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IN THIS ISSUE Usual Kitchens, Unusual Profits page 12


November 2011 - Volume 14 - Issue 11






Celebrate! STOCKTON THUNDER Thunder Is Showing Pink Power Once Again By Mike Benton, Stockton Thunder

Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery page 3

Business Spotlight page 7

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On November 4 and 5, Stockton Thunder fans are encouraged to show their support for breast cancer awareness and fundraising when the Thunder hosts the popular and heart-tugging cause, “Thunder Goes Pink” VI. Both games are at 7:30 pm against the Utah Grizzlies. “This two day promotion is certainly one of the most popular that Thunder fans look forward to each season,” said Thunder president Dan Chapman, who has been behind the event since its inception in 2006. “It’s filled with many exciting promotional elements, while at the same time raising important awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer.” The idea was created by Thunder’s Director of Corporate Partnerships, Debra Bachle, whose mother has survived breast cancer twice. The mission is simple: through ticket sales, silent auction items and visual elements around Stockton Arena featuring the pink hue, funds will be raised to help supply resources for breast cancer awareness and treatment. The funds will be forwarded to the St. Joseph’s Foundation, Breast Cancer Services. The first five Thunder Goes Pink

For Thunder Goes Pink games, the ice is tinted pink and Thunder players wear color-themed jerseys. Photo by George Steckler

events raised over $187,000. As part of the traditional festivities, the Thunder will pay tribute to the cause by turning the interior lights of Stockton Arena, the ice surface and parts of their game worn jerseys into a pink hue. The jerseys, which have proven to be hot ticket items for bidding fans after the final game in the series each season, will once again be auctioned off.

The first five Thunder Goes Pink events raised over $187,000 towards the fight against breast cancer. Photo by George Steckler

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It’s hockey showing its heart, but the schedule involves more than just dropping the puck amidst a pink backdrop. The morning of the Saturday, November 5 match-up, the return of the Thunder Goes Pink 5K Run/Walk invites hockey fans and running enthusiasts to hit the streets of Stockton for the cause. Participants who register will receive a free Run/Walk t-shirt (limited to first 300 people preregistered), a free Thunder ticket voucher, video board recognition at that Saturday night’s game at Stockton Arena, V.I.P. access to Thunder players for autographs and more. Preregistration for the Run/Walk event is $30 and kids under the age of 10 can join in for just $10. Game tickets for either game can be purchased via TicketMaster beginning at just $7. Groups of 10 or more coming to either game are strongly encouraged to call the Thunder directly at (209) 373-1500. 2011-2012 Season will be full of exciting home games, promotions, and community events. Season tickets and mini plans are currently on sale and can be purchased at R

From the Executive Director

Executive Committee: Chair Mahesh Ranchhod, Property Owner Vice-Chair Mahala Burns, Cort Companies Treasurer Jim Donaldson, JF Donaldson Automotive Secretary Benjamin Saffold, Gospel Center Rescue Mission Karl Gassner, Mark-Ease Products

Board Members:

In recent years the concept of “smart growth” has gained wide acceptance among experts in land use planning and development. I would like to take this opportunity to discuss the advantages of smart growth and how this approach to planning and development benefits Downtown Stockton. At its core, smart growth is an alternative to urban sprawl, traffic congestion, disconnected neighborhoods and urban decay. The principles of smart growth challenge old assumptions in planning and development which stressed detached homes and reliance upon the automobile. The key principles of smart growth stress mixed land use, compact building design, housing diversity, walkable communities, strong sense of place, preservation of farmland and open

space, building upon existing assets and providing alternative transportation choices. A review of these principles indicates Downtown Stockton is a prime candidate for investment and development based upon the principles of smart growth. Downtown currently enjoys mixed land uses; is compact in its design; is easily walkable; enjoys an identifiable sense of place; possesses abundant existing assets to complement new smart growth; is home to alternative transportation hubs and, most importantly, development in Downtown does not represent the continued loss of open space and farmland. Smart growth principles will assist in Downtown’s continued revitalization while stemming the urban decay which detracts from our

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community’s image. Examples of sustainable smart growth developments are available throughout the country. In California, smart growth development can be found in San Diego, Brea, Mountain View, San Francisco and Sacramento. With gasoline process hovering at close to $4 per gallon and our region’s natural resources threatened by continued sprawl, now is the time for Downtown Stockton to become not just the smart choice for growth, but the right choice for those seeking environmentally responsible housing and business investment alternatives. R

Anthony Barkett, Attorney at Law Zac Cort, The Cort Group Robert Davis, Robert Davis Construction Kevin Dougherty, First Commercial Real Estate

From the Marketing Director

Doug Egbert, Riverrock Properties David Gould, Vision Printing Rick Goucher, CB Richard Ellis Damien Glick, The Record Elaine Saculla, Bank of Stockton Lisa Lee, Collegiate International Schools

Ex Officio Members: Lt. Doug Anderson, Stockton Police Dept. 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 Susan Eggman, Stockton City Council Member Debbie Hernandez , Cultural Heritage Board Ann Johnston, Mayor City of Stockton

The Tigers Are Coming The University Plaza Waterfront Hotel redux has turned upper floors from unsold condos into plush student housing. With a pool, spa, hundred thousand dollar investment in outdoor and indoor lounge spaces, secure parking and waterfront views, student housing has become luxuary living. Each living unit boasts plush bedding, city and waterfront views from large windows, granite and tile surfaces, private bathrooms, even in-suite laundry, 24 hour room service and whirlpool tubs.  The question is not if the University of the Pacific Tigers will want to live downtown, but how quickly downtown can be ready for them to move in. While

the hotel is able to address many of the students’ needs, downtown businesses will become the natural playground of students. To prepare your business to benefit from this influx of more than 300 residents, we suggest the following. - Install Pacific Cash terminals in your business. Similar to a credit card machine, these terminals allow you to use students meal plan “Pacific Cash” for food. - Create and maintain a Facebook presence. No more stalling, post a photo a day of your food menu, your seating, your staff, your services, whatever. No one can hear you online if you’re silent.

