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Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2008 10:00 pm

We, like so many others, had thought we made our choice clear in favor of the Wal-Mart Supercenter.

I can't speak of other cities our size, but I feel my husband and I can speak for Lodi. He is a native Lodian and I have lived here since I was nine years old and we have lived our 57 years of marriage in Lodi - watching it grow to its present size.

Monday evenings used to be a night out, going Downtown and visiting all the stores that were open. What fun, then, someone decided, why not stay open on Thursdays like Stockton. What happened? People stopped going Downtown. Maybe like us, they went to Stockton because they had more to offer.

I am sick and tired of hearing about other businesses paying to keep Downtown going. They have done a miserable job of conducting their affairs and why should we, the public, pay for it - depriving us of the place where we want to be able to shop?

All the beautification and all the numerous changes they made to address the parking problems; tearing up the streets, changing the various parking angles, filling the streets with trees that take up parking spaces are not the answer - not to mention the parking garage with the empty bottom fiasco.

In the meantime, Elk Grove is growing and adding innumerable stores, Stockton is growing at every corner and adding shopping centers, many very close to Lodi, but we sit and watch our tax revenues go to other cities because we need to save Downtown. What about the many people now employed at Wal-Mart? Has anyone asked them how they feel? We have.

Les and Arlene Schlabs


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  • posted at 12:26 am on Fri, Apr 4, 2008.


    Come on Les and Arlene, we have a handful of residents who have decided Walmart isn't good enough for them and by god it's not good enough for us either. Don't mind the fact the Walmart generates more sales tax than any other store in Lodi. By the way, sales tax stays local, it's not shipped back to Bentonville. Let's bring in a Norstrom that only this handful of people can shop. Reduce sales tax by 75% and then bitch about how expensive it is.

  • posted at 4:15 am on Thu, Apr 3, 2008.


    Les and Arlene Schlabs (continuted #2): Meanwhile, CC and the mayor take credit for political optimism in the downtown, due to the diversion of citizen taxpayer funds into a new government program which they call redevelopment.

    Lodi CC is trying to achieve the same degree of political success as Stockton redevelopment politicians have so optimistically demonstrated, with the support of the local newspaper, and optimistic voter populace.

    By any chance, do the two of you have any relationship with the Lodi redevelopment campaign? Any related friends?

  • posted at 4:14 am on Thu, Apr 3, 2008.


    Les and Arlene Schlabs (continued #1): Stockton growth is hypothecated (incorrectly) upon the political advertised expansion of using redevelopment funds. I havent seen any of this growth yet; and, I only see evidence of the opposite. This is where I blame Stockton for having such a high foreclosure rate.

    There is a bright light for career change opportunities. In Stockton, prostitution and the drug trade are doing quite well. Business areas are protected by Stocktons special security operations and neighborhood safety programs, and Stockton offers unique careers in community artwork programs.

  • posted at 4:13 am on Thu, Apr 3, 2008.


    Les and Arlene Schlabs: You are misinformed on Stockton. Growth is northward, for the benefit of the developers and related businesses that are so partnered, as to be on the plan. Stockton citizens dont have anything to do with the growth projections. In fact, I dont think there is going to be a demand for the housing that the developers are projecting. Quite the reverse is true, as Stockton is a foreclosure capitol of America.

  • posted at 3:42 am on Thu, Apr 3, 2008.


    Les and Arlene wrote, in pertinent part, '...filling the streets with trees that take up parking spaces...'

    Well, this couple certainly isn't of 'tree-hugger' status! The city goes to such an extent to build a parking garage that remains 90% empty (automobile-wise and tenant-wise) and there are folks actually complaining about trees in their way on School Street. Mr. & Mrs. Schabs - have you ever viewed that street during the evening hours in the summer? I know very few 'downtowns' that exhibit such a 'welcoming' look and feeling.

    I've never been accused of kissing trees, yet I do enjoy the ones downtown.


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