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Posted: Friday, October 18, 2002 10:00 pm | Updated: 12:25 pm, Tue Jan 28, 2014.

District to break ground on Lodi school

Lodi Unified School District officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday for the new southeast Lodi school.

The new school will be the first Lodi campus to be constructed in a decade. It will be located on Culbertson Street and Blue Jay Way in Lodi.

The two-story school will cost $8.9 million and it's expected to be completed in January 2004.

The project is one of seven new schools listed in the district's $109.3 million school bond, which was approved by voters last March.

Man pleads guilty to vandalism

Joseph Trujillo of Galt, arrested in August on suspicion of vandalism, pleaded guilty to one count of vandalism after an incident at the Subway sandwich store at Galt Plaza, 1067 C St., court records show.

Trujillo, 19, allegedly banged on the back door, simulated a weapon and demanded money, police said. Trujillo also kicked out one of the police car's windows, police said.

He is out on $10,000 bail, court records show. He is due for sentencing on Jan. 2.

Charges against rape suspect dismissed

The Sacramento County District Attorney's Office has declined to file rape charges against Pedro Barboza Cortez, 22, who was arrested Aug. 25 in the 200 block of New Hope Road in Galt, according to court records.

The district attorney said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute, records show.

Preliminary hearing set for Galt man

A preliminary hearing for a 27-year-old Galt man charged with assault with a firearm, robbery and other offenses has been set for Oct. 28 in Sacramento County Superior Court

Francisco Gerardo Guzman was arrested July 23 in the parking lot of the Royal Delta Inn on North Lincoln Way after allegedly fired a gun at Michael Bates, 27, of Tracy, according to Galt police shot missed when Bates grabbed Guzman's hand, Bates told police.

Guzman was arrested on a warrant on Sept. 10 and released on $15,000 bail, court records show.

Firefighters endorse Hansen, Hitchcock

The Lodi Professional Firefighters union has decided to endorse incumbent Susan Hitchcock and candidate Larry Hansen in this year's City Council race.

There are three vacant seats and eight candidates.

The decision was made after the union's one-on-on candidate interviews.

The selection of candidates to endorse was not an easy choice because there are many very good candidates to chose from, Union President Sandy Wichman said.

The union's members chose Hitchcock for her tenacity on budget issues and Hansen for his knowledge on public safety and experience in this area.

Pombo, Shaw to debate in Tracy on Monday

Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, will debate his opponent Elaine Shaw Monday at the Poet-Christian School in Tracy, 1701 S. Central Ave.

The debate, part of the Tracy Press Candidate Forum, begins at 7:45 p.m. and is expected to last one hour.

The 11th congressional district encompasses San Joaquin, and the eastern part of Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties.

Stockton airport gets $4.3M grant

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted $4.3 million to Stockton Metro Airport. The money is designated for aid in the development of the airport's north side as well as enhance airport security.

Specific improvements, according to Barry Rondinella, Stockton Metro Airport director, include ramp improvements to accommodate wide-body turbo jet aircraft, taxiways and aircraft parking aprons.

Security improvements include perimeter fencing, security video system and real-time fingerprinting scanning for FBI background checks.

The upgrades represent the airport's first step toward realization of the county's Airport East Project, which includes development of 550-acres of land located adjacent to Stockton Metro. The plan calls for 8.5 million square feet of office space, a corporate campus, research and development, air cargo, and hotel/conference center space.

Rich Laiblin, senior deputy county administrator, said the airport development is an important investment in the economic vitality of San Joaquin County.

"And positioning Stockton as an air cargo center will build upon that strategy," Laiblin added

Pombo to visit school in north Stockton

Susan Neuman, assistant secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, will join Rep. Richard Pombo Thursday at Clairmont Elementary School in north Stockton.

The visit will include a session in the school library where Neuman and Pombo will read to first graders. The visit will also include a tour of the school, classroom visits and a meeting with school administrators.

In addition, free books will be given to students as a part of the First Book program. First Book, a national nonprofit that gives children from low-income families their first new books, is working in conjunction with Neuman to distribute 10,000 new books for the Department of Education's fall tour.

The titles are donated by a several publishers and are made available through the First Book National Book Bank. The First Book National Book Bank, a subsidiary program, is the first centralized system helping publishers donate new books and educational materials online.

Clairmont Elementary School, part of the Lodi Unified School District, is located at 8282 Le Mans Avenue in Stockton. The visit will begin at 10:15 a.m.

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