The wine industry is proving to be a huge shot in the arm to our area's economy and livelihood. It's literally putting Lodi in focus for wine lovers and vacation travelers from across the country and the world. It's important as we are being recognized to see ourselves as others surely see us. And if we open our eyes and look around, it's not a pretty picture.
I'm specifically talking about the stretch of Highway 99 from Harney Lane to Acampo Road — the Lodi exits. Honestly, if I were traveling to Lodi from southern California, I would be tempted to keep going. The weeds, the abandoned Victor meat plant and the broken fences lined with wind-blown trash all combine to make Lodi look more like a junkyard than the attractive, charming town one encounters when they visit our great Downtown, our parks, Lodi Lake, etc.
Do we need a citizen's action group to get this stretch of road cleaned up? Will the county step up? Does the City Council have any clout in this area? I don't have the answers, but I will volunteer to help organize, help clean up and do whatever I can to help beautify this important first impression of our fair city.