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Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:59 am, Tue May 22, 2012.

Local businesses and other donors have stepped up to provide $45,000 to help rescue after-school programs operated by the city of Lodi that were in danger of shutting down.

The programs serve about 184 children at four elementary schools: Vinewood, Reese, Larson and Lakewood.

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  • Tim Litton posted at 1:26 pm on Tue, May 22, 2012.

    Tim Litton Posts: 24

    Hey Josh, too bad you're wrong. School ddistricts can use a lease/leaseback program like LUSD does or they can even use and RFQ process to weed out bidders they don't want. Through the lease/leaseback Mr. Hand actually brings in the bidders and negotiates with them directly and even lets the contarctors know what they need to do to beat the others out. It's a form of legal bid shopping to guarentee that his buddy Diede gets the work. That's why a lot of GC's won't bid jobs for Lodi Unified, they know the playing field is tilted in Diede's favor

    And how about he goes no where for the money and negotiates with the city to let them use the fields. You know, kinda like the city does for the school district and the grape bowl, tony zupo, and the softball complex. There is no need to bring third party special interest into it unless your just greasing the wheels and want to act like you saved the day.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 10:23 am on Tue, May 22, 2012.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 542

    Having been through the bidding process for public projects I can tell you that you are either the low bidder or not. If you don't meet the bid specifications the bid is thrown out. And believe me, there are enough bidders with enough at stake that are going to make sure their competitors are on the same playing field. With that said, where else do you think Mr. Hand should go to help save these programs? Should he ask those businesses that have lost the bids on LUSD projects? I applaud him for saving these programs. Keep up the good work!

  • Eve Melton posted at 9:46 am on Tue, May 22, 2012.

    Eve Melton Posts: 1

    Thank you to the companies that stepped in. This has reassured me that Lodi is the place to raise my child!

  • Betty Dean posted at 8:52 am on Tue, May 22, 2012.

    Betty Dean Posts: 144

    Aren't these the people who always win the contracts too do work for LUSD? Gosh when will these people honestly get it together...............

  • Michelle Faul posted at 8:29 am on Tue, May 22, 2012.

    Lodimomof2girls Posts: 2

    As a mom of a daughter who goes to the ASP, I am very happy that these local businesses are donating to a great cause! If there are up and coming projects, I see no problem with these companies getting them. What goes around comes around and these are very generous people to be helping our children out when the economy is the way that it is right now. So thank you local businesses for helping and keeping the ASP open for our children!

  • Tim Litton posted at 7:22 am on Tue, May 22, 2012.

    Tim Litton Posts: 24

    I'm glad that the program will stay intact, But kinda sounds like a conflict of interest to me. The assistant superintendent of facilities planning is the one who controls who gets what projects and who does not. So, Mr. Hand got these companies to donate money to the school district a week after the district decided to build more projects. I wonder who's going to get those projects. And just so everyone knows Lodi Unified uses a lease/ leaseback program so they can hand pick which ever contractor they chose and not have to take the lowest bidder. What a Joke!

  • Mike Myers posted at 7:20 am on Tue, May 22, 2012.

    mikemyers Posts: 2

    Am I the only one who smells a backroom deal in all of this.

    "Art Hand Jr., assistant superintendent of facilities and planning, called up several business partners the district works with on construction projects."

    What's the catch? Are they being guaranteed future contracts? Nothing's free in this Capitalistic country.



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