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Vandalism rising at Lodi parks; costs may reach $25,000

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Posted: Friday, June 1, 2007 10:00 pm

Van Buskirk Park is close to 11-year-old Cesar Santos' house, and it comes complete with three slides and various climbing equipment on a soft surface.

But there's a problem: Vandals have created a large hole in the bottom of Santos' favorite slide, a three-seater that allowed him to race with his friends or ride solo down the middle "bumpy one." The hole, which appeared sometime last week, slowed them down and now the slide is boarded up.

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  • posted at 10:33 am on Thu, Jun 7, 2007.


    So... you don't mind when you get pulled over for having brown skin? I'm not against the police going after gang bangers but I am against them pulling over law abiding citizens just because they aren't white. I guess you don't mind.

  • posted at 1:08 pm on Wed, Jun 6, 2007.


    Hey Jose' I have brown skin and black hair and I am NOT a Gavacho. I hate gangs, and am upset at the police for looking the other way. I am an AMERICAN first and don't like getting a bad rap because of illegals. Most Californians have some Mexican heritage, and I am proud of that. I'm not proud of cheaters and squatters who try to represent they are typical Mexicans, or are "only here for work". The reason I am in the US, is that my parents moved here LEGALLY and I was born here.

  • posted at 8:05 am on Sun, Jun 3, 2007.


    Illegal alien Amerindians continued.

    Because you let them "see it", and therefore its theirs. They covet what they see. Especially in Michoacan where most of our California illegals come from. Theft, murder, rape, drugs and squatting are the reasons the Mexican government is trying to get rid of them. They either shoot them or they sneak up here. However, I have noticed that our education system has brain washed some of these kids into learning that stealing is a bad thing.

  • posted at 3:38 pm on Sat, Jun 2, 2007.


    I thought Lodi wanted to shut down parks with grafitti. Maybe that was only the skatepark.

  • posted at 12:06 pm on Sat, Jun 2, 2007.


    However, vandals can wait for darkness to do the "Baby Antics" and they care little about replacement cost! I am sure they would grafitti it as soon as it was replaced. Lodi needs to make it a year in lock up for anyone caught vandalizing/grafitti! No "good time" off for good behavior! They know adults are three steps behind their wanna be damage! It is sad we have to BABY SIT children who cannot behave!

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