A Republican Hispanic Assembly Chapter is being established in San Joaquin County.
An organizational meeting is set June 25 at 6 p.m. at the Puerto Vallarta restaurant, 11 N. Center St. in Stockton. For further information, call 825-0123.
Groups question Tracy's new wastewater permit
TRACY - Environmentalists are asking state water authorities to reevaluate a recent permit allowing the city to discharge wastewater into the San Joaquin River Delta, saying it would add to the pollution threatening the fragile ecosystem.
City officials argue that because of a $50 million upgrade of Tracy's wastewater treatment plant, the water they'd be pouring in would be cleaner than the water currently running in the Old River. They said the claims by the environmental group California Sportfishing Protection Alliance are without merit.
But Bill Jennings, the Alliance's executive director, said in its appeal to the State Water Resources Control Board that the discharge permit issued on May 4 by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board goes against the federal Clean Water Act and contributes to the decline of a system that is overtaxed already.
"You just can't keep allowing people to put more salt in a body of water that is already polluted," he said. "It's like a 'no vacancy' sign at a motel."
Escaped inmate caught after seven months free
MERCED - An inmate who had escaped custody at the Merced County Public Defender's office seven months ago was re-arrested, according to sheriff's officials.
Mario Tarin Garcia, 30, who escaped on Nov. 8, was discovered in a Merced trailer on Sunday when sheriff's deputies answered a domestic disturbance call. Investigators believed he initially left the county but recently returned.
After refusing to come out for about an hour-and-a-half, Garcia finally exited after being told the trailer was surrounded.
He was booked at the Merced County Jail for four felony warrants, including felony possession of ammunition, felony domestic violence and escape charges.