City Manager Steve Schwabauer's
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Sales tax update: Lodi’s sales tax receipts were up 5.3 percent in the second quarter of the calendar year compared to the same period in 2016. The growth of new shopping and dining establishments in the Walmart and Reynolds Ranch developments are driving tax receipts higher, as well as new car sales and rising gasoline prices. Downtown sales were flat year-over-year. Even with the 5.3-percent increase, Lodi ranked at the bottom of San Joaquin County cities in the second quarter. The county saw a 10-percent increase in sales overall.
District voting: The City Council will soon be considering what steps it may take in response to a legal threat from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund to establish City Council voting districts. If Council adopts district elections, we will face a very heavy meeting schedule but avoid significant litigation expense.
Harney Lane: We are scheduled to pave the top layer of asphalt for the entire Harney Lane project on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. This will require Harney Lane to be closed between Hutchins Street and Stockton Street on both days. Detour routes will be established. Message boards are already up to warn drivers to find alternate routes for those two days. If all goes well, we will open both sides of the bridge to one lane of traffic on Wednesday evening. The signal at Stockton and Harney will also be in operation then, which should help traffic flow greatly.
Gas station: After receiving significant opposition from a neighboring business, the Planning Commission on Wednesday negotiated a resolution that will allow for a new 76 gas station to be built at the northwest corner of Stockton Street and Harney Lane. Gas stations are a significant source of sales tax revenue.
EU kudos: A resident in the Rosegate neighborhood was complimentary of Electric Utility staff’s service in replacing an old style cobra-head LED streetlight with the current standard so it wouldn’t shine in the windows of their home: “I have to admit, I was quite shocked that my concern that I originally emailed about was first of all read, but secondly, corrected! My family is very impressed with the service we received from Wade and Norm. The follow-up was amazing on their part as well. Please make sure this gets to the appropriate group to recognize them for a job well done. Again, AMAZING JOB! “
Gang numbers: Reported gang events are continuing to drop, with 38 reported so far in the calendar year through October 2017. This compares to 49 last year, and 253 in 2011 before we received a State grant to reduce gang crime and incidents. We have exceeded five incidents in only two months all year, and 12 over the last five full months. We can thank our police and youth outreach efforts for this significant reduction.