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Letter: Is Downtown Lodi business really booming or is it one man’s illusion?

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Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:56 pm

The Lodi News-Sentinel’s front-page headline, “Downtown Lodi sees increase in visitors” on April 19, had an article with comments made by Bob Johnson (one of our longtime council members). His comments tried to give the illusion of prosperity in Downtown as he talked to the employees of business owners.

Sure, the employees had a boom in sales (for that particular store) as the Easter holiday approached, but how about the business owners’ bottom line?

Notice that Bob talked to the employees, not the business owners, as his qualifications to make an intellectual fiscal analysis are about the same as those who are employed. It is doubtful that he could truly understand the fiscal bottom line, as he has never been in an entrepreneurial position.

Yes, it is nice to once again see the many people walking in Downtown, but are they buying the many items available or are they just window shopping? One can recall in the 1950s and up until the 1980s how local family businesses supported their own family as well as pay employees at a scale that could also allow them to support their families, purchase a home and send their children to universities. Some were fortunate enough to purchase the small business they had worked at for years.

When our city government decided a larger tax base was needed to collect from for their future higher wages, they forgot the populace of Lodi and allowed the big-box stores to come in, and then watched as the small Downtown businesses became bars, secondhand stores and tasting rooms. City employee wages increased in increments over the years, but the hard-working people of Lodi lost theirs and continue to make do with the slave-wage part-time jobs that came along with those big-box stores.

So the question is: Is this really a boom, or simply a part of this council member’s illusion?

Adam Dados

Lodi

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5 comments:

  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:59 am on Fri, May 2, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    Ms. Bobbin,
    In case this does not get posted on another thread. You'll know what I am talking about.

    Ms. Bobbin,
    Nice try. You just make yourself look that more foolish by implying he was referring to my posts as if I hate Muslims. And the fact you would minimize the negative effects Radical Muslims have on the normal Muslim population
    goes to show how out of touch you are.

     
  • Ed Walters posted at 12:25 pm on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 510

    Big Boxes in downtown Lodi? You can`t put this on WalMart, or the other one that has yet to be built, if ever. The area where Home Depot and other "big box" stores are being built, along with Lowes are hardly to blame when it comes to downtown. While downtown might do well, parking is and alway will be a major problem, the parking garage after dark, you never know what you will find in a rolled up sleeping bag. I have found that after eating along with being dark, and with no other cars on the street makes me wish I could carry "stubby", not to cause trouble, but to prevent it. I am piece loving as anyone, however I will not give up my possessions to someone to whom they do not belong. Police on bikes and in cars will give everyone a feeling of safety. Shopping for a one of a kind item at an over rated price, I`ll go to a mall, at least I can find a place to park, along with stores that are open and offer a reasonable price.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:55 am on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Dados finally had a moment of clarity.

     
  • Bob Johnson posted at 8:04 am on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    Bob Johnson Posts: 30

    A comment or two on Mr. Dados letter! Despite what was reported by the News Sentinel, I did talk to the owners of the business mentioned in my remarks at the council meeting. They reported that business had been quite strong for several months - not just at Easter time as suggested by Dados. Dados ignores the remainder of the article in which the reporter, not me, tells of success stories from merchants throughout the downtown area. As to my ability to comprehend fiscal matters, I would point to my more than 20 years experience in the financial industry. Subsequent to that career, I ran my own appraisal company for over 15 years which should satisfy his concerns as to my entrepreneurial capabilities.

     
  • Laura Rouzer posted at 7:26 am on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    Laura Rouzer Posts: 57

    I can't speak for others but I have personally had bad experiences shopping downtown and trying to support those local businesses that say they want our help. Business owners in downtown seem to be notorious for just making their own hours and not even sticking the schedule clearly printed in the window. It recently took me three attempts to even get inside a store that I wanted to purchase items from. Even though the hours on the window said open, the sign said closed.
    At another downtown store, I was picking up items to purchase while browsing for more and although the schedule said the shop was still open for another 2 hours, the owner rushed me out along with other customers, because they wanted to go home.
    In my opinion, downtown business owners have only themselves to blame for lack of profits. Stop blaming the "big box stores" when there are simple fixes to gain customers.

     

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