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Grape Bowl’s new turf is a big winner with public

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Posted: Friday, November 12, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 7:34 am, Fri Nov 12, 2010.

Tokay and Lodi high schools have had some great football teams over the years — and now they finally have a worthy field to play on. After decades of decay, years of work and weeks of delays, the Grape Bowl finally reopened its gates to give the general public a view of the new playing surface installed this year. And initial reviews were glowing.

"This is top-notch," said Cindy McDougal, who was at the stadium with her two young sons. "I'm hoping that my children will play on it someday."

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6 comments:

  • roy bitz posted at 9:02 am on Sun, Nov 14, 2010.

    roy bitz Posts: 502

    Funding for grape bowl improvements was also provided by Waste Management. Three councilmen "sold" Waste Management a twenty year "exclusive contract" for one million dollars then called it a donation. There is a letter on file from Waste management to Mr. Blair King confirming details of this sleazy deal. I call it sleazy because there was no request for competitive bids, and there were none.
    This contract includes a provision for annual rate increases based on the consumer price index of the San Francisco Bay area, without regard to our local economy.
    The council also awarded Waste Management a rate increase in 2010 while the Federal Government says there will be no cost of living increase in Social Security benefits for at least two years because inflation is so low.
    It's good the grape bowl has finally been upgraded but the Waste Management money "smells" . This sweetheart contract will cost rate payers much more than the one million dollar "donation". Our city COUNCILMEN fail rate payers again.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:32 am on Sun, Nov 14, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    The all-weather field and related improvements were paid with development impact fees collected over the years specifically for park projects. None of the money spent on the Grape Bowl construction has come from the General Fund.

    Jeff, that is a “who cares” kind of information. Monies are reallocated and redirected often. In my opinion, this money could have been better spent. Sports is a luxury... I think the money should have been saved as a rainy day fund for real problems that may soon come our way. Just my opinion.

     
  • Jeff Hood posted at 7:31 pm on Sat, Nov 13, 2010.

    Jeff Hood Posts: 28

    The all-weather field and related improvements were paid with development impact fees collected over the years specifically for park projects. None of the money spent on the Grape Bowl construction has come from the General Fund.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:25 pm on Sat, Nov 13, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Josh, I know you have a good point, and until 5 years ago, I would have been leading the charge. I respect your position and again, I know my view would not be popular.

     
  • Josh Morgan posted at 2:45 pm on Sat, Nov 13, 2010.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 538

    Darrell, I respectfully disagree. This is one public facility that will be used seven days a week. There is a desperate need for this type of facility and the kids will be the big winners. My guess is that this will facility will be more used than Lodi Lake or any other public park. Really, it's a great addition to the community.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:31 am on Sat, Nov 13, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Sad commentary on prioities to me. I know its popular but.... in this economy, wow.

     
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