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Alan Nakanishi expected to be named Lodi's new mayor

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Posted: Monday, December 4, 2000 10:00 pm

Vice Mayor Alan Nakanishi is expected to take the mayor's gavel Wednesday following a brief City Council meeting.

Candidate-elect Emily Howard and incumbent Keith Land will also be sworn in before the new council selects a mayor and a vice mayor to replace Nakanishi.

The changes will mark the first time the city has been led by a mayor who is a member of an ethnic minority and the first time two women have served on the council simultaneously. Howard will serve with incumbent Susan Hitchcock.

Nakanishi said Monday he is eager to be selected mayor.

"It's a privilege, an honor," he said.

The City Council reorganization will take place at the end of the meeting.

But before, Mayor Steve Mann will make two presentations. One is the Mayor's Community Service award.

The second is the presentation of an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol during the Lodi Veterans Day Memorial Groundbreaking on Nov. 11. The flag will be presented to the holder of a free ticket to be drawn by Mann. Tickets were distributed at the Veterans Day event and are still available.

"It's still open. If people want to get in on the drawing, they can come by City Hall and get a free ticket," said Cynthia Haynes, community promotions coordinator.

On Wednesday, the City Council will also vote on truck parking restrictions on city streets.

The ordinance was introduced at the Nov. 15 City Council meeting, and if approved will go into effect in 30 days.

Items on the agenda's consent calendar, which can be approved with a single vote, include:

. Authorizing the purchase of four network-integrated Xerox printers for the police department at price of $79,000.

. Awarding a $553,590 contract for landscaping work at Katzakian Park, 2735 W. Turner Road.

. Approving plans to install utility conduits under the Woodbridge Irrigation District's canal. The estimated cost in $60,000.

The Lodi City Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St.

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