STOCKTON — Nearly three-quarters of eligible residents in San Joaquin County are registered to vote, slightly more than the statewide average, according to data released by the California Secretary of State’s Office last week. Secretary of State Alex Padilla released the 2017 “Odd-Numbered Year Report of Registration” on Wednesday, which states nearly 19.5 million Californians are registered to vote.
HAGERHILL, Ky. — Chad Trador was, like many people here, a onetime coal miner struggling to find work. He, his three children and his wife had stayed afloat in a tough economy for years, but after he was laid off from his job managing a convenience store, the unemployment epidemic in this region appeared to have finally reached him, too.“The best opportunities I had were another convenience store, maybe as a clerk, making minimum wage,” said Trador, reflecting on last year.
Wildflowers celebrated in Pacheco ParkPacheco State Park will celebrate its 14th annual Wildflower Day from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 1. Volunteers from such groups as the California Native Plant Society, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California State Parks will have tables on hand to help people learn about Pacheco State Park and other recreational opportunities in the area.
WASHINGTON — Fresh off a defeat on U. S. health care legislation, the White House warned rebellious conservative lawmakers that they should get behind President Donald Trump’s agenda or he may bypass them on future legislative fights, including tax reform. The threat by White House chief of staff Reince Priebus to build a broad coalition on tax reform that could include moderate Democrats came as the Republican head of the tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives said he hoped to move a tax bill through his panel this spring.
The Blackwater Café, Stockton’s reincarnating hipster hangout, has reopened as the Blackwater Deli, a clean, well-lighted place for a Guatemalan coffee, curvalinear conversation and the Johnny Cash channel on Spotify.“The first days we opened we had a family come in here, three generations of Blackwater goers," Johnny Hornibrook said. “My mom used to hang out here.”Now Gina Hornibrook owns the place, together with her partner, Patrick Salisbury,