City Manager Steve Schwabauer's
Friday, August 12, 2016
Wine bloggers: About 300 wine bloggers arrived at Hutchins Street Square today, where they’ll be until noon. The bloggers come from more than 30 states and Canadian provinces, and six countries outside North America. The Internet wifi system installed by the Hutchins Street Square Foundation on our behalf is making it possible, although we were required to turn off public hotspots at other City locations to provide the bandwidth necessary. This is due to technical limitations that will be eliminated with the completion of our new data center. This conference serves as an excellent economic development tool: filled hotel rooms and good publicity for Lodi, which will lead to greater wine tourism and greater revenue. Additionally, it strengthens the relationship between the wine growers and Hutchins Street Square, which benefits from their generosity through Foundation activities.
Other tech issues: We are experiencing fluctuating performance on a storage device that is no longer supported by its manufacturer, with replacement parts difficult to obtain. This will mean that City staff will continue to experience degraded services in email until we can replace the device, a timeframe expected to be 40 to 60 days. … The data center project is moving forward, with equipment delivered and being configured. Dell Storage engineers are scheduled to be onsite at the end of August. … The Finance network was upgraded with the new Dell switching equipment. This replaced the aging HP equipment that was inadequate for supporting the new fiber network between Finance and the Data center. Once completed, the network backbone for the Civic Center will be completed.
Employee of Quarter: Police Officer Ryan Holz was named Employee of the Quarter for his work on the homeless issues in Lodi. Officer Holz organized a camp clean-up day, enlisting the help of the Salvation Army and mental health professionals. He regularly converses with the homeless in Lodi to stay abreast of issues and is making a difference.
Deal closed: Andy Pappas has closed escrow on his acquisition of the vacant parcel at School and Lockeford streets, and expects to begin a phased development of the property. A Papapavlo’s restaurant will be coming to the site at the latter stages of the development.
Public Works kudos: Thanks to Public Works’ water utility for identifying and repairing a long-standing leak behind Hutchins Street Square, and for great public feedback related to another fix in the 1000 block of South Orange Street. “What a cheery, upbeat, informative person. He is happy to be working with the City and made me feel more grateful for living in Lodi. What a great asset he is to the community. I hope I can become, and be, more like him,” the author wrote. Kudos to Roland Alcoriza and Robert Blackwell!
Food Truck Mania: The monthly event at the Square has ended due to the out-of-town vendors’ reluctance to come to Lodi for required fire inspections during the week. We were pleased to have an event that drew strong community interest, but attendance has dropped off significantly in recent months due to the greater number of similar events elsewhere.
Measures R and S: Staff will be providing information about the measures to the Chamber of Commerce board on Tuesday.
Power grid: Governor Brown has withdrawn his efforts to push for adoption of a western states power grid by the end of the month, thanks in part to NCPA’s lobbying effort with legislators. Any move to a regional grid must take in consideration all of the changes in California’s grid the past 20 years, and protect customers from predatory actions by power producers and marketers. Additionally, there were questions about energy sources behind a regional grid, such as introducing more coal power into California.