City Manager Rad Bartlam's
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013
Sales tax: Lodi had a 7.8-percent increase in sales tax receipts for the second calendar quarter of 2013, after adjusting for reporting aberrations. Strong business sectors included garden/agricultural supplies, contractors, industrial and several categories of general consumer goods. The Reynolds Ranch shopping center continues to have a major economic benefit.
- Brokers Workshop: The Lodi Business Development Manager is hosting the City's first-ever Brokers Workshop on Monday. A dozen or more professionals from six different commercial/industrial brokerage firms will join City officials at Carnegie Forum, to learn first-hand about the various goods (incentives) and services offered by the City of Lodi to both new and existing commercial/industrial customers. Representatives from City Administration, Community Development, Electric Utility, Fire, and Public Works will provide brief presentations during the workshop.
- Executive Roundtable: More than 15 plant managers/executives from Lodi
manufacturing facilities, will gather Tuesday at Hutchins Street Square for another Lodi first: the Executive Roundtable. The event, sponsored and coordinated by the City Manager and Business Development Manager, affords key Lodi manufacturers with an overview on incentives being offered by the State of California. Representatives from the Governor's Office of Economic Development, the Franchise Tax Board and the Board of Equalization will conduct the formal presentation to Lodi manufacturers.
Ladder truck: The Lincoln City Council on Tuesday approved the sale of that city’s ladder truck to Lodi for the agreed-upon price of $525,000. The next step is for the city attorneys to draft and agree upon a simple purchase/sales agreement and complete the transfer.
TOT: The City saw a 7.5 percent increase in Transient Occupancy Tax for the third calendar quarter of 2013, collecting $161,110, up $11,174 over the third quarter of 2012. Year-to-date, TOT is up 7.7 percent to $430,573 after nine months, which exceeds all TOT revenue for FY 11/12.
Theft: The Parks Division had soccer goal nets, fasteners and other hardware stolen last weekend by thieves who cut the chain-link fence and entered the corp yard. The theft was captured on a security video system.
Checked out: For the first time, patrons are checking out a majority of materials at self-service stations. The library had 51 percent of materials checked out through self-service in October.
Leaf pickup: The annual leaf pickup program is scheduled to start after Thanksgiving, barring a weather event requiring an earlier start.
Gang grant: Our latest application to continue receiving funding in 2015 for gang intervention and reduction under the CalGRIP grant program was rejected. We are funded through December 2014 under the current grant, and anticipate continuing with our highly successful youth outreach workers, who are paid with City funds.