Political and business leaders will gather in Galt Wednesday night to discuss a newly-completed "roadmap" for the city's economic development.
The report is titled "Creating Economic Vitality through Strategic Initiatives - An Economic Development Roadmap for the City of Galt."
It was created by city consultant Chabin Concepts, through interviews with business, government and community representatives. The plan includes four key initiatives: building a positive image; creating a vital Old Town; expanding and locating commercial businesses; and expanding and locating job-creating businesses.
To grow the city's economy, the roadmap suggests clarifying the city's regulatory process and fees, along with improving communication with local businesses. Everything from a more detailed city Web site to creating customer satisfaction surveys are recommended.
The report also recommends the city set a minimum annual budget between $75,000 and $100,000 for economic development activities, with a goal of increasing that to between $200,000 and $25,000 annually in three years.
The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall council chambers, 380 Civic Drive.
Irrigation board to review water supply, new fish screen
The Woodbridge Irrigation District board will review the possibility of having its Mokelumne River water allocation reduced to 39,000 acre-feet this year because of the dry winter.
The discussion at Thursday's board meeting will come during a hydrology report by Russ Taylor of the East Bay Municipal Utility District.
The board will also review the recently completed fish screen and an overlap agreement with the Stockton East Water District.
Thursday's meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the district office, 18777 N. Lower Sacramento Road, Woodbridge.
Long-range fire planning to be reviewed
The Mokelumne Rural Fire District board will continue its review of the district's plan for the next five to 15 years at Wednesday's board meeting.
The board will also continue discussing entering into a contract or consolidation with the neighboring Woodbridge Rural Fire Protection District and discuss possible reinstatement to the California strike teams.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the fire station, 13157 E. Brandt Road, Lockeford.
Deputies arrest 4 after finding graffiti, 100 spray cans
Two men and two teens were arrested Sunday after deputies allegedly caught them spray-painting a Highway 99 sound wall and found 100 cans of spray paint in their car.
San Joaquin County Sheriff's deputies went to the 300 block of South Anteros Avenue, just south of the Highway 26 exit in Stockton, at 3 a.m. Sunday. There they found that four people had jumped over a cyclone fence and passed a "No Trespassing" sign.
Deputies found graffiti on the sound barrier wall east of Highway 99, as well as the pedestrian walkway that crosses over the highway.
An aerosol paint can was resting against the vehicle's tire, paint-covered latex gloves were inside the car and all four suspects had paint on their hands and clothing, according to the Sheriff's report.
Inside the car, which belonged to Eli Josue Cruz-Hoyos, 19, deputies allegedly found about 100 spray cans in a variety of colors.
Cruz-Hoyos and Daven Keo, 18, were arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism, along with several misdemeanors including vandalism near a highway, trespassing on county property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The two teenagers, both 16-year-old boys, were arrested on similar charges and later released to their parents.
Delta board to meet
The San Joaquin Delta Community College will meet at 6:30 p.m. tonight to discuss a issuing series "B" bonds as well as a "personnel action," according to the trustee meeting agenda.
Trustees are also scheduled to hear a report on the college's Guadeloupe Travel Program and progress on portable classrooms at the Mountain House campus site.
The meeting will take place in the board room, Administration 103, on the campus located at 5151 Pacific Ave. in Stockton.