Emily Baime Marketing Director - Offer discounts for those with Student ID Cards and groups. - Create activities for those ages 1820 like trivia nights, coffee tastings, or just comfy furniture for lounging.  Most importantly, remember that the staff at the University Plaza will have the most contact with students. If you haven’t already, introduce yourself and your products to the staff through a hospitality tour of your business or bring your services to the hotel. If they are a fan of what you do, the word will spread.  Good luck and go Tigers! R

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 Paul Rapp, San Joaquin RTD Wes Rhea, Stockton Conference & Visitors Bureau Wendy Saunders Steve Stevenson, Bank of Agriculture and Commerce Doris Unsod, Filipino Center Carlos Villapudua, SJ County Supervisors

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From the Event Coordinator November starts strong with the Stockton Thunder Goes Pink on November 4 and 5. For the sixth year in a row the series supports breast cancer awareness. The two hockey games are always a huge draw, make sure to purchase tickets in advance at www. The Bob Hope Theatre continues to bring in great national comedians. November is no exception with Jo Koy performing on the 5th. Starting at 8 pm, the comedian, who has appeared on Chelsea Lately’s show, will bring his infectious energy to Downtown Stockton. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www. November will wrap up with another popular annual benefit and recreational event. The Emergency Food Bank will host the Run/Walk Against Hunger in downtown on Thanksgiving morning, November 24. The run, which is expected

to draw 4,000 runners to the Stockton waterfront, begins at Banner Island Ballpark at 8:30 am. For more information on signing up and participating, visit

The Starlit Night returns to Stockton. On December 3, in conjunction with Lincoln Center and the Miracle Mile, a city-wide festival will celebrate the Winter Holidays. In Downtown, the Starlit Night will feature Santa, the Mayors Tree Lighting Celebration, and

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Chris Kotsoglou Event Coordinator annual Delta Reflections, Lighted Boat Parade. Transportation and events are free. Get to downtown early, as premium space for the Lighted Boat Parade goes fast. Also on December 3, the Downtown Stockton Alliance will host its second annual Cocktail for a Claus. This event provides luxury transportation and specialty drinks and cocktails in Downtown Stockton venues. Starting at 6 pm with a front row seats to watch the Lighted Boat Parade, the Cocktail for a Claus raises funds for local non-profit organizations. For more information, contact the Downtown Stockton Alliance at (209) 464-5246 or visit www. R

Downtown Stockton Welcomes Back Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery

Luis J. Martinez decorates a Dia de los Muertos altar commemorating his father and brothers. Photo by DSA

In 1992 a group of artists from the San Joaquin Valley formed Artistas del Valle aka Artists of the Valley. Luz LuaFoster, an art teacher at Weber Institute,  has been involved with The Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery (MHCG) since it was formed. “I know that before [Artistas del Valle were formed] the artists involved were already [participating] in exhibitions throughout the Valley and Sacramento.  The group was officially named by Rodolfo Garcia, one of our veteran artist.  Artists of the Valley was our vehicle name for having shows throughout the Valley,”  reminisces Lua-Foster.  In 1998 the gallery found a home on Main Street in downtown Stockton and the Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery was born. When this location was reclaimed by the owner, the Artistas del Valle and the MHCG created traveling exhibits throughout Stockton in locations such as the Haggin Museum, the Bob Hope Theatre, and the Tidewater Art Center and Gallery.  Ten years later, the MHCG celebrated the opening of its new and larger home on Acacia Street, which greatly enhanced its goal to impact the Valley with art and diversity and foster understanding and acceptance in the community.  “The artists felt that our community needed (...) participation from the other arts like dance, theatre, etc.” says LuaFoster.  This year, Mexican Heritage Center has made a full circle coming back to

downtown. The inaugural event at the new location at 111 S. Sutter Street, the Masonic Temple building, was celebrated during the annual Dia de los Muertos exhibit on October 28. “It’s as if we are coming home, we’re back where we were meant to be,” said Joel Reyna, Jr. who serves as interim executive director for the Center. “I think the MHCG being downtown is a great thing for the City’s ongoing renaissance.” With three times the space at the current location, Artistas del Valle are planning to bring new exhibits and programs to Downtown Stockton. Throughout the years, the MHCG has sponsored multi generational programing on topics ranging from ancient history to Dia de los Muertos to community chefs presenting culinary creations and sharing recipes. Ava Avione brought her exhibit exploring the galaxy and goddesses to the gallery on Acacia. Another exhibit was dedicated to tattoo and the artists that create them. More than 690 people came through the doors just in 2010. For Luz Lua-Foster the Center is an integral part of his and his students lives, “Having The Mexican Heritage Center in our neighborhood has helped my students continue to appreciate and learn about their own culture. It is important to involve our young people in the community and to make them feel part of it.  The Center has provided that important opportunity.” For more information, visit www. R

Apollo Night, All Acts Wanted Auditions for the Apollo Night 2012 started in September and will wrap up on December 1 at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel after close to 120 acts. Apollo Night is the All America City Award winning talent showcase. It has been recognized both statewide and nationally as one of the best run talent showcases for unsigned youth. Many Apollo Night’s past winners have gone on to successful careers in the entertainment industry. Tyrell Washington, an Apollo Night winner, has appeared in movies like “Dreamgirls,” “Norbit,” and “You Got Served,” and has been a featured dancer with artist like Whitney Houston, Usher, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, or Destiny Child to name a few. Curtis Campbell now lives in Atlanta and has performed in theatre plays. Michael Franklin is currently a famous choreographer in

