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love the feeling of the warm sun and the cool breeze as it brushes across my face this time of year while I’m sitting in my backyard, perhaps reading a book, escaping from my daily life and traveling with the main character on an adventure in some faraway place. Grilling with family and friends, baseball games and swimming late into the evening, all of this is part of the peacefulness of summer. With school out, families can take the opportunity of some

down time. This could mean going on vacation, or it could simply mean just enjoying hanging out with each other locally. Best of all, your family doesn’t need to travel far away to have fun together – there are plenty of fun things to do right in our own backyard or exploring someplace new that is only a car trip away. In this issue of Brookside Monthly, check out all the community events in our Around section. Enjoy the sweet sound of Jazz as you overlook the beautiful view of the waterfront. You and your family may want to learn more about outdoors. You can take advantage of the Oak Grove Nature Center’s Nature Night.

There will also be three top, talented comedians stopping by the Bob Hope Theatre. If you are looking to travel a little further than the San Joaquin Valley and maybe for a little more adventure, enjoy our Beyond 209 article. Action Tours offers its clients three exhilarating adventures, including ziplining, Segway tours, or even the chance to glide along the lake with an Aqua Flight tour. Choose one or go for all three. They are only a drive away, to beautiful Big Bear in the San Bernardino National Forest. Meanwhile, closer to home, read about events on the Delta in this month’s 411 on the 209. You may know there is a wide variety of restaurants on the Delta, but do you know there

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are also places where you can rent a boat and set sail on your own adventure? Did you know that there is a campground there as well? Don’t forget that the Delta will host a few fun summer events that make it a great place to beat the sizzling summer temperatures. However, you might need to enjoy the Delta in its current form while you can. In this month’s feature story, we cover the Governor’s proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which will dramatically change the environmental, geographic and fiscal landscapes for San Joaquin and neighboring counties. Find out why some say the plan is a must, while others say it’s the worst thing that could ever happen to the Delta over the next two decades.

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>>feature story

Tunnel Vision Nine Things You Need to Know About the Bay Delta Conservation Plan By Alan Naditz | Feature Writer

for 37 miles from the Sacramento River, under the Delta and to federal and state pumps south Call it “Water Wars, Part II.” of Tracy. From there, water would flow into existThe first official chapter in the battle over ing State Water Project and Central Valley Project Northern California’s water came more than canals designed to deliver water to Central and 30 years ago, when then-Governor Jerry Southern California. The plan’s overall cost is esBrown proposed the Peripheral Canal, an open timated at $24.5 billion, with most of that paid by waterway designed to move water from the one or more public bonds, and increased service Sacramento Delta to farms in the Central Valley rates for water recipients. Provisions are made for and homeowners in Southern California. Voters some Delta habitat restoration. Assuming all apgunned down the proposal in a veto referenprovals go through, construction could begin by dum in 1982. 2016, with operation starting in 2026. “Yes, this is Fast-forward to 2013. Once again, Gov. big,” Brown said during his announcement in July Brown – yes, the same one – has proposed a 2012. “But so is the problem.” way to transport water from the Delta down to WHO IS AFFECTED: Five Delta counCentral and Southern California. This proposal, ties would be affected most by the project’s the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), or construction: Sacramento, San Joaquin, Contra “Peripheral Tunnels” as some are calling it, has Costa, Solano and Yolo. The biggest impacts a long way to go, but already the battle lines would be water usage and environmental are being drawn between North and change. But there would be secondary effects So what is the BDCP, and why should you as well, such as a potential 150-plus landowncare? Here’s a rundown of things you should ers who could lose all or part of their properties know about the project, including its impact to eminent domain, or traffic issues involving locally and what you can expect in coming possible highway reroutes around the tunnels’ months: intake points. On the other side, at least eight WHAT IT IS: As proposed by Gov. Brown, Southern California counties would gain from the BDCP includes construction of two parallel, the additional water availability, although resi33-feet-wide underground tunnels that would run dents’ water rates could go up by an average of $9 per month per household. WHY WE NEED IT: According to now-former U.S. Department of the Interior “Governor Brown is forcing this plan Secretary Ken Salazar, who co-announced the plan forward without any regard for the with Gov. Brown, water is farmers, families or small business needed for some 3 million acres of farmland in the owners who rely upon a healthy Delta Central Valley, as well as 25 Californians from the for their livelihoods, or for the incredible million Bay Area to San Diego. A environmental damage that will result.” single day’s pumping would be enough to serve the an– U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney, Ninth District nual water needs of 38,000 households, Salazar said. There’s also an ecologi-

