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Thursday 04/17/2014
Sophisticated and Stupid Make Mockery of Jail

by Frank Gayaldo I promise folks, if you like a good laugh or cry, this will be worth reading in its entirety. On Tuesday the Board of Supervisors allocated $384,000 to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office to upgrade part of the fencing around the jail’s Honor Farm. The following are some excerpts from the … Continue reading

Posted in Lodi360 on Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:19 am. Updated: 2:01 am. Comments (0)

Tuesday 04/15/2014
Who is Telling the Truth About Modular Jails?

By Frank Gayaldo Stockton, California has become infamous for its city bankruptcy and high crime rate. Both Sheriff candidates agree we need more jail space. The argument has come down to whether modular jail construction is a viable and affordable solution or not. Sheriff Candidate Pat Withrow believes that modular jails can help reduce site … Continue reading

Posted in Lodi360 on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 7:04 am. Updated: 2:08 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 04/14/2014
Buy Hutchins Street Square tickets only from trusted sources!

In the last couple months we've seen instances of people coming to the theater at Hutchins Street Square with print-at-home tickets, but they're phony.

Posted in Lodiparks on Monday, April 14, 2014 2:57 pm. Updated: 10:10 pm. Comments (0)

Friday 04/11/2014
Hutchins Street Square pool reopens Monday

After being closed the past two weeks for installation of a new filtration system, the indoor pool at Hutchins Street Square reopens Monday, April 14.

Posted in Lodiparks on Friday, April 11, 2014 3:28 pm. Updated: 9:11 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 04/10/2014
Baseball Photos: Varsity Highlights

Tokay and Lodi High varsity baseball teams played rivals St. Mary’s and Franklin this week at Zupo Field. A gallery of action and personality photos from both events are available KeithColganPhotography.com Are you familiar with the history of Zupo Field?  It began in 1924 as “Lawrence Park” and served as home for five Major League … Continue reading

Posted in Lodi360 on Thursday, April 10, 2014 5:48 pm. Updated: 7:13 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 04/09/2014
Little Mermaid Meet & Greet

Do you have kids that line up to greet Disneyland characters? Do you have an affinity for mermaid princesses, princes, crabs or cute guppies? If yes, you will want to swing by the House of Coffees this Saturday between 9 am and 11 am. The cast of the Little Mermaid Jr. will be holding a meet and greet. Get a signature, snap a photo and buy your tickets to the upcoming Little Mermaid Jr. production!

Posted in Education, Learning link on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 10:38 am. Comments (1)

Tuesday 04/08/2014
A step by step process to preparing a fish meal

I enjoy eating fish but I do not really like really fishy tasting fish. I have found one of my new favorite types of fish to cook at home. It is called Rockfish. It is meaty, comes boneless and the taste is mild.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:39 am. Comments (0)

Monday 04/07/2014
Enchanted by the floating homes of Sausalito

The forecast called for a break in the rain that Sunday. We were heading north, and the promises of a blue sky on the bay meant we were in for a bit of luck. Maggie and I hit the freeways … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Monday, April 7, 2014 9:24 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Adventure Tours , Bay , California , Floating Homes , Houseboats , Lifestyle , Northern California , Ocean Life , Photography , San Francisco , Sausalito , Tours , Travel. , Walking Tour , Walking Tours Comments (0)

Summer Activity Guide coming soon!

Posted in Lodiparks on Monday, April 7, 2014 5:03 pm. Updated: 11:09 pm. Comments (0)

Ed DeBenedetti tosses the first pitch

 It was great to see Ed DeBenedetti at Salas Park on Saturday morning, where he threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the 2014 youth baseball and softball seasons. DeBenedetti served as Lodi's Parks & Rec director for more than 30 years before retiring in 1985. He was instrumental in the formation of the current Boosters of Boys & Girls Sports (BOBS), who coordinate youth sports in Lodi.

Posted in Lodiparks on Monday, April 7, 2014 5:00 pm. Updated: 11:09 pm. Comments (0)

Straw patch Easter grass satisfies the sweet tooth

For any vegan with a sweet tooth, try straw patch Easter grass. I adapted this recipe from the back of a box of Shredded Wheat. With a few vegan friendly changes, straw patch Easter grass was a hit at the last CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program) potluck. The table was laden with wonderful vegan dishes, and my straw patch Easter grass found its way to the dessert section.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Monday, April 7, 2014 3:32 pm. Comments (1)

Tsoureki — A Greek Easter bread

While organizing my notes for this month’s blog, I came across one of many online recipes for Tsoureki (‘tsoo-REH-kee’), a traditional Greek Easter bread with one or more red-dyed eggs-which symbolize the blood of Christ-imbedded in the dough before baking. I had seen recipes for this bread many times but now I was intrigued enough to look into the history of this bread. I gained a deeper appreciation for the contributions of the ancient Greeks to bread.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Monday, April 7, 2014 3:10 pm. Comments (0)

