Police Partners to host open house Wednesday
Volunteer Lodi Police Partners are recruiting more members and will hold an open house at the police building Wednesday.
An annual Partners Academy will begin Oct. 25 and end Nov. 5. The four-hour classes run Monday through Friday and provide training before volunteers begin patrolling.
Those interested in becoming a Partner must be at least 50, have a valid California Driver's License or identification card, pass a background check and purchase their own uniforms.
Partners can do everything from towing abandoned vehicles and directing traffic to cleaning up graffiti and checking on homes for residents who are on vacation.
Wednesday's open house will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Police Department, 215 W. Elm St. Refreshments will be served, and citizens may tour the police building.
For more information about the Partners program, call 333-6886.
Skatepark topic of discussion Tuesday
City Council members will receive an informational update on the city's skatepark at their regular Tuesday morning meeting.
The park, which opened in June of 2002 at Kofu Park on Ham Lane, has been closed the past three months after the council decided to make the park a skate-at-your-own risk venue. Since the city must carry liability insurance to operate a skate-at-your-own risk park, it has yet to re-open, officials explained last week.
At the last council meeting, Mayor Larry Hansen asked that the matter be taken care of quickly because it has gone on long enough.
Also on Tuesday, the council will meet behind closed doors to discuss the lawsuit Lodi filed earlier this month against Stockton over the two cities' competing expansion projects. The contested property is adjacent to Lodi's wastewater treatment plant and could impede a state-mandated expansion project.
The meeting begins at 7 a.m. in Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St. For more information, contact the City Clerk's Office at 333-6702.
Second-annual arts open house scheduled
October will be proclaimed by the City Council National Arts and Humanities Month
And, the City of Lodi's Division of Arts & Culture will carry the message of this proclamation to Lodi through it second-annual local arts open house.
It will be held Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Hutchins Street Square' Crete Hall. Admission is free.
Representatives from most of Lodi's arts agencies as well as Instructors from the City's Division of Arts & Culture will be on hand to talk about their programs; demonstrate their crafts; and distribute information about their organizations. Wine tasting, as well as free appetizers and beverages will also be provided.
For further information, please call the Division of Arts & Culture at 333-5511.
St. Christopher's to hold fall festival
Food and entertainment will highlight St. Christopher's Catholic Church's annual fall festival on Saturday and Sunday on the parish grounds, 950 S. Lincoln Way, Galt.
Highlights include a baby pageant at 10:30 a.m., an island chicken dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, a pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. Sunday, a beef barbecue at 6 p.m. Sunday, a live band and DJ music, gourmet international food and drink and a 2 p.m. auction on Sunday.
There will be game booths for children and adults and a "hoosegow" to jail your family and friends.
For more information, call Art and Mary Diaz at 745-6882 or Javier and Ana Camarilla at 745-1777.
Blaze burns trailer, tires, 40 acres of grass
Firefighters from Thornton Fire District battled a 40-acre grass fire and trailer fire in the 6000 block of Acampo Road on Saturday afternoon.
The blaze began when a trailer full of tires caught on fire around 1:30 p.m. and spread to a nearby grassy area, according to Assistant Fire Chief Vince Tafuri.
A water tender from Liberty Fire was called out to help, as were firefighters from Woodbridge Rural District and the Lodi Fire Department. The fire was extinguished by 6:30 p.m., according to Tafuri.
Supervisors to get final update on accounting system
County supervisors on Tuesday will get their final update on the County Accounting and Personnel System.
The information system replaces the older Unisys to handle such functions as payroll, tax reporting, accounts payable and general ledger.
Altogether, CAPS will handle three major areas, according to a report prepared for supervisors by the county's Information Systems Division - the department that runs CAPS.
Those areas include: financial, human resources/benefits and payroll.
The county decided in 2002 to overhaul the way it handles technology and information in light of the growing population and its dependence on fast and accurate information, according to county plans drawn up for CAPS.
With more than 400 programs and services, and with some of those services scattered throughout the county, San Joaquin County officials decided the best way to make information available for county residents was to overhaul and upgrade the information system, the report said.
After all, the report said, "the current state of many of the county's systems impedes the county's ability to deliver services to the public, its employees and other stakeholders."
CAPS, which uses PeopleSoft software, cost the county $15 million. Prior to CAPS, software used was a mix for financial and resources, said Clark Bennett, director of ISD. The idea with PeopleSoft software was to make everything compatible, he said.
Supervisors will meet Tuesday, at 9 a.m., at the county courthouse, 222 E. Weber Ave., 7th floor, Stockton.