An update on a study about a possible Highway 88 bypass around Lockeford, public safety updates and a proposal to construct a new Pardee Dam 33 feet higher than the present dam will be discussed at Thursday's Lockeford Municipal Advisory Council meeting.
The Highway 88 study analyzes the possibility of realigning Highway 88 around Lockeford along Brandt Road and changing the existing highway and Hammond Street to one-way streets through downtown Lockeford.
The issue has met with controversy, with some saying that the Brandt Road bypass would divert motorists heading from Stockton and Lodi to the foothills away from downtown stores and restaurants, while others say the heavy traffic keeps people from stopping in the downtown area anyway.
Presentations on the Pardee Dam proposal will be made by East Bay Municipal Utility District spokesman Alex Coate and Foothill Conservancy director Chris Wright, who strongly opposes the project. Representatives from the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol will report on crime issues and traffic safety.
Thursday's meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Old Lockeford Schoolhouse, 19456 N. Jack Tone Road.
Former Stockton police chief joins DA's office
Two veteran police officers, including Stockton's former police chief, have joined the ranks of the San Joaquin County District Attorney's investigators.
Thomas Morris retired earlier this year after 31 years with the Stockton Police Department. He and William Jesperson, who has 28 years of law enforcement experience, join a team of investigators who handle matters all over the county.
The investigators are the lead on officer-involved shootings. They assist in complicated cases and help follow up on a variety of cases being prosecuted. They also have various specialties, including stalking and environmental crimes.
Jesperson, an expert in elder abuse cases, previously worked with the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office. He will work on San Joaquin County elder abuse cases, according to Chief Investigator Larry Ferrari.
Morris will work in the insurance fraud unit.
Veterans' brain injuries are focus of bill
Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, introduced legislation on Tuesday to address the needs of service men and women who have experienced traumatic brain injuries.
House Resolution 1546 would establish a panel within the Veterans Administration to assess the agency's capacity to treat veterans with traumatic brain injuries, as well as make recommendations on for care and rehabilitation.
The bill would also help establish education and training programs on traumatic brain injury for Veterans Administration health professionals.
The bill has been assigned to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
Almost $10 billion in water projects proposed
State Sen. Dave Cogdill, R-Modesto, who represents the Lodi area, has introduced a bill authorizing $9.98 billion in general obligation bonds to invest in the state's aging water infrastructure. Key elements of the proposal:
- $3 billion dedicated to develop additional storage for
statewide benefit. An additional $1.5 billion dedicated to regional
water supply reliability.
- $2.4 billion to help implement a sustainable resource
management plan for the Delta and local and regional conveyance
- $520 million to increase conservation and water use efficiency
- $950 million for efforts to reduce the contamination of
groundwater and treatment of wastewater and stormwater.
- $1 billion for river restoration projects.
- $610 million for other projects, including restoration of watersheds devastated by forest fires, removal of fish barriers and ocean projection.