Apollo Night 2010. Photo by Mike Clipka

LA; Mathew Vaughn started a successful career as a television reporter in the Bay Area, and Lyka Santos is a recording artist with a major label. The March 2012 showcase in the Bob Hope Theatre will by hosted by a KWIN radio’s morning show host Lucus and by Tony Washington, the Apollo Night Producer. Tickets will be on sale starting in January and the cost will be only $13 in celebration of the 13th season of the Apollo Night. “The Apollo Night on March 30 will be a night filled with some of the areas brightest young talent. We will be honoring two young hometown success stories as well as the Apollo Night Service to the Community Award,” stated Tony Washington. To register, call the Apollo Night Audition Hotline at (209) 546-1622. R

Apollo Night 2010. Photo by Mike Clipka

Stakeholder Solutions Tips on Business Signage Printed signs can be an important means of advertising a company’s existence. They can also help direct visitors around an office or alert employees to hazards. Outdoor signs are typically directional or used for marketing purposes. Indoor signs are usually created for reception areas or to direct visitors (exit signs). When buying or creating a sign it is important to consider the distance the average viewer will be from the sign. Factors such as sign’s height, lighting, and time of day can also affect its visibility. Predicting sign’s expected wear and tear will help with choosing

appropriate materials. Another thing to consider is existing regulations. For example, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires all commercial facilities and public buildings to follow specific design and installation guidelines to accommodate the special needs of individuals with disabilities. While there are costs involved with ADA compliance, the government also provides ADA-specific tax refunds for businesses. If the zoning laws in your area prevent from installing a specific type of sign, it is possible to apply for a variance to the

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Stocktonians Gather for Stocktoberfest by David Hernandez

ARTANDEVENTS Through November, Russian Soviet Propaganda Posters Art Exhibition! Tidewater Art Gallery presents an educational exhibition featuring vintage posters from Russia and the Ukraine dating from 1970s-1980s. Depicted issues highlight social concerns ranging from the children’s health and welfare, drug abuse, the environment, to world peace. Art reception will be held on November 18 in the San Joaquin County Administration Building. For more information call (209) 684-2199 or visit R

Through November, “Drawings from Nature” in the San Joaquin County Law Library! An art exhibit showcases ink drawings by Milton Bullard. In each of his works, his aim is to abstract the essential strength of the environment from the specific setting. Landscapes are drawn from his experience of the environment throughout California and the Southwest. This exhibit also includes an intimate series featuring the life cycle of a barn. An artist reception with live music and light refreshments will be held on November 16. For more information call (209) 468-3920. R

November 5, Joy Koy in 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 stand-up 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-HOPE or visit www. R November 11, Anjelah Johnson in the Bob Hope Theatre! An actress, comedian, and former NFL The Downtowner 

cheerleader, Johnson is most notable for her membership in the recurring cast of comedians on sketch comedy series MADtv. For more information call (209) 337-HOPE or visit www. R

Hundreds flocked to the annual Stocktoberfest event last month. The event is akin to the infamous October festival held every year in Munich, Germany. The festival celebrates everything beer: drinking, brewing, keg-lifting, and community. Held this year on Saturday, October 8, at the Waterfront Warehouse, Stocktoberfest like its Bavarian prototype is complete with dirndl-clad bar ladies, folk music, the signature stretch benches, and oversized steins. A variety of beers was available including Coors Light, Heineken, Blue Moon, Newcastle, New Belgium, and, of course, Spaten which was originally brewed in 1894 in Munich. Home brews were also on tap from the local Brew Angels. Guests who paid extra for VIP

November 19, Sahila Durcal & Mariachi del Sol in the Bob Hope Theatre! A Spanish singer-songwriter best known for being the daughter of singing legend Rocío Dúrcal and 1960s Filipino pop idol Antonio “Júnior” Morales Barreto Durcal will perform in the historic theatre with a group of mariachi musicians from South Texas. For more information call (209) 337-HOPE or visit www. R Sitting was provided Bavarian-style at long wooden benches. Photo by DSA

Many showed up in Oktoberfest-themed costumes. Photo by DSA

admission were granted early entry and received an especially large stein capable of holding almost a liter of beer. “It is nice to be out in the air and by the water,” said Spencer Tiffany, a Stocktoberfest VIP. “After working all week, why not?” Several non-alcoholic vendors like the University of Pacific, Delta National Junior Basketball, and In-Shape Health Clubs also set up info booths on site. The Brew Angels, a local “home brew” club, were on hand to educate the general public about their unique cause: home made beer. Although few take up the practice, brewing a batch yourself is both legal and fun. According to Rick Stanton, the president of the Brew Angels, a fledgling brewer only needs some minor equipment (i.e. SEE STOCKTOBERFEST, page 12

November 27, The Wizard of Oz in the Bob Hope Theatre! It is not possible to travel the yellow brick road enough times. In this Hollywood’s classic families can join Judy Garland and her creature friends on their trip to the Emerald City. The timeless story, the stunning Technicolor, the legendary cast, and the gorgeous musical score will again send you and the kids “Over the Rainbow.” For more information call (209) 337-HOPE or visit R December 1, Annual Tamale Dinner at the Civic Auditorium! El Concilio’s annual “Navidad an el Valle” tamale fundraiser features cultural dancers, live music, photos with Santa, and even a drive-through for convenient togo meals. All of the proceeds will help fund food baskets for need families. For more information call (209) 3377516 or visit R

