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Open public discussion on closure of Camp Hutchins

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Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 12:00 am

I recently learned about the closing of Lodi Camp Hutchins daycare. The closing came suddenly at the last Lodi City Council meeting. Parents with children at the Camp Hutchins daycare were notified on Feb. 2.

Camp Hutchins is one of the few places that allow for early and late daycare for parents who have odd work schedules and children who are too young to attend school.

I find the method and means used to surprise all the long-standing, faithful employees and parents somewhat dishonorable. This current action being taken by the Lodi City Council blindsided the current staff and parents.

The fact that the Lodi City Council has entertained a questionable way of handling a business transaction without input from all involved has brought to light some of the true intentions of the Lodi City Council. It appears that the Lodi City Council did not consider the financial repercussions that will affect the very individuals who help elect them into their public office.

I would like to suggest that the Lodi City Council hold another hearing and invite the parents and staff, to inform them of their intentions and what plans they might have for the Camp Hutchins daycare location, and to negotiate possible middle ground solutions to these urgent concerns.

Mike McCune

Galt

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