cal need: Current water-drawing and pumping methods are killing thousands of fish annually, endangering species such as the Chinook Salmon and Delta Smelt. The proposed project, with its reduced water flow speeds and new flow path, would result in fewer fish kills, as well as reduced area flooding and pressure on aging levees. The plan also calls for Delta habitat restoration, as well as creation of more than 120,000 acres of new habitat, over a 50-year period. One-third of the new habitat would be developed within the next 15 years. This is designed to save more than two dozen wildlife species that have been negatively impacted by present water-drawing activity, Brown notes. WHY IT’S A “DISASTER”: A recently released, 20,000-page consultant-prepared preliminary draft of an environmental impact report on the BDCP indicates that on a statewide level, the plan offers “a lot of uncertainties.” One of the biggest questions is the impact the Peripheral Tunnels will have on the Delta’s water flow. The plan, as proposed, would allow up to 9,000 cubic feet per second of flow from the Sacramento River – about 40 percent less than originally proposed. But at peak times of year – July to September – up to 60 percent of the river’s flow could be diverted, critics note. Proponents say there’s no proof that such a high flow diversion will occur, and that the usual rate will be more like 15 percent to 25 percent. Either way, a potential side effect would be the continued decline over the next 50 years of some of the wildlife species the plan is designed to protect, critics note. Water quality is another issue. To make up for the loss of the Sacramento River, more water will need to be drawn from the San Joaquin River for local water needs. The San Joaquin’s water is considered poorer quality, containing a greater salt content, and greater percentages of pesticides and naturally occurring selenium. For San Joaquin County, the project could mean loss of nearly one-fourth of its $2.2 billion annual crop production, largely due to increased – and toxic – salinity in farmland. The increased salt content in the water would also endanger more fish, which county supervisors note would lead to environmental lawsuits. The only way to solve the problem, they say, would be to use even more river water to flush the salt out of the Delta, which would require taking even more water away from area farming communities, especially in southern San Joaquin County. The preliminary draft EIR does not offer a bona fide solution should salt

In April, Stockton-based grassroots environmental group Restore the Delta sent a special coffin on the “Death of the Delta” on a statewide tour. The coffin includes Delta landmarks, industries and species that will become extinct if the current form of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan goes through. At the tour’s conclusion, it will be presented to Gov. Jerry Brown. 4 | JULY 2013 | brookside monthly magazine

>>feature story “We urge Californians to get acquainted with the details of the draft plan and to bear in mind the high costs – from species extinction to water supply disruptions in the Delta – of doing nothing.”


– State Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin

Governor Brown’s proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan could result in a lot of unpleasant surprises for San Joaquin County residents, ranging from temporary reduced water recreation to permanent loss of farmland along the Delta.

content or water availability become a problem. The main action would be to “consult with affected entities to provide compensation or alternate water supplies after the fact.” The plan could also require rerouting or reconfiguring of three Delta highways – State Route 160 in Sacramento County, and routes 4 and 12 through parts of San Joaquin, Solano and Contra Costa counties, a process that if approved would take several years to complete, according to the Department of Water Resources. The Delta’s $700 million per year water recreation industry would also be decimated, as river access will be blocked during construction, according to Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Stocktonbased grassroots environmental group Restore the Delta. “Overall, we’re looking at an $8 billion annual economic hit to the region,” she said. “Possibly higher.” And then there’s project cost. While the state’s $24.5 billion estimate has climbed by only $1 billion since the plan’s introduction in July 2012, critics note that there’s been no official accounting for how the figure was derived. Restore the Delta recently released its own estimate of $54.1 billion, which Barrigan-Parrilla called a case of “simple math” using figures drawn

from BDCP documents. Dr. Jeffrey Michael, director of the Business Forecasting Center at the University of Pacific’s Eberhardt School of Business in Stockton, said the plan will actually cost about $2.50 for every $1 in economic benefits. “With these dismal results using the state’s own numbers, it’s probably no surprise that the state has been refusing to conduct [non-mandatory] ordinary and routine benefit-cost analysis of alternatives,” Michael said. WHO LIKES IT: Not surprisingly, it’s almost impossible to find anyone in Northern California who supports the plan – outside of government officials. Brown believes the plan “is all about California’s future.” U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-San Francisco, considers the plan “a major step toward a real solution in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.” Salazar, who left office in May to go into private legal practice, has said the existing system is “broken” and that Brown’s proposal will “provide a lot more certainty, given the ecological conditions we face.” John Laird, state secretary of natural resources, calls BDCP “the most comprehensive, well-conceived approach to ensuring a reliable water supply to 25 million people and restoring the Delta ecosystem.” And State Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin insists that people need to learn more before deciding one way or the other. “We urge Californians to get acquainted with the details of the draft plan and to bear in mind the high costs – from species extinction to water supply disruptions in the Delta – of doing nothing,” he said. WHO DOESN’T LIKE IT: On the other hand, the line of opponents Continued on page 6

