The end of the household appliance era in Lodi | Opinion


It’s the end of an era. Reo’s Appliance on Oak Street will close if the business cannot be sold, according to owner Brad Nathan. He says the main problem is that they can’t get household appliances. There are currently only three refrigerators on their floor, when there would normally be 30, he says. Nathan also said that he and his brother Craig are at retirement age, so why not? The store was opened by their father Reo 65 years ago in 1956.… Across town, another long-standing business is also closing. The Appliances is closing their doors (for sales) after 60 years of activity. The company was founded in 1958 by Les Wagner and his wife Thelma. Les died last year at the age of 87.

WINNER: Lodi High grad Justin Medeiros, 22, won the 2021 CrossFit Games over the weekend, the youngest man to win the title, according to the BarBend website. CrossFit is described as “a way of life characterized by safe and effective exercise and healthy eating”. Medeiros was an outstanding high school football player and wrestler. He now lives in Vancouver, Washington, where he can train with his trainer, Adam Neiffer at CrossFit Fort Vancouver.

COMING SOON: A demolition permit has been issued for the old Rex Billiard Hall building on Sacramento Street. The building has been vacant for decades, but a fire of unknown cause destroyed the structure almost exactly a year ago. Sacramento Street has since been stranded as homeowners and insurance companies argue over what to do and what could be salvaged. The street, which has grown weeds through the cracks in the pavement, is expected to reopen shortly after the demo ends.

OPEN SOON? : The creation of an access center for the homeless is again encountering resistance. With City Councilor Mark Chandler pressing the brakes at the proposed Sacramento Street site, City Council’s resolve will be put to the test.

Council was going to be asked to approve the purchase of 710 N. Sacramento Street (next to the Salvation Army facility) for $ 2.1 million tomorrow night, but now everything is on hold. In his written staff report, the director of community development, John Della Monica, states that the center will not be a “homeless camp” but rather a “low-barrier, service-enriched shelter that makes it easier to bond with. the resources needed to help individuals and families exit the cycle. roaming.

A two-week engagement period was implemented to assess public sentiment for the project.

The city says it received 970 responses, 67% of which were in favor of the center, according to Della Monica. Volunteers also knocked on 90 doors of residents of the Sacramento Street neighborhood for comment. They report that 22 of the 26 responses were in favor of the center at this location. The project is estimated at $ 8.3 million, most of which would come from grants.

CLARIFICATION: Barbara Krengel, Interim President of the Breakthrough Project for Social Justice, wants to set the record straight for the proposed access center in Lodi. She says the center “will assist around 170 people with a place to sleep at night, a place to stay during the day and resources to meet basic needs.”

It will also have 24/7 security, and no drug use on site will be allowed, she said. “Aggressive behavior” will not be tolerated either. The program will provide navigation aid in MediCal, Social Security and DMV services, ”explains Krengel. She says the center will also offer help finding housing and filling out job applications.

SHOW OFF: Kirk Wentland has once again been invited to show off his classic 1957 Cadillac El Dorado Brougham at the annual Concours d’Elegance on Pebble Beach near Monterey. This is not your average Autorama. The extravagance begins on August 15 and is considered the most prestigious auto show in the world.

Only around 200 cars are presented. This is at least the second time that Wentland has been invited. He owns between 40 and 50 classic cars, including famous ones like the real Cadillac used in the filming of the Beverly Hillbillies TV show… But wait, there’s more. Wayne Craig of Lodi is chair of the docent program for the event. He calls it the “Super Bowl of Auto Events,” which attracts celebrities and car enthusiasts from all over the world. Craig says names like Jay Leno and Seinfeld will likely be there. It’s the 70th anniversary of the legendary event, and Craig says “42 of the world’s best cars” will be on display.

IN FIGURES: The hot local real estate market continues to impress. Lodi Realtor Larry Underhill (Statesman Realty) says he keeps hearing the market has softened, but he hasn’t seen it. At the end of June, there was less than a month of inventory. The average time to sell a property is 13 days. Last year it took 61 days. The average price per square foot of homes sold is $ 305, up from $ 255 last year. As of June 30, there were only 67 houses for sale in Lodi. He cites an example of the market heat: It took about four days for one of his properties to attract five bids, four of which were offering more than asking price. Underhill says this could be his best year in the business.

DRINK UP: The glut of red wine of the past two years is over, according to Stuart Spencer, executive director of the Lodi Winegrape Commission. He says the local wine grape market “is on the rise”. The price per tonne is hard to say, he says, because there are so many grape varieties on the market. But he says old-grapevine zinfandel sells for between $ 1,200 and $ 1,500 a tonne. Other zins are sold for about half that price. Two years ago, many farmers did not have buyers for their grapes and some left them hanging.

HELP WANTED: Sign up for Woodlake Cleaners on Turner Road: “So we’ve got Gen X, Millennials, Gen Z. How about a new one? Generation-W ‘Working!’ ”… With that in mind, the persistent labor shortage continues to haunt local businesses, especially restaurants. Habanero Hots, which has just reopened following a kitchen fire, has cut its schedule to five days a week due to a lack of manpower. … The Village Coffee Shop on Victor Road has also reopened after being closed for a year due to COVID, but they too are looking for workers. … A GoFundMe page has been created for Norman Calderon, who drowned in Lake Lodi last week. The family is asking for $ 10,000 to help with funeral, housing and counseling costs. Calderon and her fiance were planning to tie the knot this week. He leaves behind a fiance, two sons and a baby, according to the website. … Last week Lodi police contacted a wanted suspect on various burglary and drug charges. The 35-year-old ran away, but the police managed to round him up using the department’s new unmanned aerial system (drone). The video of the prosecution is online.

REOPENED: On July 19, the Village Adult Developmental & Community Center reopened to on-site services for the first time in 16 months. “It’s a slow deployment where only a part of the group is there every day. Everyone was delighted to see each other! says founder Kathy Piazza. Their annual “Kaleidoscope” fundraiser is scheduled for Friday August 20 from 6 to 9 pm at 5 Window Beer Co. Tickets can be purchased at the Village. Their office is located on Pine Street on the ground floor of the parking garage.

ATTENTION: The Lodi Union High School class of 1970 will have their 50th (or is it 51st?) Class Reunion on October 9 at Hutchins Street Square, and organizers are looking to reunite their “lost” classmates. Contact Nikki Kiedrowski at (209) 712-1236 if you are one of them.


Steve is a longtime former newspaper editor and Lodian whose column appears most Tuesdays in the News-Sentinel. Write to Steve at [email protected]

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