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San Joaquin County Art, Culture & Media Digest

Opinion: I've Covered California's Homeless Since Before the Word Was Used. This Is What I Learned


I thought my journalism and others’ could change policy, perhaps even inspire a New Deal-style response equal to the challenge. Such was my naiveté.

Photographers Capture Spectacular Streaking Lights of Southern California


It quickly became clear that Elon Musk’s SpaceX was responsible for the show. The lights were a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 22 new Starlink satellites into orbit. The rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 7:30 p.m., and it’s trail was visible from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park.

Toy Community Center to Open Soon


Located at Yosemite and Fremont Avenues in Manteca, the two-story 8,000 square foot building is being renovated to as a meeting and connection space for local teens and is expected to open with limited services summer of 2024.

Photos: The Day the Presses Stopped Running | a Farewell to the Los Angeles Times Olympic Plant


The March 11 edition of the Los Angeles Times print edition will be its last at the Los Angeles Times Olympic printing plant in Los Angeles.

CapRadio Adds New Members to Station’s Board of Directors


Capital Public Radio’s Board of Directors elected nine new members, four months after a majority of the board resigned in the wake of a scathing financial audit of the Sacramento-based NPR member station.

CapRadio Interim General Manager to Vacate Role, Stay On as ‘Special Consultant’


Tom Karlo has resigned his position as CapRadio’s interim president and general manager, but will remain on as a “special consultant,” the station’s board of directors announced after an emergency closed session meeting.

The One Thing Reporters and Members Must Fight For


Journalism and democracy are undeniably intertwined. As the late media critic James Carey put it, “No journalism, no democracy; but, equally, no democracy, no journalism.”

UC Merced to Feature on ‘The College Tour’ Show


UC Merced will be highlighted on an Amazon Prime show that showcases universities around the world.

Despite Disbanding in 1995, Grateful Dead Make Billboard History


The Grateful Dead have broken the record for the most Top 40 albums to chart on the Billboard 200.

Was L.A.’s Ellen Beach Yaw the Proto-Taylor Swift?


She toured the world wowing audiences, and she captured the public’s imagination for decades. No, not Taylor Swift; Ellen Beach Yaw, also known as Lark Ellen.

James Dean Made His Last Stop at This Lonely Gas Station


James Dean’s last stop before he died in a car crash was at Blackwell’s Corner, a gas station in rural Kern County. His memory isn’t the draw it once was.

Space Shuttle Endeavour Takes Final Position as Star of New Museum


A shrink-wrapped Endeavour was hoisted and then carefully placed in its final location at the still-under-construction Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center.

Gov. Newsom’s Budget Proposal Calls for Expanding Arts Ed Pathway


The proposal aims to help working artists become arts teachers in elementary schools.

Collapse of California’s News Industry Is So Severe It’ll Require Taxpayer Support to Rebuild


A combination of tax credits, revenue sharing and coupons could bring stability, writes Steven Waldman, president of Rebuild Local News.

Pasadena Named Travel Destination for 2024 by NY Times


Pasadena is the only California city named a travel destination for 2024 by The New York Times. This comes despite the Los Angeles-area city being just the 45th-largest city in the state.

Audacy Bankruptcy Could Impact Six Bay Area Radio Stations


Philadelphia-based Audacy, which has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with $1.9 billion in debts, owns six radio stations in the Bay Area. These include 95.7 The Game, KCBS and 102.1 Jams.

American Graffiti is Back: Cruising Now Legal Again in California, But So Are Speed Cameras


Under new state laws, five cities will test cameras to catch speeding drivers and cruising bans will be lifted statewide. The first is supposed to improve road safety, but critics of the second say it will endanger the public.

California Presses Universities to Return Thousands of Native American Remains and Artifacts to Local Tribes


State audits of the University of California and the California State University found both systems have failed to comply with decades-old state and federal laws mandating the return of Native ancestral remains and cultural artifacts. Only UCLA and Cal State Long Beach have returned a majority of their collections.

CapRadio Interim GM: ‘We Can Get Through the Month of May’


It has been an unprecedented year at CapRadio. And one of extreme hardship. 
This summer, CapRadio laid off 12% of its staff. And that was just the start of its financial challenges.

Sacramento’s LGBTQ+ Experience Project to Preserve Historic Context, City Sites


In conversations about the history and present of Sacramento’s LGBTQ+ communities, the Lavender Heights district in Midtown is often the first area to come to mind.

Tracy Arts Commission Searching for Two New Members


The Tracy Arts Commission has opened a recruitment to fill two openings on the board. The application window will close on Dec. 14.

Kimball High Theatre Dedicated to Geri Neylan


Tracy Unified School District has officially renamed the Kimball High theater, with TUSD superintendent Rob Pecot bestowing the new name of the Geri Neylan Performing Arts Theatre.

Creative Architecture Thrives in Los Angeles


With its hilly terrain, parts of Los Angeles aren’t always the easiest to build in. But that didn’t stop an architect from building a unique structure in Silver Lake.

Hmong New Year Celebration Fills Fairgrounds in Stockton


Hmong people from around the area gathered with their families at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds recently to celebrate the New Year and Hmong culture with food, dance competitions, volleyball and more.

A Major California Paper That’s Now Alden-Owned Might Be Dying


The San Diego Union-Tribune, which has operated for 154 years, sold to controversial Alden Global Capital last year. It’s not looking great for the paper’s future.

Remembering Robert Irwin: Influential Artist Dies at 95


Robert Irwin, an artist and MacArthur genius grant recipient, died in San Diego at 95 on Oct. 25. Michael Govan, who heads the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, offers a colorful retrospective on Irwin's work.

Hasan Minhaj Issues Rebuttal to New Yorker Article


A video released by comic Hasan Minhaj, who grew up in Davis, tackles elements of a critical article that left the impression he had made up or exaggerated racism in his life.

California State Parks and Partners Launch ‘Arts in California Parks’ Program


Through this new program, artists, culture bearers, and California Native American tribes will be eligible to receive funding to create artwork throughout state and local parks.

Stockton Arena Gets a New Name, Makeover


After 18 years of operations, Stockton Arena has a new name. The facility, opened in 2005, was officially named Adventist Health Arena during a ceremony in front of the brand-new 360-degree LED center-hung display board.

Graphic Novel Illustrates Plight of Mountain Lions


Written by Center for Biological Diversity scientist Tiffany Yap and illustrated by artist Meital Smith, “Tales of the Urban Wild: A Puma’s Journey” takes the reader through diverse habitats, across busy freeways and inside science labs to learn about one mountain lion’s survival story.

Stockton Native Jazmarie LaTour Takes Stage as City’s Second Poet Laureate


A new voice speaks poetically for Stockton for the next two years. Jazmarie LaTour was born and raised in Stockton.

Four More CapRadio Board Members Resign Amid Fallout From Audit


The changes come one week after 14 board members resigned, many citing a lack of support and communication from the university.

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