- Also on the agenda
In other action:
- The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors postponed for two
weeks a decision on a contract agreement with the city of Stockton
to continue operation of all library branches in the county except
for the Lodi Public Library, which is run by the city of Lodi.
County officials have been upset with the way the city of
Stockton runs the library system. The county wants a more detailed
accounting from Stockton on how the $5 million county contribution
to the library is spent.
The only library services in the north county that are affected
are the Thornton branch and a Bookmobile serving Lockeford and
The board postponed approving the agreement because Stockton
officials provided only financial figures for the unincorporated
areas. The board wants itemized figures on how much is being spent
for each library branch in rural areas.
- Visitors to Micke Grove Zoo will be able to use their ATM or
credit card to enter the zoo and purchase souvenirs. The Board of
Supervisors, through Wells Fargo Bank, approved the arrangement.
The county will pay a $355 fee to Wells for a terminal, and each
transaction will cost 37 cents.
- The board accepted plans and specifications for Phase 3 of fire
system improvements at Micke Grove Park to meet current fire code
requirements. Cost estimate is $179,525.
- The board named Tom Gau as interim public works director. He
replaces Tom Flinn, who retired this month. A permanent director
will be appointed in about four months, and there could be some
— Ross Farrow
Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 12:00 am
Updated: 6:09 am, Wed Jan 26, 2011.
After a two-hour closed session on Tuesday, the San Joaquin
County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to sue the state in an effort
to protect the county’s rights to American River water.
The action was taken because the county faces a statute of
limitations of mid-February to file its writ against the State
Water Resources Control Board, San Joaquin County Counsel David
“We’re going to file a writ of mandate to protect our water
right,” Wooten said.
The state board canceled the county’s right to the American
River water. Back in the 1950s, when federal, state and local
officials thought the Auburn Dam would be built, the idea was to
divert water from Folsom Dam to the Mokelumne River via the Folsom
South Canal. However, the controversial Auburn Dam was never built,
and the canal never reached the San Joaquin County line.
The State Water Resources Control Board ruled in October that
the county didn’t work diligently enough to keep its water right to
the American River, Wooten said.
“We disagree with that,” he added.
The writ of mandate will ask the state water board to reconsider
its October ruling, Wooten said.
The state board isn’t required to reconsider the matter.
Contact reporter Ross Farrow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 12:00 am.
Updated: 6:09 am.