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Galt, Lodi city councils face questions on travel, stipend cash

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Posted: Monday, June 1, 2009 10:00 pm

With money left over in the Galt City Council's travel funds, three members are finding ways to spend it before the fiscal year ends on June 30.

Two of them want to use the money to help ship packages to troops overseas. Another would like to use the money for a sign to let citizens know about community events.

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13 comments:

  • posted at 6:06 pm on Tue, Jun 2, 2009.

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    IllegalnLodi: "Someone please tell us how they are docked for that day of wages they forfeit when they are salaried employees, or are these employees just allowed to use a day of vacation or sick leave and merely afforded another much needed day off?"I'm a salaried city employee and my pay get's reduced by 8 hours 1 x per month. We are paid for 72 hrs instead of 80 for that pay period. We are not allowed to use leave hours, even if that week is part of a vacation. Hope that clears it up for you.

     
  • posted at 7:29 am on Tue, Jun 2, 2009.

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    Hitchcock...$125.00 for Boys & Girls club. Who runs the Boy's & Girl's club?Who is the President of the School Board (LUSD)? Is Hitchcock an administrator with L.U.S.D.? Is she also a City counsel member?

     
  • posted at 5:50 am on Tue, Jun 2, 2009.

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    Just why is the mayor of Lodi attending these Northern California Power Assn. and American Public Power Assn. conferences? Isn't that what you pay your Lodi Electric Utility District manager-director for? Maybe your mayor could just assume that position, too? But the, isn't he the one who put your utility nearly $200,000,000 into debt? I don't think I'd want him attending any meetings with a track record such as that.

     
  • posted at 5:27 am on Tue, Jun 2, 2009.

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    Payne is a pain! I don't think this person has the ability to even think of others like the troops. As long as she gets her sign... I know a sign for her that she can wear...

     
  • posted at 4:12 am on Tue, Jun 2, 2009.

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    And hasn't the city manager attained a $20,000 raise and his secretary, the city clerk $5,000 within the last two years while everyone else was talking pay cuts? And are positions like the city manager, city clerk, department heads and anyone on salary actually just taking that day off? Someone please tell us how they are docked for that day of wages they forfeit when they are salaried employees, or are these employees just allowed to use a day of vacation or sick leave and merely afforded another much needed day off? There's another worse round of budget cuts and foreclosures coming and your city leaders need to set the example and take the first cuts. As is very common knowledge, most of these city leaders and management are pretty well off and have never seen any real hard times.

     
  • posted at 4:04 am on Tue, Jun 2, 2009.

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    samom, how about the funding to the wine & visitors center? Why should the taxpayers that $125,000 or so annually when it's basic function is to promote the local wineries? It's time they fund themselves, too.

     
  • posted at 4:02 am on Tue, Jun 2, 2009.

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    lodidian, excellent points! I was wondering, myself, why they received "benefits"

     
  • posted at 4:00 am on Tue, Jun 2, 2009.

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    Why is mayor Hansen using city travel expense money to attend any NCPA meetings or functions? I thought that was his personal little agenda and I'm expecting that as their board chairman that the NCPA iscovering his expenses and not the city Of Lodi.

     
  • posted at 3:41 am on Tue, Jun 2, 2009.

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    I vote for using the money to help ship packages to troops overseas.

     
  • posted at 3:38 am on Tue, Jun 2, 2009.

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    It seems to me, Lodi city council members are "volunteers" AND elected officials. I can't understand why the city pays for their health care and contributes to retirment.What other part time job pays health care and retirment benefits?While I am not an elected official,I volunteer a good amount of my time and pay ALL of my own travel expenses when I volunteer. The city council should consider eliminating the healthcare and retirement benefits along with the reduction in salary.As elected officials, they should never have to pay any out of pocket expense, while conduction city business, however, they should not be paid for time they agreed to volunteer.Travel to conference and ticket fees for participation in local events are usually valid expenses. City officials should travel and participate at approved venues. However, travel does not need to be a budget item. Travel could be paid out of the general fund with prior approval of the mayor and city manager. This adds a little more accountability and may prevent waste.

     
  • posted at 3:09 am on Tue, Jun 2, 2009.

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    The Lodi Council members absolutely cut back. They ask the employees to cut back and then go and approve the fireworks display ...which I know some people say "it is only $16k", but what about the overtime for the police dept? There are hidden expenses that are huge. and how about them approving the Grape Bowl project, or giving to the DLBP a private business. How many other Lodi businesses would like the City to give thousands a year? Please!!! I am sure City employees are very frustrated with our council. All in all....they should take a hit too, then maybe they would think differently about giving away so much...

     
  • posted at 2:49 am on Tue, Jun 2, 2009.

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    So Payne thinks a sign for a park for another one of her pet projects is more important than the soldiers protecting our country? What is this woman thinking? She chastised two fellow Councilmembers for offer to help the troops families with their remaining travel funds, then wants to use hers for a stupid sign in the next sentence. How did this woman ever get elected?

     
  • posted at 2:37 am on Tue, Jun 2, 2009.

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    So Payne thinks a sign for a park for another one of her pet projects is more important than the soldiers protecting our country? What is this woman thinking? She chastised two fellow Councilmembers for offer to help the troops families with their remaining travel funds, then wants to use hers for a stupid sign in the next sentence. How did this woman ever get elected?

     
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