Catch of the day

My favorite component of my cooking passion is sharing recipes with others and teaching people how to be creative in their kitchen endeavors. In preparation for an upcoming class at Draeger’s Market in San Mateo, I was explaining to my girlfriend a fantastic way of cooking fish in parchment paper.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Monday, April 7, 2014 3:03 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 04/01/2014
Ongoing eWaste collection

Hosting garage sales are on the bottom of my list, but I few months ago I really needed to purge so I bit the bullet and held one. I had not one, not two but THREE huge "box" televisions. In my naiveté, I thought it would be no problem to get $20 out of each of them. They were fully functional and two even had remote controls. Boy, was I wrong. For a while, I was thinking I was going to have to PAY someone to take them from me!

Posted in Education, Learning link on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 8:11 am. Comments (0)

Sunday 03/30/2014
LODI360 Wine Show Photographs

As photographic evidence shows, the Lodi Grape Festival’s Ole Mettler Pavilion drew a large crowd of thirsty local’s on Friday evening to feast on tasty morsels of fine food and sip the harvest of some of Lodi’s best wines.  The Las Vegas theme, complete with a fun but unconvincing Elvis, kept spirits high.  An accomplished … Continue reading

Posted in Lodi360 on Sunday, March 30, 2014 5:25 am. Comments (0)

Friday 03/28/2014
Leland Yee, a friend of newspapers, may have had a dark side

Leland Yee, the state senator accused of bribery and gun trafficking, was a friend of California newspapers.

Posted in Marty n rich on Friday, March 28, 2014 5:23 pm. | Tags: Senator Leland Yee , Freedom Of Information , California State Senate , Federal Bureau Of Investigation , Public Records Act , Brown Act , Bribery , Gun Trafficking Comments (0)

Thursday 03/27/2014
Rec Commission agenda includes Strategic Plan, future donation fund

The Parks and Recreation Commission is scheduled to act on a couple of matters Tuesday that will have a significant impact on the future of the City's parks and recreation programs.

Posted in Lodiparks on Thursday, March 27, 2014 2:20 pm. Updated: 9:12 pm. Comments (0)

April 19 egg hunt on the lawn at Hutchins Street Square

Who doesn't love an egg hunt on the lawn? We'll have more details to come about where to assemble, etc., but be sure to put it on your calendar.

Posted in Lodiparks on Thursday, March 27, 2014 11:59 am. Updated: 8:13 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 03/26/2014
The Chinese market | Under the freeway

Early Saturday morning, before we worried about putting on eyeliner or scrambling eggs for breakfast, my mom and I drove down El Dorado to the Chinese Farmer’s Market under the crosstown freeway. She’d ran into friends of a friend at Trader … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 10:08 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Chinese Market , Cooking , Farmers Market , Food , Photography , Produce , Vegetables Comments (0)

New Exhibition to Open at Museum

Popular songs about the State of California, from the Gold Rush through the vaudeville era, are celebrated in the new exhibition Singing the Golden State, which opens on April 6 at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum. The exhibition spotlights graphically striking sheet-music covers published from 1849 through the 1930s.

Posted in Historical on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 7:24 pm. Updated: 4:13 am. Comments (0)

Near Lodi, a modern marvel takes shape


Posted in Marty n rich on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 6:25 pm. | Tags: Sutter Home Winery , Bob Torres , Sutter Home , Trinchero Family Estates , Senior Vp Of Operations , Joshua Udalgo Comments (0)

Sunday 03/23/2014
Is the glass ceiling about to shatter?

Fortune, the National Center for Education Statistics and the Population Reference Bureau are among many institutions that have noted the “feminization of education.”

Posted in Marty n rich on Sunday, March 23, 2014 9:53 pm. | Tags: Helen Ring Robinson , Colorado , State Senate , Ludlow Massacre , Feminization Of Education , Rates Of College Graduation , Colorado Women's Hall Of Fame Comments (0)

Friday 03/21/2014
View, inspect kayaks up for auction

We have a bunch of kayaks we'll be auctioning off; we won't be needing them with The Headwaters Kayak shop taking over rental operations at the Lodi Lake boat house next month.

Posted in Lodiparks on Friday, March 21, 2014 7:47 pm. Updated: 1:10 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 03/20/2014
Why Save Old Records?

Old government records are on my mind. Yesterday, I worked in downtown Stockton with one of members of the San Joaquin County Historic Records Inventory Project. So far, the team has inventoried about fifteen hundred items, bound volumes that range in size from small to enormous. We still have a long way to go before we're . . . → Read More: Why Save Old Records?

