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Lodi City Council moves ahead with Grape Bowl improvements

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Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:47 am, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

The Lodi City Council unanimously approved spending about $2.45 million on the Grape Bowl to install permanent restrooms, a concession stand and a ticket booth that will all be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The project will also include a new plaza entrance on the west side of the stadium and the installation of ramps to help people get from the upper levels of the stadium to the lower levels on the south side of the stadium.

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4 comments:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 2:14 pm on Fri, Oct 7, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Maybe the " Money Pit Bowl" would be a good name.

     
  • Josh Morgan posted at 9:42 am on Fri, Oct 7, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 532

    Although all of my children are long gone I am thrilled that this project will be completed. The thought of a dry soccer field during the winter is beyond exciting and real bathrooms is just plain a "dream come true".

     
  • roy bitz posted at 8:28 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 495

    I liked Mayor Johnson's metaphor---Larry Hansen donate 15 million to put a dome over the grape bowl in his name.
    Serioiusly---this pet project is quietly---unknowingly-- sucking a lot of money from all rate payers. Here is how it's being done.
    It seems $200,000 will be transferred from the water-wastewater and electric utility to fund upgrades at the grape bowl--- this transfer is questionable but it is a plan.
    The million dollar donation from Waste Mangement was not a donation at all. It was a deal proposed to Waste Management by the City---a " quid pro quo"--give us a million dollars for the grape bowl and we will extend your contract through 2030 and allow for an annual rate increase based on the consumer price index of the bay area.
    We will be paying ( indiriectly for grape bowl upgrades for the next 20 years).
    This project will go forward and it is likely there will be more "quid pro quo deals" that will wind up costing rate payers ( indirectly).
    All of this is upsetting but the most upsetting. That there is no sense of urgency on the part of our council or city staff regarding proper display of our flag is reprehensible. Ms Mounce asked when a proper flag pole woudl be installed and was basically blown off by Mrl Barlam.
    The city will be dialing all local businesses regarding "naming rights" for various items at the grape bowl but according to Mr. Bartlam there will be no flag pole at the grape bowl any time soon.
    Appalling!

     
  • Jackson Scott posted at 10:11 am on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 384

    A natural tie-in to the GRAPE BOWL for naming rights to the field would be Constellation, or the family itself.... Robert Mondavi Field @ The Lodi Grape Bowl.

    Big sign on the scoreboard, and a bronze HOF style plaque at the new entry gate with Mondavi's year of graduation from LUHS, and his good deeds in the Lodi area & Wine Industry.

     
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