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COMMERCE BUSINESS BRIEFS The Community Development Block Grant recently allocated funds to demolish the Land Hotel. The City will conduct an environmental impact study before it seeks approval for the demolition. After the study, the City will publish a 30-day notice before the item goes to City Council for final approval and to award a contract. R San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) was awarded a San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Award for the Downtown Transit Center at the San Joaquin Valley Regional Policy Council 2011 Fall Policy Conference. Each year, the Council recognizes outstanding developments that are “blueprint friendly” and reflect smart growth within its eight-county region. To learn more about RTD, visit us online at R The Women’s Center of San Joaquin County was nominated to receive a $20,000 grant from the Mary Kay Foundation as part of the organization’s annual $3 million national domestic violence grant program. The Women’s Center is one of 150 domestic violence organizations in the program. The grant supports the Center’s “Just for Kids” program implemented at the DAWN House and TREE House shelters. For more information visit www. R

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BUSINESS BRIEFS Blackwater Café Downtown at 13 S. San Joaquin Street changed ownership on October 1. The business has been operating as an Italian-style espresso bar at this location since the 1970s. David Qualls, the owner in the past 15 years, helped it become one of the most popular independent businesses in Downtown Stockton. Current owner, Michael Brooking, would like to preserve the quality of coffee and unique atmosphere of the tiny café. He can be reached at (209) 751-9000. R The County Courthouse is expected to be under construction beginning mid 2013 through the middle of 2015. The new courthouse, to be located on Hunter Square, will be 13 stories tall, which would make it the tallest building downtown. For more information about this project visit facilities-sanjoaquin-stockton.htm. R The Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery has moved to downtown at 111 S. Sutter Street. The new location offers additional space to support their commitment to providing cultural experiences to the community. The inaugural event was celebrated during the annual Dia de los Muertos exhibit on October 28. For more information visit R

Business Spotlight Louie’s Market Has Served Stockton for Seven Decades by David Hernandez

As little Jon-Paul bounces on his dad’s lap, it is easy to imagine the boy will one day replace his father. After all, that is what Jayson did. Jayson Louie, part owner of Louie’s Market in Stockton, took over for his father, George Louie, in 1991. For the last 20 years, he has served the downtown area selling groceries and choice meats. Founded in 1945, Louie’s Market has been open for most of sixty six years at three different downtown locations. It remains family owned and operated. “We have very strong connections with our customers and the downtown area,” said Louie. “It is really old-school.” In the 1940s, when many families relied on a local butcher like they did on a personal barber, Louie’s Market catered to a simple homely demographics. Now, as working families become busier, Louie wants to reinvent his business model to cooking and preparing meats before they are purchased. “We keep evolving,” says Louie. “It is how the Market has stayed in business for over half a century.” The deli is a neighborhood favorite where customers flock for unique

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Louie’s Market’s steak sandwich is one of the local lunch favorites. Photo by David Hernandez

sandwiches and signature dishes. “The best sandwiches in the world,” said one satisfied customer. The New York steak sandwich is the most popular choice. The $7 club is a juicy slab of steak on two fresh rolls from the local Genova Bakery, complete with onions and tomatoes. Many customers return for the chili cheese fries which according to Louie are actually hard to find anywhere else in Stockton. Served on a plate and covered with jalapenos, the fries are an appetizing bargain for $3.50. Their current location on 734 East Main Street used to be home to the Golden Gate Cafe. If you would like to order from Louie’s, contact them directly at (209) 942-2208. R


LEASE 6 S. El Dorado Street

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;

11 S. San Joaquin St. California Building

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

LEASE 42 N. Sutter Street

Use: Office/Restaurant Sq. Ft.: 188-8,000 LR: Starts at $.50 psf; moving allowance with one year lease, offer ends December 31, 2011. One month free rent with one year lease Amenities: A variety of office sizes and full floors, gr. fl. renovated restaurant space; Tenant pays PG&E and janitorial; Central Parking District. Contact: Mahala Burns or Peggy Massey, Cort Companies, (209) 235-5222,

Use: Auto Repair LR: $1,800/mo Amenities: Smog & Auto Repair Shop move-in ready Contact: (530) 751-2249

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Belding Building

Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 2,389 LR: $1.25 Full Service Lease Amenities: 1,609 sq. ft on the 3rd floor, can be divided; 780 sq. ft. ground floor. Furnished offices; Use of shared kitchen and copier; Next to parking garage; Views of Delta. Contact: Mahala Burns or Peggy Massey, Cort Companies, (209) 235-5222,

222 N. El Dorado Street, Ste F

123 E. Lindsay Street

110 N. San Joaquin St.

Use: Restaurant/Office Sq. Ft.: 1,449-540 LR: $1 per sq. ft. Amenities: 2-story building; 3 spaces available; ample parking, security guards, elevator. Located on a site with 120 apartment units. Contact: Nancy Ochoa, (209) 466-1416,

120 N. Hunter Street

Elks Building

6 W. Main Street


Use: Office/Retail Sq. Ft.: 1,200 LR: $1.50 psf, NNN ($0.33 psf) and Regal Theaters 16 screens, 3,400 seats; Close to parking structures, high traffic counts. Contact: Andy Hodgson, Colliers International (209) 475-5129;

445 W. Weber Avenue

Use: Office/Retail Sq. Ft.: 244 - 4,000 LR: $1.15-$1.25 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,

Use: Office/Retail Sq. Ft.: 1,500 & 3,600 Amenities: Ste. 124: 1,500 sq. ft., sink/break area, large bull pen, private patio, divisible; Ste. 144: 3,600 sq. ft., restrooms, kitchen/break area, large storefront, divisible; Ste. 130: 1,700 sq. ft., bathroom, 3 months free w/3 year lease; Ste. 131: 1,600 sq. ft., bathroom, furniture, turn key office space, 3 months free w/3 years lease. Contact: Kris Johnson, BLR Commercial, (209) 451-9003,

