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Posted: Wednesday, March 29, 2006 10:00 pm

Soroptimists holding annual clothing sale

The 14th annual Soroptimist clothing sale will take place Saturday, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at a shop located between Yen Ching and Casa Mexicana (behind the International House of Pancakes) on Kettleman and Ham lanes in Lodi.

This major fund-raiser sponsored by Soroptimist International of Lodi-Sunrise has contributed approximately $30,000 to benefit local community activities, especially those that support women and youth.

Annual recipients have included the Lodi Women's Center, the women's Opportunity award for a head-of-household woman re-entering the workforce and the Violet Richardson Award for a female student between 14 and 17 years of age who has committed herself to community service. Several one-time donations include playground equipment for Dorothy Mahin School.

Chartered in July 1989, the local club welcomes business and professional people as new members who are interested in maintaining high ethical standards in business and professional life; striving for human rights for all people and, in particular, women and children; developing a spirit of friendship and unity among Soroptimists of all countries; developing interest in community, national and international affairs; contributing to international understanding and universal friendship; and developing the concept of patriotism.

The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 a.m. Interested parties may call current President Stephanie Messmer at 365-6345.

Thornton to have county town-hall meetings

Candidates for two key San Joaquin County offices will come to Thornton in April to tell the community why they should be elected.

A forum for county sheriff candidates will be held at 6 p.m. April 19, while Board of Supervisors hopefuls will gather at the same time on April 27. Both forums will be held at the community hall, next door to Mater Ecclesiae Catholic Church, 26500 Sacramento Blvd. The town-hall meetings are sponsored by the Thornton Chamber of Commerce, Neighborhood Watch and Thornton Citizens for Representative Government.

Pombo, Feinstein request plan for Delta

WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., sent a letter to government officials today requesting the design of a comprehensive, coordinated emergency response and evacuation plan to implement should disaster ever strike California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta.

The Bay Delta levees are among the nation's most vital levees, protecting and providing water for 23 million Californians.

"We are doing everything humanly possible to identify and repair the weaknesses facing the Bay Delta levees," Pombo said in a press release issued by his office.

"However, an emergency response and evacuation plan must be put in place in case the unthinkable happens. We can not and will not let the devastation that occurred in New Orleans come to pass in the Bay Delta."

Pombo and Feinstein directed their concerns and request of an emergency response and communications plan to Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff, Acting Director of FEMA, R. David Paulison, and Director of California Office of Emergency Preparedness Henry Renteria.

The letter requests plans, capabilities, and preparations be made including: pre-positioning of materials during heavy rains, rapid response of government contractors and emergency personnel, immediate closure of levee breaks and coordinated evacuation routes for mass exodus.

Member of Parliament to visit Pacific

Ann Cryer, a member of the House of Commons of Great Britain, will be visiting the University of the Pacific in Stockton next week. Her itinerary will include discussions of leadership issues with officers of ASUOP and student organizations on campus.

She will also visit classes, deliver two lectures open to the campus and the Stockton community, and be available for individual consultations.

Cryer's first public appearance will be at the School of International Studies' Tuesday World Forum at noon Tuesday in George Wilson Hall. Cryer will speak on "Human Rights, Forced Marriage, and Crimes of Honour: The View from Parliament."

Her second lecture will be Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Presidents Room, where she will discuss the topic "Iraq, the War on Terror, and the British-American Special Relationship." The Pacific community is invited to both of these events.

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