Some Basic Delta Facts

How important is the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta? Pretty important, according to local environmentalists. Here are a few facts about the Delta for local residents to keep in mind:

More than half of the Delta’s 1,100-plus miles of levees are in San Joaquin County. The largest portion of Delta land is in San Joaquin County (43 percent). The remainder is split among parts of Sacramento, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano and Yolo counties. Five rivers – the Sacramento, San Joaquin, American, Calaveras and Mokelumne – act as tributaries to the Delta. San Joaquin has more than 215,000 acres of farmland in the Delta, about half of all farmland available in the region. Water recreation on the Delta is a $700 million industry annually. brookside monthly magazine | JULY 2013 | 5

>>feature story Continued from page 5 to the BDCP – at least in this part of the state – seems almost as long as the plan. Politically, the project is opposed by the likes of Congressional Rep. Jerry McNerney, whose district includes Lodi and Stockton. McNerney said the Governor is “forcing this plan forward without any regard for the farmers, families or small business owners who rely upon a healthy Delta for their livelihoods, or for the incredible environmental damage that will result.” Stockton Supervisor Frank Ruhstaller notes that the groups pushing the Peripheral Tunnels are primarily major urban water districts in Los Angeles, San Diego and the Bay Area. And State Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, said the plan has “nothing to do with saving the Delta and everything about shipping water south. But the Delta can be saved, and there are good faith plans to do so.” Locally, the Stockton-based California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, one of many groups opposed to the BDCP, considers it the resumption of the state’s “Water Wars.” Alliance Director Bill Jennings has called the plan “a classic shell game to benefit special interests

[that] if implemented, would represent a death sentence for one of the world’s great estuaries.” Restore the Delta’s Barrigan-Parrilla sees the damage going further, with many farming operations being brought to a complete stop due to 10 years of construction. Even everyday water enthusiasts like Stockton resident Gene Beley say the plan will torpedo famous county “anchoring holes” like Mildred Island, a place boaters drop anchor and stay as long as desired. “If boaters coming from the Bay Area or Fresno see their sacred Mildred Island having a 300-foot boat dock for barges and big construction night lights for night work,” Beley warns, “do you think they will come back to their once-peaceful haven there?” THE ALTERNATIVES: There are other possibilities for a Delta preservation plan, none of which are being highly considered by the state, but that are still being suggested by consumer, environmental and political groups: Restore the Delta and the Environmental Water Caucus have similar proposals, where the state would provide more habitat in areas with reinforced levees, adjust existing pump operations to better protect fish and other wildlife, and encourage southern water agencies to develop their own local supplies. Dr. Robert Pyke, a well-known Northern California water engineer, calls for creating a water reservoir near the beginning of the Delta – a spot known as Sherman Island in Sacramento County – where water can be pumped from on an “as needed” basis through tunnels about half as large as those in BDCP’s plan. The key here, Pike notes, is that only what is avail-

COUNTY VOTING PATTERNS >90% “NO” 70-90% “NO” 50-60% “NO” 50-60% “YES” >60% “YES” A similar proposal by Jerry Brown, the Peripheral Canal, went down to overwhelming defeat in 1982. Voting was split almost entirely along Northern and Southern California lines, with only San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties siding with the water-guarding north (in red). 6 | JULY 2013 | brookside monthly magazine

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is one of the West Coast’s largest combined water channels, with more than 1,100 miles of levees spread over six counties. More than half are in San Joaquin County.

