Lodi Unified School District will hold its first board meeting of the regular school year tonight. The meeting will also be new Superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer's first official board meeting.
The meeting will take place tonight at 7 p.m. at the James Areida Education Support Center at 1305 E. Vine St. in Lodi.
Other key items include reports on board policy revisions and the realignment of categorical funds. Associate Superintendent Odie Douglas will also present the Curriculum Council's annual report.
Hearing on groundwater charge petition today
A court hearing will be held today in what the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District hopes will invalidate a petition submitted by Lockeford resident Bryan Pilkington that has qualified for the November ballot.
The water district claims that Pilkington failed to collect valid signatures of 10 percent of the district's registered voters.
The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. today in Department 41 at San Joaquin County Superior Court, 222 E. Weber Ave. North San Joaquin attorney Jennifer Spaletta expects a ruling by Friday.
Stockton's Louis Park closed until December
The boat ramps at Louis Park in Stockton are closed until Dec. 31 for renovations. Projects include replacing two concrete launch lines with wide lanes, changing the current boarding flats, and expanding the parking lot according to a statement from the city of Stockton. After completion, the park will be in compliance with the most recent California Department of Boating and Waterways standards. Funding for the $734,146 project comes from a grant from the Boating and Waterways department. The five month time frame for construction is set by California Department of Fish and Game to protect the Delta Smelt during breeding season. Construction is being done by Odyssey Landscape. While Louis Park is closed, boaters can launch at Buckley Cove or Morelli Park 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, please visit: www.stocktongov.com/parks or call (209) 937-8206.
Aerial spraying in west Stockton
In response to significant West Nile virus activity and mosquito populations in San Joaquin County and the associated risk to people, the county's Mosquito & Vector Control District will conduct aerial adult mosquito control in northwest Stockton, part of Manteca and north of Escalon.
Spraying is scheduled in Stockton between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday. The northern boundary is Eight Mile road between West Lane and three miles west of Interstate 5. Spraying will also take place south to Charter Way and Highway 4.
Nine dead birds and 10 mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile virus in more than a week, the district reported. That brings the year's total to 52 dead birds and 83 mosquitoes testing positive for the virus.
For more information, call 982-4675 or (800) 300-4675 or visit www.sjmosquito.org.