Tokay students awarded cash for business plans
Tokay High students Crasean Roy and Dennis Faria one step closer to becoming co-owners of their own business, F and R Memorabilia, thanks to a project they prepared for teacher Debi Chiene's marketing class.
The pair were one of six groups competing Monday before classmates and a panel of judges from the community for best start-up business.
Cash prizes ranged from $125 to $25 and were provided by donations from the Lodi Kiwanis Club and Frontier Performance Lubrication, Inc.
Roy and Faria impressed the judges with their pitch for F and R Memorabilia, a business whose target audience would be adolescents.
They had their sales pitch down pat and delivered with passion, said former Tokay Principal and retired business owner Dutch Williams. The pair won first place.
"He was so excited," said Roy's father, Roderick Tyler, on Wednesday. Tyler added that the 16-year-old Roy does plan to start his business on a small-scale.
"They've got it already set up," he said. "This (project) was the foundation."
• The other $125 first-place award went to Ryan Goodberry, Kevin Keefer and Michael Caffese for a coffee cart called Quick Cup.
• $50 second-place winners were Gina Edgerly and Emily Cecchetti for Ideal Formal Wear and Marissa Benson for her upscale restaurant Bronze
• $25 third-place awards went to Sophat Kim for Kim's Arcade and Megan Delis for her idea for The Perfect Jean Company.
Agricultural Advisory Commission meets today
Members of the agricultural community are invited to attend an Agricultural Advisory Commission meeting this afternoon.
Topics will include agriculture waiver discharge, issues facing wineries, water quality from the Delta and San Joaquin River and an update on the Jones Tract.
The meeting is hosted by elected state officials, including Assemblyman Alan Nakanishi, R-Lodi.
It will be held in the cellar room at Wine and Roses, 2545 W. Turner Road. Wine tasting hosted by Lodi Wine Country will be from 2-3 p.m. while the meeting with legislators will commence at 3 p.m.
For more information, call Michael Babowal at 333-5330.
Dollar Dump Day this weekend
Lodi residents are encouraged to dump a caror pickup truck-load of unwanted items at the Central Valley Waste Services plant Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a mere $1.
Tires, TVs, computers and monitors, however, will be charged regular rates. A freon removal certificate is required for refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners or they, too, will be charged at regular rates.
A valid diver's license or utility bill may be used for proof of residency.
The plant is located at 1333 E. Turner Road. For more information, call 369-8274.
Fire district board approves developer fee
The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will soon consider a developer fee on future construction in unincorporated areas within the Galt Fire Protection District.
At a special meeting Tuesday night, the fire board recommended a fee structure of 41 cents per square foot for houses and duplexes, 55 cents per square foot for commercial buildings that contain overhead sprinklers and 70 cents per square foot for commercial structures without sprinklers.
The fee covers rural area west, north and east of the Galt city limits. The Galt City Council approved a separate developer fee in February for areas within the city limits. Within the city of Galt, the fire district will receive $98 for future houses and $64 for multifamily units. Businesses will not be charged a developer fee.
Galt Relay for Life taking team sign-ups
Teams can sign up for Galt's Relay for Life, which will be from 9 a.m. May 7 to 9 a.m. May 8 at Galt High School, 145 N. Lincoln Way, Galt. Teams will walk laps for 24 hours and must keep a team member on the track at all times. Team registration fee is $150. Funds raised benefit research and education for the American Cancer Society, which will help people locally.
For information or to register, call Trista Jensen at the American Cancer Society at (916) 446-7933, option 3, or Yohanna Sandoval at Galt High School at 745-3081, ext. 3268.
Reclamation board to discuss levee project
The Thornton-based Reclamation District 348 board will hear an update on its upcoming levee renovation project at this afternoon's board meeting.
The board will also consider awarding a contract on the project, discuss possible eminent domain issues and removing trees from private property to prepare for the levee project.
In closed session, the board will discuss a lawsuit filed against the district by Robert Mori II.
Today's board meeting will begin at 2 p.m. at the offices of Croce and
Co., 501 W. Weber Ave., Fifth Floor, Stockton.
Fire board to discuss plan to build new station
Thornton Fire board members will discuss a five-year plan to build a new fire station and a possible developer fee to finance it at today's board meeting, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the fire station, 25999 N. Thornton Road.
The board will also hear an update on attempts to sell an old fire engine.
Murderer's personal ad pulled after complaints
SACRAMENTO -- A Web site proprietor who featured the personal ad of the man who abducted, raped and murdered 12-year-old Courtney Sconce five years ago has temporarily suspended operations after Sconce's parents publicly discussed their distress over the site.
Cindy and Mark Sconce said they were horrified to discover Justin Weinberger's friendly solicitation on a Web site dedicated to finding pen pals for prison inmates.
In the ad, Weinberger described himself as "logical, honest, inquisitive, outgoing, loving and caring" but failed to mention anything about the crimes that landed him in prison for life.
"I'm trying to resolve this so we can have something we can all live with," said the site's proprietor, who identifies herself only by her first name, Kay.
She said Tuesday that she won't reinstate the Web site until she can include Weinberger's list of criminal convictions on his page. Mark Sconce said Tuesday he is "extremely happy" that the personal ad has been removed. But the issue may not be easy to resolve.
Kay said she has signed contracts from Weinberger and roughly 300 other clients that say she won't reveal the nature of their crimes. Now, she's trying to figure out how to modify her policy to allow more disclosure without opening herself up to legal problems.
She has crafted a letter to Weinberger, asking him to allow her to reveal his criminal convictions - which include federal pornography charges in addition to the rape and murder of Courtney Sconce, Kay said.
She also intends to change her contract to ask all future applicants about their criminal histories and will post all violent and sexual crimes on the Web pages alongside the personal ads.
Pombo praises approval of 'death tax' legislation
Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, applauded his colleagues passing House Resolution 8, which would repeal the so-called "death tax." The bill has yet to be addressed by the Senate.
Under current law, business owners and family farmers have little option but to engage in a host of inefficient and highly complex transactions to shield a lifetime of hard work, Pombo said in a prepared statement.
It takes almost an entire 40-hour work week to complete a death tax return, Pombo said.
Students find man's body during hike
REDDING -- Fifth-graders on an educational camping trip were sent home early after a camp employee found a man's body during a nature hike Tuesday.
The outdoor education camp near Whiskeytown Lake was closed for the rest of the week and the children sent home two days early so sheriff's officials could investigate the death.
Sheriff's officials said it was unclear how Floyd Keith Miller, 46, died, or where he was from. An autopsy was planned for Thursday, the coroner's office said.
An employee of the Clear Creek National Environmental Education Development Camp discovered the body submerged in a creek, said Sgt. Jim Mize.
About two dozen students were being led on a nature walk when the body was found, but school superintendent Carol Whitmer said it was unclear if any of the schoolchildren saw the body.
School psychologists spoke to children later in the day, she said.
Sheriff's officials are looking for people who camp illegally in the area who may have seen Miller, Mize said.