A local pillar of San Joaquin County's law enforcement system is likely going away. The county's district attorney has had a satellite office in Lodi since 1982, but a strained county budget is likely to force its closure in the coming weeks.
The office, located on North Lee Avenue, is within walking distance from the Lodi Police Department and city courthouse. Cops use it to file reports for case documents. For deputy district attorneys, it's a staging ground before appearing before a judge to argue a case. But all that could quickly change. The county administration staff's proposed budget for the coming fiscal year outlines a 10 percent cut to the district attorney's accounts.