Lodi Unified School District trustees will host a series of town hall meetings regarding budget issues as part of an effort to maintain open lines of communication with the community they serve.
These town hall meetings will serve as pubic forums in which the trustees will respond directly to questions from community members, parents and employees.
Town hall meetings will run from 6 to 8 p.m. on the following dates:
- Tuesday, March 30 in the Creekside Elementary School cafeteria, 2515 Estate Drive, Stockton.
- Wednesday, March 31 at the Lodi Public Library Sullivan Community Room, 201 West Locust St.
- Thursday, April 1 in the Bear Creek High School cafeteria, 10555 Thornton Road, Stockton.
— News-Sentinel staff
Gang talk tonight in Galt
Police and school officials will talk tonight about gang troubles in Galt, and they encourage the public to attend.
The discussion will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Galt High School auditorium, 145 N. Lincoln Way.
Like a number of area cities, Galt has recently seen an increase in gang activity, especially between the Norteno and Sureno Hispanic gangs.
Tonight's presentation will include a history of gangs, their effect on communities, and how police and school officials are trying to reduce gang problems, according to Galt police. The goal is to make citizens more aware of gangs.
The presentation is free and is open to the public.
Analyst urges new plan to track groundwater
A state report says California should start tracking how much water is being pumped from underground aquifers to get a better measurement of what some officials consider unreliable supplies.
Each year, California gets at least one-third of its water supply from the ground. A bill passed by the Legislature last year set up a largely voluntary program to monitor groundwater basins, but the Legislative Analyst's Office recommends measuring how much is being pumped out as well.
Both cities and farmers have resisted attempts at groundwater permitting because they consider it a freely available resource.
The legislative analyst says groundwater is a shared public asset and suggests California follow models in other Western states that require active measurement of groundwater pumping.
— Associated Press
Forum for Republican congressional candidates
The four remaining Republican candidates for the 11th Congressional District seat held by Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, will participate in a community forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 5 in the West Forum at San Joaquin Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Candidates participating are Tony Amador of Lodi, Elizabeth Emken of Danville, Brad Goehring of Clements and David Harmer of San Ramon.
Enter the campus from Pacific Avenue, turn left from the entrance and right into the second parking lot, "Locke 3." Volunteers will guide you to the forum.
Congressman endorses Elizabeth Emken
Rep. Ed Royce, R-Fullerton, has endorsed Republican Elizabeth Emken for the 11th Congressional seat held by Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton.