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City may fine motorists who fail to pay to enter Lodi Lake

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Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013 2:14 pm

Motorists who don’t pay the entrance fee into Lodi Lake Park or fail to clearly display an annual pass could be fined $50 if caught under an ordinance being introduced at Wednesday’s Lodi City Council meeting.

The city has charged entry fees to the park since at least 1976, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Jeff Hood said in a staff report.

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  • Doug Chaney posted at 7:05 am on Mon, Jun 17, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    If the COL can afford to hire two part time retired cops who are far from needing a job with their out of sight retirement from PERS or law enforcement, they should surely be able to hire a full time, or several part time, employees to staff the entrance booth at Lodi Lake. Those two officers would be more valuable patrolling the east side for crime, not just the parks for those big time vandals, most of which are in the influential west side of Lodi. The good ol' boys and stuffed shirts win again! Livable, lovable Lodi/Stockton?

  • Doug Chaney posted at 7:25 am on Sat, Jun 15, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Why not just hire a full time park ranger to man the "collection" booth at Lodi Lake during park hours? Or that would create another nice position for one of the city hall managers whose offspring need a job? Why is the city of Lodi so cheap? With Lodi electric generating one of the highest residential electricity rates in the country, they should have the funding to easily pay for such an important position such as this. Or there are many duplicate gravy and favor type positions at city hall that could easily be eliminated to create a full time ranger/attendant/ to assure that all vehicles pay their fair share. Without a full time attendant who is to say that whose money is in the collection box or not unless there is a form for each vehicle to include their make and license number of their vehicle along with their fee. And then there should be some sort of ticket vending machine to accommodate those with credit or debit cards. And how about those with season passes that use their passes for several different vehicles or "loan" them to a family member or friend to use free gratis? The only answer is to have a full time ranger/attendant, or both, at the entrance at all times, IMO. Why is the city of Lodi so cheap, with most of their projects and favor returns being paid for with grant funds while they have an unending cash cow at Lodi electric, while dumping all of their pet projects and favors that are losers off on the parks and rec department, namely Hutchins Street Square, whose black hole has been as much as $2 million in the red and now appears to be near $800,000 currently. Too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

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