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Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2009 10:00 pm

A Lodi High School student remains hospitalized in critical condition after a weekend car crash.

Stephanie Jones' condition did not change Tuesday, according to a UC Davis Medical Center spokeswoman.

The 16-year-old was riding in a car around 11 p.m. Friday when the vehicle lost control at Thornton Road. Jones was thrown from the car and then struck by another vehicle.

Jones, the only person who had life-threatening injuries, was flown to the Sacramento hospital after the crash. The wreck remains under investigation by Stockton police.

Lodi Fire Department begins making staffing changes due to budget cuts

The Lodi Fire Department has begun changes to cut its overtime costs as part of a plan to overcome the city's budget challenges.

Fire Chief Michael Pretz said Tuesday that the department started a new system on Sunday to eliminate overtime by reducing the department's minimum staffing level from 15 to 12. Pretz said if firefighters call in sick or injured the department will not pay overtime for others to cover their shifts, but transfer firefighters over to the station that needs fill-ins. This means the department will be down one of its four fire engine teams.

"It does mean a reduction of service," Pretz said.

The staffing changes at the department are one of several steps the city's unions consented to in order to balance the city's budget and overcome a $1.4 million deficit.

The changes at the fire department are expected to save the city $200,000 and are part of nearly $600,000 in employee concessions.

Pretz said the changes will remain in effect until June 30, 2010.

Victor Fine Foods site gets no bidders

No one submitted a bid to purchase the 26-acre site of the old Victor Fine Foods plant that has lay in a state of decay since it was abandoned in 1991.

The 26-acre property, just north of the Mokelumne River east of Highway 99, was in foreclosure and put up for bid at a public auction Thursday in Stockton. No one bid on the land, Woodbridge Realtor Garry Duncan said.

"There were no serious offers in the four or five months we had it listed," Duncan said.

The property was owned by Mokelumne River School, a private Christian school just north of the Victor property. With no buyers at Thursday's auction, the previous owner, Woodbridge Partners, assumes ownership again.

Duncan said the owner doesn't plan to do anything with the property for the time being, although there are a couple of parties who have expressed interest in buying the land.

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1 comment:

  • posted at 5:23 pm on Wed, Mar 4, 2009.


    Why shut down an engine? A station could be manned with two firefighters instead of the normal three. Shut down the truck at station 1. There would still be a fully manned engine. Fire depts. all over the area only have two firefighters per station. Lodi is just over staffed.



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