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Posted: Friday, January 11, 2008 10:00 pm

Nearly two years ago, Lodi's City Council pondered an ordinance that would have placed most liability for trip-and-fall lawsuits from damaged sidewalks on homeowners, rather than taxpayers.

Amid fierce controversy, council members voted to let the matter die, in part because Lodi is already one of many California cities that require homeowners to repair sidewalks, unless a city-owned tree caused the damage.

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  • posted at 3:08 am on Tue, Jan 15, 2008.


    How can the city make us pay for sidewalk problems if our insurance tells us we don't own those sidewalks? Who is right? Do we have to claim the sidewalks or not?

  • posted at 5:15 am on Mon, Jan 14, 2008.


    When I had a similar situation 2 years ago, my insurance (Allstate) told me that I could not insure the sidewalk because I do not own it. Sidewalks are not part of your property, they belong to LODI.

  • posted at 11:38 am on Sat, Jan 12, 2008.


    The problem, as I understand it, occurs when a City tree damages the sidewalk but the City refuses to remove the tree or allow the homeowner to remove the tree.



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