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Saturday 08/30/2014
Lawmakers pass first California groundwater rules

The worst drought in a generation has pushed California lawmakers to overhaul the state’s longstanding “pump-as-you-please” groundwater policy under a package of bills lawmakers sent Friday to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Posted: August 30, 2014
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Environmental Protection Agency critical of California twin tunnel project

A pair of giant water diversion tunnels proposed for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta could violate the federal Clean Water Act and increase harm to endangered fish species, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which released its formal comment on the project Thursday.

Posted: August 30, 2014
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Logbook

Between the hours of 8 a.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday, the Lodi Police Department received 186 calls for service. Below is a sample of those calls:

Posted: August 30, 2014
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Robert Tuitavuki uses Haiti experince to manage Waterloo-Morada and Mokelumne fire districts

It’s not often you will see Waterloo-Morada Fire Chief Robert Tuitavuki without a strong, confident grin across his face or an open hand ready to give a firm handshake.

Posted: August 30, 2014
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Principal Rafael Ceja is ready to face any challenge at Live Oak Elementary School

In between the fields and country homes lies Live Oak Elementary, a school in the Lodi Unified School District, which has a new principal this year. Principal Rafael Ceja says he is excited and prepared to take on this new leadership role for the 322 student school that draws from Lodi’s countryside, including a migrant worker camp. Here’s what he had to say:

Posted: August 30, 2014
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Friday 08/29/2014
Lodi gym Pure Form PFT blends ‘true fitness,’ family feel

Carl Hultgren scans the row of fitness trainees doing burpee exercises, calling out to one man to keep his head up. The trainees quickly crouch down and kick their legs back into push-up position before jumping back up.

Posted: August 29, 2014
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Lodi Police Department seeks DUI grant funding

The Lodi City Council is expected to authorize the Lodi Police Department’s request for a $154,000 grant when it approves its consent calendar at Wednesday night’s meeting.

Posted: August 29, 2014
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Employee salary increase on Galt City Council agenda

Dozens of city of Galt employees could get a cost of living salary adjustment if a new contract is approved by the city council next week.

Posted: August 29, 2014
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Tail-waggers

Chatter and Champ, two brothers, are just over 1 year old, and are neutered black tabbies. The duo have been with PALS since they were kittens, and have grown into very handsome cats with great personalities.

Posted: August 29, 2014
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Labor Day closures

The Lodi News-Sentinel office will be closed Monday. There will be no paper published.

Posted: August 29, 2014
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Teen Lead parent orientation Wednesday

The Greater Area Lodi Youth Commission will host a parent orientation for its Teen Lead program Sept. 3 at Hutchins Street Square.

Posted: August 29, 2014
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City of Lodi to hire outside attorneys in Parminder Shergill suit

The city of Lodi will hire outside attorneys to represent itself, Lodi Police Chief Mark Helms and two Lodi police officers in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Sacramento rights attorney Mark Merin on behalf of Parminder Singh Shergill’s family.

Posted: August 29, 2014
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Delta Valley Modelers to hold annual festival

The Delta Valley Modelers will hold its annual West Coast Mini Festival for all model airplanes today and Sunday at Kingdon Air Park, 12145, DeVries Road.

Posted: August 29, 2014
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San Joaquin County health officials issue warning on algae blooms

With the last three-day weekend of summer upon us, San Joaquin County health officials are warning swimmers, boaters and fishers about the recent rapid growth of blue-green algae blooms in many local waterways that can produce potentially harmful toxins.

Updated: August 29, 2014 - 2:51 pm
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California extends review of $25 billion Delta plan

More planning is needed on a $25 billion proposal to build two massive water tunnels in Northern California, state officials said this week.

Posted: August 29, 2014
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Logbook

Between the hours of 8 a.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday, the Lodi Police Department received 150 calls for service. Below is a sample of those calls:

Posted: August 29, 2014
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Thursday 08/28/2014
Lodi police looking for tips in house burglary

The Lodi Police Department is still looking for two suspects in the burglary of a home on the 2000 block of Tyler Way, according to Lt. Sierra Brucia.

Posted: August 28, 2014
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Herald Fire Protection District hires former Galt fire chief

The Herald Fire Protection District has hired retired Galt Fire Chief Jim Templeton to lead its department on an interim basis while its board searches for a permanent replacement for Chris McGranahan. Templeton’s first day was Wednesday.

Posted: August 28, 2014
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Investigation into pesticide drift needs more time

Gary Caseri, San Joaquin County’s interim agricultural commissioner, said Wednesday that results from May’s pesticide drift investigation may be ready in about a month.

Posted: August 28, 2014
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Lodi police to get new Tasers, body cameras

The Lodi Police Department recently purchased 45 new Tasers, and plans to purchase body cameras for all uniformed officers before next year, Lodi Police Chief Mark Helms said.

Posted: August 28, 2014
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