Saturday, August 10, 2013 12:15 am
Among city of Lodi employees, 82 earned more than $100,000 in 2012 — up from 30 in 2009. City officials say the difference is in overtime hours, especially among fire and police employees, which were rare in 2007 and 2008.
“For the city, overtime is cheaper (than hiring more staff),” said Councilwoman JoAnne Mounce. “I know that it probably looks terrible to have that many people making that kind of money, but they’re putting in the hours.”
Thursday, July 25, 2013 12:00 am
Walking up the stone steps of the Carnegie Forum and entering the grand foyer, we gain a sense of the history and solidity of Lodi’s local government.
Thursday, June 6, 2013 12:00 am
Lodi has a new budget in place well ahead of the new fiscal year, but it passed with an unexpected addition.
Friday, May 17, 2013 3:39 pm
Last July I wrote a blog item commending the city of Lodi for steering clear of the underfunded retirement health benefit mess that Stockton fell into.
Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:00 am
The city of Lodi has received just under $1 million they may set aside for future costs of health benefits for retirees.
Thursday, May 9, 2013 12:00 am
With the exception of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, most city departments are running within their budget projections, according to an update provided to the Lodi City Council this week.
Thursday, May 9, 2013 12:00 am
The city of Lodi is not setting aside enough to pay for health care for its retirees now or in the future, according to a recent report.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 12:00 am
In Lodi, home values are up. Foreclosures are down. And while it still has room for improvement, the city’s financial heath is getting better.
Jordan Ayers hands Montie Lestrange cash for guns during the Lodi Police Department’s first-ever Gun Buy Back on Saturday, April 20, 2013.
Thursday, February 28, 2013 12:00 am
The Lodi City Council approved a resolution last week to increase the salaries for four positions at Lodi Electric Utility. City officials hope the move will entice more applicants with the right qualifications to consider working in Lodi.
Four jobs — including the electric operations superintendent, the manager of engineering and operations, rates and resources engineer and the senior power engineer — will receive a 15 percent raise.
The electric utility director will receive a 5 percent raise to $162,747 to keep an appropriate salary separation, said Ayers.
Thursday, August 23, 2012 12:00 am
If a police officer or firefighter dies of a work-related injury or illness within 4 years and 8 months of retirement, their family can currently file for a hefty worker's compensation payment.
Thursday, June 7, 2012 12:00 am
The Lodi City Council passed its annual budget Wednesday night while commending city employees' willingness to agree to a two-tier retirement system and paying their own pension costs.
The city has reached new contracts with six of the eight city unions for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1. The Police Officers Association and the Dispatchers Association are still negotiating with city staff.
All of the new agreements include workers paying their full share of employee pension costs by the time the contracts expire in 2013.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 12:00 am
A permanent replacement for the dilapidated Lodi Fire Station 2 may soon become a reality thanks to a city of Lodi plan to refinance a loan to get a better interest rate.
City staff told the Lodi City Council about possibly refinancing three outstanding bonds at its early morning study session on Tuesday.
The council is looking at refinancing a 2002 General Fund bond that paid for the new police building, the reconstruction of Hutchins Street Square and the refunding of prior bonds issued for Downtown Lodi improvements.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 4:01 pm
Even though the Sentinel publishes 55,000 copies of its Discover Lodi visitors guide each year, I still struggle to think of my home town as a tourist destination.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 5:50 pm
Things are looking up financially for the city of Lodi — at least a bit. General Fund revenue estimates are up slightly for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. The promising outlook is in part thanks to a new stream of income worth nearly a million dollars.
Thursday, April 19, 2012 12:00 am
The Lodi City Council responded to complaints from the city's largest electricity users that the companies struggled to budget their costs each year because of the utility's Energy Cost Adjustment, a variable rate that changes from month to month.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 12:00 am
It was disappointing to read a letter from a resident (Lodi News-Sentinel, Thursday, Feb. 23) who described the city's utility billing practices as "terrorist" and "racist," and made other false representations.
Thursday, February 16, 2012 12:00 am
City of Lodi police and fire department employees will likely
receive checks for overtime hours they have worked during the last
couple of years, which they have banked instead of cashing out.
Thursday, February 9, 2012 12:00 am
City of Lodi employee medical costs have risen less than
expected so far this year, providing some positive news for a
budget that continues to be under pressure.
The medical costs were reviewed as part of the Lodi City
Council's mid-year budget review on Tuesday. The fiscal year ends
Other bright spots were savings in the Lodi Electric Utility
because of vacant positions and savings in the transit divisions
because two projects costs came in lower than estimated.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 12:00 am
The Lodi City Council started the process of evaluating the
city's budget Tuesday to see if there need to be any mid-year
The council spent its morning study session focused only on the
revenue side of the budget. The fiscal year continues through June
Deputy City Manager Jordan Ayers said the city's revenues this
fiscal year for the most part have stabilized, but have not grown
significantly. The council still has to discuss how the revenues
relate to the expenses at a future meeting to get the full
Thursday, January 19, 2012 12:00 am
When Maria Rufino moved to Lodi five months ago, she was shocked
to find out that she and her roommate would have to pay two
deposits that totaled $650 to turn on their electricity.
Saturday, January 7, 2012 12:00 am
When you opened your city of Lodi utility bill, you may have
noticed a line item under your electricity statement labeled "ECA"
and wondered what it is.
This number is the city's Energy Cost Adjustment, and it changes
from month to month. The ECA is applied to your bill as part of the
city's per-kilowatt-hour rate for electricity.
Thursday, December 22, 2011 12:00 am
Representatives from five Lodi city employee groups accused city
negotiators on Wednesday of bargaining in bad faith by adding what
they termed some "non-economic" items.
Saturday, December 17, 2011 12:00 am
The city of Lodi is in the middle of negotiations with nine of
its 10 bargaining groups to reach new contracts before they expire
on Dec. 31.
The city planned for all of the contracts to come due at the
same time, city spokesman Jeff Hood said. The International
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is the only union not negotiating
because their contract does not end until 2013.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 12:00 am
The city of Lodi will be re-instituting due dates on utility
bills after residents contacted city staff more than 1,000 times to
complain about the new system.