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On wine, the union vote, Delta's president and the search for a new chief

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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2007 10:00 pm

The Lodi Chamber of Commerce is off to China on a trade mission.

Let's wish them luck as they toast the capitalist transformation of Red China with a glass of red wine.

On the transit union vote

The fact that GrapeLine drivers rejected a union organizing effort on a tie vote is certainly a relief to employer MV Transportation.

It is probably a good a thing for taxpayers and bus riders, too. For the Amalgamated Transit Union, it should be cause for reflection.

There was a time in American history when unions could sell employers on the idea that a union worker was the best worker available. They had first-class apprentice training and some unions even helped employers adapt to changing technology.

Today, private employers tend to fight unionization. A union contract - with typically restrictive work rules and aggressively higher compensation costs - is one of the rare contracts an employer signs with no clear economic benefits.

In the case of a bus operator competing for a city contract, higher costs can be fatal.

The ATU not only failed to sell MV Transportation on a contract, it couldn't even convince most of the drivers they would benefit by joining. Instead, the organizing drive caused an ugly split in the workforce.

Union leaders have to ask themselves: Why is that?

Delta's president: Getting a fair shake?

Delta College trustees voted 5-2 this week against extending the contract for President Raul Rodriguez.

The contract runs through July 2009 and the vote was in no way final. The contract could still be renewed later on.

We aren't here to suggest that Rodriguez is necessarily the Jack Welch of higher education.

Even so, we hope Delta's trustees are taking measured and constructive steps in gauging - and even guiding - the president's performance.

The man has an extraordinarily difficult job.

Frankly, extending his contract now would have been odd, considering the many challenges the district faces and apparent questions about the president's performance.

We wonder, though, whether Rodriguez is being set up to succeed - or set up to fail.

This board doesn't agree on much, as the 5-2 vote on his contract reflects. They represent widely divergent constituencies, from liberal/urban to rural/conservative.

The process of finding sites and building outlying campuses has become a political food fight. Trustees have been flinging with abandon.

It isn't any wonder Rodriguez has a few stains on his suit.

Union members would like to see Rodriguez more compliant; taxpayers would like to see him stand his ground.

Would someone else do better? Maybe. But Rodriguez now has the lay of the land, he is earnest and works diligently.

Here are two final thoughts:

One, if the board wants better performance, they need to spell that out and give the president a fair chance at improvement.

Two, if the board wants a change, they should be quite sure the problem is the chef, not the kitchen.

Fine internal candidates, but broad search for new chief makes sense

We're glad to see the city is going to do an outside search for a new police chief.

Not because we think captains Dave Main and Gary Benincasa aren't qualified. Quite the contrary. Main has shown mature judgment and real cop savvy over the years we've known him. Benincasa is an enthusiastic police officer with a demonstrated ethic of public service.

But an outside search completes an important circle.

It assures that taxpayers have the benefit of a look at a large pool of talent. In addition, a thorough, competitive search that ends up choosing one of the inside candidates legitimized their authority. It enhances their respect among the sworn officers, the other staff and the citizens.

If Main or Benincasa become the next police chief, we can be confident they deserve the job and will continue the high standards of the Lodi PD.

Where is the rain?

There's a drizzle in Tuesday's forecast, but nothing really wet until next weekend. Anybody around here know a good rain dance?

Lodi News-Sentinel

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Welcome to the discussion.

14 comments:

  • posted at 1:22 pm on Thu, Dec 6, 2007.

    Posts:

    I urge all drivers and passengers to notify MV managers of any disrespectful behavior and comments by any driver! I personally know of several drivers who no longer talk to me like before the union vote just because I voiced my opinion. Some drivers voices towards me are hostile! We the passengers and you good drivers don'y have to put up with it!

     
  • posted at 6:05 am on Tue, Dec 4, 2007.

