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City of Lodi installs temporary flagpole at the Grape Bowl after residents complain

Flag will be in place at stadium in time for Tokay High School’s football game on Friday night

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Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 5:56 am, Thu Oct 20, 2011.

After receiving multiple complaints from citizens, the city of Lodi has installed a temporary flagpole in time for the Tokay High School football game Friday night at the Grape Bowl.

City staff “cobbled together” a flagpole using an old streetlight and a pulley system, City Manager Rad Bartlam said.

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  • Joe Baxter posted at 1:48 pm on Fri, Oct 21, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1913

    Last post should have read NOT go into the general fund. Also, why is the truck obviously doing the work not a CITY truck? I have no doubt people on the City payroll are more than qualified to erect a temporary flag pole. Who made the decision to "farm" it out costing money?

  • Joe Baxter posted at 9:22 am on Fri, Oct 21, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1913

    Thanks to all the Lodi citizens that took the time to express their sentiments about no flag at the Grape Bowl. Thanks also to Joanne Mounce, et al, who helped make this happen. Someone else said they would be glad to donate to a permanent flag pole, count me in as well. That is, as long as the donated money was dedicated exclusively for the construction of the flag pole and put into the City's general fund.

  • roy bitz posted at 8:14 pm on Thu, Oct 20, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    Sad that it took so many letters to shame city into putting up a" temporary" flag pole.
    I personally give them zero credit for doing so---I expect nothing less! The improper flag display was actually worse than no flag display in my view.

    Mr. Rodems put up an embarassing defense of this inappropriate display---Mr. Hansen says he was working behind the scenes and our "once a marine always a marine mayor did not chime in tol support Mounce when Mr. Bartlam said "there would be no flag pole at the grape bowl any time soon". Sad.
    There is a lot of protocol to the proper handling and displaying or our flag. I trust our city leaders will take a few minutes to google "the flag" and learn. I think it will help them all understand.

  • Rita Rogero posted at 11:18 am on Thu, Oct 20, 2011.

    Rita Rogero Posts: 6

    I am thrilled that the flag pole is finally being installed. I had brought this situation to the attention of the council via Mounce in early September. I laughed out loud as I read the comments made by the council members in this article. Once Mark Trovinger mentioned in his letter that if the council doesn't care enough to do something we should do something about them at the next election for council members, the flag pole is miracuously being installed in just a few days. GIve me a break!!!!

  • Tom Carlson posted at 8:47 am on Thu, Oct 20, 2011.

    Tom Carlson Posts: 69

    I should add to Ms. Mounce, thank you for taking care of this problem. I do appreciate that you found a quick solution.

  • Tom Carlson posted at 8:44 am on Thu, Oct 20, 2011.

    Tom Carlson Posts: 69

    "The long-term solution is to put up a permanent flagpole, which could cost from $5,500 to $6,500, near the scoreboard, said Jim Rodems"

    WHAT SCOREBOARD? There is something in the corner that looks like the scoreboard at the basketball game at John's Incredible Pizza?

    "We put a flag on the press box, but apparently people didn’t like that idea too much,” Rodems said."

    Duh - it looked like crap - is it any wonder people did "not like that ideat too much"?

    Rodems is a disgrace as a public servant. He tries to rule rather than serve. He needs to go. The city of Lodi should be able to do much better than him.

    And Ms. Mounce, to say that LUSD is at fault for that crappy flag is typical politics. Why did you need to go there? You could have just said that when the issue was brought to your attention, you fixed it. But why try to point the finger at LUSD? Besides, as Mr. Rodems points out all the time, it is a CITY FACILITY, subject to city administration. If anyone needs to be called out, it is your crappy Parks and Recs director. Or are you unwilling to take him on? He is responsible for the image of the Grape Bowl, and the image took a hit. Put the blame where it belongs. Rodems must go.

  • Julie Edsell posted at 6:48 am on Thu, Oct 20, 2011.

    Julie Edsell Posts: 36

    I am glad the flag is finally getting installed. Unfortunately, Lodi High plays tonight, but it looks like the flag won't be up until Friday? And in response to Mr.Rodems, the flag on the press box, is a sorry site, it is faded and looks like it's been hanging there forever. We did have a student carry it out to the field at our homecoming game.

  • Patrick W Maple posted at 5:45 am on Thu, Oct 20, 2011.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    Good job JoAnne.

  • David Diskin posted at 3:47 am on Thu, Oct 20, 2011.

    David Diskin Posts: 185

    The website for the Grape Bowl is http://www.savethegrapebowl.org (not .com).



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