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Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 10:00 pm

Citizens can offer feedback on the draft General Plan at the Lodi Planning Commission meeting at 7 p.m. tonight in Carnegie Forum.

The document will guide Lodi's planning decisions for the next couple of decades. The plan has policies for land use, transportation, community design and growth management.

To view the document, go to www.lodi.gov and click on "General Plan." At the next screen, click on "Draft General Plan." Because the entire document is 102 megabytes, the city split the chapters into separate downloads.

There will be another chance for public comments at the commission's Oct. 14 meeting.

The public may comment on the Draft General Plan at the Planning Commission meetings, by e-mailing the Community Development Department at kchadwick@lodi.gov or by sending a letter to: Rad Bartlam, Community Development Department, City of Lodi, P.O. Box 3006, Lodi, CA 95241.

Bartlam is also available to speak to community groups about the plan. Call 333-6711 if your group is interested in a presentation.

- Maggie Creamer

Police find more victims in appliance store case

Two elderly women are now among the victims of a Lodi appliance store owner who allegedly took money but never delivered the goods, police said Tuesday.

The allegations mean that David Westerback could also face two charges of elder financial abuse, in addition to three felony counts of grand theft that were charged Monday. Police have now identified five victims, who have lost a total of about $22,000, said Lodi Police Detective Lee Patterson.

Westerback, 43, was arraigned Monday, where a judge set bail at $60,000. Before he posts bail, though, a judge will examine the money's origin to make sure it doesn't belong to the alleged victims, according to court records.

Westerback runs Anderson Maytag, 608 S. Central Ave., where victims allege they paid cash for appliances but never got them. Instead, Westerback allegedly made excuses for the weeks-long order delays, then ultimately told the customers they could take him to small claims court, Patterson said.

One victim has since gotten a civil judgment against Westerback for $3,759, and on Monday another victim served him with civil court papers in jail.

Since Westerback's Friday arrest, Patterson said two women, ages 72 and 74, have contacted him with similar allegations.

Westerback, who is being held in the San Joaquin County Jail, will return to court Sept. 30.

Patterson asked any other possible victims to call him at 333-6871.

- Layla Bohm

Lodi City Council invocations to be discussed Friday

Christian Community Concerns, a Lodi-based organization that promotes adding a Christian influence to government and public schools, will discuss on Friday the controversy surrounding invocations with Jesus' name at Lodi City Council meetings.

The Christian Community Concerns meeting, open to the public, will be held at 7 a.m. Friday at Richmaid Restaurant, 100 S. Cherokee Lane, Lodi.

The meeting will include a behind-the-scenes look at what has taken place in the past month regarding the community debate over invocations and discuss the City Council's upcoming hearing on the subject on Sept. 30, according to Ken Owen, the organization's president and founder.

For more information, call 368-0990.

- Ross Farrow

Paranormal writer in town tonight

Paul Dale Roberts, paranormal writer and investigator, will be the featured guest speaker for the Historic Anomaly Society at the group's meeting tonight.

Roberts has investigated paranormal activity, the Mayan prophecy that says the world will end in 2012, and UFOs. He has studied paranormal activity around California and the world, and is the general manager of Haunted and Paranormal Investigations International.

The Historic Anomaly Society is a group based out of Lodi dedicated to exploring and studying local legends, folklore and mysteries. The group will meet at Pizza World at 651 N. Cherokee Lane at 7 p.m. tonight.

- News-Sentinel staff

Oak Grove park will be sprayed for mosquitos

San Joaquin County mosquito officials will conduct ground spraying for mosquitoes at Oak Grove Regional Park in north Stockton and other locations tonight.

Oak Grove is south of Eight Mile Road and east of Interstate 5. Other spraying locations are:

  • West of I-5 from Telephone Cut south to Eight Mile Road.
  • West of I-5 between Fourteen Mile Slough and March Lane.
  • Wright and Elmwood tracts, west of Stockton.

Spraying will take place either between 7:30 p.m. and midnight today or from 4 to 6 a.m. Thursday.

For more information about mosquito control and West Nile virus, call toll-free at (877) 968-2473 or visit westnile.ca.gov or sjcphs.org/emprep/WestNileVirus.htm.

- Ross Farrow

San Joaquin County ag center officially completed

The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors issued a notice of completion of the county's agricultural center energy project.

The county was awarded a $490,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in December for a roof-mounted solar photovoltaic generating system for the agricultural center at 2101 E. Earhart Ave., near Stockton Airport.

The solar project, operational since August, is expected to provide about 15 percent of the annual usage at the center and provide clean energy for 30 to 40 years, county officials say. In the first year of operation, the new system will reduce energy costs by more than $20,000, and is expected to reduce costs by $2 million during its 30- to 40-year lifespan.

- Ross Farrow

Alan Nakanishi endorsed for Board of Equalization

Former Lodi Mayor and Assemblyman Alan Nakanishi, who is now running for the Board of Equalization, announced on Tuesday that he has been endorsed by San Joaquin County Supervisors Ken Vogel, Steve Bestolarides and Larry Ruhstaller.

- Ross Farrow

Lodi Vice Mayor Phil Katzakian endorses Jack Sieglock

Lodi Vice Mayor Phil Katzakian announced his support for Jack Sieglock, who is seeking the 10th Assembly District seat held by Alyson Huber, D-El Dorado Hills.

Sieglock, former Lodi mayor and San Joaquin County supervisor, narrowly lost to Huber in the November election last year. He is a Republican.

- Ross Farrow

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