously gave the society an entire block to use for a Jewish cemetery. In 1855 the Rhyim Ahoovim became Congregation Temple Israel and at the same time the first Jewish temple in Stockton was completed on Miner Avenue between El Dorado and Hunter Streets. Until 1904, when a new Hebrew cemetery was established in French Camp, all of the Jewish community of Stockton had used the burial grounds on Acacia Street. In the years to follow, due to the decreased use and minimum care, the cemetery began to seriously deteriorate. A limited amount of cleanup was done until late 1950s when a donor interested in restoration of the site was found and work on restoration began immediately. A new water pressure tank and well were added to aid with maintenance of existing and newly planted trees and shrubs. New foundations were made for many of the headstones and inscriptions were reworked on a number of those whose soft marble had weathered through the years. Today the cemetery is a beautiful park and a site containing reminders of almost 160 years in Stockton’s history. Article based on information from and

Downtown Events This event calendar is a product of the Downtown Stockton Alliance. It is not a complete listing of downtown events. To include your event in this calendar e-mail: or call (209) 464-5246.

October October 2 Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show Stockton Arena $14-$60, 12 pm-2 pm & 3 pm-5 pm For more (209) 373-1700 October 2 Waiting for Superman & John Legend Bob Hope Theatre, 7 pm-10 pm For more (209) 337-HOPE October 8 Meet the Artist Reception Tidewater Art Center and Gallery Open to public, 5 pm-8 pm For more (209) 465-4386 October 8 Dinner with the Brewer O’Ryleigh’s Tavern, $40, 6 pm-10 pm For more (209) 464-5246 October 8 Jo Koy, Stand up Comedy Bob Hope Theatre, $29, 8 pm-10 pm For more (209) 337-HOPE October 8 Dinner with the Brewer: Stocktoberfest Pre-Event Party O’Ryleigh’s Tavern, 6 pm-10 pm For more (209) 464-5246 October 9 Stocktoberfest 2010 Downtown Marina, $20, 2 pm-10 pm For more (209) 464-5246 October 9 WWE Raw World Tour Stockton Arena, $15-$65, 7:30 pm-10 pm For more (209) 373-1700 October 9 Weekend Wine-Down Cruise Downtown Marina, $49, 5 pm-7:30 pm For more (209) 462-9300 October 13 Youth Empowering Stockton Podesto IMPACT Teen Center Free, 6 pm-8 pm For more (209) 937-7170

October 19 Mayor’s Economic Development Summit WorkNet Free, 8:30 am-12 pm For more (209) 954-5089 October 20 Downtown Stockton Alliance Board of Directors Meeting Downtown Stockton Alliance Open to public, 3:30 pm-5 pm For more (209) 464-5246 October 22 Stockton Thunder Hockey Game Stockton Arena, 7:30 pm-10 pm For more (209) 373-1500 October 24 Vince Gill, Country Music Concert Bob Hope Theatre, 7 pm-9 pm For more (209) 337-HOPE October 29 Young Frankenstein, Classic Movie Bob Hope Theatre, 7 pm-9 pm For more (209) 337-HOPE October 30 Costume Pub CRAWL 8 Downtown Venues, see page 3 $15 - $25, 5 pm-12 am For more (209) 464-5246

Ongoing Events All Month Except Weekends Art Exhibit Tidewater Art Gallery Open to public, 10 am - 5 pm For more (209) 465-4386 Art Exhibit San Joaquin Law Library at Kress Legal Center Open to public, 9 am - 5 pm For more (209) 468-3920 Thursdays Preschool Story Time Cesar Chavez Central Library Free, 10:30 am - 11:30 am For more (209) 937-8221

October 13 California Delta Chamber Mixer Chitiva’s Salsa & Sports Bar & Grill 6 pm-7:30 pm For more (916) 777-4041

Fridays Downtown Stockton Certified Farmers Market Dean DeCarli Square Free, 11 am - 6 pm For more (209) 464-5246

October 15 Stockton Thunder Hockey, Opening Night Stockton Arena, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm For more (209) 373-1500