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LEASE 229 E. Weber Avenue

Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 3,000 LR: Call for rates and possible sale Amenities: 1st floor has 2 offices; 2nd & 3rd floors each have 3,000 sq.ft. of office space with 1,300 sq.ft. of common area on each floor, conference room; building completely retrofitted. Contact: Craig Moore, C: (209) 639-3238, O: (209) 466-5135

235 N. San Joaquin Street

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 (209) 469-2678;

322 N. California Street

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

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336 E. Main Street

Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 5,952 LR: $1.25 NN PSF Amenities: Single story with basement. Contact: Brian Peterson, CB Richard Ellis (209) 476-2907;

336 E. Market Street

Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 3,650 LR: $0.60 Amenities: Two offices and reception area,new paint, new electrical, new heat /air, bathrooms are ADA, original 1921 hardwood floors refinished. Contact: Mike Oldham, PMZ Commercial, (209) 337-0135;

338 E. Lafayette Street

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

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338 E. Market Street

400 E. Main Street

Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 2,005 LR: $0.60 psf Amenities: Two separate offices; upgraded new electrical, new heat /air, ADA compliant, new paint, new carpet. Contact: Mike Oldham, PMZ Commercial, (209) 337-0135 ;

401 N. San Joaquin Street

340 N. California Street

Use: Retail or Office LR: $0.50 psf Amenities: Storefront property.

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;

Sq. Ft: 1,500

Contact: Chuck Lantznester, American Commercial Brokerage, (209) 951-1888 ext 11

428 E. Linsay Street

Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 200 - 4,000 LR: $0.80 psf Fair Share Agreement Amenities: Utilities, security, gated parking, custodial.

500 E. Main Street

Use: Office Sq. Ft. 10,000 1st & 2nd fl LR: $1.15 MG Amenities: 24 hour on site security and camera surveillance. Contact: Brian Peterson, CB Richard Ellis (209) 476-2907;

802 E. Weber Avenue

Use: Commercial/Light Industrial Sq. Ft.: 5,000 LR: $2,000/mo (as is) Amenities: Corner lot with 2,000 sq.ft. fenced office space, 3,000 storage space, adjacent gated parking. 2 entrances offer sublease opportunity.

Contact: (209) 468-9015 Contact: Mahala Burns or Peggy Massey, Cort Companies, (209) 235-5222,

634 Main Street

Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 1,480 LR: $2,000/mo Amenities: Tenant pays PG&E, water, garbage, sewer, outside maintenance, janitorial service and liability insurance. Newly remodeled, all new carpet and paint. Contact: Chuck Lantznester, American Commercial Brokerage, (209) 951-1888 ext. 11


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,

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836 E. Weber Avenue

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




Bank of America Building

110 E. Weber Ave. Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 3,565-4,918 LR: Negotiable Amenities: Suite with private elevator, 3 offices. Contact: Joe Crist , Lee and Associates (209) 983-6831;

Bank of Stockton Building

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;

111 N. Sutter Street

Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 7,000 LR: $.35 psf Amenities: Great frontage visibility, mezzanine second floor. Contact: Mike Oldham, PMZ Commercial (209) 337-0135;

LEASE 512 E. Weber Avenue

343 E. Main St. Historic Cort Tower

Cal-Weber Building

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;

Cassidy’s Building

Use: office/retail/entertain. Sq.Ft.: 1,072 gr. fl. 1,835 mezzanine, 13,000 upper floorsx2 LR: Negotiable Amenities: Parking lot behind building; New travertine tile and oak flooring throughout Contact: Mahala Burns or Peggy Massey, Cort Companies, (209) 235-5222,

Council of Governments

393 E. Market St., 2nd Fl. Use: Office Sq. Ft.: 2,500 LR: Negotiable Amenities: Five offices, main reception area, two baths. Contact: Tim Cassidy, (209) 462-7593

109 N. Sutter Street

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) 983-6830,

Historic Hotel Stockton

The Metro

Use: Retail Sq. Ft: 1,200 LR: $1,200/mo + utilities Contact: Zac Cort, The Cort Group, (209) 469-2678,

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: Andy Hodgson, Colliers International (209) 475-5129;

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McKeegan Building

520 – 534 E. Weber Ave. Use: Retail/office/entertainment Sq. Ft: 7,800 gr. fl.; 10,000 upper fl. LR: Negotiable upper, $.50 psf gr. fl., 1st year 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,

Sutter Office Center

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

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;

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LEASE Waterfront Office Tower

SALE 33 N. American Street

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) 983-6830 ext. 220;

146 W. Weber Avenue

Ruhl Building

Sperry Building

Use: Retail/Office Sq. Ft: 2,000-2,432 LR: $0.75 psf negotiable (+ PG&E) Amenities: Four excellent ground floor suites available with new building facade. Contact: Mahala Burns or Peggy Massey, Cort Companies, (209) 235-5222;

340 E. Main Street

Sq. Ft.: 2,800-5,000 Price: $550,000 Amenities: Retail on gr. fl., offices on 2nd fl.; Proximity to 2 parking lots, 4 existing tenants generating $2,850/mo in income. Contact: Andy Hodgson, Colliers Int., (209) 475-5129,

523 E. Main Street


Sq. Ft.: 13,358 Price: $714,240 Amenities: 2 stories with basement. Adjacent to new City Hall and new retail development. Onsite basement storage available. Contact: Brian Peterson, CB Richard Ellis, (209) 476-2907;

346 N. California Street

Sq. Ft.: 5,050 Price: $725,000 Amenities: One story office building with parking. Contact: Brian Peterson, CB Richard Ellis, (209) 476-2907;

