The Grape Vine is an independent news outlet for the San Joaquin County region. It was founded by Hector Madrigal in December of 2020.

Our goal is to maintain an informed citizenry, a unified community, and an accurate history through reporting as many major news stories and community events as possible. Our stories will always have an author with accurate sources, and we will never charge for news.

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The Grape Vine is based in Lodi, California, and will currently focus on news stories from the immediate area, including Woodbridge, Acampo, Lockeford, and Stockton. Our hope is to expand throughout the county with journalists based in each city: Lodi, Stockton, Manteca, Tracy, and beyond!

If you are interested in reporting news on The Grape Vine, contact us using the information and email form from the contact page.


We strive to remain unbiased in our reporting, delivering facts using legitimate sources. However, when it comes to politics and our society’s path towards the future, there is not always a right and wrong side. In these instances we will attempt to present the story from alternate perspectives.


Local news outlets are the heart and soul of Democratic societies, but they have been following like dominoes to big money interests, either through closing up shop or taking the money and skewing facts. The Grape Vine will accept advertising money as long as it comes unconditionally. Those working at The Grape Vine then have a duty to regularly investigate entities that provide large funding that could possibly influence reporting, and reveal any instances of wrong-doing to the public.

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