Tracy resident Arturo E. Ocampo, an education law attorney, was inducted into the Mexican American Hall of Fame in the Law & Justice category Oct. 20 at the Stockton Hilton.
Ocampo, a native of Mexicali, Mexico, grew up in Salinas and became involved in grassroots organizing as a high school student during the Chicano movement.
He earned a juris doctorate from Boalt Hall School of Law at University of California, Berkeley, and spent many years as an advocate for farm workers and immigrants.
Recently, he served as assistant provost of University of the Pacific and as director of diversity for San Jose-area community colleges.
The Ocampo family also funds a scholarship for graduating Latino high school students in the Tracy Unified School District.
He and his wife, Roxanne Ocampo, have three children: Carlos Ocampo, a sophomore at University of California, Santa Cruz; Gabriella Herrera, a sophomore at Harvard University; and Emilio Ocampo, a fifth-grader at Hirsch Elementary School.
A second man with local ties, Tracy native Thomas A. Sanchez, was recognized by the Mexican American Hall of Fame on Oct. 20. Sanchez, raised in Acampo, was honored for his work as a drug-abuse counselor in San Francisco, executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Clara County and an active volunteer in the Lodi community.
Hospital gives to charity, improves patient safety records
Sutter Tracy Community Hospital and three other Sutter Health organizations gave $50,000 in donations to Central Valley food banks, including $10,000 to Tracy Interfaith Ministries, according to a Nov. 15 announcement.
Other beneficiaries were the Emergency Food Bank of San Joaquin, Salvation Army branches in Modesto and Los Banos and Manna Ministries in Los Banos.
Sutter Tracy was also among eight Northern California hospitals recognized this month for eliminating two or more types of hospital-acquired infections between April 2011 and June 2012.
The Hospital Council of Northern and Central California gave awards for success in Patient Safety First, a collective effort involving 180 California hospitals to end hospital-acquired infections, minimize death by sepsis and reduce early elective births.
Vet reports on feral cat success
The staff at Jules Veterinary Center, 1855 W. 11th St., sterilized 126 feral cats during a free clinic Oct. 24, in hopes of reducing Tracy’s feral feline population.
Each cat was also vaccinated and given flea medication, at no cost to the volunteers who caught them and took them in.
Jules Veterinary Center hosts similar clinics twice a year.
For information: 833-7387 or www.julesvet.com.
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