City Manager Steve Schwabauer's
Friday, January 13, 2017
Major arrest: Police on Thursday arrested two Stockton men in connection with the homicide and arson that occurred on Sept. 25 in the 1500 block of West Vine Street. Kenneth Vanderford, 51, and Kevin Etherton, 25, are being held in the city jail. Firefighters responding to a structure fire in September discovered 53-year-old Alan Karl Gregor deceased in the home. An autopsy determined he had been stabbed to death.
Harney Lane closure: Record rainfall Tuesday caused significant erosion on temporary slopes on the north side of the Harney Lane Grade Separation. The bridge, road base and permanent south slope are stable but the temporary buttress slope could see further erosion onto the adjacent traveled street at any time. The risk to the traveling public of significant and unexpected mud in the traveled way is high and safety interests counsel against keeping it open. Our project engineer estimates a cost of more than $150,000 to stabilize the slope to prevent further erosion onto the traveled road service, but cannot make any guarantees with the potential of more heavy rains. Staff does not believe the cost is warranted given that the overpass is expected to open within four weeks of a return to a dry weather pattern. We would be happy to provide additional information to the Council upon request.
Storm aftermath: Overall, we weathered the record rainfall fairly well. The Electric Utility had just one outage, the result of a tree branch taking down service to one house. Our capital maintenance program is showing fruit, as the last time we had a multiple customer outage was on Dec. 17, the result of a rat causing a short. We sent two crews to assist PG&E with outages, with one heavy crew of eight remaining. Public Works crews responded to multiple areas of localized street flooding, which typically subsided within an hour after the hardest downpours, and the drainage system responded very well overall. Three trees fell in the Nature Area, and Parks crews cleared the trails. The bank at Pigs Lake is holding, but high flows on the river are taking a gradual toll. The Electric Utility measure 2.58 inches of rain from the latest storm, which puts us at 6.92 inches for January and 15.66 inches for the rain season starting October 1.
Student injured: A Tokay High School student was seriously injured crossing Ham Lane at about 7:15 a.m. today when struck by a vehicle. The student was in the crosswalk at Chablis Drive, across from the tennis courts when he was struck, suffering major injuries. He was taken to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment
Gangs: This is an inspiring trend for our City, the result of hard work by many employees. We ended 2016 with 49 reported gang incidents, compared to 82 in 2015 and 253 in 2011, the year before we received our first CalGRIP grant.
Health grant: PRCS received a grant to begin a “Walk with Ease” exercise program co-sponsored by the National Recreation and Parks Association and the Arthritis Foundation. The grant provided instructor training and marketing assistance for the program, which PRCS will provide for free beginning in spring.
Deputy City Manager: Two panels interviewed six candidates Thursday for the Deputy City Manager position. We’re pleased to have a number of candidates for follow-up interviews in the next two weeks.