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Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2005 10:00 pm

Council to discuss residential overcrowding

The Lodi City Council will review the state housing code on overcrowding during its informal study session Tuesday morning.

Current code regulations allow for up to 17 people to occupy a home with 787 square feet of rooms that have adequate emergency exits, smoke detectors and no prohibited appliances, fixtures or conditions, a city staff report said.

While local governments have little say in establishing occupancy limits, they can ensure that people do not live in garages, sheds, backyards and other outbuildings. Cities can also address problems associated with overcrowding such as improper sanitation and excessive junk and debris, the report said.

The meeting begins at 7 a.m. in Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St., and is open to the public. For more information, contact the City Clerk's Office at 333-6702.

LUSD reschedules State of District address

Lodi Unified School Board president Richard Jones and district Superintendent Bill Huyett will present the annual State of the District address at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Tokay High School Theater, 1111 Century Blvd., Lodi.

The address, originally scheduled for Feb. 17, was postponed after rumors spread that employees would protest a stalled contract by not showing up to work at school that same morning.

The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact Lodi Council PTA President Kathy Cassebarth at 368-6401.

This item was updated at 11:50 a.m. Feb. 28, 2005, to correct the location of the State of the District address.

Lodi Unified high school students move on

High Schools from Lodi Unified School District swept the Region 5 Championships of the SkillsUSA/VICA in a competition earlier this month at Tokay High School.

SkillsUSA members, made up of students, teachers and industry representatives, focuses on building a skilled workforce by improving students' work ethics and teaching them leadership skills, said Peter Purdy, the Tokay High teacher who hosted this year's regional competition.

Lodi Unified's three larger high schools earned nearly 100 gold and silver medals in 30 categories ranging from architecture to drafting and commercial photography to carpentry.

The 62 gold medal winners will move on to represent the region at the state level championships in Riverside, to be held April 14-17.

"It's our Super Bowl," Purdy said. "That's where they all want to go and run with the big boys."

The 31 silver medal winners from the regional competition Feb. 5 will act as alternates.

Applications available for council opening

San Joaquin County Supervisor Jack Sieglock will accept applications to fill the vacant seat on the Woodbridge Municipal Advisory Council.

The seven-member council usually meets quarterly to advise Sieglock and other county officials about issues of importance to Woodbridge. One seat became vacant recently when Shirley Ballard, who ran unopposed in the fall election, accepted a job that caused a time conflict with her MAC duties.

Interested residents have until March 4 to apply. The Board of Supervisors is expected to appoint someone to the council on March 22. For more information, call Sieglock's office at 468-3113.

Delta committee seeking member

The San Joaquin Community College Board of Trustees is seeking applications from qualified people interested in serving as an "at large" member of its Citizens' Oversight Committee.

The nine-member group is responsible for reviewing the spending of the college's $250 million Measure L bond passed by district voters in March.

Committee responsibilities include examining quarterly expense reports, informing the public of how bond money is being spent and presenting an annual report to the college's Board of Trustees.

Applicants must reside within the Delta College district, be 18 years or older and may not be an employee, vendor, contractor or consultant for the district.

Information and application materials are available at http://www.bond.deltacollege.edu. An informational workshop for those interested in the position will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the San Joaquin Delta College board room, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton.

All applications must be received in the Superintendent/President's Office by 5 p.m. Mar. 14. The appointment of the position will be announced at the board's April 19 meeting.

For more information about the committee or Delta College, call 954-5022.

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