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Doug Chaney: As the city of Lodi keeps loading up the downtown area with nearly every business having some sort of liquor permit, these instances will become more common every day. Just go downtown on the weekend and watch patrons at those wine tasting rooms, bar/restaurants and lounges , and not to mention all the restaurants that serve alcohol, and have outside public sidewalk seating areas where imbibers, mostly loud and impaired, stumble across the streets all evening disregarding traffic and crosswalks and creating hazards for drivers and other pedestrians. Two local longtime neighborhood bars have closed recently due to the fact that most seemingly know it's safe to drink downtown where the enforcement is little to none, I assume fearing that a good old boy or girl, well connected, wealthy or tourist might be embarassed by receiving a ticket for drunk in public. It must be nice to be one of the wealthy landlords that own property downtown to be able to name their own price for lease/rental for all of these tax writeoff enterprise zone businesses, who can qualify for up to $37,000 in tax credits for simply hiring a family member and creating a "new job" in Lodi. I assume the reason downtown is fillig the area with these enterprise zone jobs to keep downtown Lodi from looking from looking like a ghost town. Looking at the list from SJ county enterprise zone website, there doesn't appear to be many businesses that aren't using the enterprise zone designation and where there is no oversight to monitor those playing by the rules and those using "shadow" employees and inflated wage figures and hours to play the system.The city of Lodi seems to continue pandering to the wealthy, well connected and wine industry with perks like these and still the city infrastructure rots and the eastside of Lodi gets left even further behind.
Sunday, December 23, 2012, 6:43 am
Robynn Fried: There is no legal limit for 20 year old. Any measurable amount of alcohol is over the legal limit, really.
Saturday, December 22, 2012, 2:40 pm
Todd Cronin: At least the the legal limit you know, twenty-one.
Friday, December 21, 2012, 12:39 pm
Ron Werner: How old should one be??
Friday, December 21, 2012, 12:18 pm
Todd Cronin: Twenty years old is to young to be a drunk........
Friday, December 21, 2012, 12:02 pm
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