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Lodi City Council moves forward with Grape Bowl improvements

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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 8:01 am, Thu Mar 22, 2012.

Want your name emblazoned on the entry plaza of the Grape Bowl? Then prepare to fork over $2 million.

The Lodi City Council took several steps on Wednesday toward the next phase of construction at the Grape Bowl, which will includes an entry plaza, concession stands, restrooms, a ticket booth and Americans with Disability Act improvements.

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  • roy bitz posted at 8:44 pm on Thu, Mar 22, 2012.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    Any city council member or city staff member----please respond:

    Last Fall our city council members proposed the transfer of $200,000 from the general fund--to the Grape Bowl. I recall the council discussing the legality of this proposal and asking the city attorney to research the legality of this transfer. The matter was listed on a December council agenda but it was not discussed at that meeting.
    Was $200,000 transferred from general fund to the Grape Bowl?

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:18 pm on Thu, Mar 22, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Scott stated...On the bright side, if all of the work is done right this new facility can be a great jewel for Lodi

    I guess it depends on how you define “ great jewel”... I think of a great jewel as an unnecessary expensive ornament that the wealthy waste money on.

    I wonder what percentage of that increase in spending is on account of the ADA and how many future lawsuits and repairs will have to be paid because of ADA hustlers. The grape bowl is more a money toilet bowl that should have been demolished instead of held hostage to the ADA regulations.

  • Jackson Scott posted at 11:31 am on Thu, Mar 22, 2012.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 392

    First, thank you Roy for calling out Councilman Johnson. That $1M is nothing more than over-inflated garbage rates paid for by every citizen in Lodi. Where is Doug when we need him to throw in a "GOB" rant about this $1M? (hint: he's on the record blog posting as Richie Rich. just read a Lodi article)

    Second, where, or who, is going to pony up $2M? Sure, there are alot of rich Lodians who could drop that kind of cash, but how much of a love do they have for the Grape Bowl? Did they play football? March in the band? IMO $2M is just too much. I could see at $1M possible donors being General Mills, the Robert Mondavi family, and maybe Mike Crete of Calif Coolers fame.

    Third, WHY are we considering changing the name of the stadium? It is the legenday Lodi Grape Bowl! Oh, yes, to raise money. So we are going to throw tradition out the window and sell the naming rights to the highest bidder? Granted, the new design has cut a huge hole in the west end so it is no longer a traditional "bowl," but why do we neeed to change the name?

    Finally, the field name. If we keep it as the GB allow someone to pay the money to have it called "Big G Field at the Lodi Grape Bowl" or "Robert Mondavi Field at...." Personally I'd prefer to have it named for one of Lodi's greatest coaches, mentors, and molder of young men of all time: John Gianonni Field. Yes, I'm old school.

    On the bright side, if all of the work is done right this new facility can be a great jewel for Lodi. The site could be used for both football & soccer sections games, etc. Since UOP has neglected their once great stadium there is a huge need in our area for a top notch facility.

  • roy bitz posted at 7:05 am on Thu, Mar 22, 2012.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    Councilman Johnson says "we found a million dollars (for the Grape Bowl) from Waste Management".
    This million is not found money!
    This million bought Waste Management the city's waste contract through the year 2029 without seeking competitive bids. This was a "quid pro quo"--it was not a gift.
    What a waste!



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