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Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 2:27 pm, Tue Jun 7, 2011.

About 20 leaders of local nonprofit groups watched 10-year-old Kaitlin Newport grab ping-pong balls from a Bingo hopper on Thursday in Carnegie Forum.

Through this small, random act, nonprofit leaders either received a new revenue stream that will net them thousands of dollars, or left empty-handed.

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  • Jackson Scott posted at 8:55 pm on Fri, May 13, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 386

    Let's face it, the LDBP is not a true non-profit, a 501c. According to their website they are incorporated as a "Calif Non-Profit Mutal Benefit Corporation." What the heck that means I have no idea.

    The fact is that the City of Lodi already funds this group with taxpayer money. So why should they get the opportunity to have a fireworks booth? The American Legion group should be the 1st alternate.

    I can see it now, the merchants are going to have to leave their businesses to man the fireworks booth for a cause that many of them dont stand behind. Stupid.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 6:03 pm on Fri, May 13, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Bob Smith, I agree. This dysfunctional group already gets about $28,000 a year of Lodi taxpayers' money, thanks to our free spending city council, and they should not even be allowed to qualify. They've got a director, board and countless volunteers that do all the work for the director and board and the DLBP should have someone intelligent enough to create additional fundraisers to raise their own funding. What an insult to even let this group that controls the real money making events in Lodi already to even be considered, already having dropped some events that don't measure up to their profit standards and cutting the farmers' market by 5 weeks, something most Lodians are staunchly against according those that I and my colleaugues speak to. It seems to be only a decision to boost the profit of the farmers' market, giving the director, Ms. Watts, a larger bonus check for 2011. Is this about improving downtown and business for the merchants or merely boosting paycheck figures for Ms. Watts? Those "bonuses" should go toward improving foot traffic and business for DLBP merchants, not pocket money for the director, treasurer, board members or any hard working volunteers.

  • Bob Smith posted at 2:16 pm on Fri, May 13, 2011.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    DLBP? How inappropriate. An organization that forces all downtown businesses to cough up a protection fee on a monthly basis.
    Why is it not surprising that they grabbed one of these spots, ahead of a more deserving organization like the American Legion.

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