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Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 10:00 pm

The last chance to speak out about Lodi's redevelopment plans is 7 p.m. tonight at Carnegie Forum.

City leaders will hold a public hearing on the project, which aims to revitalize the Eastside by fixing its roads, sidewalks, streetlights and enticing new business to open in the neighborhood.

A greater share of property tax would stay in city hands under the plan, instead of being routed to state and county governments.

City officials say redevelopment would not raise taxes. And eminent domain - a tool government can use to seize private property - would also be off limits.

Many city, business and community leaders support the project. A small group of opponents contend, however, the plan would create too much city debt.

They're also wary about the city's promise not to use eminent domain.

Under redevelopment, cities typically take out loans to pay for community improvements. The loans are often paid back with the greater collection of property and sales tax generated by the revitalized neighborhood.

The public can speak about redevelopment at the hearing, or submit written comments.

No vote by the City Council will be held until June 18 at the earliest, city spokesman Jeff Hood said.

Winning lotto ticket purchased in Lodi

Someone purchased a winning lotto ticket worth $42,779 in Lodi at the Shortstop market at 20 W. Turner Road.

Olga Gallardo, a California State Lottery, spokeswoman said the winning ticket had the numbers 2, 4, 19, 31, 42 but did not have the Mega number, which was 12. The ticket has not been claimed.

Two tickets had the five numbers; the one purchased in Lodi and another ticket purchased in Southern California.

No one had a perfect ticket for the Saturday drawing and so the jackpot has rolled to $37 million.

Lodi Academy students awarded scholarships

The following Lodi Academy seniors also won scholarships.

The awards were not included in the News-Sentinel's May 27 Lodi Academy graduation coverage because specific information was not available before publication.

  • Jarred McDonald - $28,000 over four years from Grand Canyon University
  • Richard Hawkins - $6,000 over four years from the Firefighters' Association
    Pacific Union College Merit Scholarships
  • Nick Blount - $2,575
  • Miles Bronson - $2,550
  • Matt Choo - $700
  • Chuck Conner - $600
  • Alex Gates - $700
  • Keith Harty - $2,575
  • Richard Hawkins - $825
  • Cambria Hunter - $1,525
  • Marissa Jensen - $4,650
  • Jarred McDonald - $3,600
  • Alyssa Meza - $2,700
  • Anna Molini - $3,025
  • Wesley Raphael - $4,425
  • Julienne Ryan - $3,100
  • Gabrielle Serra - $825
  • Sarah Sinz - $3,375
  • Katie Snow - $4,200
  • Sofia Sorn - $3,600
  • Barbara Spitzer - $1,650
  • Guy Stump - $5,700
  • Lauren Trenchuck - $3,100

'Downtown' Woodbridge to get five street lamps

San Joaquin County will provide five street lamps for the Woodbridge business district if a majority of property owners agree to pay for maintenance through the Woodbridge Lighting District.

The owners of seven parcels on Lower Sacramento Road from Lodi city limits to the Woodbridge Irrigation District canal north of Carolina Street would join the district. So would owners of parcels on Orange Street from the irrigation canal to Academy Street, and on Academy and Carolina streets between Orange Street and Lower Sacramento Road.

Property owners of mostly commercial property would pay the equivalent of $42 per single-family home. A public hearing will be held at the July 15 meeting of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors in downtown Stockton.

Prisoners escape from courthouse, 1 still loose

Two state prison inmates on their way to the Stockton courthouse escaped from custody Tuesday afternoon. One was captured during an attempted carjacking, and the other escaped, authorities said.

Tony Jones, 21, remained on the loose Tuesday night, after fleeing as a passenger in a car, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Jones was serving a three-year prison sentence for assault with a deadly weapon after being convicted last year in Amador County, spokeswoman Terry Thornton said. She did not immediately know why Jones was back in court.

The other inmate, Richard Potts, 39, was captured soon after the 2 p.m. escape, when custody staff chased and caught him allegedly trying to carjack a vehicle in downtown Stockton, Thornton said. He was captured not far from the courthouse, 222 E. Weber Ave.

The men, who were inmates at Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, were being escorted from a transportation vehicle into the back of the courthouse when a third inmate, Kirk Robbins, 22, showed symptoms of a seizure, Thornton said.

As transportation officers began tending to Robbins, Jones and Potts escaped and ran.

Jones was last seen riding as a passenger in a late-model black Mercedes Benz CL600 with temporary license plates bearing the name "Eaton," according to the CDCR. He is described as a black man, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 185 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone with information may contact the prison at 835-3856, local law enforcement, or 9-1-1.

San Joaquin Fair opens June 18

The San Joaquin Fair opens in about three weeks and organizers are stressing that this year the fair offers "Five Days of Fun" from June 18 to 22.

The theme stems from the fair only running five days this year a big change from year's past. Another change this year is that the fair will not include horse racing.

Forrest White, the fair's CEO, said the state racing board scheduled the fairs horse racing for September to accommodate a request from Golden Gate Fields for additional race times. White said the San Joaquin Fair didn't want to compete with the Lodi Grape Festival or change the schedule for its livestock exhibitors.

While the fair may not have horse racing this year, it will have new entertainment that includes a freestyle motocross show, bull riding, Mexican Rodeo and a car show. Headline entertainment includes Randy Travis, Travis Tritt and Smokey Robinson.

The fair will also offer a new "Kids Town" area in the fair's Building 1. The area will offer education exhibits as well as games, music and other activities. Admission to the area is free with fair admission.

Pre-fair discount tickets are $6 for adults 13 and older, $3 for children ages 6-12 and $20 for a carnival wristband. For more information, visit www.sanjoaquinfair.com.

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2 comments:

  • posted at 4:01 am on Wed, May 28, 2008.

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    And, as I've heard another blogger on here call them the three aye-migos, Hansen, Johnson and Katzakian will all vote yes to not only empower themselves, but also enrich themselves and their business associates and those who control the money flow in Lodi and they'll also be your RDA representatives with no accountability to anyone but themselves. I think it's time the mayor gave her true thoughts about this RDA and where Lodi will end up sooner or later. Vallejo is just one of the first cities to file bankruptcy with many others in deep financial trouble and I recommend that RDA be shelved until Lodi can pay its debt on LEUD and the economy gets well.

     
  • posted at 3:54 am on Wed, May 28, 2008.

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    Why would Lodians want to go further into debt by borrowing money to give to the already wealthy to improve their already rundown businesses and properties when they should be doing that with their own rental fees and family fortunes and profits? You are already about $98.5 million or so in debt on your utility. Just quit spending money that isn't your own like it grows on trees council. Please, seelodi.com, bring the negative aspect to this issue.

     

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