able in the storage area would be sent elsewhere, leaving the Delta’s natural water flow unhindered. It would also be available to Northern California for use during dry years. The plan would cost about $8 billion to $10 billion, or less than half of Brown’s proposal. Another plan, by National Resources Defense Council engineer Barry Nelson, would use a single tunnel to deliver one-third as much water south of the Delta. The difference would be in focusing only on areas that require the water, and implementing a series of Delta levee improvement, and conservation and recycling measures. The result, in 15 to 20 years, would be a stronger Delta ecosystem, more water for users, at a total cost of about $15 billion, Nelson said. Congressional Rep. John Garamendi, whose opposition dates back to the 1982 canal, offers his “Water Plan for all of California.” This calls for improved existing water storage sites, reinforcement of existing levees, and implementation of water conservation and recycling plans that will enable more water to be sent where needed through existing water channels. “Simply put, the current BDCP proposal is destruc-

tive, extraordinarily expensive and has marginal, if any benefit to existing species that are at risk,” he said. “There is a better way to do this.” WHERE IT STANDS: A draft environmental impact study is expected to be released for public review by Oct. 1, with a series of public hearings to follow. A decision will be made by the Department of Water Resources in April 2014, and must be followed by approvals from state and federal wildlife agencies. Unlike its 1982 predecessor, the overall BDCP is not up for any kind of legislative or public vote. But that doesn’t make it a sure thing, opponents note. Several hurdles remain before the plan can officially be considered green-lighted. The biggest hurdle is the $14.5 billion public bond needed to pay for habitat restoration and part of the tunnels’ construction. This is slated to go before voters in 2014. DWR Director Cowin is confident voters will approve. If not, “we’re not sure exactly where the money is going to come from,” he said. There’s also the possibility of an initiative being placed on the 2016 statewide ballot to permanently end the project, much like what happened in 1982. That campaign,

>>feature story “We must study the plans that do aim to meet the co-equal goals of protecting the Delta ecosystem and securing the water supply. We don’t have to kill the Delta to save the state.” – State Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, 13th District

Garamendi recalls, was helped along by bitter public memories of Southern Californians shown filling their swimming pools during the droughts of 1976-77. The “Kill the Canal” veto ballot measure won by almost a 2-to-1 margin. For the record, 95 percent of San Joaquin County residents voted no on the canal. Environmental lawsuits will also be a certainty, which if nothing else will slow the process down

by several years. Barrigan-Parrilla has said Restore the Delta will enter into the litigation arena if necessary. The preference is to go the ballot initiative route, but “we’ll take whatever steps are necessary to stop the project and ensure that good, sustainable water practices happen for California,” Barrigan-Parrilla notes. “There are other steps to take [first]…but if that’s where we end up, that’s where we end up.”


Information on the Governor’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan, and some of the alternatives to it, can be found at these locations:

Bay Delta Conservation Plan website: “A Water Plan for all of California,” by John Garamendi: Restore the Delta website: “Benefit Cost-Analysis of Delta Water Conveyance Tunnels,” by Jeffrey Michael: http://forecast.pacific. edu/articles/benefitcostdeltatunnel_web.pdf. “Responsible Exports Plan” by the Environmental Water Caucus: brookside monthly magazine | JULY 2013 | 7

>>around brookside

Summer School Information Lincoln High School Summer school continues this month. There is no school on Week 4, but will continue Mondays through Thursdays in Weeks 5 through 7, from Monday, July 8 through Thursday, July 25. Fall Sports Information Be sure to visit for up-to-date information about summer practice times, team meetings and schedules.

St. Mary’s High School Boys Basketball Camps is Monday, July 8 through Thursday, July 11. The summer school second semester ends on Saturday, July 13. Presentation Elementary School Math Camp 2013 will be held for second through eighth grades from Monday, July 8 through Friday, July 12. Sessions are 10 a.m. to noon for grades 2 through 5 and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for grades 6 through 8.

Brookside Housing Market is Stable For the month of May in Brookside, 29 homes were for sale, 30 were pending, 10 sold, 4 expired, withdrew or cancelled. For the properties sold, the average days on the market were 84, average dollar per square foot was $156.20, median sold price was $362,500 and the median size was 2,535 square feet. Properties currently available are $249,950 to $1,850,888. For more important market information, call Grupe Realtors’ Bev Smith at (209) 482-0679 or Edie Boogusch at (209) 403-3186. Current market data taken from Metrolist.

