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Lodi parks hit by string of vandalism; repairs put major strain on city budget

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Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:15 am, Wed Aug 29, 2012.

City staff is fed up with a string of vandalism at Lodi parks that is putting a strain on an already tight budget.

On Aug. 19, vandals at Katzakian Park set a fire in a trash can, torching the bathroom. The fire, which happened at 6:30 a.m. that Sunday, burned the stucco and damaged the roof, said Jeff Hood, interim director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services. The fire department had to put out the fire, and the restrooms are still closed. Earlier this month, people pulled down dusk-to-dawn security lighting in the youth area of Lodi Lake. The city had just finished an $8,000 repair after the same thing happened two months ago.

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19 comments:

  • roy bitz posted at 5:56 pm on Thu, Aug 30, 2012.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    Can the city could close all parks a hour or so after sundown or not?
    If the parks are closed at night they could they be patrolled now and then, violators cited and fined---any fine money collected used against vandalism. No?
    I think the Hutchins street dig is a boondoggle that should have been delayed until the city is "awash" with money.
    I believe Jay is spot on regarding the cameras---they will be vandalized and will not solve the problem.
    Regarding in town bike paths and biker safety--seems like a waste to me since so many avid bikers use country roads with no bike lanes

     
  • Jose Sanborn posted at 2:19 pm on Thu, Aug 30, 2012.

    Jose Sanborn Posts: 37

    Ms. Bobin, could you please clarify this "agenda of obstruction and hate" of the Tea Party?

    I thought the Tea Party stood for strict adherence to the U.S. Constitution, advocating for smaller government, controlling our porous borders, reducing our federal spending, deficit, and taxes, and so forth.

    How is this "hate" or "obstruction?" The only hate I see associated with the Tea Party are those detractors who mock them (Rachel Maddow and Keith Oberman comes to mind) and call them derogatory names such as "tea baggers." There certainly are a lot of people spewing hate, but from my perspective, most -- if not all of it comes from the left.

    By the way, I am not a member of any Tea Party group.

     
  • Jose Sanborn posted at 1:58 pm on Thu, Aug 30, 2012.

    Jose Sanborn Posts: 37

    Ms. Bobin, You stated, "I personally could care less about you, Ms. Parigoris."

    So, how much less could you care?

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:44 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Kevin stated...Darrell, It's not an interpretation. It is a direct quote from what she said...She said that bike paths should NOT be included when addressing Lodi citizen safety

    Kim stated...You can sit in a COG meeting and listen to them yammer on about how wonderful it would be to build a bike path along the freeway from Lodi to Lathrop (costing millions of dollars) while people are literally dying in the streets of Stockton and she stated... My point is that our elected officials seem to be more concerned with bike paths than the safety of our citizens.

    Kevin... what am I missing...where is the quote you stated was word for word and not an interpretation?

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 7:27 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2083

    Darrell, It's not an interpretation. It is a direct quote from what she said. She said that bike paths should NOT be included when addressing Lodi citizen safety. As an avid cyclist I take offense when someone says MY safety should not be a concern. Or at least should be a trivial concern of the city council.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:42 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Then the street should not have been widened under this economic situation...

    The. the perfectly good sidewalks could have remained.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:13 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    So do you actually think Kim was talking about Bike paths?

    Odd interpretation. I cannot imagine anyone being offended over her statement.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 4:35 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2083

    [scared]

    Actually Darrell I was slightly offended. I'm out on my bike a lot and rarely does a day go by when my safety is not in jeopardy because of A) drivers not caring about how close they get to me or B) the sad state of a bike lane.

    B) is because there are many places where the bike path all but disappears leaving virtually no room for me AND a car. Hutchins was one such place. Just as you passed the Jake in the Box the bike lane, that was full of cycling obstacles disappeared and we were forced to in to the same lanes as cars. Hutchins has another very bad intersection at Kettleman where the bike path disappears momentarily as you cross going North forcing me into traffic.

    Then for Kim to say MY safety should not be a concern of the city council because i am on a bike is, yes, offensive.

    These are just issues riding IN Lodi. Once you get outside the city limits things get even worse. Last week a pick-up truck driver had his wheels go off the shoulder a scant 1/4 mile behind me and had to swerve to correct his issues missing me from just a couple car lengths. If a car had been coming from the other direction i would have been a tragic story in the paper.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:25 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Kevin stated...Kim, I have to say I am slightly offended at your statement here: "My point is that our elected officials seem to be more concerned with bike paths than the safety of our citizens" ...I AM a citizen and use bike paths ALL over Lodi.

    Kevin... did you take it that Kim was actually talking about Bike paths? I took it that she was simply giving one example of an expense that is less on a priority list than a safety issue... Were you really offended? Knowing how calm and reasonable you normally are, I think you must be kidding.

