Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter
Rich Ibarra calls Sacramento and Stockton both his hometown. Akin to a Tale of Two Cities, Rich was born in Stockton but raised in Sacramento.
He attended All Hallows Elementary School in Sacramento, St. Pius X Seminary, and Hiram Johnson High School,.
After graduating from Hiram Johnson, Rich joined the U.S. Navy for four years as a Communications Technician and served in Vietnam in 1968-69.
Rich then attended Sacramento Community College and CSU Sacramento where he majored in History. At the same time, Rich started working for KXTV 10 as a studio camera operator and later started working on weekends as a general assignment reporter, the first Hispanic reporter on the air for KXTV.
In 1977, Rich began reporting from Stockton for KXTV as the bureau chief, and in 1978 went to KOVR 13 as a reporter.
Rich joined KCRA 3 in 1980 and stayed with the station for 31 years until he retired in December 2011.
During his lengthy career, Rich reported on countless major stories including the Laci Peterson murder case, the Jaycee Dugard story, the Sandra Cantu murder case, the Loma Prieta Earthquake, major floods, forest fires, and other disasters.
Rich has the nickname of Mr. Mayor, the unofficial mayor of Stockton, by his colleagues because he is so well known in the area.
Rich is married to Deedee, and has a daughter and two grandchildren.
July 25, 2022
Renting a car would cost $4 an hour or $35 for the day. The program is paid for by a California Air Resources Board grant and could start later this year.
July 21, 2022
The city is looking at new rules for the trucks, including possibly preventing them from parking within 100 feet of brick-and-mortar restaurants and more fines if they do not relocate after a few hours.
July 20, 2022
The city has declared a Stage 2 Water Shortage Emergency, which will limit when and often residents can water lawns, wash cars and other water-using activities.
July 12, 2022
The town, just east of Lodi, will be the testing ground for Amazon’s Prime Air.
May 24, 2022
The 209 area code stretches from El Dorado County down to just past Merced.
May 9, 2022
Shipping companies are finding more profit bringing back empty containers than filling them with almonds and other American exports. Growers statewide are looking at hundreds of millions of pounds on hand.
February 16, 2022
Project Nexus is a concept developed by UC Merced and funded with $20 million by the California Department of Water Resources. The goal is to produce renewable energy and reduce water evaporation.
February 8, 2022
Max Fortuna was shot to death last Monday while responding to a fire. He served the Stockton Fire Department for over two decades.
February 1, 2022
Captain Max Fortuna was shot and killed early Monday morning. A suspect was taken into custody at the scene of the shooting.
California drought making life harder for bees and the Central Valley almond growers who depend on them
January 26, 2022
California’s facing a shortage of bees, which are vital to pollinating almond crops. Drought and other factors are making it difficult to ensure the bees' survival.