City Manager Steve Schwabauer's
Friday, April 21, 2017
Drought: Water restrictions in place in Lodi since 2014 will be lifted on Monday following Governor Brown’s recent executive order rescinding the drought state of emergency in much of California. Conservation measures resulted in Lodi residents using 25 percent less water in 2015 than in 2013, allowing for a relaxing of mandatory cutbacks in 2016. In response to Governor Brown’s April 7 order lifting the emergency, Lodi Public Works Director Swimley will remove the Stage 2 water alert as of Monday. Most recently, Lodi residents used 41 percent less water in March 2017 than in March 2013. Although Governor Brown’s order asked the State Water Resources Control Board to develop permanent conservation practices, water restrictions will be limited to only those identified in the City’s Water Conservation Ordinance until further notice.
Other parks events: Headwaters Kayak Shop is holding its third Paddlefest at Lodi Lake on Saturday. … Tree Lodi and the City are combining for planting a small grove of trees at Henry Glaves Park at 10 a.m. Saturday to honor Tree Lodi founder Joyce Harmon. … The San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District will be spraying in the Nature Area on Monday morning, closing that section of the park until approximately noon.
More erosion: A less visible area within the Nature Area, but included in the location for emergency repair by Wednesday’s City Council action, is shown in the image below. A large shelf is slumping and will soon fall into the river.
Quick arrest: Police quickly arrested a parolee in possession of a loaded handgun shortly after he allegedly knocked down a 44-year-old woman near Lodi and Crescent and stole her purse late Thursday. The suspect fled in a white Honda. Shortly after, an officer noticed a white Honda occupied by a person matching the suspect’s description. Officers later learned the suspect was trying to use the victim’s credit card to buy gas. The victim’s other stolen property was inside the vehicle. The man was arrested for robbery, theft and four firearm-related offenses, in addition to parole violation. Police believe the suspect may be involved in another recent armed robbery.
Lodi seniors: Following last week’s Senior Citizens Commission Shirtsleeve meeting presentation, PRCS has reached out to the San Joaquin County Department of Aging to find out what other programs it might be able to provide with a Lodi location. We are waiting for a response. Meanwhile, LOEL Center staff and board members reached out to PRCS to say it had office space available to house additional resource programs provided by the County. LOEL pointed out it does more than provide social programming and lunch for seniors, such as Medicare counseling (HICAP) free tax preparation for more than 500 seniors a year, technology classes, free legal assistance, fraud prevention classes, foot, eye and blood pressure checks, fall prevention classes, exercise classes and more.