322 N. California Street

Use: Retail Sq. Ft: 5,000 Price: $480,000 Amenities: Great location in entertainment district. 6 studio apartments above leased retail space and local neighborhood tavern (tavern also for sale $85,000) Contact: Bryan Vargem, SJC Real Estate, (209) 808-3342 or Neilla Vargem (209) 271-3938

525 E. Channel Street

SALE 630 E. Main Street La Estrella

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 Street

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;

901 E. Miner Avenue

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LEGEND: Sq. Ft. - Square Feet LR - Lease Rate

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psf - per square foot gr.fl. - ground floor

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;

Use: Entertainment Sq. Ft: 7,500 Price: $199,999 Amenities: Large special use building, three rooms and large hall. Extensive remodeling has been done. Contact: Tony Ippolito, (209) 688-3888;

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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;

SPORTS & RECREATION 4,000 Expected to Run and Walk Against Hunger This Thanksgiving The 7th annual Run and Walk Against Hunger on Thanksgiving morning, November 24, is expected to draw 4,000 participants to the Stockton Ports Baseball Park. In 2010, there were 3,200 registered participants. About 60 percent were families and seniors who walked the 5 K course along with 200 kids. The event raised about $90,000 for the Emergency Food Bank’s hunger programs serving over 130,000 Stockton and County residents each year. This year, the “Turkey” Run will consist of a 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk and 10K (6.2 mile) run as well as a special quarter mile run for kids 9 and under. Awards will be presented to runners for the top three places in each age group. Kids can also get photos taken with local sports mascots, the Ports’ Splash and Stockton Thunder’s Thor. Tim Viall, Executive Director of Emergency Food Bank, is excited about this year’s prospects, “It’s gratifying to [expect] about 4,000 participants turn out to walk, run and enjoy the fantastic downtown Ports Ballpark, the waterfront and all the other improvements to our resurgent Downtown Stockton! It’s a great way to burn a few calories, help end hunger in our community and enjoy the day with friends and neighbors.” The course starts and finishes at the ball park and includes many points of interest like the Stockton Arena, Children’s Museum, or the Downtown Marina. A Family Festival with info booths from nutrition and fitness agencies takes place from 7:30 am to 11:30 am. Participants are urged to bring canned foods, paper and plastic bags. All proceeds benefit the Emergency Food Bank and Family Services of Stockton/San Joaquin. Registration is on line at, or in person at Fleet Feet Sports, 277 Lincoln Center, Monday Thousands of runners and walkers show up every year on Thanksgiving morning to raise funds for Emergency Food Bank through Wednesday, November 21-23. For more information, programs. Photo courtesy of Emergency Food Bank contact (209) 464-7369 or R

Charitable Contributions Are Important to Ports By Margaret Sacchet

The Stockton Ports are a communitydriven organization that not only stays active during baseball season, but continues to reach out to the community in the off-season. The Ports charitable fund, the Anchor Fund, is the first of its kind in the storied history of the organization. The fund was established in 2007 and has helped support countless

community projects, with a focus on youth centers and youth sports. The charitable fund reflects and reaffirms the Ports commitment to strengthen the community by using baseball and entertainment as a backdrop. Monies raised by the Anchor Fund benefit youth-based charitable endeavors

SEE PORTS, page 15

In-Shape Clubs Are Getting in Shape By In-Shape Staff

In-Shape Health Clubs has announced the start of a far-reaching and impactive remodel plan to upgrade most of its 49 clubs throughout California, including In-Shape City: Downtown. Every year company executives walk through all of the facilities to identify areas of improvement, but the changes being made in the next twelve months are designed to set In-Shape apart as the foremost destination for fitness and fun in the state. “We’re making these enhancements because we want our members and their families to have a safe, healthy, fun place to go any day of the week,” said Paul Rothbard, In-Shape’s Chief Executive Officer. “As our members work to improve themselves, so do we.  We strive to provide the best that the industry has to offer in every market we serve.” Upgrades may also include new

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state-of-the-art equipment, new flatscreen TVs and artwork on walls, more windows to let in sunlight, modernized flooring, sound systems, and other décor items, upgraded group exercise studios, and new group classes. More extensive remodels at select locations may involve expanding cardio areas, adding indoor and outdoor pools, or otherwise adding amenities that members or the community have requested. Recently, the Marpo Kinetics Rope Trainer, an innovative piece of equipment, was installed in the downtown club, and some interior art was added for a fresh new look. “I’m excited that the clubs are going to get even better,” said In-Shape City: Downtown member, Arturo Baron. “I use quite a few of the locations because I travel a lot for work, so I’m looking forward to all of the changes!” R 11  The Downtowner

Stocktoberfest (from page 4)

One of Stocktoberfest favorites is keg lifting, a strong-man competition. Photo by DSA

large boil pot, bottle capper, etc.) and a couple weeks for the drink to properly ferment. “We are dedicated to the art and science of brewing,” said Stanton. The club donated all of the proceeds from their booth back to the Downtown Alliance. The proceeds from the entire event benefitted development and improvement of Downtown Stockton. Rick Stanton brewed his first bottle decades ago. What did he think after tasting the first beer he ever made? “That’s the way beer should be.” The event was made possible by the Downtown Stockton Alliance. Most of the admission collectors, bar maids, and beer pourers were unpaid volunteers.

