STOCKTON — The case against Oscar Picazo, the former Lodi firefighter accused of embezzling almost $300,000 from the Lodi Professional Firefighters Union, was continued to Feb. 17 during his arraignment on Tuesday afternoon at the San Joaquin County Superior Court.
Lodi Unified School District began its first 2017 board meeting with a lengthy agenda to tackle, from preparing for the usage and oversight of the newly-passed Measure U bond to trying to solve the continuing substitute teacher shortage, as well as tackling updates to both district campuses and high school curriculum.
Despite a reduced police force in recent years, Lodi has continued to see a decline in gang-related incidents.
Three candidates were chosen to move on to the second round of interviews for Lodi’s vacant deputy city manger position after interviewing with two panels last Thursday. Initially, 20 people applied for the position left vacant after the retirement of former Deputy City Manager Jordan Ayers on Dec. 1, 2016.
A classroom filled with first-graders at Lockeford Elementary excitedly waited their turns to check out the newest residents of their classroom Friday. They are of the tiny, pink variety, and had just been chauffeured by bucket straight from their “maternity ward.”