Ex­tend­ing a help­ing van

Lodi News-Sentinel - - PANORAMA: HAPPENINGS - STEVE MANN Steve is a former news­pa­per pub­lisher and life­long Lo­dian whose col­umn ap­pears Tues­days in the News-Sen­tinel. Write to Steve at about­[email protected]

If you want to help home­less vet­er­ans, here’s your chance. Com­pas­sion Re­sidio Ser­vices, which op­er­ates a shel­ter for home­less vet­er­ans just out­side Lodi city lim­its, needs a van to help trans­port vets to med­i­cal ap­point­ments and other des­ti­na­tions.

Jen­nifer Lozo with the Lodi Elks Lodge has taken up the chal­lenge and is seek­ing do­na­tions to meet the need. Com­pas­sion Re­sidio is not only unique, but it may be the first of its kind in the na­tion, says Lozo. About 5% of the county’s home­less pop­u­la­tion are vet­er­ans, ac­cord­ing to the 2019 Point-in-Time Count taken in Jan­uary. Do­na­tions can be sent to Lozo at the Elks Lodge or di­rectly to Com­pas­sion Re­sidio. The shel­ter has other needs, but this one’s on the top of the list, says Lozo.

A REAL SAFETY CON­CERN: Be afraid. Be very afraid, says the po­lice chief. “Law en­force­ment can­not con­tinue to save lives if our own lives and safety are be­ing sac­ri­ficed.”

That’s a quote Lodi Po­lice Chief Tod Pat­ter­son re­peats when warn­ing peo­ple to be­ware of Assem­bly bill 392 — a “use of deadly force” mea­sure cur­rently be­ing con­sid­ered by the state assem­bly.

“If an of­fi­cer, who is fac­ing a deadly force con­fronta­tion, hes­i­tates be­cause of con­cerns over this new assem­bly bill, this is putting our of­fi­cers and ci­ti­zens in grave dan­ger,” he says. “The peo­ple of Cal­i­for­nia should be con­cerned with their safety be­cause of this assem­bly bill. I am con­cerned that of­fi­cers will be in­jured or killed be­cause they ‘hes­i­tated’ … in a vi­o­lent sit­u­a­tion,” the chief warns.

The rate of vi­o­lent crime is dra­mat­i­cally on the rise in Cal­i­for­nia, and Chief Pat­ter­son be­lieves it’s be­cause crim­i­nals think po­lice hands are tied.

“The peo­ple that we deal with in law en­force­ment are more brazen, mean and dis­re­spect­ful each day be­cause (so­ci­ety con­tin­ues to) de­crease the reper­cus­sions for com­mit­ting crime and or vic­tim­iz­ing peo­ple,” says Pat­ter­son.

RE­MEM­BRANCE: Elvera Melby, who died last week, touched the lives of thou­sands. Mrs. Melby, as she was known to her stu­dents, left her mark on Lodi and so many peo­ple who fondly re­mem­ber her.

She was a ca­reer ed­u­ca­tor at Lodi Uni­fied School Dis­trict, serv­ing as dean of girls and then vice prin­ci­pal at Lodi Union High School, among other po­si­tions she held over the years. Former stu­dents re­mem­ber her as a stick­ler for mak­ing sure girls’ hem­lines didn’t ex­tend be­low the knee.

“She helped shape many young women’s lives,” one of her former stu­dents re­calls. “Mrs. Melby helped me through some tough times,” re­mem­bers an­other. Elvera was also a long time mem­ber of the city’s parks and re­cre­ation com­mis­sion, serv­ing for 20 years.

She is a Lodi Hall of Fame in­ductee. She was among those con­sid­ered for the nam­ing of a new park. Mrs. Melby ded­i­cated her life to serv­ing Lodi. No ser­vices have yet been sched­uled, ac­cord­ing to Collins Fu­neral Home.

PED­DLE POWER: Price Burlington is off and ped­dling his way across Amer­ica to raise money in mem­ory of his late son Car­son. When we checked in with him, he said he was at an ur­gent care cen­ter

in Tonopah, Nev., tend­ing to si­nus in­fec­tion, but ex­pects to be back on the road again soon.

Price had a cer­e­mo­nial send­off in Lodi, his home­town, about 10 days ago. The real trip be­gan in San Ra­mon a few days later. Price will be rid­ing his bi­cy­cle some 3,500 miles to Philadel­phia and hopes to raise about $100,000 for the HighFives Foun­da­tion, which sup­ports “dreams of moun­tain ac­tion sports ath­letes.”

FLY BY: Every Me­mo­rial Day a lo­cal squadron of pi­lots per­form a “miss­ing man” fly­over for the cer­e­monies at both Chero­kee Me­mo­rial and Lodi Me­mo­rial ceme­ter­ies. This year the pi­lots were Stan Helmle, Ken Cantrell, Den­nis Hol­brook, and Jim Woods. Pi­lot Bud Ne­whall cir­cled above and as­sisted with ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tions, mak­ing sure the per­for­mance went smoothly. The group flies around, out of sight, for about 30 min­utes, burn­ing gas, un­til they get the sig­nal that it’s their turn on stage. “Our prayer,” says Stan, “was, ‘Oh, Lord, don’t let us run out of fuel …” Prayer an­swered.

NOT FOR­GOT­TEN: Phil Litts, Lt Col, USAF, Ret., wants to make sure we in­clude the names of two other Lodi guys who were killed in ac­tion dur­ing the Viet­nam con­flict, but who were not men­tioned in this space re­cently.

“Joel Wil­lis was in my (high school) grad­u­at­ing class, ‘62, and we lost an­other class­mate as well — Mil­ton Oda. Mil­ton was killed in Aug of ’72,” he says. “I’m a lit­tle em­bar­rassed to say that I don’t know how many Lodi lives were lost in Viet­nam” (that makes two of us), “and I’m sure there are more than the ones you men­tioned in your col­umn.” Sad, but true.

HOW WET WAS IT?: Well, folks, it seems there is no of­fi­cial rain­fall record-keep­ing for Lodi, or at least none that we’ve been able to find. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to the on­line info site Wikipedia Lodi’s wettest year was 1983 with 35.4 inches, and the dri­est year was 1976 with 7.18 inches. The most rain­fall in one month was 15.01 in Jan­uary, 1911.The city used to be the (un)of­fi­cial record­keeper, but no longer. The weather sta­tion at Lodi fire sta­tion 3 on Ham Lane was taken down at least five years ago, says Fire Chief Gene Stod­dart. How­ever, there are sev­eral other weather sta­tions in the area re­port­ing rain­fall to­tals. One of them is Dr. Sweeney’s Lodi Lake Weather web­site. An­other is hosted by the Lodi Wine Com­mis­sion which has rain gauges scat­tered across ru­ral Lodi. How­ever, their rain to­tals don’t agree. Dr. Sweeney’s shows a year-to-date to­tal of 32 inches. The Com­mis­sion says Lodi’s to­tal rain­fall this sea­son is about 21 inches, not a small dif­fer­ence. So there you have it, Jim Decker.

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