Usually waking up on Sunday mornings means football and relaxation at our house — not Sunday, Oct. 17. We woke to our personal property, our neighbors and a local church having been vandalized and tagged by derelict individuals who have no respect or regard for other people’s property. The police department was prompt in sending out Officer Mike Mantzouranis, who was very diligent in getting information/evidence and was helpful, courteous and understanding. So, a hats off and thanks to him.
To my biggest delight and amazement, without a phone call or initiation on our part, bright and early Tuesday morning a graffiti abatement worker was at our houses with tools in hand to help clean this blight off our properties. With just a signature and the borrowing of a water hose, our walls, sidewalks, city box and fences were back to looking like they were new again.
I thank the Graffiti Abatement Department and the Lodi Police Department for putting forth the effort and showing us that our tax dollars and divisions we sometimes take for granted are here for the citizens of this town.