City Manager Steve Schwabauer's
Friday, April 20, 2018
Arch support: Thank you to Central Valley Painting for their help yesterday in cleaning and restoring the historic Lodi Arch in downtown! CVP donated the labor to restore this significant landmark. Paint was donated by Sherwin Williams on Cherokee Lane and Kelly Moore Paint on Kettleman Lane. Thank you all for stepping up to help restore this great landmark. The arch was first constructed in 1907 as the formal entrance to the Tokay Festival, the precursor to the Lodi Grape Festival. Work continues today and should be complete sometime this afternoon.
Declined: The 180 Teen Center received a private donation with no federal reporting requirements and will be declining the $55,000 Community Development Block Grant award for accessibility, safety and façade improvements. Teen center staff expressed appreciation for the City Council’s support, but in the end decided the donation allowed them to get the work done without the complications of the federal grant.
Competitor rates: PG&E is seeking another electric rate increases. This one would be a 5 percent hike beginning in 2019 for fire and storm emergency response in 2016 and 2017, and for past and future vegetation management projects. The costs are not associated with the October wildfires in Northern California or the 2015 Butte Fire, PG&E noted. The increase will be phased in over two years to lessen the immediate impact on customers.
Love Lodi: Last weekend’s volunteer work day was a great success. Some 200 cubic yards of garbage were removed from alleys, and volunteers planted nearly 100 plants and spread about seven yards decomposed granite as part of a landscaping project at Hutchins Street Square, among other projects. This year’s event was helped by great weather and an increasing number of Lodi citizens who are pitching in to improve our community at this annual event.
Amtrak: For those commuters tired of getting stuck on Highway 99 going to or from Sacramento, a new Amtrak service begins May 7 that stops in Lodi at 6:45 a.m. and delivers passengers to Sacramento an hour later. This has been an effort undertaken by the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority, which manages the service. The evening train leaves Sacramento at 5:30 p.m. and arrives in Lodi at 6:08 p.m.
Chief officer: An article in the Los Angeles Times this week pointed out the thin resume of CalPERS’ chief financial officer, who was appointed in September. Hopefully he will be successful overseeing the nation’s largest pension fund: http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-asubonten-calpers-20180416-story.html
Storm drain award: Two of our Storm Drain Detectives, Dylan O’Ryan and Hayley Hower, took second place in the regional competition of the “Caring for Your Watershed” competition last weekend. Their project was to design a drainage swale near the Lodi High soccer field. The team worked with City staff in addition to LUSD staff and John Teravskis of Lodi-based WGR.
Kudos: We received a compliment for “amazing service” by our street sweeping division by a resident on Elderica Way. The resident said Street Maintenance Worker III Richard Morgan always greets his family with a wave and a smile, as well as other residents along the street. “I am proud that I live in a community whose city employees take the time to interact with the people they serve,” the resident wrote. “Your mission to improve Lodi and value the individual is on full display through the kindness of this employee.”