The Alliance reaches out to these enthusiastic men and women to staff a variety of their events. Despite their various responsibilities, each volunteer was at the festival to share something more besides a good mug of beer: fervor for Stockton and the trending events that occur downtown. On a sunny day in October, over 800 people enjoyed a beer by the downtown marina. This was the third Stocktoberfest event and everyone involved looked forward to the fourth. For more information on this and other Downtown Stockton events, visit or follow R

Usual Kitchens Cook Up Unusual Profit by David Hernandez

Kathy Kinderman in the Central Valley Kitchens facility. Photo by David Hernandez

You love to make brownies. You have a mad grasp of cupcake artistry. You would make a fantastic food caterer. But what about all the start-up capital and red tape between you and running your own neighborhood bakery? The answer might be your local downtown restaurant. Commercial business owners are renting out their kitchens. Whether your desire is to cater weddings or sell your homemade barbeque, renting out an industrial kitchen is a key step to turning your half-baked dream into a The Downtowner 12

delicious reality. Aspiring small business owners in the food industry face several challenges that hinder their entrepreneurial hopes: licensing fees, monthly payments for a permanent venue, and health department requirements. Kitchen rental facilities like Central Valley Kitchens in Lodi provide a cheap solution to an expensive problem. A temporary space allows tenants to run their operation in a lawful and timely manner.

SEE KITCHENS, page 15 Downtown Stockton Alliance 209.464.5246


Who We Are Our Mission To develop, promote and maintain historic Downtown Stockton as a regional business, cultural and entertainment destination. 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. 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 Tim Kerr, Executive Director. 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. 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. To maintain Downtown, we remove graffiti, power wash and provide cleaning services. For more information, contact Nick Trulsson, Operation Coordinator.

Timothy Kerr Executive Director 209.888.8624

Charisse Lowry Administrative Assistant 209.888.8625

Emily Baime Marketing Director 209.888.8621

AMBASSADORS: Shirley G. 209.888.8631 Manuel L. 209.888.8622 Johnny P. 209.888.8633 Luis V. 209.888.8635

Chris Kotsoglou Event Coordinator 209.888.8627 Nick Trulsson Operations Coordinator 209.888.8630 Sylwia Lipiec-Qualls Graphic Design 209.888.8626 Cell Phone: 209.479.8092 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS: Tracy C. Suszanne E. Efrain G. Octavio H. Gabe L. Mike M. Cecil R. Brandon T. Nick V. Paul V. Terae W.





Signage (from page 3) existing code. Sign companies should be familiar not only with local regulations, but also with the process for variance applications. We recommend staying local. Local signage companies can have a great understanding of the demographic you will be targeting in addition to the local zoning regulations and ADA laws. For sign companies in Downtown Stockton visit Business Directory at under “Work, Live, Invest.� R

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DOWN OWN American & Chinese Food Formerly Downtown Doughnuts

40 N. Sutter Street Downtown Stockton (209) 460-0866

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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.

November November 4 & 5 Stockton Thunder Goes Pink VI Stockton Arena 7 pm-9:30 pm For more (209) 373-1500 November 5 Jo Koy, Stand up Comedy Bob Hope Theatre 8 pm-9:30 pm For more (209) 373-1700 November 8 Website Design Workshop WorkNet Building, 9 am - 11 am For more (209) 954-5089 November 9 Starting and Financing Your Own Business Workshop WorkNet Building $25, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm For more (209) 954-5089 November 10 A Night of Horror Plea for Peace Center 6:30 pm-10 pm For more (209) 981-2311 November 10 The Lost Room, Dance Night Bradley’s American Bistro 9 pm-1:30 am For more (209) 464-1295 November 11 First Annual Lighting Podesto IMPACT Teen Center 7 pm-9 pm For more (209) 461-2910 November 11 Anjelah Johnson, Stand up Comedy Bob Hope Theatre, 8 pm-9:30 pm For more (209) 337-HOPE November 18 Meet the Artist Reception San Joaquin County Administration 5 pm-8 pm For more (209) 463-4033

November 19 Sahila Durcal & Mariachi del Sol Bob Hope Theatre 8 pm-10 pm For more (209) 337-HOPE November 22 Pricing Your Product or Service Effectively Workshop WorkNet Building $40, 2 pm - 4 pm For more (209) 954-5089 November 23 Starting and Financing Your Own Business Workshop WorkNet Building $25, 12 pm - 2 pm For more (209) 954-5089 November 23 Stockton Thunder Hockey Stockton Arena, 7 pm-9:30 pm For more (209) 373-1500 November 25 Stockton Thunder Hockey Game Stockton Arena, 7:30 pm-9 pm For more (209) 373-1500 November 26 Stockton Thunder Hockey Game Stockton Arena, 7:30 pm-9 pm For more (209) 373-1500 November 27 The Wizard of Oz, Classic Movie Bob Hope Theatre, 2 pm-4 pm For more (209) 337-HOPE December 1 Apollo Night Auditions University Plaza Waterfront Hotel 5:30 pm-10 pm For more (209) 546-1622 December 2 Stockton Thunder Hockey Stockton Arena, 7:30 pm-9 pm For more (209) 373-1500

Ongoing Events All Month Russian Soviet Propaganda Posters Art Exhibition San Joaquin County Administration Free, 8 am-5 pm For more (209) 684-2199 Milton Bullard’s Ink Drawings Art Exhibit San Joaquin Law Library at Kress Legal Center Open to public, 9 am - 5 pm For more (209) 468-3920

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Mondays Karaoke Mondays Bradley’s American Bistro No cover, 9 pm-12 am For more (209) 464-1295

EXPRESS ALTERATIONS Tuesdays 80’s Night Bradley’s American Bistro No cover, 9 pm-12 am For more (209) 464-1295 Thursdays Preschool Story Time Cesar Chavez Central Library Free, 10:30 am - 11:30 am For more (209) 937-8221

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Saturdays Open-Air Asian & Farmers Market Crosstown Freeway, 6 am - 10 am For more (209) 943-1830 Sundays Sunday Brunch Cruise Downtown Stockton Marina $35, 11 am - 1 pm For more (209) 639-4808

December 3 Starlit Night, Cocktail for a Claus Various venues in downtown For more (209) 464-5246

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1213 14th Street, Suite 3 Modesto, CA 95354

