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Camp Hutchins to stay open

City council OKs deal with Lodi Health for rent, interior maintenance

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Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:00 am

Camp Hutchins, a popular daycare center housed at Hutchins Street Square, was granted at least one more year of operation when the Lodi City Council approved a new lease agreement at its meeting Wednesday.

The program was created in the early 1990s and run by the city until Lodi Memorial Hospital took over in 1998, paying a token $1 rental fee per year to use space at the city property.

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  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:31 pm on Tue, Mar 26, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Our organization, by the way, is a not for profit and purely voluntary. These are the real people who support us merely knowing their financial and volunteer help comes with a reward of TLC, a warm heart and a smile.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:28 pm on Tue, Mar 26, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Mr. Morgan, those "contributions are known as tax deductible. Do you think you stuffed shirts would give something away if there weren't some sort of "return"? You ask anyone I contribute to, I don't ask for or need a receipt to write it off on my taxes like many of you do. You keep coming up with the same drivel over and over.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 12:38 am on Sat, Mar 23, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Josh, i also contribute to Charity Navigator and use their website as a standard for non profit news and ratings of charities and non profits and their federal forms that are posted publicly on their website. The only two organizations that I have found of local interest that have submitted their tax information in raw form of original copies of federal non profit tax forms are the food bank in Modesto and Adopt a Child in Lodi. Their submitted information certainly looks like their directors and some staff are very overpaid for the small entity they are and the expenses they claim for themselves seems way out of line for the small amount of contributions they claim. I don't see Lodi Health even registered with this well known entity that racks and reports on the way charities spend their funding and the percentages they actually use for their main claimed purposes. I don't believe any non profit that won't release a copy of their original tax forms returned from the federal government. It is like believing the generic auditor fairy who conducts an audit with information given them by the city entity, as Lodi does year after year, and the major discrepancy that got swept under the rug in the 2005-2006 budgets in which over $350K was double dipped by a local contractor on a prevailing wage project and the generic auditor, Gini, Macias and another partner, I believe, allowed the city of Lodi to take half of the double dip and carry it over to the next budget year only to make it just suddenly disappear. Why don't you ask councilmen Johnson or Hansen how they turned magician for that magic moment? That's how your good old boys manipulate the system and avoid being exposed as criminals. And maybe ask them who their favorite general contractor was who walked away with that money? And the entity that was involved in this construction farce?

  • Doug Chaney posted at 12:19 am on Sat, Mar 23, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Josh, all of the good old boys were, and some still are on those same feel good boards you were on. Maybe that explains why the little town of Lodi is still stuck in the 50's? Those who receive the low cost child and adult care government welfare are assumed to have incomes in the $50K, and some higher, level. Do you think some one with an income that high should qualify for Low cost adult/child care? I get much of my information from the SJ county human services department from a very reliable source once given me a few years ago by our county district supervisor. Maybe you should join our local organizing group and discover some of those conspiracy theories that you accuse others of "conjuring" up are not just fantasies after all, but the unethical, and possibly criminal, deeds committed by your local good old boys and their puppets, the city council and management team. Stop by next meeting and give us your input on what direction you think this city council is taking this little town in and why they forgot that the east side was still a part of Lodi and concentrated nearly all of their pandering to the wealthy and influential areas of livable, lovable Lodi. I'll post the meeting date and time and you are welcome to participate and even join the local organizing group if you so choose. And please watch the video nicely done by Mr. Keith Colgan, moderator of his informational website Lodi360, as mentioned below.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 6:03 pm on Fri, Mar 22, 2013.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 542

    And you are to be commended for your participation in the homeless outreach organization. Although I have never served on that particular board I have been involved in several similar organizations such as Lodi Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army, Loel Center, PTA's, etc, etc. Of course the hospital is a horse of a different color and is subject to every government entity that exists. I happen to know for certain that Lodi Memorial is NOT rolling in money and has lost money for the past several years. That is primarily due to the treatment of non-insured patients and insurance companies squeezing every penny and lowering reimbursements.

    I am curious as to your basis for the financial status of those families who have children enrolled in the child day care program at HSS? Do the families fill out a financial statement before enrolling their children and are those available to the public? I believe you are just making up your facts in that regard.

    And yes, I am a cheerleader for Lodi. I have spent more years as a businessman and resident in this community than I want to admit. I've known many of those individuals that you classify as "the wealthy and well connected". Those are the same individuals that your and every other non-profit organization hit up for donations. And guess what.......they give their time hundreds of thousands of dollars back to this community. Lodi has been blessed over the years with very caring and giving individuals. The same people you continually criticize. Doug, you're not the only person in this community who is trying to make a difference.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 3:43 pm on Fri, Mar 22, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Josh, non profits are meant to show a loss. When they show a profit they lose their nonprofit status. That's why most squander and waste money through unneeded and feel good programs like Camp Hutchins. For an entity like Hutchins Street Square, that supposedly loses a million dollars or so this budget year and has never been in the black, allowing Lodi Health use of HSS facilities at an unreasonable cost should not have even been considered with the availability of numerous properties in Lodi that have been empty since the financial meltdown. Why aren't non profits that are struggling given the same advantage as Lodi Health? Lodi Health is far from being destitute and the and when they have functions or events they always seem to schedule them at Wine $ Roses rather than use the same facilities they receive at HSS at such disturbingly low fees to subsidize low cost child care for those who have higher income levels than 75% of Lodians and seem to have a special connection to be accepted and then have the option of having other offspring accepted on a nepotistic basis with those attending presently given preference only because they are siblings of those already enrolled. Does that sound like a fair system to you? I'm sure it does since you seem to give the appearance of being one of the cheer leading squad for the rich and famous, well connected and good old boys of the little town of Lodi. After much research our homeless outreach organization chose to be a not for profit and use our own time and personal funds to operate and actual unpaid volunteers. Our paycheck is a warm heart and a smile from those we help and serve, not fat salaries like many of the directors, administrators, staff and board members of large organizations such as Lodi Health.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 5:59 pm on Thu, Mar 21, 2013.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 542

    It should be noted that Lodi Memorial Hospital is a non-profit entity and if you think they're wealthy then I'd suggest you take a peek at their P&L statements for the past several years.

  • Keith Colgan posted at 9:56 am on Thu, Mar 21, 2013.

    Keith Colgan Posts: 30

    See Video of meeting: http://lodi360.com/2013/03/21/citizens-speak-out-on-money-issues/



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