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Letter: City officials say the darndest things

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Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 12:00 am

Eavesdropping on Lodi City Council backroom conversation:

City manager: “We need to raise the water and wastewater rates to pay for upgrades.”

Council member: “We can’t do that before an election.”

City manager: “We will do it gradually at 3 percent a year at least through 2019. That way it will appear minimal. I’ll have the city clerk put together some Prop. 218 nonsense and add hard-to-read charts. We will make it official-looking and label them exhibits. The hearing date will be at least a month from now during the holiday rush, so most will forget or not be able to attend. How does that sound?”

Council member: “Great. You have always done such a good job of not letting the public know what is going on. That’s the way we like it. By the way, good planning by setting the one leaf pickup date well beyond any leaves on the trees.”

Dave Hinchman


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  • Ted Lauchland posted at 5:25 pm on Wed, Dec 11, 2013.

    Ted Lauchland Posts: 261

    Simply put , state mandates being passed on I am sure. Use it or lose it. Vineyards are being pushed as well.

  • roy bitz posted at 10:17 pm on Tue, Dec 10, 2013.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    I have attended enough council meetings and lived in Lodi long enough to truly appreciate Mr. Henchman's letter.
    I love satire, as good satire always ties
    closely to reality. Mr. Henchman uses satire well here.

    Not so funny.

    I have always had a problem accepting the councils approval of the surface water treatment plant project and that the cost ( about two hundred million dollars over the life of the contract) was pushed down the throats of rate payers.

    Two points:

    1. This project was to be funded by major new development projects. Not current rate payers.

    2. This project was also said to be needed to reduce the ground water overdraft.

    Baloney! Baloney!

    New development has yet to happen or pay anything toward the cost of this plant.

    The new surface water treatment plant will do nothing to reduce the ground water overdraft. The plant may produce 6,000 afa while the overdraft is some 200,000 afa--- 3% of the over draft at best. One new vineyard offsets this amount.

    Three gentle councilmen-- Johnson, Hansen and Katzakian voted to force rate payers to pay----about five million dollars a year for the next forty years---( about two hundred million dollars totally) to fund the surface water treatment plant.
    Now they want to reach into ratepayers pocket again to pay for upgrades to the waste water treatment project. That's how our part time ---but well compensated elected volunteers roll!

    Please--Someone--- anyone -- tell me I am wrong regarding the TOTAL cost/benefit ( include all infrastructure costs and debt service, operations---everything) of this surface water treatment.


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