Braids • Weaves • Loc’s Press n Curl Relaxers • Perms Waxing

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Ports (from page 11)

FAMILYANDFUN Haggin Museum, through December, The Art of J.C. Leyendecker, a collection of more than 50 original works. Through January, The Allure of Water - On Location with the Plein-Air Painters of America, 23rd Exhibition and Sale, with more than 100 new paintings from across the country dealing with the illusion, movement and infinite moods of water. For more information call (209) 9406300 or visit www.hagginmuseum. org. R From left, Stockton Ports Dusty Coleman, Max Peterson, Anthony Aliotti, Connor Crumbliss, and Ryan Lipkin volunteered at the American Heart Association “Go Red” Charity Luncheon. Photo courtesy of Stockton Ports

in San Joaquin County, although the fund is not limited to this. In 2011, the Ports donated to almost 300 different organizations, in turn donating close to $30,000, $68,500 of in-kind donations and close to 8,500 tickets with help from Martha’s All Natural. Ports fans and season ticket holders can also contribute by simply donating their unused Ports tickets back to the organization through the Ticket Donation Program. From there, the Ports match each donation and donate the tickets back to non-profit organizations around the community. In 2011, 1,588 tickets were generously donated. Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel and Horizon Milling also partner with the Ports to give back to the community.

This season, for every strikeout that a Ports pitcher recorded, Jackson donated $25 to Dameron Hospital’s “Sweet Success” Pregnancy Diabetes Program totaling $17,325. For every home run hit by the Ports, Horizon Milling donated $10 to the United Way of San Joaquin totaling $790. The Ports host several events during the season (Root Beer Float Day, Youth Baseball Camp, Fish with a Port, Pink with the Ports) to raise even more money for the Anchor Fund and to stay connected with the community. Ports players and mascot Splash also make frequent appearances in the community. For more information on the Anchor Fund and how to donate, contact (209) 6441900 or R

Kitchens (from page 12) “It is hard to make money in food, period,” said Kathy Kinderman, whose brother owns part of Central Valley Kitchens. “If you think you want to try it, this is the place to test it because the expense is so low.” Caterers are the most common renters at Central Valley Kitchens, but reasons to rent also include cooking lessons, Christmas meals, and dinner parties. The minimum rental is half a day. It is illegal in most cases to simply make food from home and sell it commercially. Amateurs may find it easier to rent commercial kitchens on a short-term basis. The arrangement is appealing to local food vendors because it provides a profitable use for a space that, on certain days, might otherwise be left unoccupied. In other scenarios, the arrangement can mean some instant dough while the owner recruits a longterm client. Fledgling food merchants can rent space at their own desire, add and cut hours adjusted for their own demand, while saving to purchase a permanent space in the future. The Downtown Stockton Alliance receives at least one unsolicited request per month for commercial kitchen space available on an hourly basis. John Baker, the president of the

Masonic Te m p l e A s s o c i a t i o n i s interested in the program. He said, “The Masonic Temple has a fully equipped commercial kitchen. You don’t have to book an event at our facility to use the kitchen space. Interested parties can just give us a call at (209) 482-5360 to discuss details.” If you can’t stand the heat of a mortgage, rent a kitchen. If you are interested in renting some local kitchen space in Downtown Stockton, at www.downtownstockton. org under “Work, Live, Invest.” R

November 4-6, Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival! This year’s tours kick-off with four Friday afternoon Sandhill Crane fly-ins, including one to Staten Island. Throughout Saturday and Sunday, a diverse selection of tours includes an eco-tour to a Lodi winery nestled along the Mokelumne River, a dawn photo tour with a professional photographer, a tour by boat to see bald eagles, a morning kayaking tour on the river, or a leisurely patio boat trip to the delta, are among many more. For more information, call 1-800-581-6150 or visit www. R November 5, University Symphony Orchestra Concert Series at the Pacific! As a part of the 2011 UOP Conservatory of Music Concert Series, the University Symphony Orchestra performs Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8 in C minor. For more information, call (209) 9462415 or visit R November 10 & 12, Stockton Symphony presents “Classics III: New Horizons”! The concert features recognized worldwide as the foremost master of the bandoneón and concert accordion, Peter Soave. He has established himself as the leading soloist of his generation through his commanding stage presence and vibrant virtuosity. Slovenian-born and Stockton-based, Max Simoncic

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has had compositions commissioned, performed, and recorded by orchestras and ensembles across the globe. For more information, call (209) 951-0196 or visit R November 18 - 19, Fine Arts Festival at the St. Basil’s Greek Orthodox Church! What better way to kick off the holiday season than to enjoy an art festival filled with beautiful, handcrafted art, created by 45 Northern California artists. Among the many mediums of art the will be ceramics, copper, glass, jewelry, paintings, photography, weavings, and wood. For more information, visit www. R November 18-27, Stockton Civic Theatre presents “Hairspray”! The show delighted audiences by sweeping them away to 1960’s Baltimore, where the 50’s are out and change is in the air. Lovable plussize heroine Tracy Turnblad has a passion for dancing and wins a spot on the local TV dance program to find herself transformed overnight from outsider to teen celebrity. For more information, call (209) 473-2424 or visit R November 19, Annual Trout Bout at Oak Grove Regional Park! Approximately 1,700 lbs. of rainbow trout, including trophy-size, will be planted for the tournament. Kids 15 years of age and under fish free; a $5 fishing permit fee and valid CA fishing license are required for those sixteen (16) years of age or over. A $5 vehicle-parking fee will also apply. All State Fish and Game laws apply. Participants must supply their own fishing equipment. Prizes will be awarded in all categories. Prizes will be awarded in all categories (209) 331-2050 or visit R

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A monthly publication from the Downtown Stockton Alliance