Six weeks after a Lodi gun shop owner was shot during a robbery at his store and then drove himself home, he remains hospitalized.
No suspects have been arrested in the Jan. 24 shooting of Nick Flores, 60, Lodi police said.
Flores was in Nick's Gunworks, 440 E. Lodi Ave., when someone apparently fired a shot that hit his head. Police believe he was unconscious for some time before he managed to drive two miles home and his wife found him sitting in his chair with a head wound.
Flores, who had no memory of what happened to him, was taken to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
Detective Nick Rafiq said he still has not been able to interview Flores, and that no further witnesses have been found. Shortly after the shooting, a witness told police that he heard a shot and that two young men ran from the store.
Police believe three guns were stolen from the store, which remains closed.
Families to discuss Lodi Memorial's unit change
Friends and family members will meet today at Lodi Memorial Hospital's sub-acute unit to discuss a change in the unit that would cause its 13 patients to be transferred to other care homes.
Critics have called the unit change illegal and say patients have the right to appeal if Lodi Memorial asks them to leave.
The meeting will take place at 975 S. Fairmont Avenue at 3:30 p.m.
Interested family members can contact Jill Hernandez, ombudsman coordinator, at 468-3785.
City to upgrade lighting at Lodi Public Library
A change in lighting at the Lodi Library has city employees confident they can save the city $12,000 a year.
Work crews are replacing the library's existing lights with a high-efficiency system. Lodi Electric Utility Director George Morrow said in a statement that the project reflects the city's commitment to reducing operating costs while promoting energy efficiency.
Morrow said the city should save more than 110,000 kilowatt hours per year by using the more efficient T8 fluorescent lamps at the library.
Nancy Martinez, Lodi Library director, said the project is just one step of the city's efforts to improve the library.
"After three decades of heavy use, we're now taking the necessary steps to upgrade the library," she said. "This lighting retrofit is step one of that process."
Nakanishi eyes Board of Equalization seat
Assemblyman Alan Nakanishi, R-Lodi, is considering a run for a California Board of Equalization seat in 2010. He terms out of his Assembly seat at the end of this year.
Nakanishi said he is interested in the Board of Equalization because he wants to make sure that residents aren't overtaxed. He likes the control the board has in assessing property.
"It's a low-profile position, but high power," Nakanishi said. "Some positions are high-profile but no power."
Nakanishi said he hasn't announced whether he will run for the Board of Equalization, but he is not looking at any other options at this point.
The Board of Equalization is divided into four wide-ranging districts. Lodi and Galt are in District 2, which covers the entire Central Valley north to the Oregon border and south to Kern County. The district also includes the Sierra Nevada, Ventura County and even a portion of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Santa Barbara counties. Bill Leonard is the incumbent.
Galt approves fire sprinkler ordinance
The city of Galt will become the first in the region to mandate fire sprinklers in all new homes and businesses.
The Galt City Council - led by Councilman Tim Raboy - approved the new sprinkler ordinance by a 4 to 1 vote at its regular meeting Tuesday night.
Councilman Darryl Clare dissented.
"It's a great day," Raboy said this morning. "Because now we'll be protecting the citizens of Galt from dying in fires."
Raboy pushed for a similar ordinance four years ago, which was rejected in part.
Several developers and building industry representatives have opposed plans for a mandate, saying it would be too costly and take away choice from a homeowner.
Raboy has countered that sprinklers are a matter of public safety.
He noted that 69 people in the Sacramento area have lost their lives in residential fires over the past eight years.
The new city law requires a second reading next month, and is scheduled to go into effect by May.
It does not apply to detached buildings such as garages or sheds.
It does, however, apply to home remodels that double the size of a home, Raboy said.
"We're going to be the first city in Sacramento County to do this, and hopefully not the last," he added.
Foreclosure workshop at county fairgrounds
Homeowners facing foreclosure are invited to attend a free event Friday designed to help people keep their homes.
The nonprofit group Neighbor Works is hosting the event, to be held from 2 to 8 p.m. at the fairgrounds. According to a statement from the group, homeowners can work face to face with one of 10 lenders to try and work out options to avoid foreclosure.
Lenders scheduled to be at the event include: Countrywide, EMC Mortgage, GMAC/Rescap, HomEq (Stockton only), Home Loan Services, HSBC, IndyMac Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Option One and Washington Mutual.
For more information on Neighbor Works, visit http://www.nw.org.