This is an open letter to the mayor and city council members.
I am Leona Marino. I am opening a new business in Downtown Lodi on School Street, Marino’s Italian Restaurant.
I started my venture to open an eating establishment in February. I was trying to remodel Blewett’s, which ended up being a nightmare. However, I did get 212 S. School St.
I have always heard Lodi City Hall was a nightmare to work with when opening a business. I am here to tell you that I did not find that true.
First, one day I walked into City Hall in tears because Blewett’s was such a mess and I had no clue where to start. Dennis was right there to help. He went far and above what he was required to do.
Bob is one of the best ever. He is to the point, hard-nosed, but one of the nicest guys anyone could ever meet. He pulls no punches, but in a very nice way.
Nancy put up with my phone calls with more patience than anyone I have ever known. Denise was always on the spot to help me with questions.
Gary was pressing to get Sacramento Street finished, and he kept me updated and was so very nice.
Lodi has the best planner in the country with Craig Hoffman. I wish I knew the lady’s name at the Lodi Fire Department office, because even she was a very nice lady.
I have no clue where people get the idea that Lodi is hard to work with. They have rules and laws to follow just like any other city, and they do a very good job following them.
Thirty-three years ago, I chose to move to Lodi. Lodi has been very good to my family and me. Mr. Mayor should be very proud of the people who work at City Hall. They are the nicest people in this world to work with, and they all know their jobs so well. They need a raise.
Oh, and the Planning Commission board are all so very nice as well.