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City accepts $1 million for the Grape Bowl

In exchange, Waste Management gets option to extend contract

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Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2010 12:00 am

The Lodi City Council agreed to accept $1 million from Waste Management for improvements at the Grape Bowl and allocated some of that money to install artificial turf.

In exchange, Waste Management received the option to extend its contract with the city through 2031.

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  • posted at 11:13 am on Fri, Apr 9, 2010.


    T&C I noticed LNS removed my original post about the muslim prayer at the council meeting. Most likely because I referred to Allah as the dude who wants islamics to kill all the infidels. What's the matter LNS? Afraid to hurt someones feelings? Well, let me tell you they hurt my feelings everytime the kill innocents in the name of Allah. I doubt this post will stay up very long either

  • posted at 4:08 pm on Thu, Apr 8, 2010.


    Councilman Johnson, you made a statement at the meeting last night that council, and I assumed, management and department heads as well, read the Sentinel blogs and that you fully many bloggers to chastise you, the council? Why don't any of you cowards answer e-mails or express your opinions with an explanation for your corruptive looking votes and issues? Those are city computers and if you don't want to interact with the people you work for, the Lodi voters, then turn them in as well as your council title. You cowards won't even answer e-mails if you're questioned on an issue of any importance, such as the loan to the galt developer with a 4.2% interest rate deduction? Are they related to you or owe their next door influential neighbor some hard cash? The Hampton can't be doing too well, either. I see in the business gazette where they've sold four of their properties in Sacramento Elk Grove and Yuba City. Are you protecting them, too? I suspect much pandering and it needs to stop.

  • posted at 10:06 am on Thu, Apr 8, 2010.


    Dogs, I agree, but why not let BMI, Allied and CWRS, among others, join in the bribe competition and maybe Johnson, Hansen and Katzakian could get 4 or 5 million? What happened to free enterprise? This is socialism if I've ever seen it. LOL And let WM base the cpi index on Lodi-Stockton, not the San Francisco bay area.

  • posted at 9:58 am on Thu, Apr 8, 2010.


    At an annual rate inrease of 2% whats the problem, could do allot worse. For less that $22 a month, just keep picking my garbage up, even if it is early.

  • posted at 7:02 am on Thu, Apr 8, 2010.


    T&c, Please do your homework. Muslim does not always mean terrorist just as catholic priest does not always mean child molestors. Twisted souls come in all shapes and forms.

  • posted at 6:55 am on Thu, Apr 8, 2010.


    Lodidian read and view issue J-04 and tell me what you think of the loan offer to the KIM's? Interest rate drop from 5.801 to 1.60? They didn't approve it but will renegotiate because some didn't like the interest rate drop. It will be renegotiated and the same, or close to it, terms will be renewed. This is the way the council works. They will put it on the early morning shirtsleeve agenda and pass it when there's no one in attendance, which is typical of Tuesday 7AM meetings. If the Kim's can't get a bank loan, why would the council loan them taxpayers money? It would be a plain embarrassment to the city of Lodi to see the new Holiday Inn Express close, so this loan will be made for that reason only. Ms. Kim was there without her husband, who dba as KFP Galt,LLP. Her husband is part owner and also owns three other properties with his mother and they claim the Express will lose $120K, estimated, by the way. Can't they use one of Mr. Kim's other properties to procure a loan to make their $28K or so to Lodi? Games, Games and more games.

  • posted at 6:41 am on Thu, Apr 8, 2010.


    And T & C, if I drank, I'd buy you a beer, although you sorely needed to disrespect the Imam, yet failed to mention the fact that there may be Hispanics, maybe even illegals, that not only work there but drive the same truck that picks up trash on Main street. You just never give up your racist overtones, do you? And, Inquisitor, they should take that million, WM that is and clean up their own WM bowl there on Turner on the banks of the Mokelumne River. Have you seen how big those river rats that feed there are. I'll bet those homeowners along the river just love the odor and the cat-sized rats and the smell of freshly garbage odors that are washed into the river. And jmp, the $15,000 gazebo move and the $180,000 bus shelter at Loel center are created for local contractors like Diede construction that continually manipulate the system to get those bids and proudly flaunt theirfleecing of Lodi taxpayers.If they built that big building near Armstrong&99, how come they have a PO box address in Woodbridge listed under their business. Have they bought acre for acre for destroying farmland? Lodi is uncontrollably corrupted.

  • posted at 6:27 am on Thu, Apr 8, 2010.


