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Downtown Lodi Business Partnership to disband

Chamber of Commerce to take over Parade of Lights, Farmers Market

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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:00 am

Due to financial concerns, the organization that promotes Downtown Lodi businesses will fold.

The Downtown Lodi Business Partnership board of directors voted unanimously Monday to disband. Executive Director Jaime Watts said she doesn't look at the decision as bad news. Instead, it will put Downtown businesses on a sounder footing as the Lodi Chamber of Commerce takes over some of the DLBP functions.

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  • Doug Chaney posted at 6:09 am on Fri, Feb 15, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    These aren't the ones that make the decisions. The good ol" boys are the large businesses downtown that have hundreds of votesi instead of just one like many other members do, and they and the financial institutions and their prominent leaders make those decisions with their hundreds of votes that seem like those numbers of votes would far exceed the one vote of all the other members. So you're telling me this isn't a part of controlling downtown Lodi by still using the good ol' boys system, with the wealthy and lage contributing businesses getting more than one vote? I thought it would be illegal to operate a system like this? Shouldn't each merchant " member" have one vote each rather than letting the powerful group dominate? That's why this DLBP should be disbanded. The controversy since the mid 90's has never stopped and most centered around many merchants claiming they were treated unfairly and the good ol' boys system left them out of any real decisions. Wiki up good ol' boys and then get back to me and explain to me why you're convinced there aren't good ol' boys that completely dominate this little town?

  • Josh Morgan posted at 9:09 pm on Tue, Feb 12, 2013.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 542

    David, don't confuse Doug with the facts. It's just a waste of time.

  • David Diskin posted at 6:41 pm on Tue, Feb 12, 2013.

    David Diskin Posts: 185

    Although certainly moot at this point, perhaps you can tell me how the DLBP board members (the only ones making the decisions you're speaking of) are part of the "Good Ol Boys" club you constantly refer to.

    For reference, the board consists of the owners of these local businesses:

    - Lodi Beer Company
    - New & Again Consignment Furniture Gallery
    - Scooter's Restaurant
    - Spinning Tunes
    - The Dancing Fox Winery & Bakery
    - Fields Family Wines
    - Ollie's Pub
    and Jaime, the executive director

    Or is anyone you disagree with part of the "GOB" club?

  • Doug Chaney posted at 3:09 pm on Tue, Feb 12, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Jennifer, you have to be one of the good ol' boys connections to be recognized by the "shakers and movers" of Lodi.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:59 am on Tue, Feb 12, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    It's about time this corrupt, dysfunctional organization let the downtown merchants, what's left of the since the wine rooms seem to have taken command, control their own destiny without having to pay taxes, disguised as "dues", to be a member and facing fines if they didn't comply with the good ol' boys system that still rules Lodi. I'm sure most of those enterprise zone wine businesses couldn't afford to pay those dues and if they did, the COL would find a roundabout way of subsidizing them. This group has been a controversy from the time the downtown upgrade finished, and some say even long before that. I gave up on this dysfunctional group when the $17,000 was alleged missing from the beer fund at the farmers market and swept under the rug. Ms. Mounce was the only one to question their sloppy record and bookkeeping, reportedly from an owner of one of the generic tax return companies in Lodi. That's not the only incident, and like the others, city council and management found a way to sweep that under the rug, too. Now that the winery owners have taken over downtown, I guess F&M Bank will no longer have control of the votes they had in the past to have an opinion on how downtown was run and regulated.



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