Lodi man struck, killed on Highway 99
A Lodi man who crashed his vehicle on Highway 99 Saturday died after he ran across the freeway and was hit by a car.
Mark Hansen, 49, died at Lodi Memorial Hospital. An autopsy revealed he suffered a collapsed lung just before he was hit, said Sgt. Bill Fellers of the San Joaquin County Coroner's Office. It was not known if the collapsed lung was connected to the vehicle accident.
Hansen was driving north near Harney Lane at 6:20 a.m. when he was involved in an accident that left his vehicle in the center divide, the California Highway Patrol said.
He then ran into across traffic lanes and was hit by a 2004 Saturn driven by a 22-year-old Modesto woman. She was not injured, the CHP said.
Hansen had recently been given only about six months to live due to an illness, Karen McGee said. Her husband frequently went fishing with Hansen, and the two sometimes went to the casinos together, she said.
His wife had recently moved out of state with their daughters, but he was trying to see them before he died, McGee said.
"He loved them and wanted them back more than anything," she said, her voice breaking.
School Street Stroll on Friday
Browse downtown's specialty stores while sipping Lodi appellation wines during the School Street Stroll on Friday evening.
The stroll features 28 award-winning Lodi wineries pouring tastings inside an equal number of downtown stores. Guests can sip Grands Amis wines while checking out the new Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Ironstone Vineyards at the new House of Clocks store or Traveling Vineyards at Ciao Bella Salon & Spa.
Cindy Witt ant the Mid-Night Hour will perform during the stroll, which lasts from 6-9 p.m. Artists, merchants and others will line the sidewalks with displays, and hors d'oeurves and prize drawings will also be available.
Tickets are $20. Prior purchase is recommended, since the event has sold out in the past. For more information, visit the Lodi Chamber of Commerce, 35 S. School St., at www.lodichamber.com, or call 367-7840, ext. 101.
Antique fire engine undergoing restoration
Lodi Fire Department Battalion Chief George Juelch drove an antique fire engine loaded on a trailer down Interstate 5 to Avenal on Oct. 5.
Juelch took the engine to the Kings County prison where inmates enrolled in a special program will restore it. Juelch hopes the engine will be returned by June 2007, the Fire Department's 100th anniversary.
Originally purchased by the city in 1921 for $13,000, the engine was retired in 1950. It was lost until 2000 when Bill Kirby of Auburn donated the engine to the Fire Department.
Kirby rescued the engine from a junkyard in 1990 and spent hundreds of hours and more than $30,000 restoring the motor and chassis, but ran out of time, Julech said.
Kirby also donated the original photos of the fire engine and the original pink slip.
City manager job filing deadline this week
Mayor Larry Hansen touched bases with the outside firm hired by the City Council to find a new city manager late last week.
At that time, Hansen said CPS Executive Search, the Sacramento-based head hunter firm, had received about 15 applicants and expected "many more" by week's end. Friday is the deadline.
Lodi is looking to replace former city manager Dixon Flynn who resigned in August to run for City Council.
Shortly thereafter, council members appointed Deputy City Manager Janet Keeter as interim city manager and created a job description to fill the vacant position. The advertised salary range was open ended, depending on the applicant.
The council hopes to have a new city manager in place by Dec. 1, the day two new council members will be sworn in.
Council members Emily Howard and Keith Land are not seeking re-election. There are five candidates, including Flynn, running for their two seats.
Couch catches fire
Firefighters extinguished an abandoned couch in front of the former Goodwill store at Washington and East Oak streets early Monday morning. It broke out just before 4 a.m.
The couch was sitting next to a camper shell, but that did not catch on fire. No structures were threatened.
Mokelumne River award to be established
Nominations are being sought for people within the Mokelumne River watershed who have shown outstanding leadership, responsibility or activism.
The award, to be awarded by the Lower Mokelumne River Partnership and three representatives of the Lower Mokelumne River Watershed Stewardship Steering Committee, will be given to those who help sustain water quality, conservation, fisheries, wildlife and their habitats within the watershed.
The partnership consists of the East Bay Municipal Utility District, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the California Department Fish and Game.
Nominations of 100 words or less must be submitted no later than Oct. 31 to Mokelumne River Stakeholder Recognition Committee, Attention: Rick Leong, in care of Natural Resources Department, East Bay Municipal Utility District, 375 11th St., Oakland, CA 94607. Nominations may be faxed to (520) 287-0541 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Galt district to discuss teacher shortage
Galt Joint Union High School District members will vote tonight on a declaration of need to be submitted to the California Commission in Teacher Credentialing for the 2004-05 school year.
In September, Galt High Superintendent Christine Hoffman turned in paperwork that outlined the process by which the district has sought fully credentialed teachers in the subjects of math and social sciences.
The commission will then allow the district to issue limited assignment permits to instructors who may not be fully credentialed or are credentialed in another subject, board President Pat Maple said.
"It's telling the state we've done everything we can to find qualified teachers," Maple said, adding that the process is part of the No Child Left Behind Act.
"There are (less qualified) people that we could hire right away, but we can't hire them until we actually have said to the state that can't find anybody (else.)"
The instructors could be qualified substitute teachers, or teachers in another subject.
In other matters, the board will vote on a field trip for agriculture students to Cow Palace in San Francisco and a contract with Galt Police Department for increased security at home football games.
Today's meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Galt City Council chambers, 380 Civic Drive.
Voting deadline Monday
Monday is the last day residents can register to vote for the Nov. 2 election.
Registration forms are available in many places in Lodi including the post office and City Clerk's Office inside City Hall, 221 W. Pine St.
For more information, go to www.co.san-joaquin.ca.us/elect or call the San Joaquin County Office of Elections at 468-2885.
New fliers out on Measure R
Over the weekend, residents received the second campaign mailer sponsored by the Yes on R campaign.
Measure R, on November's ballot, will ask voters to approve an ordinance that prohibits retail establishments larger than 125,000 square feet without an election.
Like the first that went out a week earlier, the mailer urges voters to approve the measure because "the future should be our choice." It continues, "The truth, we want it all -- and we don't want others making our choices for us."
It was paid for by local businesses, grocers and community leaders, and funded largely by Food 4 Less.
Some residents received a second flier tucked in their mailboxes over the weekend. Signed by John Donovan complete with his address and phone number, it is an open letter to Lodi residents, also urging residents to approve the initiative.
He lays out several reasons, including an anticipated increase in traffic and poor air quality.
Donovan fought hard against the construction of Lowe's at the northwest corner of Lower Sacramento Road and Kettleman Lane.
Assemblyman gets support from Democrats
Assemblyman Guy Houston, R-Livermore, whose district includes Galt, Thornton and the Delta, has been endorsed by a group of East Bay Democrats, including the mayors of Livermore and Oakley, the former San Ramon mayor and other elected officials.
Houston is seeking election to a second two-year term in the 15th Assembly District.