Planning Commission to meet Wednesday
The Lodi Planning Commission will hear two restaurants' requests for use permits for liquor licenses and a request to for a tentative map to divide a parcel at 421 Daisy Avenue into two at its meeting Wednesday.
Additionally, the commission will hold a public hearing to gather input on the Lodi annexation draft environmental impact report for the 740-residential-unit Westside Project, the 1,350-unit Southwest Gateway Project and other areas to be annexed, which include 48 acres near the Southwest Gateway Project and another east of Lower Sacramento Road near Century Boulevard.
The Lodi Beer Co. is asking for use permits that would allow for hard liquor sales and a Vietnamese restaurant that will be located at 5 W. Elm St. are requesting use permits for beer and wine sales.
The Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. in Carnegie Forum, at 305 W. Pine St.
Lodi Unified to explore future school needs
Members of Lodi Unified School District will examine tonight a revised Facilities Master Plan, which predicts as many as nine new schools will be needed in the coming decade at a cost of $440 million.
The report will include a presentation of the plan and its findings as well as a look at options for financing the future undertaking.
Identifying needs, which comes from looking at population trends and the housing markets, is the first step a school district takes before considering whether to ask tax payers to support another bond.
District residents living in the Lodi and north Stockton areas are already paying property taxes on the Measure K school bond, passed by voters in 2002.
That bond has been responsible for the completion of seven new schools and renovations at several campuses.
The special meeting of the Lodi Unified School District will be held tonight at 6 p.m. in the James Areida Education Support Center, 1305 E. Vine St.
Lodi Theatre for Youth holding auditions
The Lodi Theatre for Youth is seeking actors ages 8 to 20 to participate in its Summer Musical Theatre Experience theater camp. The program will be producing the musical, "The Wizard of Oz," on July 21-23 at Hutchins Street Square. The production is directed by Rex Reynolds.
Auditions will be held Saturday in the choir room at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 1540 W. Lodi Ave. at 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Actors should be prepared to sing a song of their choice and may sing a capella or bring their own accompaniment. A piano will be available. People wishing to sing to an accompaniment track on CD should bring their own CD player. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for movement and dance auditions.
In its sixth year, Summer Musical Theatre Experience is an intensive, six-week training program that teaches young actors how to perform in musical theater. The program meets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and the participants engage in rehearsals and workshops in acting, singing, dance, improvisation, character development and some technical theater areas. All participants will be cast in the production as actors. Tuition for the six-week program is $650.
To audition and register for the program, actors should attend one of the open auditions on Saturday, May 13. Interested actors who cannot attend should call Rex Reynolds at 329-3389.
Report supports Galt, Elk Grove fire merger
The Galt Fire Protection District will benefit with more firefighters protecting the city while improving training levels, fire stations and equipment if Galt merges with the Elk Grove Community Services District, according to a consultant's report that will be released Thursday.
A study group reviewing a potential merger of the Galt and Elk Grove districts will discuss the consultant's draft report at a public meeting Thursday in Galt.
The study group includes interim Galt Fire Chief Craig Herscowitz, Galt Vice Mayor Randy Shelton, Galt Fire board members Barry Flores and Dave Riggs, Elk Grove Fire Chief Keith Grueneberg, two Elk Grove Community Services District board members and fire union representatives from each district.
Thursday's meeting, open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Chabolla Community Center, 630 Chabolla Ave., Galt.
Galt High School board to hear progress reports
Trustees of the Galt Joint Union High School board will hear tonight a report on updated information regarding the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE,) the Measure B bond oversight committee and will shore up laws about on-campus junk food sales.
At its last meeting, the board chose to postpone a decision that would prohibit the sale of any junk food and beverages during school hours.
Instead, trustees submitted regulations to the Wellness Committee for consideration.
The laws will have to change for all school districts to comply with state and federal laws banning junk food and sodas, including vending machine contracts.
Trustees are also expected Tuesday to hold a public hearing to disclose collective bargaining agreements made with employee groups, including certificated and classified employees.
The meeting will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Galt High School library, 145 N. Lincoln Way.
First published: Tuesday, May 9, 2006