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Lodi Planning Commission approves annexing land

City plans to develop 30 acres to south, but farmers worry

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Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:42 am, Thu Mar 10, 2011.

An on-again, off-again commercial development project is closer to reality. Despite concerns about vacant buildings around town and potential traffic issues associated with growth, Lodi’s Planning Commission agreed to move forward with the annexation of 30 acres of land south of city limits for commercial development at its Wednesday evening meeting.

All aspects of traffic conditions on Harney Lane, where the development will be, have been exhaustively studied over several years, said City Manager Rad Bartlam. The environmental study conducted for the city’s general plan, as well as data gathered for the Reynolds Ranch Center and Harney Lane’s widening have all shown that the project has been properly planned for, he said.

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  • Josh Morgan posted at 5:39 pm on Sun, Mar 13, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 542

    Doug, I'm just shocked by your response. You, of all people, who demand full disclosure and accountability would protect this organization. I would expect you to be leading the charge to discover who this organization would be. Maybe it's made up of good ol boys looking for a way to line their pockets with blackmail money. Come on Doug....if you're going to demand full disclosure you can't pick favorites. It's either all or nothing.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:47 pm on Fri, Mar 11, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Josh, you don't know that I could even be one of "them"? Why doesn't Mr. Gillespie reveal his countless partners and ties to the city council? Why should this group reveal themselves? It's better those corrupt and greedy in Lodi know that those watching them may even be a higher up at city hall or public works and always have that fear of being exposed for what they really are and all the good people they have taken advantage of, cheated and bullied.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 9:12 pm on Fri, Mar 11, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 542

    Wait a minute Doug.....I know who my City Council member are...they're elected by the citizens of Lodi. I know who supports them by reading their campaign disclosure statements. I know who Dale Gillespie is and what his projects are....he has to appear publicly at planning commission and City Council meetings. What I don't know is who makes up Citizens for Open Government. They are making deals with developers before appearing before the public. What are the deals? Who's being paid? Why are they being paid. Doug, maybe you can tell me who this group seem to know everything else.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:55 am on Fri, Mar 11, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Josh, Citizens for Open Government reminds me of three other organizations right off the top of my head: the democratic and republican parties and Lodi city council. They're very secretive too, with all their associates, business friends and developers, to name a very few, that stay hidden in the background using various businesses and borrowed names of other LLC businesses and individuals in a tangled web only an expert attorney or hacker could figure out. One local developer seems to fit perfectly in that category. Mr. Gillespie, aka DGP and several other different LLC or other business variations and also tied with Platt on another website and now SkinnerRanch Properties comes into play at the Lodi Super99 strip mall known as Reynolds Ranch. Keep following links on these websites and you'll see some interesting and familiar names pop up. Why don't "secret" players like these step up? And you're about citizens for open government?

  • Susan Chapstick posted at 5:33 pm on Thu, Mar 10, 2011.

    Susan Chapstick Posts: 5

    Mr. Hanson, that is my off the cuff reaction too. But depending upon WHO might be intrested in such a complex the demand might be much greater than a handful of 1K retail store fronts.

    The rumor a few years ago was that Kaiser was very interested in locating medical offices in Lodi at this West & Harney Lane location.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 5:00 pm on Thu, Mar 10, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 542

    Not sure where my first post went but I want to know who Citizens for Open Government is. How is it possible that an organization advocating "open government" can act so secretly? What requirement does the developer have to meet with this organization and meet their demands. As far as I'm concerned this is blackmail. Who is profiting from these deals? This is no different than the ADA scams that are going on across this State.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 11:11 am on Thu, Mar 10, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 542

    I'd still like to know who Citizens for Open Government is. How can a group advocating open government operate so secretly? What did they get out of this backroom deal? This sounds like the ADA scams that are going on around the State.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:20 am on Thu, Mar 10, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    i hope the Holiday Inn Express generates enough profits to pay their redevelopment fees they were given a pass on for an entire year, along with a large decrease in the interest rate on that money owed to the city. The excuse was they were waiting for a loan. apparently that was never to come, and needed time to avoid bankruptcy. Thanks to the taxpayers of Lodi and their dysfunctional city council, they were given that extension and now they can come up with cash to pay for a liquor permit, bar or louge and facilities to accomodate wine tasting? It really bothers me when the wealtthy and well to do cry broke while hiding their true assets under another family member's name or a tangle of fly by night write off investments.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:13 am on Thu, Mar 10, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    And the addition of more liquor permits for the Lodi winedrinkers and alcoholics.

  • Jim Hanson posted at 9:06 am on Thu, Mar 10, 2011.

    Jim Hanson Posts: 27

    Stockton and Lodi are slowly merging together.... with empty commercial buildings. Nice work council!!!!!!!!



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