     
  • Jay Samone posted at 3:12 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    This article angers me. Aside from the fact that idiots are destroying what little areas we have in this town for kids to play, why on earth would the City buy $6500 cameras that TELL people their picture is being taken? Why not be sly about it and get those $250 camoflauge cams, hide them in the trees, and call it a day? Why would you TELL people you are installing these? Why tell people you're taking their picture? Stupid. Those cameras will be vandalized as quickly as they are installed. Plus, now that the general public KNOWS they are there, they will be on the lookout for them. Those camo-cams are VIDEO, clear as day, and have motion sensors on them. What are these people thinking? I'm sure there are better cameras out there that cost far less and will take video with the ability to freeze stills, instead of a fancy, overrated, expensive camera.

    A side note - I guarantee this isn't the work of transients - this is the work of reckless and more than likely drunk or high teens with nothing better to do than be stupid.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 1:24 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2083

    Kim, I have to say I am slightly offended at your statement here: "My point is that our elected officials seem to be more concerned with bike paths than the safety of our citizens"

    I AM a citizen and use bike paths ALL over Lodi. My kids use the bike paths. I see many many Lodi CITIZENS who use the bike paths. And many of those bike paths are ok, many are great but too many are death traps waiting to spring. The section on Hutchins they are working on was a horrible cycling section. From rim denting bumps and holes to a suddenly GONE bike path that squeezed us riders into the same lane as cars doing 25+MPH, I HATED being on Hutchins. My only choice was going on to Lodi Ave which is an even worse "bike path".

    As a side note fr how bad the bike paths are and how much risk us riders are on the road. Today on my ride, as I approached Kettleman on Lower Sac (southbound) THREE cars in a row swerved into MY bike lane to make their turn on Kettleman narrowing missing me. Guess how much time they saved... Nothing, light was red and they had to stop anyway. My safety, my life wasn't worth them being delayed two seconds.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 12:36 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Josh... when I volunteered my time with a school in Thailand, we worked on a school project for a week. The school track and yard was a mess and needed much repair.

    Close to 50 parents of students volunteered their time and skill. They helped to make the school a special place. No labor charges were made and children benefited.

    I think you are right, parents in Lodi would volunteer and make things better if it were not for situations you describe. Unfortunately because of rules, regulations and mandates, I do not think it is possible.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:31 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    "Cher and Roseanne Barr?" Not familiar with their brand of humor or whatever point that was supposed to make. Is Cher, THE Cher, a hater?

    I personally could care less about you, Ms. Parigoris, as I have stated before. I give equal attention to anyone who makes silly comments in this forum - YOU happen to be close to the very top in silliness.

    Why, you may ask? Because, as you once stated, you "were NEVER active in or paid attention to politics or community issues" prior to the Obama Administration taking office. I find your so-called "activism" with the TEA Party and its agenda of obstruction and hate suspiciously revealing.

     
  • Kim Parigoris posted at 12:01 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    Ms Bobin- do people like you and Cher and Roseanne Barr get up every morning and take a "I Hate Life and Anyone That Disagress With Me" pill? It is as though you search out any comment I make and even if it is totally off topic you take that opportunity to personally attack me. I pray for your miserableness and hope that some day you find some solace in something besides viciously attacking anyone that does not live up to your standards. My point is that our elected officials seem to be more concerned with bike paths than the safety of our citizens.

     
  • Josh Morgan posted at 11:39 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 538

    Back in the late 80's several parents and myself approached the Parks and Recreation Department and volunteered to take care of the one of the ball fields. We were told that the members of the maintenance and operators union would oppose any such proposal. That it would be in violation of their contract. With the severe staff reductions I wonder if that is still the case today? I'm sure there are plenty of parents out there that would be willing to help.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:08 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    When you figure out how to move "perfectly usable" sidewalks temporarily, and then put them in their new locations after the street has been WIDENED, then maybe the COL could save a whole bunch of money.

    http://www.lodinews.com/news/article_694e8f65-631b-56fd-952e-4052e0da059f.html

    Reading the above might answer the rest of your questions.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:03 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    People are dying in the streets of Stockton? That seems to be highly inconsiderate of them - and I'll be they expect the taxpayers to not only step around them, but also pick up the tab for their funerals!

    Never thought that people dying was a concern of the extreme right-wing.

     
  • Kim Parigoris posted at 10:43 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    When you ask questions like that, Mr Baumbach you will always be told the money comes out of a "different pot" You can sit in a COG meeting and listen to them yammer on about how wonderful it would be to build a bike path along the freeway from Lodi to Lathrop (costing millions of dollars) while people are literally dying in the streets of Stockton. But see, it comes from a different "pot" of money so it all makes sense. Lodi could probably get a grant (otherwise known as taxpayer dollars) to do something totally unimportant or irrelevant, but to make reapirs? Probably not..

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:34 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I thought the city was rolling in money. Each day I take a walk and pass by the 2 block project next to Hutchins Street Square that is taking 3 months to complete. The side walks look beautiful now as they did before the project started.. It looks as if it meets the ADA compliance mandates now...

    So we cannot afford to replace damaged lighting that helps in keeping people safe but we have plenty of money to replace sidewalks that were perfectly usable.... Out of curiosity, how many millions is this costing us?

     
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