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Letter: Downtown Lodi patrons, respect Lodi post office parking lot signs

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Posted: Saturday, June 28, 2014 12:00 am

As I drove north on School Street (from Lodi Avenue), I felt nothing but joy and happiness when I saw the amount of traffic, both in cars and on foot, in our beautiful Downtown. I love the Downtown scene and the number of people who visit these days. It’s wonderful for our community! I am loving all the new food spots and shops!

But it was no sooner that I turned into the post office parking lot that my joy and my happiness was crushed. I was gripping the steering wheel a little bit tighter with steam coming out of my ears. I circled around the parking lot four times before I decided to try to find a spot elsewhere, as I realized none of the cars were leaving.

After making the two-block trek, I expected to find a line out of the door of the post office. None. Not a soul in sight. So where were all the people who parked in the post office parking lot?

Trust me, I know the two-block trek to the post office was probably best for me and I could use the extra few steps, so for that, I thank you. But what about my grandmother who needs to mail a letter but cannot walk the two blocks when there is nowhere to park in the post office parking lot?

I know the post office staff cannot stand out there and police the parking lot themselves, so let’s all help them out and do our jobs and respect the signs in the parking lot: “POST OFFICE PARKING ONLY.”

Danielle Tibon


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  • Walter Chang posted at 8:44 am on Wed, Jul 2, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1126

    Lodi Beer

    Five thumbs up!!


  • robert maurer posted at 11:18 am on Mon, Jun 30, 2014.

    mason day Posts: 447

    Thank you, Mrs.Bobin, I had forgotten that many mail dropoff boxes were removed from the streets, since , like many others ,I pin the mail to my mailbox. It keeps me from burning too many personal BTUs.[beam][beam]

  • Eric Barrow posted at 8:36 am on Mon, Jun 30, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1534

    I don't go that often but when I do I've never had trouble parking at the Post Office. I do think it's great that Lodi has so much free parking I've lived places where this was not the case. It's just another reason to love this little community and hasn't the weather been great for the last couple Farmers Markets probably not going to be the case this week, too bad.

  • Ed Walters posted at 1:02 pm on Sun, Jun 29, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 548

    Come on Grandma, deposit the letter to be sent where you pick-up your mail. I have a mail box in front of my house and am almost exhausted from the round trip. [beam]

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:36 am on Sun, Jun 29, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Nice to see you back, Mr. Maurer.

    Believe it or not, the PO has removed many of the mailboxes around town - I went to the corner of Ham and Tokay to mail a letter and "poof" - no mailbox. Ditto to the one that I think has long been gone from in front of Raley's.

    But really, there ARE drive-up boxes at the Lodi Post Office and at the Woodbridge Post Office - Woodbridge may be a few more miles, but very less crowded and very convenient and especially more user friendly for elderly/disabled.

    "Circled" around the parking lot? Are we talking about Lodi, or some other post office parking lot? Unless it is Farmers' Market night, there are usually plenty of parking spots on the south side of the post office on whatever that street is - Walnut?

    The parking patrol people should be more vigilant about the PO. I NEVER see a single parking patrol person in the downtown area. What about the PARTNERS? I see more of THEIR vehicles in the Raley's lot than I ever see downtown.

  • robert maurer posted at 4:32 pm on Sat, Jun 28, 2014.

    mason day Posts: 447

    Can't gramma pull up next to the many mailboxes around town and I am so sorry that your cooking is not up to par to the eateries downtown. [scared] whose fault is that? Mine?[beam]


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