City Manager Steve Schwabauer's
Friday, September 22, 2017
Coastal Cleanup: Nearly 300 volunteers, including 15 kayakers, took part in the 15th annual Coastal Cleanup effort at Lodi Lake Park on Saturday. The volunteers collected 78 bags of trash that weighed 343 pounds, about 75 percent more than the 2016 event. Most unusual items found included a bag of fresh fruit, several toy boats, an old trailer hitch and a weed eater. Thankfully, the cigarette butt count was down significantly this year.
Health fair: We had a strong turnout for Wednesday’s annual employee health fair. Employees were able to get their benefit questions answered and get flu shots.
Downtown investment: Staff continues to see major investments within the downtown area. In the past couple years, Five Windows Beer Company, Idol Beerworks / McKay Cellars, Downtown Bicycles, Scotto Cellars, Brix and Hops, Fenix, Papapavlos, Dancing Fox have all proposed / completed major renovation projects. Another cornerstone business, Lodi Beer Company is proposing a major expansion and façade improvement to School and Oak Street building elevations. The downtown dynamic continues to evolve and move the downtown forward as a destination.
Congratulations: Congratulations to John Fukasawa, Deputy City Attorney and his fiancé Amy Cheng, who will be married Saturday near Santa Barbara. Staff held a luncheon in their honor behind City Hall on Wednesday.
PERS board: The City Manager and several officials from other cities spoke to the CalPERS board Tuesday asking that it direct staff to perform some benefit calculations using various scenarios to explore improving the sustainability of the pension fund. Although the board did not agree, it was a start at educating the board about the impact future pension rate increases will have on cities. The vice president of the Retired Public Employees Association spoke against performing the calculations, saying cities should contract out services so that retirees continue receiving their full benefits.
Gang crime down: Only four gang-related incidents were reported in August, the 23rd consecutive month in which gang incidents remained in the single digits. This year is tracking even with 2016, in which 49 gang incidents were reported.
Nice nab: Police detectives served a search warrant in the 800 block of South Sacramento Street on Tuesday morning, arresting the resident, who was the suspect in a shooting that occurred on Sept. 9 near Elm and Genie. The firearm used in the shooting was located in the search.