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Posted: Friday, July 4, 2008 10:00 pm

It is not the most pleasant of sights in Lodi. Waist-high yellow and brown weeds stretch for blocks between the railroad tracks and back fences of South Sacramento Street homes.

A faint whiff of wildfire smoke lingers in the air from far-off fires, serving as a reminder of parched California's fire danger. One spark - whether from a passing train, a trouble-making youth or sunlight hitting a piece of shiny garbage the right way - could start a fire that would quickly burn through the dry weeds.

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7 comments:

  • posted at 5:55 pm on Mon, Jul 7, 2008.

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    simple solution: find the taggers who paint up the railcars, sentence them to chop and rake weeds. 1 oz paint = 100 yards of clean-up.

     
  • posted at 10:18 am on Sat, Jul 5, 2008.

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    T & C, thanks to you and your "volunteerism, the city can lay off a couple of more maintenence workers and cut the park attendants back to 32 hours a week. Just who do you think handled those jobs with ease until the city laid them off? There was always more than enough money in the budget until the "big bang" at LEUD that sent Lodi hundreds of millions in debt because of some very poor choices by council and management. I do appreciate your work and I do some myself when I'm able. I just don't like the fact that with all this debt, the city looks to citizens to volunteer to do the work that once provided someone a good job and future within the city structure. Yet we don't hesitate to give Tony Segale another $46,000 to paint a mural way the heck down on Stockton or Central. Where's his volunteerism? How much of the arts money has gone to him and to non-profits owned by the gob's? I know these funds are earmarked for their own purpose but why not to someone besides council favorite buddies? The walldogs set us back plenty. Paint weeds green-instead.

     
  • posted at 8:10 am on Sat, Jul 5, 2008.

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    I believe there is a group in Lodi that cleaned up trash in alleys and elsewhere in town. Perhaps they could do the same with the weed situation. This requires a little more work, but then think of all the "giving back" they would do for the city. When their finished, send the bill to the rail road, Oh and do it early in the morning, we wouldn`t want to start a fire.

     
  • posted at 6:59 am on Sat, Jul 5, 2008.

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    Well papercut, aka edumacation, aka T&c...its called "volunteerism", helping the community with a little sweat and an hour or two of one's time! It isn't about the "Paranoia of "GOBS" everywhere, lol, on top the parking garage, in the trees, hiding behind the dumpster, GOBS everywhere, lol, it's about seeing a "Positive way" one can help the community, rather then COMPLAIN, COMPLAIN, and COMPLAIN! I cannot save the world, but I can make a difference in Lodi in small ways. Raymond.

     
  • posted at 6:56 am on Sat, Jul 5, 2008.

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    I cut down as many tall weeds and tumbleweeds as I can all over town! It's just a postive thing to do!

     
  • posted at 6:37 am on Sat, Jul 5, 2008.

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    And how about the slumlords with houses and apartments on the eastside that have tenants and still knee high weeds? Many of them live here in Lodi but are afraid to even go into that area to check on their rentals or their tenants, except to pick up their cash or money orders from them. Wonder why so many of those tenants don't have bank accounts, especially those with jobs. I'll bet they don't even require credit or background checks on their tenants, just cash.

     
  • posted at 2:49 am on Sat, Jul 5, 2008.

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    How about all the empty lots and vacant realtor and bank-owned homes? Who do we call to report them? Do the gob's and F&M bank still have their get out of jail free cards from the ex-chief?

     
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