A number of local charities are in jeopardy of losing their tax-exemption status if they don't file information that is legally required.
Monday marked the filing deadline for many charities, though the IRS said Tuesday that it is trying to help small nonprofits that weren't aware of the law. Those that don't file proper paperwork will have to pay taxes and will no longer be tax-exempt, which also means that donors can't use contributions as tax write-offs.
It wasn't clear Tuesday how many local charities are still in jeopardy of losing their status. Friends of the Lodi Library was listed as delinquent, but library director Nancy Martinez said Tuesday that they had filed by this weekend. Supporters had e-mailed the library to let them know about the law, she said.
The National Center for Charitable Statistics has a searchable list on its website, nccs.urban.org. In Lodi and Galt, charities that had not filed included athletic, school and community organizations.
Nonprofit groups that receive less than $25,000 annually can simply go to the center's website and file electronically. Others must file a Form 990. Organizations may contact the IRS' tax-exempt organization help desk at 877-829-5500.
Teen Lead program seeks students
Teen Lead, a student leadership program offered through the Lodi Youth Commission, is seeking current freshman and sophomore students for the 2010-11 year.
The goal of Teen Lead is to inspire and motivate high school students to achieve higher levels of leadership responsibilities. Students enrolled in the 10-month program will be assisted in their pursuit of a leadership role in any local organization or volunteer program. Topics of the monthly meetings will include the orientation in August, government in September, education in October, environment in November and health, volunteerism and criminal justice.
Applications are available at www.lodiyouthcommission.com. The deadline to submit an application is Friday.
Veterans sought for oral history project
Are you a veteran of the armed forces? If so, you are invited to provide an oral history of your experience from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Lodi's American Legion Hall, 320 N. Washington St.
The oral histories are part of a Veterans' History Project that will be housed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Students from McNair High School's Communications Department in North Stockton will conduct one-on-one interviews with veterans and compile an audio or video recording that will be submitted to the Library of Congress.
Veterans interested in the project should call the office of Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, to schedule a time. The phone numbers are 476-8552 in Stockton and 925-737-0727 in Pleasanton.
Two men rob Lockeford bank at gunpoint
Two masked gunmen robbed a Lockeford bank Monday, getting away with cash from the vault.
The men entered Bank of the West, 13299 E. Highway 88, at 9:57 a.m., according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office.
Both were holding black handguns and demanded money. They fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, getting away in a light-colored compact
vehicle that exited out the rear parking lot onto Walnut Street. The car then turned right on Church Street, headed north-east.
One suspect was described as 6-feet, 1-inch tall, 200 pounds, wearing a gray ski mask, baseball cap, black hooded sweatshirt and black pants. The second man was about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 170 pounds and was also wearing a ski mask, officials said.
The men were still being sought Tuesday, and investigators asked anyone with information to call the Sheriff's Office at 468-4400.
Brad Goehring's office reports death threat
The campaign manager for 11th Congressional District candidate Brad Goehring told Stockton police on Tuesday that he received a death threat on his personal cell phone.
David Creager told police that he received a phone message with the message, "I am a liberal with a gun … so watch out (expletive)."
Creager said in a written statement to police, "I have received literally hundreds of angry and irate calls as part of my status with a major political candidate; however, this one stood out as particularly threatening. And since it was directed at me, not the candidate, and was directed toward my personal cell phone, I am afraid of the intentions of the man who left the message."
Farm Bureau Federation endorses Tom Berryhill
Republican Tom Berryhill of Oakdale has been endorsed by the California Farm Bureau Federation for the 14th Senate District seat being vacated later this year by Dave Cogdill, R-Modesto.
Berryhill will battle Tim Campi of Manteca, Bret de St. Jeor of Modesto, Heidi Fuller of Columbia and Tom Marsella of Fresno for the Republican nomination on the June 8 ballot.