On Wednesday night, the Planning Commission approved a use permit to allow expansions at the Wine Country Cardroom and Restaurant.
The 6 to 1 decision will allow the cardroom to add three more tables, for a total of 11, increase the hours from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. to 4 a.m., and expand the allowed card games to any the state Attorney General approves.
Planning Commission member Bill Cummings voted against the expansion.
Cardroom President Chris Ray said the cardroom could have the new hours, tables and games ready in 30 days. But he is expecting Christian Community Concerns President Ken Owens to appeal the use permit to the Lodi City Council.
County museum to switch schedule
The San Joaquin County Historical Museum at Micke Grove Park will switch to its summer hours beginning next week. The museum exhibits and grounds will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.
The new hours, which extend the public access time by two hours each day, will remain in effect through October. With the return to standard time in the fall, the museum will switch back to winter hours.
For more information about the 18-acre museum and special exhibits, visit www.sanjoaquinhistory.org or call 331-2055 or 953-3460.
Elementary district approves budget fixes
The Galt elementary school district has approved an employee proposal to work three fewer days next school year to save more than $300,000. This will affect more than 250 employees, including teachers, counselors, school district administrators and supervisors, according to Superintendent Karen Schauer, who will also reduce her workload.
The district, like others up and down the state, is struggling to balance its 2009-10 budget.
Board action for administrators, supervisors and the superintendent was made at a meeting Wednesday, while action for teachers took place at an earlier meeting.
In addition, trustees are taking reductions related to their monthly stipend.
Meanwhile, the district is still looking at approximately an additional $800,000 cut in state revenues. Those cuts will need to be finalized by the June board meeting, Schauer said.
Service Monday for
Galt accident victims
A celebration of the lives of Christy Gilmore and Jacqueline Bush will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday at Horizon Community Church, 446 Fairway Drive, Galt.
Gilmore, 49, and Bush, 53, were killed Saturday night in a two-car collision at Bruella and Collier roads in Acampo.
A car wash conducted by Central Valley Center to defray Gilmore's funeral expenses will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday on Market Street off C Street in Galt.
A trust fund to defray the Gilmore family's expenses has been established at Premier West Bank, 701 C St., Galt. The account number, in the name of James Gilmore, is XXXXXX1022.