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Retired Lodi Police officer Chet Somera to run Downtown Lodi Farmers Market, Parade of Lights

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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 12:00 am

Lt. Chet Somera may be best known as a 30-year veteran of the Lodi Police Department, but now that he's retired, he's leading a new life.

Somera has been hired by the Lodi Chamber of Commerce to run the Downtown Lodi Farmers Market and the Parade of Lights. The two events have been run by the Downtown Lodi Business Partnership, but the partnership's board of directors voted to disband earlier this year.

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7 comments:

  • Josh Morgan posted at 2:25 pm on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 533

    Doug, what are your dues that you pay to the Chamber of Commerce? And certainly you must be a board member/

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:52 am on Sat, Apr 20, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Yes, mother Josh? Why does Mr. Patrick need to hire someone?

     
  • Josh Morgan posted at 7:26 am on Sat, Apr 20, 2013.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 533

    Wow, what a joyous group you are. How about, thank you Chet for your 30 years of service protecting the citizens of Lodi or happy to see the Farmers Market will continue.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 3:24 pm on Fri, Apr 19, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Is this farmers market about produce or getting high? Why such emphasis on alcohol when downtown is already overloaded with wine rooms, lounges, restaurant/bars and every restaurant venue serving alcohol? I can see how seriously the city of Lodi and LPD take impaired driving, allowing the farmers market to become alcohol driven and the produce seemingly secondary.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:07 am on Fri, Apr 19, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Can't imagine that the owners of Tillie's and Angelo's and the other Mexican restaurant on Pine would be happy to have these food street vendors directly competing with them.

    Lodi Beer must have a lot of influence to have gotten rid of their competition.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:45 am on Fri, Apr 19, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Right on Raymond! Mr. Patrick will now even have less to do at the chamber and can concentrate on his trips to China, rather than bringing decent paying jobs to the Lodi area. With all the members the chamber has, why would they need to hire a retired law enforcement officer to oversee two already set in stone events?

     
  • Raymond Cook posted at 8:38 am on Fri, Apr 19, 2013.

    Lodi Resident Posts: 25

    It's good to see that the City of Lodi has found a way to fatten up a retired police officers monthly income!

     
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