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Insight: Stockton Pendency Plan / Pesticides vs Clean Water / Olympic Preview Week: US Gymnastics Trials / Henry V


 
 
Stockton Pendency Plan The city of Stockton expects to file Chapter 9 soon after the City Council meeting. A proposed spending plan that goes before the City Council will further consider halting $12 million in bond payments backed by the city's ailing general fund. Those actions are on the council's yesterday night agenda as part of a so-called pendency plan, which is an alternative to a balanced budget. That document will act as the city's day-to-day spending plan through the end of bankruptcy proceedings. City Manager Bob Deis already obtained authority to seek bankruptcy. The council also will consider approving $11.2 million in cuts to benefits, sharply curtailing the city's retiree health care plan.
 
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Pesticides vs Clean Water The president of the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California recently said that the state is "facing one of the harshest mosquito seasons in years," and federal regulations are making the situation worse.  Starting January 1, mosquito control technicians are required to test standing water at least 24 hours before applying pesticides, a process the association says eats scarce man hours and allows larvae to turn into mosquitoes.  Critics say we shouldn't rush to add pesticides to our water when there's only been one reported case of West Nile Virus in humans this year.  Joining us for a discussion on preventing West Nile Virus versus protecting clean water are Dave Brown, Manager of the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District, and Paul Towers, Organizing & Media Director for the Northern California Region of the Pesticide Action Network North America.
 
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Olympic Preview Week US Gymnastic Trials Still on the journey to London: US Gymnastics Trials begin Thursday in San Jose. Fifteen men and fifteen women will compete for 5 spots on each team but choosing those teams isn't clear cut and the women's team is expected to be named before the men's.  NBC Commentators Tim Daggett (1984 US Olympic Gold & Silver Medalist) and Elfi Schlegel (1980 Canadian Olympic Gymnast) joins from the HP Pavilion with a preview of the competition and an explanation for selection of the US team.  Our conversation has some fun personal reflections, too!
 
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Henry V Shakespeare's Henry V is presented by the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble and the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum.  Their Summer Festival is now in its 3rd year.  Performances take place at the Gazebo in the Arboretum.  Summer of 2012 features Shakespeare's history play about the triumph of one of England's most legendary kings, Henry V.  See valiant heroism up close as the worldly King Henry rallies his outnumbered army to defeat France on its home turf at the battle of Agincourt.  A company of only five actors masterfully reenacts this large-scale war epic as an up-close and personal experience.  Henry V is continuing through July 1 (performances Thursday through Sunday.)
 
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
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