City Manager Steve Schwabauer's
Friday, November 18, 2016
Conserving: Even though the most severe water restrictions have been lifted, Lodi residents are still careful of how much they are using. City customers used 29.5 percent less water in October than they did in October 2015, and water consumption is 25.5 percent lower in 2016 than through the first 10 months of 2013.
Kudos: We received a nice email from April Izer, the operations manager for Zephyr Conferences, which brought the wine bloggers to Lodi in August. April wrote, “Hutchins Street Square was an absolute pleasure to work with for the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference. Everyone involved went above and beyond to understand our objectives and help us achieve them. We would definitely consider bringing other events to this space.”
Solar power: Staff recently met with representatives of the solar power installation industry to discuss how Lodi will be addressing the end of the net-metering mandate. We will have a follow-up meeting in a few weeks. Staff expressed the concern that Proposition 26 prohibits voluntary continuance of net metering because it benefits one class of users at the expense of another.
Roof repair: The press box roof at the Grape Bowl is now leaking badly. We will be looking at deferring other parks capital projects in the FY 16/17 budget in order to protect that facility, which has numerous electrical components that need protection. The matter will likely go the City Council in January.
More Grape Bowl: Due to the change of high school soccer seasons from fall and spring to only winter, Lodi Unified School District recently asked to use the Grape Bowl for a handful of soccer games this winter, as the high schools’ planned facility upgrades were not ready for this change. The actual number of uses is now 54, which we are accommodating. We also significantly reduced our fees, as soccer at the Grape Bowl is not covered under our Joint Use Agreement, to help the district’s transition to winter seasons.
Employee of Quarter: Ben Buecher, our Information Systems Manager, was named Employee of the Quarter for the period ending September 30 for his work dealing with the expected and unexpected. He led his team with the new data center project (expected) and quickly dealt with a denial of service attack that attempted to breach our firewall, and the cascading failure of many of our aging hardware storage and network systems (unexpected). Ben is pictured, second from left, with the City Manager and the rest of the Information Systems team (from left, Mark White, Gurdeep Kooner, Matt Casson and Ty Gladney. Not pictured: Dale Taylor).
Busy night: Police had a busy Tuesday during swing shift, responding to a shooting at 6:22 p.m. in the 100 block of North Garfield Street in which the uncooperative 21-year-old male victim had been shot in the buttocks. At about the same time as the shooting, police had a reported hold-up, several disturbances, a mental health welfare check, and multiple collisions. Some calls held for more than two hours.
Movie Night: “Free Birds” will be playing Friday at 6 p.m. at Hutchins Street Square as our November showing of our Family Movie Night series. Admission is 75 cents and refreshments are available for purchase.