City Manager Steve Schwabauer's
Friday, July 15, 2016
PRCS anniversary: The Department’s 75th anniversary party begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Lodi Lake Park. In addition to the public and Council members, Assemblyman Jim Cooper and a representative of Congressman McNerney’s office will be in attendance. The event will include children’s activities, live music and cake. Beach access will be 75 cents all day, and vehicle entry will be free after 4 p.m.
Boat launch: The new boat launch at Lodi Lake Park is now open. PRCS is working on scheduling a ribbon-cutting event and ceremonial “first launch.” Also, the Public Works Department is receiving an award from the American Public Works Association’s regional chapter for Project of the Year in the parks category.
Fire rescue: Not all firefighters come in red trucks. Public Works’ own Donnie Sanford was fighting a grass fire with some other citizens just outside the city limits when a Lodi Fire engine arrived to provide mutual aid. Fire Division Chief Stoddart says Donnie was able to keep the fire from damaging some parked trailers until City and county units could take over.
Boat house break-in: The boat house at Lodi Lake this week suffered its third theft or attempted theft in the last few months. Nothing was taken, but a roof vent was damaged and a window broken. PRCS will be exploring enhancing visual security efforts at the lake and other parks.
Fourth of July: Staff held a follow-up meeting to the Fourth of July at the lake on Thursday to discuss highlights and shortcomings of the event. Staff is increasingly concerned the number of people at the event is overwhelming the facility’s infrastructure capacity and sees a need to bolster staffing or begin charging an entrance fee to reduce the number of visitors. Staff plans to bring information to the Council at a future shirtsleeve session about the cost of this event.
Fireworks and dogs: The Animal Shelter saw a spike in animal intake around the Fourth of July event. As of July 1, the shelter had 13 dogs and 12 open cages by the end of the business day. On July 4 and 5, shelter staff picked up or took in 27 dogs. Ten of those dogs were recovered by their owners, three were pulled by rescue organizations after their five-day hold, six dogs weren’t claimed and two were euthanized after five days due to their disposition.
Where to eat?: We have received applications for two new restaurants downtown. Flaco’s Tacos plans on opening the space formerly held by Shep’s Sports Bar in the theater building on Elm Street, and Alicia’s Mexican Restaurant plans on occupying the former Topwater Restaurant site on Pine Street.
Measures: Ballot arguments in favor of Measures R and S are due to the City Clerk’s office by Wednesday.
Gun Store: Police officers responding to an early morning alarm at a Cluff Avenue gun shop this week found the front door smashed and suspects gone, as well as approximately 50 handguns. The burglary was similar to two others that happened the same night in Folsom and Rocklin. Some of the stolen weapons were recovered in Oakland.