A Superior Court judge heard two days of testimony Thursday and Friday on whether the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District acted properly in approving a landowner charge for groundwater last year.
Judge Elizabeth Humphreys took the testimony under advisement and will rule on a later date, according to North San Joaquin attorney Jennifer Spaletta.
The two-day trial consisted of attorneys and witnesses speaking, some on behalf of the district and others who oppose the district's methods to levy the groundwater charge, Spaletta said. Landowners opposing the charge were represented by attorney Tim Bittle of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.
Staffer for Sen. Boxer coming to town
A member of U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer's staff will conduct office hours for the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Galt City Hall, 380 Civic Drive.
The Boxer representative will be available to help individuals with Veterans Administration, Social Security or other federal agencies. Anyone seeking casework assistance may contact the representative on Wednesday.
For more information, call 366-7130.
Delta faculty protest alleged violation
STOCKTON - Nearly 80 San Joaquin Delta Community College faculty dressed in brown and walked around the school's administration building to protest a possible violation of the state's public meetings law by the school's board of trustees.
Last week, Trustee Ted Simas alleged that other members of the board had violated the Ralph M. Brown act by holding a serial meeting. He claims that board members had reached a consensus on extending the contract for college president Raul Rodriguez by holding discussions outside of a meeting that was announced with a public notice.
Rodriguez did not return requests for comment.
Instructor JoAnn Cataldo wore a brown sweater and skirt. She said the allegations made by Simas reflect what she said is the board's indifference to the taxpayers.
"The violation points to the lack of respect that the board of trustees has for its citizens," Cataldo said.
Three Lodians arrested for burglary
ARNOLD - Three Lodi residents were arrested for suspicion of burglary after a man reported a burglary n progress at a home Sunday afternoon.
At approximately 4:50 p.m. on Sunday, a dark-blue sedan matching the description the victim gave to police was stopped in Hathaway Pines, according to the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office. Three subjects in the car also matching the descriptions given by the victim were arrested after a flat-screen television and miscellaneous tools were among the contents found in the car.
Nickolas Demetrios Aftias, 24, Robert Alan Mulzet, 22, and Elizabeth Katherine Baker, 47, all of the 200 block of Flora Street, Lodi, were booked on suspicion of burglary after an arrest at Highway 4 and Darby Russell Road.
Aftias was also booked on suspicion of possession of a dangerous weapon after brass knuckles were found on him, according to the sheriff's office.
Mulzet and Baker are being held on $45,000 bail, and Aftias is being held on $60,000 bail at the Calaveras County Jail.
Amador County assessor endorses Sander
Rancho Cordova City Councilman David Sander, a candidate for the 10th Assembly District seat being vacated this year by Alan Nakanishi, R-Lodi, has been endorsed by Amador County Assessor Jim Rooney. Rooney is also chairman of the Amador County Republican Party.
Sander is one of four candidates for the Republican Assembly nomination. The others are Jack Sieglock of Lodi, Paul Hegyi of Elk Grove and Helen Baumann of El Dorado Hills. Democrats Jim Cook of Elk Grove and Alyson Huber of El Dorado Hills are also running.
Huber grew up in Lodi.