Posted in Historical on Thursday, March 20, 2014 9:32 pm. Updated: 2:05 am. Comments (0)

Tuesday 03/18/2014
The Joys of Photography

For better “and” worse, we live in an era of high technology … a distinction of fleeting permanence if Moore’s Law has anything to say about it.  As a result, advances in camera technology have revolutionized man’s ability to record and propagate images, a consequential nuisance to law enforcement and delight to new parents. Any, … Continue reading

Posted in Lodi360 on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 5:30 am. Updated: 1:14 pm. Comments (0)

Friday 03/14/2014
Bluegrass at the Lake festival planning underway

Posted in Lodiparks on Friday, March 14, 2014 4:57 pm. Updated: 1:08 am. Comments (0)

Theresa and Charles Wriston: Chapter Two

Who would have ever thought? Last week's post, which involved Charles Wriston, his wife, Theresa, and their two children, triggered a lot of feedback. The responses tended to fall into two categories.

Posted in Historical on Friday, March 14, 2014 2:31 pm. Updated: 7:09 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 03/13/2014
Coach Hinchman Readies His Tennis Players

Coach David Hinchman gets his boys ready for Spring tennis.  Practicing today with St. Mary’s High School at the Woodbridge Golf & Country Club, two of Lodi’s standout players could be seen sharpening their skills …  Jacob Neal, who has the power and size to play defensive tackle, and Leonardo Recupero (a recent Italian import) … Continue reading

Posted in Lodi360 on Thursday, March 13, 2014 2:28 am. Updated: 5:12 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 03/12/2014
An inexpensive twist to decorating Easter eggs

There are some creative ways to decorate Easter eggs if you need an inexpensive decorating twist to the process. Take bubble wrap that is three to four bubbles wide and paint a very thin coat of acrylic paint over it. Roll the egg over the paint and let dry. Another idea is to take patterned paper napkins and cut out the designs. Apply them to the egg using craft glue. For more egg decorating ideas, visit http://www.aeb-online.org/pr/140310decorating.html.

Posted in Saving with pam on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:24 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 03/11/2014
Spring break camp available for kids!

So you've got a child-care problem. You're working, but the kids have two weeks off. You can't take vacation, but the kids need a place to go.

Posted in Lodiparks on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 4:57 pm. Updated: 8:05 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 03/10/2014
Hollywood Actor Visits Lodi

Hollywood actor Mr. James Hong visited Lodi Sunday evening to meet the students of local self-defense instructor Tony Nunez and to receive an award of appreciation for his work in the entertainment industry. Mr. Hong has credits for over 500 television and movie appearances and is celebrating his 60th anniversary in Hollywood. He is known … Continue reading

Posted in Lodi360 on Monday, March 10, 2014 11:36 pm. Comments (0)

Sister City Committee Crab Feed

The Lodi Sister City Committee held its annual crab feed last Saturday.  A record number of hungry participants helped raise funds to continue the committee’s efforts to strengthen economic and cultural relations between Kofu, Japan and Lodi, Italy.  In August of 2011, Lodi hosted a delegation from Kofu, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Lodi’s and Kofu’s … Continue reading

Posted in Lodi360 on Monday, March 10, 2014 7:20 pm. Comments (0)

Sunday 03/09/2014
Friends. Weekend. Snow cabin.

Howdy, friends. Last week, I shared this video of the few days I spent near South Lake Tahoe. In honor of my friend Andrea’s birthday, we  snuck away to Bear Paw Cabin, a snowy fortress with plenty of snow, a … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Sunday, March 9, 2014 8:25 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Cabin , Friends , Lake Tahoe , Snow , Snow Cabin , Tahoe Comments (0)

Thursday 03/06/2014
Surprises on the Trail of Dusty Old Records

What comes to your mind when you hear the words historic county records? Darkened warehouses? Moldering paper? Dusty shelves? How about stories of tragedy, courage, and compassion?

Posted in Historical on Thursday, March 6, 2014 7:07 pm. Updated: 10:04 am. Comments (0)

The ultimate accompaniment to corned beef

A well constructed sauce can turn a good meal into a great one. The complimentary flavors of a great salsa to a taco, a hollandaise to eggs benedict or asparagus, or a port reduction to a grilled steak can “kick it up a notch” to make a meal memorable.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Thursday, March 6, 2014 2:38 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 03/05/2014
SAFETY update. LOCK your doors!

I just read a startling post from a friend on Facebook about a scary event that occurred today. In a nice, quiet Woodbridge neighborhood, an intruder walked through an unlocked door into a home where there were two teenagers.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 9:05 pm. Comments (0)

Bear Paw Cabin in Tahoe | 8mm style

Once upon a time, I got it in my mind that I don’t like snow. Wow, was I wrong. Here is a fun little video I made with clips of a snow cabin weekend with friends taken on my iPhone. … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 8:20 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Cabin , Lake Tahoe , Snow , Video , Youtube Comments (0)

Reading Celebration at Needham Elementary School

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss got it right. When you read, every day can be an adventure!

