Lodi Unified Trustees approved a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program to start at McNair High in the fall of 2014 with a 6-1 vote on Tuesday night.
JROTC is an elective course that is paid for in part by the U.S. Army. Read more about the program here. It’s taught by a retired military officer.
Trustees, except for Bonnie Cassel, were all for it. Trustee Ron Freita, whose day job is working to convict violent criminals for the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office, said JROTC programs are good classes to help teach leadership for gang leaders. Board President Ralph Womack, a retired police captain who has dedicated his post-career to working with youth gang intervention (and now is heading the city’s Operation Ceasefire), agreed.
Cassel said she’s not anti-military. She is married to a man who served in the Air Force during Vietnam, she said. However, she believes young teenagers are too impressionable, and believes the JROTC could “indoctrinate” them into a military frame of mind.
Ultimately, the board decided the positives outweigh any negatives. The program is a go, and the board seems open to expanding it to other schools if McNair’s program is popular and successful.
The Lodi Cardroom has patched its signs on Highway 99 that had labeled the business as a Casino.
The signs stuck out with the name change because city leaders made sure the cardroom’s use permit forbade using the word “casino” in the name of the business.
Here’s The Record’s initial story on the matter.
Pacific Gas & Electric spokeswoman Nicole Liebelt called today to inform me that the power giant is participating in a $100 million power line upgrade for Lodi.
In my story that ran Tuesday about the project, I reported that the California Independent System Operator (CalISO) is requiring the power upgrade in Lodi from 60,000 volt lines to 230,000 volt lines. For that story, I was told PG&E was likely to participate, but that if it decided not to, the ISO could contract the work to somebody else.
Liebelt said there is no doubt. PG&E is definitely participating in the project.
Reynolds Ranch developers have built Costco, Home Depot, Blue Shield and have Five Guys Burgers, Verizon Wireless, Sleep Train, Starbucks and Subway sandwich shop on the way.
Adding to it all, Reynolds Ranch has built a website.
A few things that have popped up in Lodi in recent weeks:
- Jamie Watts continues to move forward with her post-Downtown Lodi Business Partnership life. The Rusted Mic Entertainment House and Bistro appears to be close to an opening date.
- 25-year Lodi High teacher Nathalie McGregor Pattison has died at the age of 82. According to a Record obituary, “Nathalie McGregor Pattison, 82, a retired 25-year Lodi High School teacher and its 1990 teacher of the year, died in Helena, Montana on Memorial Day (May 27) after a lengthy illness. Nathalie taught history and government at Lodi High, a job she relished, from 1966 to 1990 when she retired.
- The Lodi Salvation Army will be celebrating National Donut Day on Friday. Donut day is inspired by the Salvation Army Lassies who made the treats and fed them to World War II soldiers in 1938. The Lodi Salvation Army’s culinary arts program will be busy baking an “original Lassie recipe doughnut” and giving them to firefighters, police officers and veterans on Friday.
Linden Trustees have added an item to discuss appointing an interim superintendent to the closed session portion of Wednesday’s Special Meeting Agenda.
Here’s the Revised Special Agenda.
The item is not a surprise. Board President Clay Titus announced that an interim would be named after Trustees placed Superintendent Michael Gonzales on administrative leave. Gonzales has been accused of sexual harassment.
Linden Unified Superintendent Michael Gonzales was placed on paid administrative leave last week under allegations of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.
The Sacramento Bee ran a similar article on May 15 about San Juan Unified (located in Carmichael) Superintendent Glynn Thompson, who is accused of gender-based discrimination. Nine complaints have been filed against Thompson with the Department of Employment and Fair Housing.
From the department’s press release:
Four members of the Lodi Police SWAT team (Cpl. Kevin Kent, Det. Kyle Barrow, Det. Carlos Fuentes and Ofc. Elias Ambriz) competed in the San Leandro SWAT Fitness Challenge today finishing 3rd.
The challenge includes a grueling 13+ mile endurance run which incorporates several demanding physical challenges. The physical challenges consisted of “Cross Fit” style workouts and a 1 ½ mile rowing exercise. 30 teams representing 22 law enforcement agencies and 8 counties competed in the event. The event is designed to test individual and team fitness, build relationships and share tactical ideas that can be used in the future.
Lodi’s team competed against many larger agencies including Oakland PD, San Leandro PD, San Mateo PD, Stockton PD and San Joaquin County Sheriff.
Lodi PD is extremely proud of our officers and their dedication to our community by maintaining excellent physical fitness and tactical skills.
Lodi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Jeff Hood said the city has received reports that a mountain lion might be roaming the Lodi Lake Nature Area.
Hood said that the city has found no evidence of the big cat yet.
However, signs will be posted to warn hikers that there might be a mountain lion around.
There have been mountain lions at the lake in the past, but no reports recently until now.
As reported in this morning’s paper, the Linden Unified School District board allegedly failed to act on an independent law firm’s investigation that found Superintendent Michael Gonzales did sexually harass Waverly Principal Lisa Pettis.
Read the lawyer’s full Summary of findings. The document was seen by the Board of Trustees no later than March 20 according to labor law attorney Warren Osgood.