Here’s What’s Happening at Margaret Troke Library Check out these events at Margaret Troke Library this month: • Preschool and Toddler Storytime. Come join the Margaret Troke Library Branch every Tuesday for fun as they read stories, sing songs and enjoy finger plays. Nametags are handed out at 10 a.m. and they will start at 10:15 a.m. sharp. Story time is followed by a brief craft or playtime. • Busy Bee Dogs. Enjoy the tricks and stunts of the Busy Bee Dogs on Thursday, July 11, at 6 p.m. Don’t forget to sign up for the Summer Reading program while you’re at the library. • Free Computer Class. Internet for Beginners. Every Friday at 3 p.m., students will learn simple searching tips to help with Google searching. Basic computer functions and questions will be answered, such as where is the power button or how to use a mouse. Those with little or no computer experience welcome. No reservations needed. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops and/or e-reader devices. • Wild Things Inc. Which animals will they bring this time? African beasts like baboons, camels or lizards? Or maybe animals from somewhere else in the world like a kangaroo or an alligator? Come find out on Thursday, July 18 at 6 p.m. • Paws for Reading. Read a book, or have a book read to you along with a friendly dog. This event is Saturday, July 20, at 11 a.m. • End of Summer Reading Celebration. It’s time to celebrate everyone completing the summer reading game on Thursday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m. The Margaret Troke Library is at 502 W. Ben Holt Drive and is open Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m.; and Friday and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library is closed Sundays and Mondays. For more information, call (209) 937-8221. 8 | JULY 2013 | brookside monthly magazine

>>community briefs

The Texas Tenors will perform at the annual Pops & Picnic fundraiser concert, which wraps up the season.

New Symphony Season Announced The Stockton Symphony’s 201314 season features five Classics Series concerts and four Pops Series concerts:

Pops The symphony opens the season on Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22, with its Autumn Pops, featuring a breathless virtuoso fiddle performance by an original star of Riverdance, Eileen Ivers. Joined by her ensemble, Immigrant Soul and local Irish dancers, Ivers is known for her electrifying concerts that bring audiences to their feet. The Pops season also includes a return of the Broadway Tenors on Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, to “sing in” the Yuletide Season with the Symphony at the family favorite, Holiday Pops; John Pagano, the lead singer in legendary Burt Bacharach’s band for more than 14 years, in a romantic Valentine Pops presentation on Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16; and the finalists from season four of “America’s Got Talent,” The Texas Tenors, who kick it up a notch at the Pops & Picnic concert on Saturday, May 3, – a fundraiser party and concert wrapped into one very popular event.

Classics The Symphony’s Classics season premieres on Saturday, Oct. 26 when pianist Gabriela Martinez makes her first appearance with the symphony, performing “Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1,” in an all-Russian program that also features Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2. The classics concerts will include works by composers such

as Mozart, Beethoven, Bizet, Ravel, and Shostakovich. “We’re excited to present such a wonderful array of familiar favorites,” said Music Director Peter Jaffe. “The orchestra has been playing more wonderfully than ever, and I know that our audiences are in for some sublime evenings this season.” In addition to well-known masterworks, the orchestra will present a recent work by American composer Michael Daugherty, a concerto for flute and chamber orchestra, titled “Trail of Tears,” performed by the Symphony’s principal flutist, Jennifer Olson in the second Classics concert on Nov. 16. The symphony brings back popular guest artist, pianist Jon Nakamatsu, for “Classics III: Keyboard Majesty,” in a special solo piano recital on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. In a rare solo pairing of violin and viola, returning favorite violinist Elena Urioste and violist Juan Miguel Hernandez, in his first appearance with the Stockton Symphony, will perform Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante in Classics IV: Young At Heart,” on Saturday, March 22, 2014. The highly anticipated performance by returning cellist Amit Peled of Schumann’s Cello Concerto will be the highlight of “Classics V: Victory Finale,” when the 2013-14 Classics season closes on Saturday, April 12, 2014. For further information about the Stockton Symphony, future performances, guest artists, and how to volunteer, visit Also, be sure to follow the symphony on Facebook and Twitter. brookside monthly magazine | JULY 2013 | 9

>>community briefs

Enjoy a Cole Porter Classic

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Come enjoy the Stockton Civic Theatre’s rendition of “Anything Goes,” directed by Jim Coleman. With music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the original book was a collaborative effort by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, heavily revised by the team of Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Performances started Wednesday, June 26 and run through Sunday, July 21. This production is based on the new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman. The story concerns madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Billy Crocker, played by Joshua Landin, is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, portrayed by Jessica Smith, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, played by Grady Taylor. Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney, played by Melissa Esau, and Public Enemy #13 Moonface Martin, portrayed by Steven Orr, aid Billy in his quest to win Hope. The Stockton Civic Theatre is at 2312 Rose Marie Lane, Stockton. For more information and times, call the Box Office Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at (209) 473-2424, or go online at

Visual and Performing Arts Clinic One.Charter, a free public charter school in Visual and Performing Arts, is now enrolling students in grades 7-12 in Stockton and Manteca for a summer Arts Clinic. Learn from talented instructors of film, photography, spoken word, art, theatre, digital music, percussion and guitar.

