Modesto receives 2018 City of the Year Award
On June 20, 2018 the Veterans Foundation of Stanislaus County presented the City of Modesto with the 2018 City of the Year Award in recognition of its significant accomplishments benefitting the veteran community. The Stanislaus Veterans Center of Modesto, a joint project involving Stanislaus County, the City of Modesto, US Veterans Affairs and local veterans groups, opened just over one year ago. This new facility provides a one-stop service center to an estimated 27,000 local veterans in our community.

The Veterans Foundation of Stanislaus County is committed to bringing people, organizations and resources together in time, space, and effort to effectively improve the well-being of all Stanislaus County veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

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Newman resident earns judgeship

Carrie M. Stephens

Carrie M. Stephens, 54, of Newman, has been named to an interim appointment for a judgeship in the Stanislaus County Superior Court.

Stephens has served as a deputy county counsel at the Stanislaus County Counsel’s Office since 1999. She has been a member of the U. S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps since 1991, serving as an appellate judge at the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals since 2017 and as a military trial judge at the Navy and Marine Corps Trial Judiciary from 2010 to 2015.

Stephens served as a deputy public defender at the Stanislaus County Public Defender’s Office from 1996 to 1999.

She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the Pacific.

Stephens was elected in June, 2018 to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Loretta M. Begen. Effective Aug. 3, 2018, the Governor’s appointment will allow her to immediately assume the position she was otherwise elected to begin in January, 2019.

Stockton lawyer named to Who’s Who
John Cammack, Esq. is recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Pinnacle Lifetime Member in the field of Law in recognition of his role as an Attorney at Michael & Cammack.

Having served the Stockton area for decades, Michael & Cammack is a well-known law firm that has become a frontrunner in the legal industry.

Cammack has attained over 43 years of experience in the field of law under his belt and has become well informed in the areas of commercial litigation. In addition, Cammack has had extensive experience in handling international clients from France, England, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Italy, Japan, and Canada.

Cammack attained his Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University and his Juris Doctor degree from U.C Hastings College of law.

In an effort to further advance his professional career, Cammack is a distinguished fellow of several organizations including the founding member of many nonprofit organizations in the area of law enforcement including the Bacon Bash, Inc. and the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Foundation. President of the Stockton Police Foundation, Cammack has also served in the Stockton Civic Theater, the Stockton Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Delicato CEO named chairman of wine board

Chris Indelicato

Chris Indelicato, President and CEO of Delicato Family Vineyards, has been elected Wine Institute Board Chairman for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The election was held at Wine Institute’s 84th Annual Meeting of Members in Santa Barbara. Other board officers elected are Hank Wetzel of Alexander Valley Vineyards in Healdsburg, first vice chairman; John Sutton of The Wine Group in Livermore, second vice chairman; Suzanne Groth of Groth Vineyards & Winery in Oakville, treasurer; and Rick Tigner of Jackson Family Wines in Santa Rosa, secretary. Bobby Koch is President and CEO of Wine Institute.

“I am honored to serve as Board Chairman and continue Wine Institute’s work advocating on behalf of the California wine industry. As a third-generation vintner, Wine Institute’s commitment to sustainable winegrowing aligns with our dedication to quality, innovation and environmental stewardship. Wine Institute supports key public policy initiatives, such as extending the Craft Beverage Modernization & Tax Reform Act beyond 2019 so wineries can continue to invest in the future, expanding export opportunities through the removal of trade barriers, and stopping excise tax increases in state legislatures around the country,” said Indelicato.

Indelicato was born and raised in Manteca, where his grandfather, Gaspare Indelicato, planted the family’s first vineyards in 1924, and founded the Sam Jasper winery — which would eventually become Delicato Family Vineyards. He grew up in the wine business working alongside his father and uncles harvesting, crushing, bottling and even pouring behind the counter of the family’s tasting room, which is located at the company headquarters in Manteca. After graduating from the University of Southern California, he started his career as a licensed Certified Public Accountant. He joined Delicato Family Vineyards in 1994 working with his brother, Jay, on the viticulture and winery operations side, eventually serving as National Accounts Manager and, later, as Chief Financial Officer. He has held the position of President and CEO since 2004. Jay, who was the 2007-2008 Wine Institute Board Chairman, serves as Chief Operating Officer. Under their leadership, Delicato Family Vineyards is now a fourth-generation family-owned company and has grown to rank among the top 10 wineries in the U.S. with high-performing brands such as Bota Box, Gnarly Head, Noble Vines, Z. Alexander Brown and Black Stallion Estate Winery on the Silverado Trail. Recently, Delicato formed a strategic partnership with V2 Wine Group and was named the exclusive U.S. importer of Chilean wine Viña Santa Rita.

Wine Institute is the public policy advocacy association of nearly 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses, which works at the state, national and international levels to support California wineries, whose retail sales in the U.S. reached $35.2 billion in value last year. Based in San Francisco, with offices in Sacramento, Washington, D.C., six regions across the U.S. and 15 foreign countries, Wine Institute is guided by 80 vintners who are members and alternates on an active board of directors. The board elects the chairman and officers on an annual basis.

Merced County prosecutor selected for award
Matthew Serratto, a supervising deputy district attorney in the Merced County District Attorney’s office, has been named 2018 Prosecutor of the Year (Small and Medium Size Counties) by the California District Attorneys Association Board of Directors.

“Matt is an exceptionally talented and dedicated prosecutor. His work in and out of the courtroom in 2017 was simply incredible and he is most deserving of this highest honor for a prosecutor. We are hugely proud of Matt and his continuing contributions to public safety in Merced County,” said District Attorney Larry D. Morse II, noting that Serratto is the first Merced County prosecutor to be recognized as CDAA Prosecutor of the Year.

Serratto, 37, was selected, in part, for his trial work in 2017, which included securing guilty verdicts in three murder cases, two of them involving multiple defendants, and a guilty verdict in an attempted homicide case. All of the cases were driven by gang activity, and two included special circumstance allegations which resulted in life sentences, according to Morse.

Serratto was also the lead prosecutor in Operation Scrapbook, a 2017 multi-agency investigation directed by the District Attorney’s office that targeted Sureno gang members operating in Merced County and the Central Valley, Morse said. Operation Scrapbook led to the arrest of 74 gang members and their associates. Forty of the gang members prosecuted by the Merced County DA’s office have already been convicted, the others are awaiting trial. Fourteen of those arrested are being prosecuted federally, Morse noted.

“It is an honor to be recognized by CDAA,” Serratto said. “Every case we handle and every trial we put in front of a jury is truly a team effort – from the officers spending days on nights on surveillance in order to keep our streets safe from violent gang members to all of our colleagues in the DA’s office who send the subpoenas, get witnesses to court and ensure we are prepared for trial to our attorneys and management who help talk us through cases, share ideas and put us in the best position to achieve justice.”

Since joining the District Attorney’s office in 2007 Serratto has tried 57 cases to verdict, including seven murder cases, six attempted murder cases and 17 cases with a life sentence exposure. He was promoted to supervising deputy district attorney earlier this year.

Serratto also serves as a member of the Merced City Council, having been elected in 2016.

Born and raised the Bay Area, Serratto graduated from St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from UC Davis in 2002, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest academic honor society in the United States. Following graduation he taught English in Belgium and Argentina through 2003 before returning to California to study law at UCLA where he also served as editor in chief of the Pacific Basin Law Journal, graduating in 2006.