Mosquito spraying scheduled in rural Delta

STOCKTON — The San Joaquin County Mosquito & Vector Control District is scheduled to conduct aerial spraying for adult mosquitoes using Trumpet EC today or Friday between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. in the rural Delta area west of Interstate 5 between Roberts Island and Wright Tract. For more information and a map of the area to be sprayed, go to

Juneteenth gathering addresses violence

STOCKTON — Black Lives Matter 2.0, A Mother’s Voice for Change, Loyalty and Family, and a local network of anti-police-violence activists will hold a three-day campout against police brutality today-Saturday in the park across the street from Stockton City Hall, 425 N. El Dorado St.

The event is open to all community members committed to ending police and gun violence in our communities.

The Juneteenth gathering will be a space for local activists and allies from across the Bay Area and Central Valley to gather for workshops, skill-shares, discussions and community networking to address the violence inflicted on the community.

Several organizations and grass-roots groups that have expressed support for the Juneteenth gathering will be on hand facilitating workshops for community building.

For more information, contact Dionne Smith or Denise Friday at

RTD offering free rides on ‘Dump the Pump Day’

STOCKTON — The San Joaquin Regional Transit District has announced it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the 13th annual National Dump the Pump Day next Thursday, when RTD will offer free rides for all buses except commuter routes.

Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation instead of driving a car. The event emphasizes that public transportation is a convenient travel option that can also help people save money. According to the American Public Transportation Association, individuals in a two-person household can save nearly $10,000 a year by downsizing to one car.

“Stockton residents can choose to save money by dumping the pump and maximize the benefits of doing so for the environment and their neighbors,” said Donna DeMartino, the chief executive officer of RTD. “This is due to RTD’s commitment to zero-emission fleet electrification like what is already taking place in south Stockton.”

For more information, visit, follow RTD on Facebook and Twitter or call (209) 943-1111.

Early literacy mini-grants available

STOCKTON — For the third consecutive year, the Beyond Our Gates program at University of the Pacific will fund mini-grants in San Joaquin County for programs that focus on:

• Early literacy and reading by third grade.

• School readiness.

• Attendance challenges and chronic absenteeism.

• Summer learning.

Applications are due by July 13. Grantees will be notified in early August.

The application form is posted on the university web site at

For more information, contact Pacific Community Relations Director Mike Klocke at (209) 946-3134 or email