Saturdays Open-Air Asian & Farmers Market Crosstown Freeway, 6 am - 10 am For more (209) 943-1830

October 15 Ang Ganda Diva with Lani Misalucha & Vice Ganda Bob Hope Theatre, 8:30 pm 10:30 pm For more (209) 337-HOPE

Saturday Salsa at Chitiva’s Chitiva’s Salsa & Sports Bar & Grill $10, 8 pm - Until Closing For more (209) 941-8605

October 16 Stockton Thunder Hockey Game Stockton Arena, 7:30 pm-10 pm For more (209) 373-1500

Sunset Dinner Cruise Downtown Stockton Marina $49, 6:30 pm-8 pm For more (209) 462-9300

FAMILYANDFUN October 3, Stockton Showcase at the Clarion Inn and Suites! Ballroom Bootcamp and Parache Dance Studio present their 3rd annual evening of dancing. Enjoy general dancing, a 3-entrée buffet dinner, student and instructor performances, and a “Jack & Jill” dance contest. The stars of the event will be students from local dance studios as well as from studios from Reno to Redding, Walnut Creek to Sonora. The deadline to purchase tickets is September 22. For more information call Cathy Medeiros (209) 406-9239 or Juan Parache (209) 469-2706 or visit October 10, Quilting in the Park at the Central United Methodist Church! This exhibit will transform the church’s park into a striking art gallery. Stroll among the trees and the quilts; relax in a tranquil setting. Lunch will be sold for $5.00 and admission is free to the quilt show. For more information call (209) 466-5046 or visit October14, “Eternal Quest” Concert at the Stockton S y m p h o n y ! Acclaimed as one of the most exciting instrumentalists on the concert stage today, cellist Amit Peled joins the Symphony for the second Classics concert of the 2010–2011 season. The performance, conducted by Music Director Peter Jaffe, will include music by Wagner, Bloch, Ives, and Elgar. For more information call (209) 951-0196 or visit October 15, Midnight Mania at the University of the Pacific! The Pacific kicks off the 2010-2011 Men’s and Women’s Basketball season with tons of free prizes and giveaways. Also that evening a slam dunk competition by the Tigers. All the excitement starts at 10 pm in the Spanos Center and admission is FREE. For more information visit October 30-31, 99 Renaissance Festival at the San Joaquin Fairgrounds! Each day will open with a parade with Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, and her St. Gyles Military Guard and numerous other Guilds following. Enjoy vendors and food, entertainment like stilt walking, fire breathing juggler, hypnotist, storytellers, musicians, specialty acrobats, comedy stage show, equestrian agility, and an infamous Dog with her Troll including an armored and unarmored tournament daily. There will be

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Renaissance activities for children of all ages. For more information call (408) 835-8232 or visit www.99renaissance

Through October 31, Stockton Art League Juried Exhibition the Haggin Museum! This annual art competition returns this fall with more than 100 new works from long-standing local artists and newcomers from around the country. Also on exhibit through December, a collection of over 50 original works by J.C. Leyendecker, best known for his cover work for Collier’s magazine and the Saturday Evening Post. Don’s miss an evening of art and history featuring complimentary wine, music, and light refreshments on the first and third Thursdays. The Haggin Museum, an art and history museum, has been referred to by Sunset magazine as “one of the under-sung gems of California.” Museum’s general admission is $5, kids 10-17 and seniors are $2.50. For more information call (209) 940-6300 or visit Through October 26, The Mike Torres Band Exhibit at the Mexican Heritage Center! The exhibit honors the accomplishments of one of this areas best and most popular bands celebrating its 40th anniversary, from the founder Mike Torres through his children and grandchildren who continue to play in the band. It’s a not-to-be-missed exhibit featuring photos, memorabilia, records, discs, albums, awards and press releases documenting the band’s incredible journey to success. For more information call (209) 547-0752 or visit October 2-31, Dell’Osso Farms Pumpkin Maze and Family Farm! Visit the area’s largest pumpkin maze, a huge pumpkin patch, the always popular pumpkin blaster and also a haunted house. For more information call (209) 982-0833 or visit www.

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