Open to kids of all ages, the clinic is free, but space is limited. The Stockton workshop is Monday, July 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at One.Charter, 1111 E. Bianchi Road, Stockton. The Manteca workshop is Thursday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to noon at One.Charter, 1271 N. Main St., Manteca. For more information or to register, call (209) 468-9079.

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Art Expressions of San Joaquin

Artists will have their first Co-Op Group Show, “Beauty and Splendor of San Joaquin,” from Tuesday, July 23 thru Friday, Aug. 30. There is a Meet the Artists reception on Friday, Aug. 9 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the County Administration Building, 44 N. San Joaquin St. During this exhibit, AESJ artists will come together to showcase their creativity and reflect on the beauty and richness surrounding the San Joaquin Valley. Featured works at the event include those by Steve Pereira, Gil Dellinger, Gregory Kondos and Dale Chihuly. The free exhibit is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the reception day, there will be entertainment, food, beverages and a raffle. On Friday, July 26, enjoy a free art reception at the Hilton Stockton from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The mission of the Art Expression of San Joaquin is to share the arts of the San Joaquin Valley and promote artists in the local community. For more information, call (209) 957-9090. For more information visit or call (209) 460-0780.


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Port of Stockton Offers Free Boat Tours The Port of Stockton has announced that it will be offering free, two-hour boat tours of the Port’s facilities this summer as part of its 80th Anniversary Celebration. “More than $1 billion of cargo crosses our docks every year, and this is a wonderful opportunity for the public to see port operations from the water,” said Richard Aschieris, port director.

“The Port of Stockton has a rich history, and has played a key role in the economic vitality for Stockton and San Joaquin County. The Port generates over $40 million in additional revenue for the City of Stockton and is a major job provider, which has been accomplished without taxing our citizens,” Aschieris said. The Port is coordinating the free boat tours with Opportunity Cruises, a local tour boat operator. The two-hour tours will be offered every Saturday, July through August at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. The Port tours will be aboard the “California Sunset” and will depart from the Stockton Marina located at 445 W. Weber Avenue in Downtown Stockton. During the tour, the history, current activities and future developments of the Port of Stockton will be presented. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For ticket reservations, please visit the “Opportunity Cruises” website at:, or call (209) 259-3815.

>>community briefs

A sampling of carnivorous plants that can been seen at this month’s Nature Night.

Nature Night: Successful Culture of Carnivorous Plants in the Central Valley Join Oak Grove Nature Center for a special presentation by Randall Baxter, dedicated hobbyist, to learn about culture of carnivorous plants. Live plants will be available for viewing and for sale, for $5 to $15. The program is free and open to the public. A park entrance fee of $5 is required per vehicle. Talk will be inside the Nature Center in Oak Grove Regional Park. For more information, email, call (209) 953-8814, or visit the center’s Facebook page.

A Starry Night

gray tie, plus lots of surprises. Audience members can partake in pre-show drinks including a specialty SPANK! cocktail and, after the show, can pose for a photo with Mr. Dangerous himself. Since its premiere in October of 2012, SPANK! has become a huge box office hit with tour dates in over 70 cities across the United States and Canada. This performance is Sunday, July 14, 6 p.m., at the Bob Hope Theatre. Tickets are $35; additional fees may apply. For more information, call (209) 373-1400 or visit

Casual Dinner and Fireworks Cruise Welcome aboard the “California Sunset.” Enjoy a casual cruise, dinner, drinks, and views of the fireworks on the California Delta with this Friday, July 5 cruise. Cruise includes rib tips, tri-tip, marinated chicken, potato salad, baked beans, Spanish rice, cookies, bottled water, sodas, and choice of one beer, glass of wine/champagne or mixed drink. Cash bar available for adult beverages. Cost is $69 plus tax, per person and sailing time is 6:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., with the departure from the Stockton Marina. For questions, call (916) 600-3815 or visit http://

Three Reasons to Laugh the Night Away

The Stockton Astronomical Society’s Telescope Volunteers will set up their scopes for the public at S.J. County Oak Grove Regional Park on the first Saturday after the New Moon on Saturday, July 13, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Nature Center will host indoor astronomy games and crafts for the whole family. Activities and telescope viewings are free, but there is a park entry fee of $6 per vehicle. For more information, email, or call SAS volunteer Doug Christensen, (209) 462-0798.

