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Lodi City Council to consider Reynolds Ranch project

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Posted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 12:00 am

After protesting the Costco appeal, Charles and Melissa Katzakian also submitted an appeal on Friday of the Planning Commission's decision in March to move forward with Home Depot and Reynolds Ranch.

This means the Lodi City Council will have to consider the Home Depot and Reynolds Ranch applications at a future meeting. The council will hear the Costco appeal at its May 5 meeting.

Costco and Home Depot are the two anchors for the shopping center, which is located at Harney Lane and Highway 99.

Charles and Melissa Katzakian own the historic Morse-Skinner Ranch House, which is along the project's eastern edge.

The Katzakians are appealing the project's state-mandated Environmental Impact Report. They argue that the EIR had assumed their historic house would be used for retail, but since they have not been able to reach an agreement with Gillespie, they are still living in their house.

If the house were to remain residential, the couple believes that the city would have to do a new environmental analysis on the area to measure the land use impact of the project on the residential property.

Maggie Creamer

Lower Sacramento Road utilities to be moved underground

The owners of 52 parcels will benefit from the removal of overhead utility poles and wires while moving them underground.

The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors established a utility district for the Lower Sacramento Road corridor between Eight Mile Road and 1,600 feet north of Harney Lane on Tuesday.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. will pay for most of the project with help from Comcast and AT&T.

Ross Farrow

This item was updated at 11:20 a.m. April 8, 2010, to correct errors in the previous version.

Open house for dental duo Thursday

Chris Keszler and Lance Turner will be hosting an open house with food and refreshments Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at Keszler's office, where he practices dentistry, at 816 W. Lodi Ave.

Keszler will continue to see patients until he retires at the end of April and Turner takes over his practice. Keszler has been practicing dentistry in Lodi since 1947 and celebrates his 90th birthday today.

Thursday's open house will enable members of the public to interact with both dentists.

Jordan Guinn

Nomination deadline for award is Thursday

Nominations for the Frank Beeler Lower Mokelumne River Watershed Stewardship Award are being accepted through Thursday afternoon. The award recognizes organizations or individuals who have displayed leadership, activism and responsibility in the preservation of the Lower Mokelumne River Watershed. Former winners include Brad Lange, of Acampo, and Kathy Grant, of Lodi.

Beeler was a water and wastewater superintendent for the city of Lodi. He promoted the stewardship of the Lower Mokelumne River Watershed and helped form public education campaigns about watersheds such as the Lodi Storm Drain Detectives program.

For more information about the award or to get information on how to nominate someone, contact Rick Leong of the Lower Mokelumne River Partnership at 510-287-1192 or John Brodie at 327-2823.

Jordan Guinn

Woodbridge Irrigation District meeting canceled

The Woodbridge Irrigation District meeting on Thursday has been canceled. The next regular meeting for the district's board of directors will be held Tuesday.

Jordan Guinn

Two bills by Assemblywoman Alyson Huber pass committee

Two assembly bills designed to identify and eliminate government waste, duplication and inefficiency were approved by the Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection, according to Assemblywoman Alyson Huber's office.

Assembly Bill 1659 would require the Joint Sunset Review Committee to determine if various agencies are still necessary, should be reorganized or are cost effective.

Assembly Bill 2130 serves as starting point to define which government entities would be subject to the reviews and sets a timetable for the reviews.

Huber, D-El Dorado Hills, authored both bills, which will be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Ross Farrow

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  • posted at 3:08 pm on Wed, Apr 7, 2010.


    Nellie, what was that original offer? You seem to know and cheerlead for the good old boys? Give us the answer? Put up or shut up!

  • posted at 3:07 pm on Wed, Apr 7, 2010.


    Do you blame them, nellie? Gillespie needs to pay for his council buddies and planning commission for changing that RR project to more commercial after deleting the park and school. A whole new EIR should have been demanded when all that commercial was added. It changed the use drastically and the density of homes was not what the original project called for. Too many high density residences were added and way too much commercial. I doubt Gillespie will have a leg to stand on and will pony up whatever the Katzakians want for their historical designated property. I'd love to be a third party that would help the Katzakians run the bid up sky high. It's time the bullies are put in their place.

  • posted at 2:49 am on Wed, Apr 7, 2010.


    Sounds like Charles & Melissa are raising a fuss to get a bigger payday from Gillespie. Problem is that the real estate market tanked and they should have taken Dale's original offer.



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