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Posted: Friday, July 1, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:43 am, Fri Jul 1, 2011.

Standing in front of a refrigerator filled with Vitamin Water and sodas, Chevron owner Tony Singh points to new LED lights while talking about the eventual savings on his utility bill.

Singh received a $16,200 no-interest loan from the Lodi Electric Utility to make lighting upgrades throughout his entire station on Kettleman Lane. The cost of the loan will be added to his utility bills, which he will repay over the next two years.

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  • Doug Chaney posted at 5:09 pm on Fri, Jul 1, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Mr. Jackson, everything that concerns the good old boys and the 3 amigos downtown is always a tall tale to you?

  • Doug Chaney posted at 5:07 pm on Fri, Jul 1, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Mr. Jackson, how many peole can afford a nearly $300 a night generic room that come to Lodi? A sophisticated local business such as this would never let it deteriorate, especially the infrastructure such as plumbing, hvac, etc. I was just curious how MUCH funding was granted to Wine&Roses, what work was done on which buildings or areas, who the actual contractor was, hopefully not a contractor/developer as Mr. Munson seems to be? The city of Lodi surely still uses that facility rather than the beautiful facilities at Hutchins Street Square they built just for that purpose, didn't they? It's always been rumored that taxpayers money has been used for weekend or longer stays for the hierarchy Lodi as a place to unwind and release the gigantic stress of their well paying positions with no accountability to no one but city council, who turn their heads the other way.Now the liquor license of that establishment has been sold to Rosewood for $350,000 or so and now that establishment is the local watering hole for the Lodi dignitaries and their wannabes. I'll be searching the city records for details of this "energy conservation project" and the costs related to it. Hopefully Ms. Kirkle or councilman Hansen can help me with finding the data.

  • Jackson Scott posted at 12:24 pm on Fri, Jul 1, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 392

    Ohhhhh Doug. There have been other programs. Just 5-6 years ago I received a rebate from LEU when we replaced the windows in our ranch style home. I had to jump through some silly hoops by submitting every sticker off each window showing it's energy factor, and the sizes of each window. The rebate was somehow determined by the square feet of glass that was replaced I believe.

    I too laughed when I saw Wine & Roses was one of the businesses who received a no interest loan. Yes, Mr. Munson can afford to replace his hvac. But unlike Doug's non stop conspiracy theories I believe that if Munson is smart enough to know about this program, apply for it, get it approved, etc etc then he deserves the loan. Besides, his facility out there on the corner generates alot of Room Tax for the city, along with general sales tax- not that it should matter. But once again Doug is quick to jump the gun and submit another tall tale of GOB's padding each others pockets.

    I'd bet $100 that if W&R was a union facility employing his union brothers & sisters he'd have a MUCH different point of view.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:19 am on Fri, Jul 1, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    I was always under the assumption that one of the main goals of Lodi electric was to maintain low rates for all ratepayers, including commercial, industrial and residential. To this date the only program I've seen for residential was a paltry and poorly put together solar program that seemed to be too expensive for only but the well heeled in Lodi. Now I see this new program with interest free loans being offered to businesses for energy conservation projects. My question is, why isn't there a program being instituted by Lodi Electric to benefit residential ratepayers hear in Lodi with the same interest free loans to weatherize their homes to make them more energy efficient also. I see Mr. Munson, from the wine and roses, got one of those interest free loans concerning his HVAC system(s)? Just what was the amount that was granted for this seemingly rather large project? And what areas and buildings did it include? I notice that the rather wealthy and influential good old boys here in Lodi area always seem to be at the top of the pecking order when it comes to free government money, and my opinion tells me they are the ones that need it the least. Just who at Lodi Electric approved these grants to those who seemingly can afford to find their own financing using local banks and keeping the economy intact by paying the same rates as everyone else. This is just another instance of the good old boys illustrating their dominance in the constant fleecing of Lodi through government funds to enable those who are affluent to further line their own pockets while smaller struggling businesses are left behind to fend for themselves, especially those businesses outside the core business section of downtown Lodi. My assumption is that some of these projects by not only Lodi Electric, but other city, county and state government entities are merely nothing but corporate welfare for those who are well connected and not ashamed to take free taxpayer's money while smiling all the way to the bank.



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