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Posted: Friday, February 12, 2010 12:00 am

San Joaquin County's plan to widen Lower Sacramento Road between Pixley Slough and the curve south of Harney Lane will be the subject of an open house on Wednesday.

The county plans to widen the road to add lanes, install a raised median and make traffic signal upgrades. Plans also call for an underground utilities district to be established to allow utility companies to relocate overhead wires underground.

The open house will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Henderson Community Day School, 13451 N. Extension Road, Lodi. A brief presentation by the county Public Works Department will be held at 6.

For more information or to comment on the project, call Jennifer Tencati at 916-658-0180, ext. 131, or e-mail lowersacroad@circlepoint.com.

Ross Farrow

Fundraiser for Clovis Baptiste on Saturday

From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, a fundraiser will be held for Lodi businessman Clovis Baptiste, who has not heard from his 10 siblings or parents in Haiti since the devastating earthquake there on Jan. 12. The event is being hosted by Liberty Tax Service, and will take place in the company's parking lot on Kettleman Lane.

The fundraiser's organizers hope to raise $5,000 for Baptiste so he can travel to Haiti and search for his family. There will be raffle prizes and food available at the event. Alpine Meats and Pizza World have both committed to the effort.

Jordan Guinn

Galt High School teachers to work on state curriculum

Three of the 40 teachers chosen to participate in creating new statewide curriculum hail from the Galt Joint Union High School District.

The California Department of Education, and the Butte County Office of Education's Center for the Advancement of Digital Resources in Education, are in the process of developing an Online Career Technical Education (CTE) Curriculum Model.

Hundreds of teacher applications were screened and 40 teachers were selected to participate in a two-day intensive institute to create high-quality, engaging curriculum samples that are aligned withboth CTE and academic standards, according to Charles Howell, principal at Galt High School.

The teachers include Dane White, from Galt High School, Mandy Garner, from Liberty Ranch High School, and Brian Dodson, who teaches at both campuses.

In an e-mail, Howell said this represents an unprecedented effort to create one of the most technically advanced, innovative online curriculum repositories, and the resulting work will serve as models of instruction for all CTE teachers in related fields throughout California.

Jennifer Bonnett

State employee accused of using lawyer's identity

A state employee was arrested Thursday on accusations that he posed as an attorney with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing in order to help a friend.

Bruce Roberson, 49, was booked into the Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of practicing as an attorney, a misdemeanor, and felony identity theft. Bail was set at $25,000.

Roberson allegedly used letterhead belonging to a department attorney in an attempt to help a friend clear up a credit discrepancy, said Sacramento Police Officer Laura Peck. The female friend didn't initially know what Roberson had done, and there was no indication that she committed any crime, Peck said.

Roberson was arrested at work Thursday morning in Elk Grove, one of several offices that handles statewide matters.

The department has since launched an internal investigation to see if any confidential information was compromised, according to a press release issued by the agency. There was no reason to believe that had happened, but if so, all affected parties will be notified, Director Phyllis Cheng said in the release.

Layla Bohm

Lodi Unified School District charter school recognized

River Oaks Charter School in Stockton was the only Lodi Unified School District school to receive the 2009-10 Title I Academic Achievement Award. State Superintendent Jack O'Connell on Thursday announced the 238 winners.

"These award recipients prove that with hard work and high expectations, students can overcome challenges and achieve academic success," O'Connell said in a press release. "By working together, administrators, teachers, staff, students and parents have raised student achievement and narrowed the achievement gap. I congratulate these schools and everyone who worked hard to make them deserving of this significant award."

The Title I Academic Achievement Award is given only to schools receiving federal Title I funds as authorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

The criteria to qualify for the Title I Academic Achievement Award have become more rigorous in recent years. The school must demonstrate that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California's academic content standards. Additionally, the school's socio-economically disadvantaged students must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years.

O'Connell called the principal of each school selected to receive the Title I Academic Achievement Award to congratulate them.

The winners will be honored at a reception and banquet at the Disneyland Hotel on April 21.

Jennifer Bonnett

Susan Estrich to discuss rape laws at Pacific

Best-selling author and nationally-recognized political and legal analyst Susan Estrich next month will discuss rape and sexual assault laws in the United States in a lecture titled "Don't Say No, Say Rape."

Estrich is the author of numerous books and articles about law, politics and women, including "Sex & Power" and "The Case for Hillary Clinton." She is best known in academic circles for work on the law of sexual assault, notably her book "Real Rape," which was called a "vital book for judges, lawyers, law students, legislators, police officers, and those working in rape crisis centers" by the Christian Science Monitor and has been praised by numerous book critics and legal experts.

A syndicated columnist, Estrich has worked on an array of high-profile cases in the last two decades, representing clients such as Michael Milken. She has been a senior adviser to four presidential campaigns, has written briefs on reproductive rights for the Supreme Court, and clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens.

Her visit to Pacific is sponsored by nearly 20 campus and community organizations, including Pacific's Gender Studies program, Pacific Legal Scholars Program, the Pacific chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the San Joaquin Bar Association and the Women's Center of San Joaquin County.

The speech will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 3, in the Faye Spanos Concert Hall on the Stockton Campus of University of the Pacific. It is free and open to the public.

— News-Sentinel staff

Arizona congressman endorses David Harmer

Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, has announced his endorsement for Republican David Harmer for the 11th Congressional District seat held by Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton.

Ross Farrow

Escalon officials support Brad Goehring

Escalon Mayor Walt Murken and Councilmen Gary Haskin and Jeff Laugero announced their endorsement of Republican Brad Goehring for the 11th Congressional District seat held by Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton.

The other two Escalon councilmen, Danny Fox and Ed Alves, previously endorsed Goehring.

Ross Farrow

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