Public meeting tonight to discuss rates
The City Council is expected to approve increases to water, sewer and garbage rates following a public hearing tonight.
Under Proposition 218 requirements, a majority of the property owners are required to file opposition to the increase in order for the rate not to take affect. This does not include renters.
Written protests will be accepted through Tuesday's public hearing.
Letters must include the property address or parcel number, and must state whether it is a protest against the water rate, sewer rate, or both.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St. For more information, contact the City Clerk's Office at 333-6702.
'Celebration on Central' event at new location
The fifth annual "Celebration on Central" event will be at a new location this year, Central Avenue between Pine Street and Lodi Avenue.
The Sunday afternoon celebration is set for May 16 between noon and 3 p.m.
Free entertainment, food and family activities will be available to those who come to learn about the many services such as health, animal care, housing and more, available in the Lodi area.
Those interested in participating as a service provider are asked to call Janet Hamilton at 333-6700 or Stephanie Bays at 468-4117.
Galt mayor meets former House speaker
Galt Mayor Darryl Clare got up close and personal with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Georgia during a breakfast Monday in Washington, D.C.
Galt Mayor Darryl Clare, left, hams it up with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Monday morning during the Sacramento region's "Cap to Cap" trip to Washington, D.C. (Courtesy photo)
Gingrich was the keynote speaker on the opening day of the Sacramento region's "Cap to Cap" trip to the nation's capital.
Clare is representing Galt in the lobbying trip, similar in format to San Joaquin County's recent "One Voice" trip to Washington.
Organized by the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, 310 elected officials, local government staff members and business leaders from Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado, Placer, Yuba and Sutter counties are on the lobbying trip.
In addition to the city of Galt, Clare is representing the Sacramento Transportation Authority and Sacramento Area Council of Governments, which sets regional transportation priorities.
This week, Clare said he will meet with several elected officials or their staff members, including Reps. Doug Ose, R-Sacramento, John Doolittle, R-Rocklin, and Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, and U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein.
"We are working on issues critical to our future prosperity, such as economic development, transportation, air and water quality, education, the arts and homeland security," Clare said in an e-mail Monday.
While Clare says it's an honor to work on issues for Galt and the region, he said he looks forward to returning home later this week.
"You think C Street gets busy at rush hour," Clare said.
Galt triplex destroyed by fire
Seven people had to find new housing Sunday after all three units of a triplex caught fire.
Firefighters saw flames and smoke from the rear of the complex at 911 Glendale Ave. when they arrived at 5:12 p.m., said Peter Sakaris, assistant fire chief of the Galt Fire Protection District. One woman was hospitalized for smoke inhalation, Sakaris said.
The fire, which started in the attic, was extinguished in less than a half-hour, Sakaris said, but firefighters spent almost five hours covering furniture and removing the ceiling and insulation from the attic. They returned Monday morning to clean up.
Firefighters from Elk Grove, Wilton and Herald also responded.
The American Red Cross provided up to three days of free motel lodging for the displaced residents, along with food, clothing and medication.
"Just enough to get them on their feet," said Rose Powidzki, emergency services specialist for the Red Cross' Sacramento office.
Galt firefighters were investigating on Monday what caused the fire, Sakaris said.
Man suspected of brandishing shotgun
A 19-year-old man was arrested Sunday evening after he allegedly brandished a shotgun outside Rosa's Market, 1060 E. Augusta St., and took a customer's beer outside the store, the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department said.
Ismael Cardoza, whose residence was not available, was arrested on suspicion of being under 21 and possessing alcohol, possessing drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon, a sheriff's report says.
Deputies found Cardoza in possession of a 10-inch kitchen knife, an insulin-type syringe and a six-pack of Smirnoff malt liquor, the report says.
Growth boundary issue may be on ballot
Supporters for an urban growth boundary around Stockton say they've gathered enough signatures to qualify an initiative on the November ballot.
Eric Parfrey, president of the Sierra Club's Mother Lode chapter, said proponents of an urban growth boundary have gathered more than the 5,100 signatures needed to qualify the measure for the November ballot.
If it qualifies, Stockton voters will have a chance to decide on whether urban growth in Stockton should be limited based on the city's 1990 infrastructure.
Under such a ballot initiative, only 50 percent of Stockton voters could decide to limit urban growth.