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'Neglected' Stockton neighborhood considers leaving

'Neglected' Stockton neighborhood considers leaving

STOCKTON - A movement by a Stockton neighborhood to leave the city for the county is gaining momentum after a series of recent meetings.

Richard Smith and Dale Fritchen hosted an informational gathering early Monday morning to explain the pros and cons to residents, then in the afternoon the two men met with San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore and Stockton Chief of Police Chief Eric Jones.

Smith and Fritchen, who is a former city council member, say Weston Ranch in southwest Stockton is under-served by the city.

"I believe wholeheartedly we're paying more in than what we're getting back in services. Our funds that we generate in Weston Ranch are being used to provide services elsewhere in Stockton," Fritchen said.

Former Tiger Tennis ace helps celebrate new tennis complex

Former Tiger Tennis ace helps celebrate new tennis complex

Thirty years ago, Eve Zimmerman threw herself on newly resurfaced tennis courts at University of the Pacific – and kissed them. That passion brought her back to her alma mater recently to help celebrate the groundbreaking for what is planned as one of the finest tennis facilities on the West Coast, the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center.

Made possible by a $1.5 million gift from Zimmerman, the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center will include 12 courts, a 5,500-square-foot clubhouse, covered player benches, and a new electronic scoreboard. It will occupy a portion of the footprint of the former Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadium.

“This facility will enable Pacific tennis players to shine as Tigers should,” said Zimmerman, who played for Pacific from 1980 to 1984 and went on to become a world-ranked professional player. Returning to Pacific for Homecoming, she will be making her first visit to the campus since she graduated.

General Mills confirms plans to close Lodi plant

General Mills confirmed plans to close their manufacturing plant in Lodi near by end of 2015.

The company first announced plans to close the plant in mid-September, but final confirmation was delayed pending negotiations with union officials. With those conversations complete, General Mills finalized plans to close and started transitioning the business at the Lodi facility to other locations.

The closure will affect about 430 employees, and General Mills said each employee will get severance pay and transition benefits.

The manufacturing plant in Lodi, that primarily made cereal, opened in 1947.

Galt motel residents to be evicted despite efforts to buy more time

Time has run out for residents of a Galt motel. The owners of the Royal Delta Inn had until Thursday to make the necessary repairs in order to avoid eviction.

If those were not done, the city had threatened to vacate the building, leaving dozens of people homeless.

In a last ditch effort to stay, some occupants picked up their own hand tools to finish some of the repairs.

"We've taken care of most of all the violations inside the rooms," said Ken Howze, a resident of the motel who stepped up to make some of the repairs.

"I'm right here with these people right now -- same boat," Howze said. "So if I can do anything to help, I'm going to."

The owners of the motel were given until noon to address the 19 health and safety code violations that posed immediate fire risks. That was a fraction of 1,800 violations handed down by inspectors.

Galt motel residents fight evictions

Residents of a motel in Galt are fighting back against the city threatening to evict them.

City officials are planning to turn off the power at the Royal Delta Inn Thursday afternoon. They will move people out if several of the building's health and safety violations are not corrected before that deadline.

On Wednesday, about a dozen motel residents took their concerns to city hall. They are upset about possibly being evicted on short notice. The city posted eviction letters throughout the motel last week to inform residents that they need to be out by Thursday. Some residents said they never got the message.

"We never saw those," resident Lisa Howze said. "It should have been on everybody's door."

The 100 residents currently staying at the motel are now left scrambling to find a new place to call home in less than 24 hours.

Residents at Galt motel face eviction

GALT - Residents at the Royal Delta Inn in Galt decided to fight an eviction order to buy more time to relocate.

"There's some disabled seniors, there's people coming out of surgery that have to have a place to recuperate, we all have some financial crisis in our life. That's why we're here," resident Denise Stephens said. "We have pets, we have disabilities and we have no funds, you know?"

In September, the city conducted a major inspection at the property. On Oct. 30, the city sent the owners a lengthy report outlining roughly 1,800 code and safety violations. Many were ordered to be fixed in a week, others within 30 days.

Co-owner Harry Sandhu said it would cost $850,000 to bring everything up to code and said he did not have the money or enough time to make all the repairs.

Lodi dentist's bookkeeper pleads guilty to embezzlement

A woman accused of stealing more than $150,000 from a Lodi dentist pleaded guilty in court on Wednesday.

Sandra Salazar Malloy, 53, of Galt, pleaded guilty to felony grand theft and embezzlement charges; and as part of her plea deal, other charges against her were dismissed, San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Stephen Taylor said.

The investigation into Malloy started in September. She was the bookkeeper for dentist Dr. Gary Silva when he fired her. Silva then hired a forensic accountant in October, who found that Malloy was embezzling money from the dentist's practice.

Taylor said Malloy admitted to stealing cash from patient payments. Further investigation found Malloy stole more than $150,000 by running "refunds" on Silva's credit card terminal to her personal bank debit cards.