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Lodi City Council moves forward with drafting a local hiring ordinance

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Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:02 am, Thu Jan 20, 2011.

The Lodi City Council voiced support for drafting a local hiring ordinance that would require city contractors to make an effort to hire local workers.

Councilwoman JoAnne Mounce originally suggested the idea to promote hiring locally.

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  • roy bitz posted at 9:15 pm on Thu, Jan 20, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    Lodi's "bridge to nowhere" will be built. It will cost city dwellers TENS OF MILLIONS over the next forty years----needlessly.
    Some local contractors and their employees will benefit.
    Some out of town contractors and their employees will benefit.
    The city will hire more employees---we will pay their salaries, benefits,and pensions.
    Lodi rate payers will pay but the will not benefit from this bridge to nowhere.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 2:54 pm on Thu, Jan 20, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2106

    This would be a simple equation.

    Number of local contract jobs covered by ordanance divided by the number of local companies that could do the job = number of people this ordanance would put out of a job. But Mounce would still get paid so I guess the math is okay for her.

  • roy bitz posted at 1:05 pm on Thu, Jan 20, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    Good common sense comments and questions Charles.
    I believe this is an issue now because construction of Lodi's "treat and drink" water treatment plant will soon begin. This is a huge and extremely expensive project.
    I call this plant Lodi's "bridge to nowhere" because it was approved on the basis we need to reduce demand on the area's ground water over draft.
    Area ground water is over drafted by 200,000 acre feet annually.
    The city of Lodi uses about 15,000 afa of ground water.
    This plant will treat 6,000 afa of river water. That is just 3% of the 200,000 afa over draft-- a drop in the bucket. However, it will cost rate payers nearly 200 million dollars over the forty year life of the water contract.
    Will the city or the Sentinel print a list of all costs associated with the planning, constructing, financing, operating and maintaining this project for forty years?
    I hope so!

  • Charles Nelson posted at 10:41 am on Thu, Jan 20, 2011.

    Charles Nelson Posts: 259

    This entire concept strikes me as such a bad idea, I can't believe anyone who's given it a moment of reasonable thought could agree with it. The only thing it would virtually guarantee is that you would pay more, and get less. What if all neighboring cities passed a similar ordinance? Would Lodi construction businesses be for the ordinance if they were to be shut out from getting similar contracts in Galt, Stockton, Elk Grove, or Sacramento? What if you happen to be a Lodi contractor, but some your long time employees happen to live elsewhere. Would you have to lay them off in order to hire other workers who live within the required boundaries? People who have never worked for you before, and you are clueless to their necessary skill sets? Would you have to provide proff of residency for everyone who works for you? Because, frankly, I've seen many job sites where I doubt all the employees could even provide proof of citizenship. This is a, plain and simple, stupid idea. I can't believe anyone with even the slightest ability to reason would be for it.



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