CITY COUNCIL LOG JAM: During the lazy days of summer, governments everywhere slow down. In Lodi, the City Council had one abbreviated meeting with a light agenda and only three of its five members in attendance. The next meeting, on July 4, was canceled. This meant that the following meeting, on July 18, was packed full of items that had been put off for a month.
The meeting started with a record 32-item consent calendar. The consent calendar is a grouping of routine items that usually only require a rubber stamp from the council without discussion. However, City Manager Blair King has to read each item into the record before the council votes on the calendar as a whole.
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