I was very disappointed to read the headline “The cost of city council” mentioned in the Lodi News-Sentinel on March 4. Why are you nitpicking our city council? We should be grateful that we live in Lodi and have a fiscally responsible city.
We have lived in Lodi for 35 years, and feel we are blessed to live in Lodi. We often communicate with Joanne Mounce and Alan Nakanishi, and we feel that they really care about our city. Joann Mounce always returns my call when I call her.
They deserve to be compensated for all the hard work they do. Some of the council members work another job besides being a council member. They put in lots of extra time, even on their vacations, to be informed. I feel it’s worth it for them to go to other cities and conferences to get new ideas.
Also, they have managed our Lodi water extremely efficiently, and also our own Lodi electricity. We should be praising them, instead of finding fault with their conferences. Be glad that Lodi is fiscally responsible with a balanced budget.
There are so many things to criticize in politics. Publish articles about the corruption in the White House, the mismanagement of PERS in the state of California or problems with Stockton politics. Be thankful for the management of Lodi and our caring city council.