America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will perform his signature standup routine at the historic Bob Hope Theatre. Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. Seinfeld now sets his sights on performing nationally and internationally in 2013. This Stockton performance is Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m. Tickets begin at $62.50; additional fees may apply. For more information, visit

Jazz on the Waterfront

Enjoy wine tasting and specials Thursday, July 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring specials and wine tasting at each participating merchant location. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at With Garden Flair, Dragonfairy, That’s Showbiz, Green’s Nutrition, Gluskin’s Photo and Rae’s Rags and Riches. Tickets can be purchased on event day as well. For guests with tickets, simply stop by one of the locations on the night of the event to exchange your ticket for an etched wine glass, a map of participating locations and a list of specials offered. Music, appetizers and fun activities may also be offered at various locations. For more information, call (209) 948-6453 or email

Enjoy live jazz music in the waterfront courtyard of the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, presented by Inner City Productions. Regular admission is $25. VIP admission includes a buffet from 5 p.m. to 6 pm. Music begins at 6 p.m. For more information, call (209) 483-8754.

“SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody” A hilarious new comedy that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. Your inner goddess will be laughing out loud with this clever re-imagining of the characters as they come alive with hysterical comedy, musical numbers, and steamy performances from the leading hunk in the

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is the Delta?

The Delta is the largest estuary on the West Coast. It encompasses Stockton, Sacramento and Antioch. It provides millions of Californians with drinking water and recreation. With or without a boat, begin by hanging out in Delta restaurants: Lodi KOA Tower Park Marina, 14900 W. Highway 12: Rosa’s Italian restaurant and Sunset Sweets (Gunther’s ice cream). Isleton Delta Loop (off Highway 12)

Stockton City Marina, 445 W. Weber: Nena’s Delights (deli); Chivitas and Nena’s Mexican restaurants. Village West Marina, 6649 Embarcadero: Bob’s at the Marina and upscale Garlic Brothers. Paradise Point Marina, 8095 N. Rio Blanco Road: Breadfruit Tree (Caribbean style food), open Tuesday to Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Windmill Cove Resort & Marina/RV Park, 7600 Windmill Cove Road – famous for its “Taco Tuesdays.”

Lighthouse Restaurant, 151 Brannon Island Road. Moore’s Riverboat, 106 Brannon Island Road.

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are some of the best Delta events? Thursday, July 4, the traditional Hilton fireworks will be held on Mandeville Island. There will also be free fireworks at Village West Marina—a first here! On Saturday, July 13, the Delta Chamber of Commerce hosts Taste of the Delta at Village West Marina (shown above). The Abba tribute band, Waterloo, will provide live entertainment. Enjoy wine tasting and artists’ wares. Tickets are $35 if purchased on the Internet, or $40 at the door. For more information, go to

Adam Farrow, Stockton native. See his 115-foot yacht docked on the Calaveras River. Farrow also flies his ultra-light airplane around the Delta. Bill Conner, 82 years old, one of the last true Delta river rats, lives in a houseboat and barge on the San Joaquin River. He used to own Lost Isle (which is still closed this summer). Joe Faso owns the huge waterfront house with the Statue of Liberty on the Deep Water Channel and Calaveras River. Trish Meagher, restaurant lessee at Windmill Cove and Delta goodwill ambassador, offers her stardust smile and hugs to everyone she meets. Curt Page, owner, West Coast Canvas. His skills and customer service for yacht and RV customers is legendary. Bill Wells, columnist for the Bay Area & Delta Yachtsman, and executive director for the Delta Chamber of Commerce. For anything you want to know about the Delta, call (916) 869-9141 or email him at brookside monthly magazine | JULY 2013 | 13

