Saturday, February 1, 2014 12:00 am
Lodi Mayor Phil Katzakian will accept a check for $35,000 from the Hutchins Street Square Foundation at the Lodi City Council’s meeting on Wednesday night.
Saturday, January 25, 2014 1:26 am
City Attorney Steve Schwabauer loves Lodi. Although not a native, he treats the city as if he has lived here his entire life.
Saturday, January 18, 2014 12:00 am
We begin the new year with a public library that, wall-to-wall, is vastly improved. Our town has a cultural institution in which everyone can take immense pride and enjoy using. Having just completed his first year as our new library director, Dean Gualco has addressed funding and staffing issues with a keen eye. In a time of scant resources, Mr. Gualco has rolled up his sleeves and brought energy, passion and great ideas to the Lodi Public Library.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:00 am
Thank you to everyone who donated to the Lodi Public Library during our “Wanted: Donate to the Library” program this past October. Along with all the wonderful things happening with the building renovation, we have also been focused on updating the collection.
Saturday, October 26, 2013 12:00 am
Director Dean Gualco envisions the Lodi Public Library as a place where community members of all ages come together to learn new skills, explore the library’s collection, surf the Internet and discuss and debate the issues of the day.
Friday, October 18, 2013 12:00 am
The Lodi Public Library has seen the usage of its self-check out system rise dramatically over the past year.
Saturday, August 10, 2013 12:15 am
Among city of Lodi employees, 82 earned more than $100,000 in 2012 — up from 30 in 2009. City officials say the difference is in overtime hours, especially among fire and police employees, which were rare in 2007 and 2008.
“For the city, overtime is cheaper (than hiring more staff),” said Councilwoman JoAnne Mounce. “I know that it probably looks terrible to have that many people making that kind of money, but they’re putting in the hours.”
Friday, August 2, 2013 12:00 am
When 9-year-old Daidree Diacon was picking out books at the Lodi Public Library to read over summer vacation, one hardback with cute colorful illustrations caught her eye. The cover features a broken eggshell on a couch with a baby inside and a family of four looking on.
Friday, June 28, 2013 12:00 am
Which do you think is more secure: The record of the phone calls you have made in the last month, or the list of books you checked out from the library last year?
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 5:44 pm
The folks at the Lodi Public Library are moving full steam ahead on the building renovations and a new attitude for the place.
Friday, May 3, 2013 12:00 am
One year from now, the Lodi community will be enjoying new meeting spaces, more room to spread out with laptops and tablets, and a coat of fresh paint at the Lodi Public Library on Locust Street.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 12:00 am
While on vacation in Orlando, Fla., with his two children, Dean Gualco was giddy to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park. The highlight was snagging five replicas of Harry Potter's magic wand without having to wait the two-and-a-half hours at Ollivander's Wand Shop.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:00 am
The Lodi Public Library is adding hours to its schedule, so Lodi residents will no longer find the doors locked on a Monday morning or Thursday evening.
Starting on Feb. 4, the library’s new schedule will include nine additional hours each week, for a total of 60 hours, Library Services Manager Andrea Woodruff said.
Saturday, December 15, 2012 12:00 am
The following is a list of public meetings in the Lodi and Galt areas this week:
Thursday, December 22, 2011 12:00 am
Representatives from five Lodi city employee groups accused city
negotiators on Wednesday of bargaining in bad faith by adding what
they termed some "non-economic" items.
Saturday, December 17, 2011 12:00 am
The city of Lodi is in the middle of negotiations with nine of
its 10 bargaining groups to reach new contracts before they expire
on Dec. 31.
The city planned for all of the contracts to come due at the
same time, city spokesman Jeff Hood said. The International
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is the only union not negotiating
because their contract does not end until 2013.
Thursday, November 3, 2011 12:00 am
Lodi Human Resources Director Dean Gualco will not be Lodi’s
lead negotiator with the Lodi police union during the current round
of negotiations, because of allegations that surfaced earlier this
year that he had a business with the lead negotiator for the
The city finished an investigation into the alleged business
relationship, but that had no bearing on the decision to pull
Gualco from negotiations with the Lodi Police Officers Association,
city spokesman Jeff Hood said. City staff made the decision before
the end of the investigation, he said.
From right: Battalion Chief Ron Penix, Parks Superintendent
Steve Dutra, Lodi Electric Utility Director Liz Kirkley and Human
Resources Manager Dean Gualco took notes during a training exercise
organized by Police Chief Mark Helms and interim Fire Chief Dan
Haverty at the Lodi Fire Station on Elm Avenue on Wednesday, Oct.
About 60 city of Lodi employees discussed what to do if there
was a medium or major flood in Lodi, as part of an emergency
operation center exercise on Wednesday morning at the Lodi Fire
Station on Elm Avenue. From right: Battalion Chief Ron Penix, Parks
Superintendent Steve Dutra, Lodi Electric Utility Director Liz
Kirkley and Human Resources Manager Dean Gualco took notes during
the training exercise organized by Police Chief Mark Helms and
interim Fire Chief Dan Haverty. City staff looked at what would
happen if there was minor street flooding or if the Mokelumne River
put the northern part of the city under water. "It's the most
likely scenario of a large-scale emergency we would have based on
history," city spokesman Jeff Hood said. (Courtesy Photograph)
Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:00 am
The Lodi City Council approved about $500,000 in concessions
from the Lodi Police Officers Association on Wednesday night.
The vote came after City Attorney Steve Schwabauer announced the
city had settled the claim the union filed last month that asked
for more than $1 million in past wages and benefits.
The council also approved an agreement with the Lodi Police
Friday, June 10, 2011 11:44 am
The Lodi Police Officers Association has agreed to benefit and
salary concessions, but the claim they filed last month threatens
to derail the negotiations.
Saturday, May 21, 2011 12:00 am
When it comes to city employees in Lodi having other fullor
part-time jobs, the city's policy on whether they have to report
those jobs to supervisors is loosely written.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 12:00 am
The Police Officers Association of Lodi has filed a claim
against the city, saying concessions officers agreed to during the
past two years are invalid because the lead negotiators for the
union and city had a business together.
The union filed a claim for an amount to exceed $1 million,
saying the relationship voids the five different concession
agreements the unions signed starting from February 2009 to June
Saturday, May 14, 2011 12:00 am
For the first time in Lodi's history, the city is asking all of
its employees to pay into their pensions to help offset steep
increases in retirement costs.
Earlier this month, Lodi's top managers agreed to pay 7 percent
of their pension costs, which is the maximum allowed by the
Staff is currently in negotiations with all of the city's
unions, and will ask employees to pay a portion of pension costs to
help offset a $1.2 million increase during the 2011 fiscal year
alone, which starts July 1.