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Amazon creating 1,000 jobs 10 miles north of Manteca near airport

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POSTED August 23, 2017 1:16 a.m.

The biggest private sector employer in San Joaquin County will soon be Amazon.
Stockton city leaders Tuesday announced Amazon is building a 600,000-square-foot distribution center in the southern portion of the city near Stockton Metro Airport.
The new complex will add 1,000 full-time jobs. Amazon already employs nearly 2,000 workers at three other locations in  the county — two fulfillment centers in Tracy and daily freight operations at Stockton Metro Airport. The new Amazon fulfillment center will be within 10 miles of Manteca.
Amazon also has fulfillment centers in Patterson and Sacramento.
The decision for the Internet retail juggernaut to continue expanding in South San Joaquin County underscores its strategic location to the highly coveted Bay Area market. It also validates investments that created the Arch Road interchanges on Interstate 5 and Highway 99 to significantly increase prime distribution center land around Stockton Metro Airport that is positioning itself as a freight and passenger alternative to jammed Bay Area airports.

Homeless solution
gives Manteca
Library new twist
Less than four months ago, the courtyard at the Manteca Library at 320 Center St. was anything but inviting.
Manteca Police Community Resource Officer Mike Kelly would start his day at the crack of dawn clearing homeless that bedded down for the night tucked away in a corner of the courtyard. They often would leave messes including urinating in the courtyard. They’d break lights so they could have darkness to sleep and tear out wiring so they could charge their cell phones.
The city was spending thousands of  dollars cleaning up and repairing the mess they created every four or so months.
It was Kelly that suggested the solution the City Council adopted — spending just over $6,000 to put in place decorative wrought iron fencing with gates to secure the courtyard.
Now that the courtyard is clean and secure, three patios tables — each with four chairs with cushions and umbrellas — have been placed in the courtyard creating an inviting  setting for reading outdoors or just to relax.
It’s a triple win answer to a homeless problem. Library employees no longer have to worry about being startled by the homeless going to work, the city isn’t incurring ongoing maintenance costs, and someone came up with a way to encourage more use of a courtyard that rarely had been used for much besides accessing the library.
It’ll take a lot of little steps such as this to improve things in Manteca regarding homeless issues. The best part is the solution is this case added to the ambiance of going to the library just beyond “taking it back.”

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email dwyatt@mantecabulletin.com

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