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Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:27 am, Sat Mar 19, 2011.

In the past, some Lodi employees have used their city-issued cell phones to make personal calls while roaming on vacation. Others have texted or sent pictures and videos. Some have even called 411.

All on the city's dime.

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6 comments:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 11:22 am on Tue, Mar 22, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Victor... you give the impression of having an ecomonic conflict of interest ...

    Doug... I appreciate your comments... I now follow all your comments in posts as you are often offering interesting information... thanks!

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 4:31 pm on Mon, Mar 21, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Darrell, I agree that an audit of Lodi books is needed, but sadly the yearly audits are done by auditors like Gini, Macias, who contract with most of the cities in California for a "cream puff" audit, an audit conducted with the figures provided by the city itself, with the same transferred, hidden and jumbled numbers they use to deceive taxpayers, and not a real audit by an auditor that actually opens the books themselves and gets the figures from the true documents of expenses, not the figures the city quotes them from their own systems of "fuzzy" math. There's a $350,000 discrepancy from 2005-2006 that this same accounting agency merely disregarded by adjusting the numbers to the following year. I still have those documents if anyone would like to see them.

     
  • Victor Frias posted at 3:02 pm on Mon, Mar 21, 2011.

    Victor Frias Posts: 3

    Another cost savings is there is no contracts. If someone is laid off their phone will not be active for the remainder of their year. I can picture a drawer full of activated phones that were paying for. TOTAL BS!

     
  • Victor Frias posted at 2:59 pm on Mon, Mar 21, 2011.

    Victor Frias Posts: 3

    Ok wasnt done, Accidently hit the enter button. lol.

    Non-Internet phones-
    197 phones x $40 per phone using Metro PCS service = $7,880 w/tax included per month Gauranteed.

    Internet Phones-
    37 phones x $50- per phone using Metro PCS service = $1850 w/tax included per month Gauranteed.

    A savings of $2,188 per month and absolutley no worries about folks going over their minutes or text limitations!

    Why do we keep using AT&T or Verizon. Stop this contract crud. Get real and fast.

     
  • Victor Frias posted at 2:52 pm on Mon, Mar 21, 2011.

    Victor Frias Posts: 3

    Really??? How dumb can we be?

    167 phones x $40-$50 per phone using Metro PCS service = $9,240-$11,550/month Gauranteed. Why do we keep using AT&T or Verizon. Stop this contract crud. Get real and fast.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:28 am on Sat, Mar 19, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Using a random sampling of calls in the Lodi Police Department,Hood said 48 percent of the calls made were personal …then... In January, Bartlam told employees to stop using their phone for personal use...
    In my opinion, Mr Bartlam apparently has little regard of protecting tax payers from inside jobs for theft. I think the city counsel should also take this seriously. In my view, city employees using business phones for personal use to this extent are steeling money from tax payers. I would expect that Mr Bartlam, if concerned, would send a notice that the city will audit all cell phones and if personal use is established, that all such expenses will be deducted from the employees pay check... and further, any repeat offenders would be subject to termination of their job. Instead... all he does is say... please... do not do that... I think that if the city counsel and Mr Bartlam have this kind of attitude that theft is not serious, maybe an in depth audit should be completed for all expenses these decision makers incur at tax payers expense... maybe they themselves are the problem and are participating themselves. I have no way of knowing for certain... but where there is smoke... there is fire... Lets have an audit!

     
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