Wednesday, August 14, 2013 12:00 am
Due to a testing error, City Manager Rad Bartlam canceled a special session of the Lodi City Council on Tuesday.
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.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 12:00 am
A $100 million power project was revealed Tuesday to help keep the Lodi area factories humming and iPhone chargers charging.
Thursday, April 4, 2013 12:00 am
If repairs to two of Lodi's favorite pools aren't completed soon, residents will have slim options for swimming this summer.
Sunday, March 31, 2013 7:12 pm
An estimated 10 customers in south Lodi spent three hours without electricity after a bolt of lightning destroyed a power pole on Colombard Circle, northwest of South Hutchins Street and West Century Boulevard, according to Lodi Electric Utility Director Liz Kirkley.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 12:00 am
To help customers understand their residential Lodi Electric
Utility rates, the city of Lodi is proposing reducing its current
five-tier structure to three tiers.
The Lodi City Council discussed changing the tier structure at a
study session Tuesday morning.
The three-tier structure is revenue neutral, and the change will
not significantly affect how much customers pay each month for
electricity, Utility Director Liz Kirkley said. Some customers
might notice at most a $0.50 increase or decrease if their tier
changes, she said.
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.
Steve Virrey, an employee of the Lodi Parks and Recreation
Department, explains how a solar trashcan at Kofu Park compacts
waste to elected officials recently. The city purchased 14 of the
trashcans to put in different parks around Lodi using federal
stimulus money specifically for energy efficiency and conservation
projects. From left to right: Anne Baird, district office
representative for Assemblywoman Alyson Huber; Virrey; Ken Vogel,
San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors; Chiakis Xiong, field
representative for Congressman Jerry McNerney; and Liz Kirkley,
Lodi Electric Utility director.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 12:00 am
For more than 20 years, city of Lodi leadership has investigated
having an electric transmission line to the west.
From right: Battalion Chief Ron Penix, Parks Superintendent
Steve Dutra, Lodi Electric Utility Director Liz Kirkley and Human
Resources Manager Dean Gualco took notes during a training exercise
organized by Police Chief Mark Helms and interim Fire Chief Dan
Haverty at the Lodi Fire Station on Elm Avenue on Wednesday, Oct.
About 60 city of Lodi employees discussed what to do if there
was a medium or major flood in Lodi, as part of an emergency
operation center exercise on Wednesday morning at the Lodi Fire
Station on Elm Avenue. From right: Battalion Chief Ron Penix, Parks
Superintendent Steve Dutra, Lodi Electric Utility Director Liz
Kirkley and Human Resources Manager Dean Gualco took notes during
the training exercise organized by Police Chief Mark Helms and
interim Fire Chief Dan Haverty. City staff looked at what would
happen if there was minor street flooding or if the Mokelumne River
put the northern part of the city under water. "It's the most
likely scenario of a large-scale emergency we would have based on
history," city spokesman Jeff Hood said. (Courtesy Photograph)
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 12:00 am
Karen Helmandollar only turned on the air conditioner twice this
summer. During the hottest months of the year, her electric bill
was around $150 a month. That is an improvement over some summers
when it reached as high as $300 per month.
Thursday, January 6, 2011 12:00 am
After working 21 years at the Lodi Electric Utility, Barry
Fisher has never seen anything like it. A gray fox somehow passed
over or under a security fence and scaled a 10-foot substation
before stepping on a high voltage transformer circuit. The fox's
unfortunate demise on December 23 knocked out power to several
Thursday, November 18, 2010 12:00 am
In a unanimous vote, the Lodi City Council hired Rad Bartlam as
the permanent city manager at its meeting Wednesday night. Bartlam
has served more than six months as the interim city manager while
continuing his duties as community development director. He will
continue serving in both roles and will receive $179,925 a year,
about a $20,000 increase from former City Manager Blair King’s
Liz Kirkley is the new Lodi Electric Utility director. (Bob Bates/News-Sentinel)
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 12:00 am
In her office, Liz Kirkley has unpacked her University of
Illinois alumni flag and other memorabilia from her alma mater, and
has started the task of learning as much as she can about the
city’s largest department.
Thursday, May 6, 2010 12:00 am
The Lodi City Council studied an unintended consequence of the
last year's budget cycle: the accumulation of hundreds of hours of
compensated time off for the police and fire departments.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 12:00 am
City Manager Blair King announced Tuesday that Liz Kirkley will
be the new director of the Lodi Electric Utility, the department
with the largest budget in the city.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 12:00 am
The Lodi City Council approved a contract with Liz Kirkley, who
will join the city by July 5 as the new director of the Lodi
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 12:00 am
The city of Lodi selected Liz Kirkley to head the Lodi Electric
Utility. For the past two years, Kirkley has been the director at
the city of Healdsburg’s electric utility.
Monday, November 30, 2009 12:00 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.