City Manager Steve Schwabauer's
Thursday, May 26, 2016
DeBenedetti Park: Due to a surge of development impact fees associated with the new Walmart shopping center, PRCS has begun developing plans for off-street parking and a trail at DeBenedetti Park. The Recreation Commission will look over the preliminary plans at its June 7 meeting. If approved by Council and reasonable bids are secured, construction would take place in spring of 2017. The lot concept would include 95 spaces, four of them ADA compatible, and the trail would be an 8-foot concrete path from Lower Sacramento Road to Heavenly Way, resulting in a one-mile pedestrian loop around the park.
Police donation: Lodi Police and Fire raised $611 for local groups with its dunk tank at the Street Faire. Lodi Academy’s wayward student program received $361 and $250 went to the Boys and Girls Club.
Crime: Through April, 2016, Part 1 crimes (homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft and arson) are up 4.7 percent compared to the first four months of 2015, and arrests are up 15.7 percent. Calls for service have increased 11.1 percent. Vehicle citations have dropped 39 percent due to the loss of our traffic unit.
LPD changes: A swearing-in, badge-pinning and promotion ceremony to honor nine employees is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the Carnegie Forum.
Summer activities: PRCS kicked off its summer of special events on Wednesday with the first of five Music in the Park events at Hutchins Street Square. Food Truck Mania takes place Sunday, followed by 75-cent day at the lake (June 11), Music in the Park on June 22, Movie Night in the park at the Square on June 24, and another food truck event on June 26.
Sentenced: Last November, Lodi Police received a call of several shots being fired into a pickup in the Lodi Memorial Hospital parking lot. No one was injured and it was discovered that the shooting stemmed from a dispute over an ex-girlfriend. The shooter was identified as Tomas Morelos Jr. out of Stockton and he was arrested for a litany of charges. On Monday, Morelos was found guilty by a jury of his peers and sentenced to 27 years in prison.
Memorial Day Weekend: City offices will be closing at 5:30 p.m. today and reopening at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Bike to Work Day: About 80 people took part in Bike to Work Day festivities this morning, meeting at the walkway adjacent to the Woolworth building. The San Joaquin Bike Coalition put together refreshments and giveaways to greet cyclists.