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    I do help my working men and women who're struggling to make ends meet. I do handbilling and sometimes some informational picketing on unfair contractors and businesses. I did volunteer picket duty last year here At the General Mills plant when they were using some non-union scab labor, either Grinnell or CenCalFire against their employees agreement. My "volunteer" time is spent also to expose the corruption of this whole rotten, corrupt Lodi leadership regime. What do you do besides collect rent on your slumhouses? T&C

     
  • posted at 5:28 am on Tue, Dec 4, 2007.

    Posts:

    To-an idea-Why don't you think past your next meal?We all know that these people are taking from the kids! But then use the excuse it's for the kids!Seems to me that you should be outraged by this abuse!But yet you want everyone to look the other way!DON'T BE STUPID!

     
  • posted at 12:44 am on Tue, Dec 4, 2007.

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    Why don't you 2 goofballs run? Oh I know TC,,you are so use to being protected by unions you wouldnt know how to function on your own,,typical,,always complaining,,but never actually doing any work to help.

     
  • posted at 4:56 pm on Mon, Dec 3, 2007.

    Posts:

    The trouble lies with the City wasteing our money on there personal gaine agenda to inrich the gobs and themselfs!They need to invest the tax money in the City and not their pockets!Growth will only inlarge the problem not correct it!We can over look this but we will pay later!And it will be alot more worse then it is now!The City is a terrible manager of money!Don't be stupid!

     
  • posted at 4:44 pm on Mon, Dec 3, 2007.

    Posts:

    The City is still looking for a way to cover all the expance it has cost the people of Lodi and still take home piles of money!Now they want to start a redevelopment program to take tax money for there control and file it for there personal agenda to improve there gobs pocket book and maybe a friends property in the name of improvement for the people!At the expance of the people!Maybe a good thought but not wise idea for the people!cont-

     
  • posted at 4:33 pm on Mon, Dec 3, 2007.

    Posts:

    T&C only has the small fish names and the duck decoys and cumps as the GOB club!Raul has a part in this as a pawn!Got in over his head!Serna just thinks she is something!But she is just a small time control freak that can't think past her egoe!Dan thinks he has it figured out work his whole life on this plan, put has a surpise coming!We the people have a mess on or hands!

     
  • posted at 7:17 am on Mon, Dec 3, 2007.

    Posts:

    What in the world are you two goof balls talking about? Attacking City Council persons, car dealers, landowners, etc. What does this have to do with this article? Kind of like the 3 Stooges, but just 2 of you.

     
  • posted at 6:04 am on Mon, Dec 3, 2007.

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    To-T&C-These people are not stupid they do not use the egoes in that manner!The smart ones let others do there dirty work!They stay covered by small people like the ones you write of!These people you write of are small time control freaks!You don't find them in the duck blind!

     
  • posted at 4:51 am on Mon, Dec 3, 2007.

    Posts:

    Their names are also on the $150 bricks at Hutchins. They even blew all that brick money, still owing city of Lodi $10 million or so and still losing about $1.5 million a year just to service the upper echelon of Lodi.

     
  • posted at 3:30 am on Mon, Dec 3, 2007.

    Posts:

    how about Snider, Hitchcock, Hansen, Weybret, Glenn (susie's husband), Katzakian, Johnson. Gee, could any of them be on our city council?

     
  • posted at 12:11 pm on Sun, Dec 2, 2007.

    Posts:

    T&C-You are missing some key names!I know who they are!Like I have said before!Family has been here longer then Lodi as a town!And yes it's GOB's at it's best!Do some research and you will find out!

     
  • posted at 6:43 am on Sun, Dec 2, 2007.

    Posts:

    oh, the story is that Geweke and Gillespie are making deals on sale options on any land they can grab near that swampland destined to be a trailer house college.

     
  • posted at 4:59 pm on Sat, Dec 1, 2007.

    Posts:

    You know what if you want to put in a school?You have to keep out the developers!Because they are in it for one thing and that is ,What?THEM SELFES!The community is all ready here and it is not up to you Trustees to build more to it!The bond money came from the people aready here!Got it?I don't think so!I don't feel for this poor RAUL!Get out of the farms!He gets a big fat (F-)!

     

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