Posted in Learning link, Education on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 9:51 am. Comments (0)

Tuesday 03/04/2014
A St. Patrick's Day tradition

In my house, Irish Soda Bread is a tradition on St. Patrick’s Day and fond memories of Nana Bradley come to mind. Not a blood relative, Anne Bradley was a family friend who was Irish to the core. When I was a child, I remember visiting her in a studio apartment in Oakland.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 11:39 am. Comments (0)

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by making shepherd's pie

I admit it: I am addicted to serious cooking and food-related shows. I only watch programs which go beyond the usual basics. One of these is Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Kitchen Nightmares’. I am aware that there is a script and a director, but listening to arrogant restaurant owners argue with this established chef about the hazards lurking in the walk-in, and how their unique menu is better than anything that Gordon has in mind, just cracks me up. Recently, I was inspired by an episode featuring a failing Irish pub and their dismal Shepherd’s Pie. Realizing that it was time to look into the domestic origins of this venerable classic, I started with pubs in general.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 11:16 am. Comments (0)

Try adding spinach into every meal of the day

Well I am on a Spinach kick — so I am sharing the amazing ideas and benefits with all of you!

Posted in Kitchencorner on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 11:05 am. Comments (0)

Monday 03/03/2014
Lodi Senior Follies – 2014

In Lodi, fine wine isn’t the only thing that improves with age.  Just ask any of the 400 who enjoyed this year’s senior talent show Sunday afternnon.  19 professionally staged acts showcased a variety of dance styles,  singers and talented musicians.  91 year old vocalist Pat Perea set a high bar with a beautiful rendition … Continue reading

Posted in Lodi360 on Monday, March 3, 2014 9:51 pm. Comments (0)

Washington Elementary goes green

Washington Elementary School is going green, one lesson and electronic at a time.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Monday, March 3, 2014 8:32 am. Comments (0)

Friday 02/28/2014
Saturday's youth sports tryouts, games canceled

Salas Park on Friday Due to wet field conditions, the Tiny Tot Soccer games scheduled for Saturday, March 1 are canceled. They will be rescheduled for March 8 at the same times and locations.

Posted in Lodiparks on Friday, February 28, 2014 2:03 pm. Updated: 8:09 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 02/27/2014
Museum Offers Workshop on Writing Memoirs

One well-known family from American history.

Posted in Historical on Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:19 pm. Updated: 10:04 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 02/26/2014
Lodi High Gets Ready for Baseball

Besides the great weather in Lodi (75 degrees today), Spring means the start of baseball season. This afternoon varsity coach Hobie Schultz and his staff drilled the team in preparation for their first games against East Union and Liberty Ranch.  In 1980, Coach Schultz received the James E. Conklin Memorial Award and was named Lodi … Continue reading

Posted in Lodi360 on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 4:46 am. Updated: 9:01 am. Comments (0)

Monday 02/24/2014

The California Department of Education (CDE) posted a news release warning and is reminding people not to share personal information over the phone.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Monday, February 24, 2014 8:58 am. Comments (0)

Friday 02/21/2014
Exhibit of Historic Postcards to Open at Museum

One of the most fascinating but little-known treasures of the San Joaquin County Historical Museum may be its collection of historic postcards. The scenes they depict range from the mundane to the bizarre. Starting the first week of March, visitors can catch glimpses into this rich collection of local resources when the Museum opens an exhibit . . . → Read More: Exhibit of Historic Postcards to Open at Museum

Posted in Historical on Friday, February 21, 2014 3:31 pm. Updated: 10:04 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 02/19/2014
Lodi Lake Park receives $710,000 State grant

The Boating and Waterways Commission today endorsed a $710,000 grant to repair our boating facilities at Lodi Lake Park and improve parking and ADA access. We're hoping to have the work completed a year from now.

Posted in Lodiparks on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 5:19 pm. Updated: 6:13 am. Comments (0)

Tuesday 02/18/2014
The original packaged food: Heirloom seed packets

There are still remnants of the elegant bank that opened its corner doors in the 1920s. The marble floors. The railings, still gold but tarnished after decades of fingers gripping the cool metal. The tall, tall, rounded windows with watermelons … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 9:33 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Farming , Garden , Gardening , Gmo , Gmo-free , Heirloom , Heirloom Seeds , Petaluma , Photography , Seeds , Theurbanhippie , Travel. Comments (0)

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Should graduations return to the Grape Bowl?

Lodi Unified leaders are moving Lodi and Tokay high school graduations from the Grape Bowl to the Spanos Center at UOP in Stockton. They cite limited seating, costs and unpredictable weather at the Grape Bowl. But others say graduations at the Grape Bowl are an important Lodi tradition, and one reason many supported renovating the stadium. What do you think?

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