Lodinews.com

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Community should provide a safe, sanitary place for transients

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 12:00 am

Thank you and a big salute to Sgt. Mike Kermgard and the Lodi Police Department, Caltrans Maintenance Regional Manager Rick McComb and the Caltrans crew, City Manager Rad Bartlam and the Lodi City Council — especially JoAnne Mounce and Bob Johnson — for their work on Operation Transient. During the past two weeks they have performed beautifully, hopefully meeting two serious issues in the area by the Highway 99 bridge over the Mokelumne River. The issues are fire safety and sanitation.

The first is regarding fire safety. Two fires have happened adjacent to the transient area — one in August 2012 near Casa de Lodi (why I became involved) and a recent fire west of Mokelumne Village on the river. Both began where the transients resided. Fortunately, the Lodi Fire Department extinguished them before they were serious.

Second is regarding the sanitary issue. You can’t have a multitude of people living in a particular place without thinking about sanitation. I’ve seen the result of those transients who lived near me. For firsthand inspection, go underneath the south part of the 99 bridge to discover the sanitary facility. Anyone living down stream, going to Mokelumne River parks and beaches or Lodi Lake would be affected by this sanitation (pollution) issue.

I know many are concerned about what to do. Fortunately, we have the Salvation Army and their staff doing a great job. And concerned citizens feed transients weekly. Maybe we need to follow what Seattle did — finding a large piece of land and putting the transients there with sanitary facilities. What about the piece south of the Salvation Army on Stockton Street? Seattle also had churches use their property for tents and facilities for a month or two.

In time, all problems get solved. In the meantime, thanks again to all the people mentioned above who listened and acted.

Oh yes, and special extra thanks to the police, who are following up with checks to be sure the transients don’t reappear in the same location (my neighbors said this wouldn’t happen, but the police are here regularly).

Durlynn Anema-Garten

Lodi

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don’t pretend you’re someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don’t threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don’t insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the ‘Report’ link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.
  • 9 Don’t be a troll.
  • 10 Don’t reveal personal information about other commenters. You may reveal your own personal information, but we advise you not to do so.
  • 11 We reserve the right, at our discretion, to monitor, delete or choose not to post any comment. This may include removing or monitoring posts that we believe violate the spirit or letter of these rules, or that we otherwise determine at our discretion needs to be monitored, not posted, or deleted.

Welcome to the discussion.

Recent Comments

Posted 15 hours ago by Rick Houdack.

article: Letter: Arab and Jewish conflict is due…

It is unfortunate you misunderstood, Walters. Other religions are "those guys". Mormons are "those guys" to Snake danc…

More...

Posted 22 hours ago by Christina Welch.

article: Letter: Obama may be protecting his chi…

Thanks, Thomas. Yours are the last words I'm going to read here tonight, and I will fall asleep with a smile and sleep soundly on that tho…

More...

Posted 22 hours ago by Christina Welch.

article: Letter: Obama may be protecting his chi…

I don't need verification from you, Andrew, you didn't produce the video.

More...

Posted 22 hours ago by Christina Welch.

article: Letter: Just a thought

[beam] Thanks for the chuckle!

More...

Posted 23 hours ago by Christina Welch.

article: Letter: Questions for Obama supporters

Very interesting theory, Mike. And plausible to an extent, I think. So, who/what do you see as the new major party to replace the Republi…

More...

Video

Popular Stories

Poll

Loading…

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists