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September 11th - 7:30 PM A Solemn Remembrance
-- Join us each 2nd Thursday, 7:30 - 9:00 PM at:
Chez Shari (at the Manteca Golf Course) 305 North Union Road
August 14th - 7:30 PM Gun Rights and "Reasonable" Gun Control
David Marks led the discussion on the balance and bounds of our Second Amendment rights with the need to reduce gun violence. He provided the latest news, laws, and direction the 2nd Amendment is trending. Several CA state, Federal, Supreme Court decisions that affect gun control and the 2nd amendment, have brought a new paradigm to the front and center of state and national politics. David led an open and civil discussion on what gun control is reasonable and what may or may not be the trends towards 2nd amendment rights.
July 10th - 7:30 PM Jeff Shields, SSJID
South San Joaquin Irrigation District's General Manager, Jeff Shields, provided an update on both the drought situation's near and longer-term outlooks for our region as well as SSJID's bid to become our electric provider to lower costs.
Drought concerns take front and center in this 2014 irrigation season and we in Manteca are in relatively good shape this year, but if the drought continues, the future impacts may be dramatic - as they already are in some areas of the state. During the worst drought in California, the District's goal is to make enough water available for the irrigation season to assure growers have a successful crop and that the municipal water users receive enough high quality water from the Water Treatment Plant to protect the health and safety of the community. Jeff will provide the latest forecasts, the water rights battle raging in Sacramento, and why the predicted El Niño does not necessarily mean a wet winter for our region and could result in a drier than average year and worsening drought. In fact, based on previous droughts, Manteca may see our water table drop 20 feet by October with impacts to some wells and to growing salt intrusion to our aquifer. Read more on the actions SSJID is taking at: http://www.ssjid.com/drought-info/default.htm
SSJID's bid promises to provide retail electricity with achieve significant cost savings, service improvement and increased reliability to its current agricultural customers, residents, businesses and governmental entities within Manteca, Escalon, Ripon and surrounding rural areas. Jeff also provide an update on the LAFCo approval process.
June 24th - 5:30 PM We're supporting the North Valley Energy Summit
How hydraulic fracturing could re-energize California’s economy
The debate over advanced oil extraction technology affects how much you pay for gas and utilities and what economic opportunities are available for you and members of your family. California boasts 60% of America’s shale oil reserves – enough to replace Middle Eastern imports nationwide for the next 20 years.
A recent study by CSU Fresno says developing these resources could create 195,000 new good jobs and raise incomes by $22 billion. However, some people say the technology is unsafe and should be stopped at all costs.
At the Summit, expert speakers provided a wealth of objective information. Presentations included:
Engineer and entrepreneur with one of America’s fastest growing startup companies on providing affordable and reliable power to fuel the high tech jobs of tomorrow
Legislative advocate with California’s leading small business association on winning the political fight for good jobs
Representing truckers from independent operators to large fleet owners on increasing access to affordable gas and CCTA’s legal fight against CARB’s diesel regulations
Pastor Rivers leads a coalition of thousands of clergy who support community empowerment through the creation of quality jobs
When: Tuesday, June 24th
Time: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm pre-event registration and mixer with free refreshments
6:30 to 8:30 pm North Valley Energy Forum
Where: Chez Shari, Manteca Golf Course Clubhouse, 305 N Union Rd, Manteca, CA 95337