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Downtown Lodi Business Partnership board discusses organization’s finances

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Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:41 am, Tue Apr 12, 2011.

On Monday, the Downtown Lodi Business Partnership board of directors briefly discussed concerns about the organization’s finances that one of its board members brought up during last Wednesday’s Lodi City Council meeting.

Michael Warren, owner of Crush Kitchen + Bar and the Market at Crush, spoke at Wednesday’s council meeting about $9,000 in total bonuses granted to the board’s executive director.

Warren was not at Monday’s DLBP meeting because he was on vacation.

Nancy Byer-Hauan, executive board member and president of the partnership, said she wanted to make it clear that she has been working with Warren to provide financial information and address his concerns.

Byer-Hauan said she’s spent the past month going over the board’s financial records from the past 18 months with Warren. She is disappointed he did not bring his concerns before the board instead of airing them publicly.

“To effect change, you need to put it on the agenda and have us vote on it,” she said.

Erin Smith, who is on the board and owns Scooters California Grill, said the director’s compensation is set through a long-standing process. She said the board is working with Warren and moving forward.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com. Read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/citybuzz.

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  • Tracy Matheson posted at 12:37 pm on Wed, Apr 13, 2011.

    Tracy Matheson Posts: 9

    I personally like the idea of instead of money going to someone's checkbook to go towards putting up paper with decorations and such in the business's that are closed to make appear "open" and not all boarded up - heard about a small town that did this and it brightened up not only the empty buildings but the people who drove past them every day~

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:59 am on Wed, Apr 13, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    I assume that without Mr. Warren in attendance at this "special" meeting, this financial issue with the DLBP will again be swept under the rug, as it was under Mr. Easterling's leadership. Why does a non-profit organization like the DLBP seem to maximize profits for certain events only in order to boost the "reward" percentage for the director? Shouldn't those profits be directed toward newer, bigger and better events that benefit the dues paying business owners, rather than create a bonus for the director? Shouldn't these excess "profits" be credited to the dues paying members, some which are struggling financially, as a credit to their "dues", er assessment? This sounds to me like a "dues" paying union organization without any representation for their "dues" payment?



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