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Lodi City Council reviews city’s compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act

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Posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:39 am, Thu Aug 2, 2012.

Children in wheelchairs can easily roll on the rubberized surface at Emerson Park to get to playground equipment. While running errands or catching the bus, people in wheelchairs can use ramps to quickly cross Central Avenue at Lodi Avenue. And blind residents can depend on the loud chirps at some intersections on Kettleman Lane and Lodi Avenue to know when it is safe to cross.

All of these improvements are part of the city of Lodi's effort to make upgrades throughout the city to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:59 am on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ken Huntly stated...Darrel, I do think the City of Lodi is doing it for the "right thing to do" reasons, it just happens to be an expensive one

    Ken... I look forward to reading what you think and why. I appreciate learning from people like yourself.

    As far as the City of Lodi is doing it for the "right " reason which just happens to be an expensive one.. I really can not draw that conclusion.

    Resources are limited and cities are filing bankruptcy like Stockton. The city of Lodi knows for a fact they are out of compliance according to the ADA. They fear law suits plain and simple. It puts them in a better legal position if they demonstrate they are performing a good faith effort to comply. The city should not be spending one penny during this economic disaster on ADA issues. This is not right in any way as compared to 90% ofthe entire world, Lodi is already a good place to be if you area disabled person.

     
  • Kenneth Huntley posted at 11:28 pm on Wed, Aug 1, 2012.

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    Darrel, I do think the City of Lodi is doing it for the "right thing to do" reasons, it just happens to be an expensive one. I'm not particularly picky about ramps needing that yellow paneling with rubber grips, not sure why that's considered an ADA accessible need, when in actuality all a wheel-chair user needs, is a curb-cut side-walk to cross safely. Granted, the rubber grips probably do help in rain, but when I had my mobility scooter, I never noticed any "slip." I'll ask a couple of my friends who are wheel-chair bound to see if they slip or not.

    I do agree, the result of the ADA is a crime, there's just too many loopholes that allows anybody to sue someone because they're not in compliance. The ADA laws were not supposed to be about lawsuits, it was to help people with disabilities to publicly be able to get around town, etc via an accessible system.

    Now you got me thinking and writing, heh, keep this up Darrell, and you might just be the inspiration to every article I submit to Rich, for a column story. [whistling]

     
  • Jackson Scott posted at 4:42 pm on Wed, Aug 1, 2012.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 386

    Debbie, I heard recently (4-6wks) that a judge ruled that "Mr. ADA Lawsuit" could no longer file any claims. Basically because that was all he was doing to earn an income.

     
  • Debby Stapelberg posted at 9:25 am on Wed, Aug 1, 2012.

    Collegegirl Posts: 5

    "For example, a wheelchair ramp at the north entrance of Hutchins Street Square is no longer in compliance because it is too steep, so the city plans to replace it within the next couple of years," Swimley said.

    Shouldn't declare this information. That ...lawyer out of Sacramento will be coming back to sue.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:31 am on Wed, Aug 1, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    So why is the millions being spent? Not because it is the right thing to do, not because it benefits a vast majority of tax payers, not because of any other reason other than the government uses fear and nothing less than blackmail in forcing what it perceives is the right thing to do. This money could be used for orphaned children or homeless single moms with innocent children to protect... instead...

    Completing ADA projects is important because it shows the city is making progress if someone legally challenges Lodi using the federal act, Bartlam said.

    The intent of the ADA is good, but the result is a crime.

     
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