    Lodidian it looks like that money is already earmarked for other purposes. Watch the archived meeting and J-02, J-04 and see the corruption and disdain the three blind mice have for the city of Lodi's tax paying citizens. Please notice again, the Stockton Record just had a snippet and they reported the deal in which "trash hauler" WM will contribute $1 million to the city's updated Grape Bowl's dilapidated stadium, in those words, basically. It went on to say that Waste Management will pay $100,000 up front and the rest in 84 monthly installments. What's wrong with paying it up front? That $10,700 will barely pay the tab for the chamber of commerce, DLBP, wine aand visitors' center, city council and city hall Lodi credit card tab at the wineand roses for procuring rooms, meals and stays for "entertainment for not only their clients, but themselves, friends and family.Again, watch the archive of last nights meeting and observe Mr. Sanchez speaking. He didn't even know how many accounts WM has in Lodi, which were commercial or residential and kept looking at Ms. Bechtold for an answer. Thank God they have wonderful employees working for them, like Ms.Bechtold and operators.

  • posted at 5:26 am on Thu, Apr 8, 2010.


    Inquisitor wrote on Apr 8, 2010 9:50 AM:" I look forward to the new name: Waste Management Bowl."That sounds like a "Trashy name" for the Grape Bowl!

  • posted at 5:25 am on Thu, Apr 8, 2010.


    lodidian wrote on Apr 8, 2010 9:21 AM:This "pay to stay" deal may be legal but I believe it is unethical for the city to "shake down" a business for money to help fund pet projects, and then position the deal as a donation."Truer words were never soken.... but don't blame it all on the City Of Lodi!Waste Management was more then eager to "Make a donation"... in order to block competition for 7 more years. No different then the way the Big Grocery chains are BLOCKING Wal-Mart Supercenter, to keep their Greedy high profit margin "Safe" from fair and competitive pricing.

  • posted at 5:21 am on Thu, Apr 8, 2010.


    For the first time, Lodi Muslim Mosque Imam Ahmed Hashimi gave the prayer at the council meeting, part in English, part in Arabic."All praise be to Allah the most merciful, the most compassionate," he said in both Arabic and English. "You alone we worship, you alone we ask for help."Does this prayer apply equally to all the "Suicide Bombs killing innocent people in Afghanistan and Iraq? Just curious.

  • posted at 5:05 am on Thu, Apr 8, 2010.


    This whole thing is such a sham. Mighty generous of WM to “donate” 1 million dollars when they increase our rates. What a deal for WM. If you (the city) extend our contract until 2031 we (WM) will raise our rates and we will donate this money. The rate payers (us) should have our names on some plaque since we are the ones paying for the donation. All this “historic significance” is such a load of crap. Everything that is old and decrepit has historical significance. Just like the old gazebo base at Hale Park that they paid $15,000 to move 30 feet. Why is it that a hand full of people that played there make such a big deal when that vast majority of people really don’t care. Tear it down and fix up the fields at the high schools so they can play at their home field. "The Grape Bowl is one of the best places to watch a football game”. No, it’s one of the most uncomfortable.

  • posted at 4:50 am on Thu, Apr 8, 2010.


    I look forward to the new name: Waste Management Bowl.

  • posted at 4:21 am on Thu, Apr 8, 2010.


    Lodi JoeThere is a letter from WM to Blair King stating the city "REQUESTED" that WM "INVEST" in the future of the City by financially participating in the renovation of the Lodi Grape Bowl. You can view this letter on line a Lodi.gov meeting agenda---scroll down to item just below item J-02. You can read the entire letter. This "pay to stay" deal may be legal but I believe it is unethical for the city to "shake down" a business for money to help fund pet projects, and then position the deal as a donation.I love the grape bowl too but this is not about the grape bowl--it is about the lack of integrity of our city leadership. I cannot believe anything these gentlemen say anymore.

  • posted at 2:26 am on Thu, Apr 8, 2010.


    LodiJoe wrote on Apr 8, 2010 5:10 AM:" So, by accepting this money, that means WM will be assured of absolutely NO competition or even competitive bids.Thats what it means "Exactly"!

  • posted at 2:25 am on Thu, Apr 8, 2010.


    Oh what a "No Brainer"! Like Lodi was gonna "Turn down the $ 1million Dollars!"

  • posted at 1:25 am on Thu, Apr 8, 2010.


    well another back door tax on the citizen of lodi...why do I see this becoming the norm in the future.

  • posted at 12:10 am on Thu, Apr 8, 2010.


    So, by accepting this money, that means WM will be assured of absolutely NO competition or even competitive bids. This was a total SELLOUT by the city council. That decision should be challenged in court. This is "payola" in the truest form of the word. But, after all, our City Council are merely politicians and poayola and bribery seem to be the accepted norm.



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