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Each year, Lodi City Council members regularly travel across the state — and sometimes across the country. With few exceptions, the bills for hotels, flights and meals are picked up by taxpayers. Council members are largely free to choose flights, conferences and hotels on their own, with no oversight. Some say travel expenses can and should be reduced by using digital tools to connect and stay current.
JoAnne Mounce, Lodi City Council member
“It is almost impossible to stay elsewhere (other) than the host hotel. You are running back and forth, and it just doesn’t make sense.”
Alan Nakanishi, Lodi City Council member
“For new council members, it’s good for them. It’s good for them to learn. So I can understand why they are important.”
Washington Court Hotel, Washington, D.C.
In April 2013, then-Councilman Phil Katzakian stayed five nights at the Washington Court Hotel while attending a federal policy conference. It cost $1,711.80. That amount did not include food, transportation or airfare, or any conference-related costs.
W San Francisco Hotel
In August 2011, Katzakian stayed at the W San Francisco Hotel while attending a League of California Cities conference. It cost $575.58 for Katzakian to stay for two nights at the hotel. That did not include meal costs or conference registration.
Portola Hotel & Spa, Monterey
In July 2007, Councilman Bob Johnson stayed at the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey while attending a League of California Cities conference. It cost $600.66 for Johnson to stay three days at the hotel. That excluded travel expenses, meal costs, conference registration and other conference-related costs.
Hyatt Regency, Capitol Park, Sacramento
In January 2013, a one-night stay at the Hyatt Regency for Bob Johnson cost $206.90. That excluded mileage, meal and conference costs. In January 2011, Phil Katzakian's stay at the same hotel cost $592.95. That amount also excluded meal, travel and conference costs.
Alan Nakanishi, Lodi City Councilman and Lodi ophthalmologist
“Lodi and Adventist Health will be a terrific combination. I know personally the quality of work Adventist Health does, and it is impressive.”
Alan Nakanishi, Lodi City Councilman
“As a city, we can ask General Mills if we wait to raise rates for two years, will they stay?”