A Portland (Ore.) Loo can be placed on a sidewalk. Courtesy photo from the City of Portland.
I also got an email this morning from the co-founder of the Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human group, Carol McCreary. She says:
“Our experience is that addressing the problem takes combined efforts of journalists, the business community, and citizen advocates. You might be interested in the resources on our page Protect Your Toilet Rights. Our group has a hand in the Portland Loo and agree it’s really great. As a stop gap measure some sort of Community Toilet Scheme might be tried.”
I wrote in September about the closure of Lodi’s Blockbuster video store, and how it was the last of the brick-and-mortar video rental options in town (except for a store that specializes in Spanish films).
Lodi Unified has declared Thursday as Bully Prevention day and schools from around the district will be marking the occasion with various events, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Catherine Pennington said.
Ansel Adams got a jump start Monday by bringing in country music singer Lizzie Sider, a 15-year-old who is making a name for herself in Nashville with her song “Butterfly.”
Other activities suggested for schools include the “crumpled paper activity” where students are asked to crumple and stop a piece of paper without ripping it. Then, they try to fix it by smoothing it out, but realize the paper can’t be fixed. It has permanent scars.
Another message is the acronym T.A.G. to use when being bullied or kids see people being bullied. T.A.G. stands for T- Tell the person you don’t like what they are doing or saying. A – Ask them to stop. G – Go get help.
The final suggested activity is called “sticks and stones” which focuses on cyberbullying and teaching how online bullying can be anonymous and go viral.
San Joaquin County medical examiner Bennet Omalu, who works in Lodi, was a key interview in the PBS “Frontline” documentary titled “League of Denial” which aired last night.
The documentary follows the NFL’s history of concussions, and alleges that the league has covered up much of the evidence that shows a long career of head punishment can lead to long term health effects.
Omalu discovered a neurological disorder in former Steelers player Mike Webster. He wrote a book on the topic. Here is the 2008 story on that by Record sports reporter Stephen Roberson.
It is true that Lodi Unified receives federal funding for key programs, however, the recent government shutdown will likely have no impact on the district at all.
Associate Superintendent Tim Hern said federal school money is paid out of previous year budgets, so the money is already allocated and isn’t being threatened.
The only possible problem school districts might have, Hern said, is if the shutdown carries on for a long period of time and California starts to think it may not get other federal money it is counting on for other state programs. In that case, the state could come knocking on the school district’s doors to borrow money and start handing out deferments.
Tokay Colony has declining enrollment, and it’s the type of decline that does not indicate the tide can change. There are only six kindergartners and seven first graders enrolled and there’s very few preschoolers on deck to come to school next year.
That has led district officials to recommend closure.
At last night’s meeting, however, the idea of enticing students from throughout Lodi Unified to come to Tokay Colony as a school where technology-based learning is front and center emerged.
Trustee George Neely – who has long pushed for technology-themed schools, particularly high schools, loved the idea. Other trustees appeared willing to listen to a more specific proposal.
So – all this for a simple question for parents: Would you drive from Lodi or Stockton to 13520 E. Live Oak Road for a Technology themed magnet/charter/academy?
“We are aware of the arrest of a Lodi Unified School District employee by local law enforcement authorities. Lodi Unified is cooperating fully with the police department during this investigation. We are committed to ensuring that the legal rights of our students and staff are protected.
This is a new development. There will be no rush to judgment. As this is an ongoing investigation, there will be no further comment by the district until the investigation and any legal proceedings provide us with information that would warrant a particular action.
Lodi Unified School District values the participation of parents in the education of their children. We understand how important this is to the community which we serve.”
Keith Reid has been a Record reporter since 2005. He currently covers Lodi, including city government, schools, and other community news. Contact him at (209) 546-8257 or email@example.com. Read Full