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Posted: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 9:51 am, Wed Jul 6, 2011.

While final totals are not yet in from fireworks sales, a majority of the six nonprofit leaders who took part said they are pleased with the money their organizations raised this weekend.

The sales this weekend marked the first time Lodi residents could buy state-approved fireworks within the city limits. The city used a lottery system to select six nonprofits from 47 applicants to sell fireworks.

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  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:12 am on Thu, Jul 7, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    I'm truly surprised at the huge difference between the amounts two entities raised - PRC $68K and Lodi-Tokay Rotary (only) $30K.

    With Planned Parenthood under attack nationwide, and necessary health services for women being cut, I'm pleased that PRC is providing services that would possibly be cut otherwise, but PRC's decidedly anti-abortion slant certainly makes it less likely to be a victim of these cuts and more likely to be supported by the citizens of Lodi (given the number of out-of-wedlock births in this town).

    I suppose we should be grateful (and I am) that dedicated people are making these services available, whether pro-choice or pro-life.

  • Jackson Scott posted at 10:29 pm on Wed, Jul 6, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 392

    Only one group of six is complaining about the approx $20K fee? So the Lodi-Tokay Rotary would pay $2,100 on profits of $30K? Drop in the bucket for the opportunity to raise these big bucks in such a short time frame.

    Doug, for once I have to agree with you 110%!!! How the DLBP got to even be considered for this is a crock of horse hooey! They get taxpayer money from the City Council... which I think is also horse hooey! Perhaps you should contact City Attny Schwabauer with your concerns.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:54 pm on Wed, Jul 6, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Ms. Bobin, maybe that was another overtime assignment? And the Downtown Lodi Business Partnership even being allowed to participate in the firework lottery is a sham. Aren't they already funded by the city and us taxpayers? And such a miracle they were drawn for the first year. I hope that additional windfall will allow the Farmers' Market to continue through September like it always has, rather than see those additional revenues go to the director as bonus cash added to her salary. Maybe some family events without booze could be created for those Lodians with children who are saddled with alcohol laden events from this dysfunctional group that can't even account for its past wasteful and sometimes corrupted financial escapades.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 5:03 pm on Wed, Jul 6, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Another creative way to get taxpayers to pay for the regular and "extra" police and fire services that were partially necessitated by the passage of this ordinance.

    Shameful example of the underhandedness of our CC.



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