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City Manager Steve Schwabauer's
Weekly Update
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

PRCS plan: About 30 members of the public attended a Recreation Commission workshop Wednesday evening at Hutchins Street Square to gather public input for the PRCS Strategic Plan. Attendees were complimentary of the consultants who directed the meeting. Earlier Wednesday, the PROS Consulting representatives held six focus group meetings with a total of 45 community members from various interest groups to gather their perspectives. On Thursday, the consultants held individual meetings with the City Manager, Public Works Director and two Council members. The next steps include an anonymous survey of PRCS employees regarding workplace culture, a mail survey and an online survey for the public through the project website, www.lodiparksvision.com

Power outage: About 100 customers in west Lodi lost power for nearly 3 ½ hours on Wednesday night due to deteriorated underground cable.

Mobile food fests: The Sacramento Mobile Food vendors group is now looking to start a monthly event at Hutchins Street Square starting in March of April of 2015.

Library website: The Library has unveiled a new web page, library.lodi.gov, that has a fresh look that customers will enjoy, but also will be easier for staff to update because it uses a different type of software than the City’s lodi.gov site. The Friends of the Lodi Public Library paid for the updated site.

Business manager: We’re pleased to welcome Adam Brucker as our newest Business Development Manager. Adam comes from the City of Stockton, where he is a senior planner. He will begin his duties on Oct. 6.

Rating: We’re pleased to learn that Standard & Poor’s affirmed our A- rating for the Electric Utility and the stable outlook. S&P noted the proposed rate increase, overall rate competitiveness with other utilities, and reduced exposure to wholesale market purchases with the Lodi Energy Center among the positives, and inadequate debt service coverage and overall debt as potential weaknesses. “The stable outlook reflects our anticipation that soon-to-be-proposed rate increases, if approved and implemented, will
improve and stabilize system financial margins and coverage during the next two years.”

Softball tournament: Lodi is hosting the American Softball Association’s Fast Pitch Men’s Senior 60-Over national championship through Sunday. Although Thursday’s rains washed out the first day of competition, the teams were on the fields today. Teams from Galt; Lancaster; Hayward; Prescott, Ariz.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Houston; and Seattle are competing. One of the organized trips for wives of the players Thursday was to the Wine Visitors Center on Turner Road.

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