A Lodi man accused of robbing a Lodi coffee shop at gunpoint last month will spend three years in state prison after pleading guilty.
Kristopher Gonzalez, 22, entered the plea last week, according to San Joaquin County court records. He also admitted to an enhancement that a gun was used in the Feb. 13 robbery at Java Stop, 321 S. Hutchins St.
In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped a second count of robbery. After he was arrested for the Java Stop robbery, Lodi police detectives tied Gonzalez to the Jan. 21 armed robbery of El Molcajete Market, 360 E. Lodi Ave.
Gonzalez was sentenced Feb. 4 to three years in state prison, with 18 days worth of credit for the time already spent in custody, according to court records. He was fined $220 and ordered to pay restitution.
Survey to measure citizens' concerns
Today is the last day to submit a survey on what is needed in the community during the next five years. An online survey is available at www.pmcworld.com/phpQ/fillsurvey.php?sid=14.½
The survey will help the city of Lodi decide what the most pressing needs are for Community Development Block Grant funding. The survey asks people to mark how much Lodi needs things like historic preservation, street lighting, child care services, housing, counseling and storefront improvements.
During the 2009-10 city fiscal year, starting in July, Lodi will apply for its own block grants directly. Previously, the city applied through San Joaquin County.
The city is also asking for possible projects that qualify for the block grants. Project applications also must be turned in today. The Lodi City Council will have a public hearing on the applications on April 1 at 7 p.m. in Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St.
Forms to submit a project are available to download on Lodi's Web site at www.lodi.gov/community_development/Neighborhoods/CDBG.html.
Tokay journalism class sweeps regional contest
Tokay High School's yearbook won the sweepstakes trophy at the San Joaquin Valley Scholastic Press Association conference held over the weekend. It was sponsored by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at California State University, Fresno.
Individual first-place trophies were awarded to Temperance Rowell for yearbook design, Stephanie Poteet for yearbook essay/story and Karly Herrington, for yearbook photography. Rowell was last year's yearbook editor and is currently attending Fresno State.
The sweepstakes trophy is earned through a compilation of points, according to Tokay High publications adviser Roger Woo.
The school's newspaper also had an "excellent rating" in the large-school category.
The first-place mail-in trophy winners included Herrington, news/feature photographer and sports photography; Emily Suess, editorial writing; Zachary Siddle-Manas, cartooning; and Katherine Woznick, sports writing. She is currently co-editor of the campus newspaper along with Alyssa Severin.
On-the-spot first-place winners were Anna Woelfel, for editorial writing, and Elyssa Dutton for news photography.
Irrigation water supply to be discussed
The Woodbridge Irrigation District board will discuss water supply in the Mokelumne River and how much water the district will have for agricultural customers this year at Thursday's board meeting.
The board will also hear a report on Sunday's meeting of growers.
Thursday's meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the district office, 186777 N. Lower Sacramento Road, Woodbridge.
Lockeford board to seek stimulus funds?
The Lockeford Community Services District board will consider applying for federal stimulus funds for water and wastewater projects at Thursday's board meeting, which will begin at 9 a.m. at the Old Lockeford Schoolhouse, 19456 N. Jack Tone Road.
The board will also consider a contract with Callander & Associates to develop a plan for the new park south of the Lockeford Community Center.