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Some Lodi residents question extra fee

Lodian brings concerns over utility deposit policy to City Council

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Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:55 am, Thu Jan 19, 2012.

When Maria Rufino moved to Lodi five months ago, she was shocked to find out that she and her roommate would have to pay two deposits that totaled $650 to turn on their electricity.

Rufino had to pay the standard $325 deposit for a three-bedroom home.

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  • James Michellson posted at 11:31 pm on Thu, Jan 19, 2012.

    James M Posts: 1

    Its just like Jay said, dont feel any special because they are rude to you. They're rude to all of us and just about every month I go in to pay my bill there are always a group of about 4 of em in the back talking among each other and only one person working the front desk as the line spills out the door. As for the checking of the social security numbers, why should that be a problem? Is Maria Rufino trying to cover up any activity of ILLEGAL aliens? I don't understand why theyre not already being reported to Immigration. I work hard just as much as she probably does and I would rather my tax dollars support people here in this country who are here legally rather than ILLEGALLY. Its funny how she doesn't want to be charged an extra fee, but shes ok with ILLEGAL aliens not being reported and getting benefits off of our tax dollars. Shame on her.

     
  • Harold Brown posted at 7:33 pm on Thu, Jan 19, 2012.

    Harold Brown Posts: 11

    That's the point exactly. Only those who are here Illegally don't have id's. Why? Because they are afraid of being sent back. In the State of California as in most states in this nation it is Law that you have and carry on your person a picture Id. There is no excuse for the double standard applied to accomodate these ILLEGALS. As a CITIZEN if I or any CITIZEN of this country, if I am found to be doing something Illegally then I am subject to consequences including possible jail time and yet we continue to make excuses and concessions for the Illegals invading, and yes I said invading this country. I am all for ANYONE coming to share the American dream if they are willing to do so by following the pre-requisits to being here LEGALLY. I personally know many people from many countries that have come and done the necessary things to be here LEGALLY. It is an insult to each and every one of them that so many come here believing that we owe them the benefits of living in America. It is also a huge problem in that they do often make bills and then just walk away costing others more so the individual or company providing the service doesn't lose their bottom line. Just look at all the companies that go under after absorbing too much of this bad debt. I can say from experience that the Lodi Utilities is ONLY interested in making every dime they can. It's a shame they bent to this complaint and are refunding any part of that deposit to a person clearly here Illegally

     
  • Jay Samone posted at 12:42 pm on Thu, Jan 19, 2012.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    Oh and to Ms, Ruffino - let's be clear. Those employees are non-discriminatory. They treat EVERYONE that walks through those doors as c rappy as the person before them, or the person in line after them. Don't think for one second that has anything to do with your race, appearance or age. It has been like that since I rented my first apartment nearly 20 yrs ago. That is why MOST of us have checking accounts so we don't have to go IN to pay the bill.

     
  • Jay Samone posted at 9:31 am on Thu, Jan 19, 2012.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    Sorry - I got alittle annoyed so my grammar was off. What I meant to say is - if you are here LEGALLY, you have nothing to worry about.

     
  • Jay Samone posted at 7:47 am on Thu, Jan 19, 2012.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    Ummmm....so what if the city if reporting them. THEY ARE HERE ILLEGALLY. Get it through your thick skulls. If you aren't here legally, then you have nothing to worry about. I REALLY HOPE THE CITY COUNCIL DOESN'T CAVE ON THIS ONE.

     
  • Bob Smith posted at 7:13 am on Thu, Jan 19, 2012.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    1. A person legally in the US can use their passport and visa as ID. The unnamed person is here legally, correct?

    2. A person legally in the US won't be worried about being reported to INS.

    Sounds like Maria Rufino is trying to turn Lodi into a safe haven for illegal aliens.

     
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