It all started with a guys’ jazz ensemble and the need for space to play. It evolved into a famed restaurant with legions of loyal customers who came from all over Northern California to hear the music, catch the vibe and experience the food. It was cool. It was hip. It was the place to be a…

Insurance is one of the fundamental financial tools for any household. Most people recognize the important role of insurance, but many are unsure about how it works. If you have questions about insurance, you aren’t alone. As a financial advisor, I get a variety of questions about insurance.…

Candy Cane Park at Holly and Pacific is essentially gone. Last week heavy equipment wiped it from the face of the earth. It’s now a clean slate upon which the city will rebuild Lodi’s smallest neighborhood park, originally built in the 1950s by the Soroptimist International of Lodi. The newl…

While playing bocce ball the other night, a friend asked me what my impressions were of negative interest rates and why anyone would deposit money into a bank that had negative interest rates. Alongside of us was another friend who, like many people, had never heard of negative interest rate…

Lodi Police Officer Mitch LeStrange recently responded to a vehicle accident in the 200 block of Flora where a boy's bicycle was destroyed. The bike was surely the kid’s most prized possession. So Officer LeStrange goes to Target and, at his own expense, buys the boy a brand new bike and hel…

This promises to go over like a shoe in the punch bowl. The police department will no longer boot the homeless from city parks just for camping there. A recent 9th Circuit Court ruling against Boise, Idaho says, essentially, that anti-camping ordinances are illegal and unenforceable unless t…

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