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Is the Latest Technology in Cataract Surgery Right for You? As people mature, their eyesight begins to weaken, and bright colors and crisp images begin to fade. These symptoms can be the first sign of developing a cataract. Thanks to advances in technology, cataract surgery has improved dramatically. It is generally an outpatient procedure with little discomfort, no stitches and no patch on the eye. What is a Cataract? More than 50 percent of people over the age of 60 suffer from cataracts. A cataract is a progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Reading or driving at night may become more difficult, and cataract sufferers may also be troubled by a bothersome glare, halos around lights, or even double vision. Custom Cataract Surgery There are now advanced options for patients wishing to have less dependence on glasses and bifocals. Specifically, custom cataract surgery addresses astigmatism and presbyopia, conditions that remain after standard cataract surgery. Astigmatism is a condition where the front surface of the eye is not round; instead, it is shaped like a football. Now, with the use of the LenSx Femtosecond Laser and Toric IOLs, eye surgeons can correct underlying astigmatism during cataract surgery, thereby reducing the patient’s dependence on glasses. Presbyopia is a condition that affects most people over the age of 40 and results in difficulty seeing up close without the aid of bifocals, trifocals, or reading glasses. This condition cannot be improved with standard cataract surgery. However with a ReStor “Multifocal” IOL, most patients will be able to see at distance, intermediate, and near without the aid of bifocals or reading glasses. LenSx Custom Cataract Laser Until now, cataract surgeries were performed manually with a blade, which allows for a potential margin of error. With the introduction of the first FDA-approved Cataract LenSx Laser, Zeiter surgeons now have the ability to create incisions and reduce astigmatism without blades. The LenSx is computer controlled with unmatched precision, thus creating more predictable outcomes. Standard cataract surgery usually takes only 5 to 10 minutes. Patients should be able to drive themselves to their next day appointment. After the surgery, the patient’s vision will be clearer, but they may still need to wear glasses for reading and other activities. Which of These Procedures is Right for You? It is likely that these custom cataract surgery options could reduce or eliminate one’s dependency on glasses or contacts. Every eye is different, and every person has different visual needs. The first step is to have a thorough eye examination to determine the health of your eyes. Your doctor can assist you in determining which option is best suited for your eye condition and lifestyle. With over 50 years of experience, Zeiter Eye Medical Group surgeons provide their patients with the most advanced care for cataracts. With the introduction of the new LenSx Femtosecond Laser, Zeiter Eye is now the only local office to offer laser precision cataract surgery. Today, Zeiter Eye’s surgeons can offer their patients custom cataract surgery options, providing an option that is tailored for each individual. To learn more about Zeiter Eye’s providers and services, call (209) 461-2154 or visit www.zeitereye. brookside monthly magazine | JULY 2013 | 17


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Action Tours - The Ultimate in Outdoor Adventure Get Your Heart Pumping, Adrenaline Flowing at Big Bear By Bernadine Chapman-Cruz


apture “the rush” of an outdoor recreational tour designed to get the heart pumping and adrenaline flowing. Since 2009, Belinda Bain has owned and operated Action Tours, providing the thrill-seeking with adventures in Big Bear. Whether zipping down the mountains in the middle of the San Bernardino National Forest on a Zipline Tour; wheeling on a big tire Segway Tour in and about Big Bear Village; or gliding above the waters at Big Bear Lake on an Aqua Flight Tour; experience the ultimate in outdoor family friendly fun. A zipline tour takes guests soaring 900 feet over privately owned land in the middle of the San Bernardino National Forest. “This is not a Disneyland ride,” Bain said. The tour begins with a safety video, then groups embark in luxury vans to Highway 38, where transportation changes to Safari jeeps for an off-road, two-mile trek to the top of the mountain. After arriving at the first of nine welcoming decks specifically designed for zipline departures, guests are outfitted with a helmet, gloves, harness, a lanyard that hooks onto the harness, and a pulley allowing guests to slow down or stop inflight while speeding down a single overhead cable. According to Bain, the company’s motto is “safety first, fun second.” There is no free

“Our motto is safety first fun, second.” Belinda Bain | Owner

From “tours” via ziplines (top right) aqua flights (left), or segways (lower left), you’ll always be in “action” at Big Bear Lake.

fact-filled educational excursion, providing riders with historical information throughout the scenic locale. All equipment is included. Price is $85 for a two-hour ride. Minimum age requirement is 14. Since May 2012, Action Tours has offered Action Aqua Flight, the cutting edge in water activities. Guests ride on a flyboard attached to a wave runner where pressurized water jets propel the rider above the surface of the water. “Guests look like Iron Man flying around the lake,” Bain said. For safety,

a certified personal instructor on a wave runner coaches riders throughout the flight. Sanitized wetsuit, coast guardapproved life vest, and helmet are provided. Price is $110 for 30 minutes. Minimum age requirement is 16. Reservations are required for all tours. Some medical restric-

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