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Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 4:18 am, Tue Dec 20, 2011.

A new Social Security office held its ribbon-cutting on Monday afternoon on Kettleman Lane.

The new office is located in Bella Terra Plaza at Kettleman Lane and Fairmont Avenue. There are 50,000 claimants who receive benefits through the office, and it serves a variety of areas, including Lodi, Galt, Isleton and Woodbridge, district manager Chy Vang said.

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10 comments:

  • Jackson Scott posted at 7:42 pm on Tue, Dec 20, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 386

    Bob & Josh, yes, it would have been GREAT to know the rent on the old & new locations. The problem is that the LNS reporters don't stop to ask themselves, "If I were a reader what would I want to know?"

     
  • Bob Smith posted at 7:11 pm on Tue, Dec 20, 2011.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    Chris said, "By opening this new office, All residents of Lodi and surrounding areas have access to all the governement assistance they need."

    This office doesn't provide anything beyond that which the old office 1/2 mile down the road provided.

    And yeah, I'm curious as to what the old/new monthly payments are. This information has to be available somewhere, it seems LNS reported but didn't investigate.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:53 pm on Tue, Dec 20, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Josh stated...Darrell, I don't know this for a fact, but I'll guess rents in that shopping area are very reasonable if not cheap

    Josh, I hope you are right. It would be uplifting if the government actually considered the cost of something in making a decision. In fact, if they did, it would have been good to state it in this article as that would be of interest.

     
  • Josh Morgan posted at 3:47 pm on Tue, Dec 20, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 538

    It would have been helpful if the story could have provided that information. How much space did they have, what did they move into, what was the previous rent and how much are they paying now.

     
  • Josh Morgan posted at 3:38 pm on Tue, Dec 20, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 538

    Darrell, I don't know this for a fact, but I'll guess rents in that shopping area are very reasonable if not cheap. That shopping center has struggled from day one. I think it may be possible that the move may be costing them less in rent than their previous location and be more spacious. It really is a "buyers" market. Hopefully even the federal government can figure that out. I won't hold my breath.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 2:56 pm on Tue, Dec 20, 2011.

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    Chris Christopherson posted at 1:36 pm on Tue, Dec 20, 2011.
    No matter what the cost, the value of having a Social Security Administration Office open in the city of Lodi is beyond measure...

    " NO MATTER WHAT THE COST"... Very selfish thinking. To say it is beyond measure is absurd. Kettleman Lane is more expensive than most areas in Lodi. How about having a social security office in Lodi where rent is much less expensive... The money saved could be used to help the poor and disadvantaged who have serious situations... Unbelievable statement.

     
  • Chris Christopherson posted at 1:36 pm on Tue, Dec 20, 2011.

    SSDAdvocate Posts: 1

    No matter what the cost, the value of having a Social Security Administration Office open in the city of Lodi is beyond measure. By opening this new office, All residents of Lodi and surrounding areas have access to all the governement assistance they need. As the sponsor of someone who collects SSI, I know that it is nearly impossible to navigate the Social Secuity Disability process without any help. And this office will provide this community with all the help it needs. If you or a loved one is disabled, I would recommend getting in contact with a specialized SSD/SSI attorney from http://www.socialsecurity-disability.org in order to increase your chances of obtaining benefits.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:50 am on Tue, Dec 20, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ron stated...They are reducing spending, but you've got to think like a government beaurcrat.

    Point well made Ron... The funny part is that they actual get angry and disappointed at that 12% increase because it was supposed to be 15%... Peter Pan comes to mind.

     
  • Ron Werner posted at 8:40 am on Tue, Dec 20, 2011.

    Ron Werner Posts: 101

    Stupid question Darrell. They are reducing spending, but you've got to think like a government beaurcrat. The new SS office probably had a budget that called for a 15% increase over the old allocation. The new office actually cost only 12% more thereby saving the taxpayers 3%. They take this 3% savings and use it to reduce the social security payroll tax. In the papers we read the government has cut spending because they have come in underbudget for the new office as well as lowered our taxes. Meanwhile, the govenment doesn't have enough money so they borrow from China, China loans it to us because we buy their trinkets with the social security payroll tax savings. Everybody wins - for now.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:54 am on Tue, Dec 20, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    First the DMV gets a new office and now Social Security. Most new offices I see are more expensive than where the new occupant was located.

    Why is it that government entities who rely on tax payer dollars seem to grow and spend more no matter the economic times. Why couldn't these government offices lead the way and reduce spending instead of increase.

     
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