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Marty Weybret & Rich Hanner
Friday 03/28/2014
Leland Yee, a friend of newspapers, may have had a dark side

Leland Yee, the state senator accused of bribery and gun trafficking, was a friend of California newspapers.

Posted in Marty n rich on Friday, March 28, 2014 5:23 pm. | Tags: Senator Leland Yee , Freedom Of Information , California State Senate , Federal Bureau Of Investigation , Public Records Act , Brown Act , Bribery , Gun Trafficking Comments (0)

Wednesday 03/26/2014
Near Lodi, a modern marvel takes shape


Posted in Marty n rich on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 6:25 pm. | Tags: Sutter Home Winery , Bob Torres , Sutter Home , Trinchero Family Estates , Senior Vp Of Operations , Joshua Udalgo Comments (0)

Sunday 03/23/2014
Is the glass ceiling about to shatter?

Fortune, the National Center for Education Statistics and the Population Reference Bureau are among many institutions that have noted the “feminization of education.”

Posted in Marty n rich on Sunday, March 23, 2014 9:53 pm. | Tags: Helen Ring Robinson , Colorado , State Senate , Ludlow Massacre , Feminization Of Education , Rates Of College Graduation , Colorado Women's Hall Of Fame Comments (0)

Wednesday 02/12/2014
Chainlink in the Lodi Lake nature area?

One of Lodi’s truly special places is the nature area at Lodi Lake.

Posted in Marty n rich on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:27 pm. | Tags: Lodi , Lodi Lake , Recreation And Cultural Services Director For Lodi , Jeff , Jeff Hood Comments (1)

Friday 01/31/2014
An editor's notes: In a Twitterized world, longer stories that shine

What do Charles Osgood, Rube Goldberg and Snoop Dogg have in common?

Posted in Marty n rich on Friday, January 31, 2014 6:33 pm. | Tags: Snoop Dogg , Charles Osgood , Rube Goldberg , Cbs News Sunday Morning , Danny Kaye , Bob Weir , Sunday , Charles Kuralt Comments (0)

Friday 01/10/2014
Gov. Brown did a good job on the budget however ...

State government is expecting a big increase in revenue this year — thanks to a strong stock market — and Governor Jerry Brown is proposing to use $11 billion to pay down debt from past years of overspending.

Posted in Marty n rich on Friday, January 10, 2014 9:52 am. | Tags: California Budget , Cathleen Galgiani , Richard Pan , Jerry Brown , Unfunded Pension Liability , Calpers , Calstrs , Uc System Comments (0)

Wednesday 12/25/2013
Lights, camera and action at the Sentinel last week

For four days last week, a movie crew recorded the sights, sounds and thoughts of the Lodi News-Sentinel.

Posted in Marty n rich on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 3:32 pm. | Tags: Newspaper Business , Michael Weybret , Cameron Duddy , Eric Bernard , Collin Duddy , Peter Mosiman , Landon Orsillo , Lodi News-sentinel , Newspaper Documentary , Problems Of Newspapers , Challenges Of Newspapers , Rich Hanner Comments (0)

Tuesday 12/24/2013
An editor’s notes: Christmas Eve musings

As I write this, there’s a loaf of banana bread on my desk, a holiday gift from an old friend who just dropped by the newsroom.

Posted in Marty n rich on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 4:40 pm. | Tags: Punctuation , Apostrophe , English Spelling , Entertainment_culture , Chris Petrossian , San Francisco Chronicle , Sara Jane Pohlman , Christmas Eve , Editor , The San Francisco Chronicle Comments (0)

Tuesday 11/26/2013
Thanksgiving hits and misses

It was Thanksgiving dinner a few years back and I gamely served up mounds of what appeared to be a hearty mush on each plate.

Posted in Marty n rich on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 9:31 am. Comments (0)

Monday 11/25/2013
A marvelous Les Miserables at Hutchins

The cast of Les Miserables received a standing ovation Sunday afternoon at Hutchins Street Square.

Posted in Marty n rich on Monday, November 25, 2013 9:27 am. Updated: 12:20 pm. | Tags: Victor Hugo , Les Miserables , Lodi California , Nicole K. Howton , Hutchins Street Square Comments (1)

Friday 11/15/2013
An editor's notes: Believers in free enterprise

Sorry to read the obit today for John Talbot, a former Lodian who passed away at age 82 in Vermont.

Posted in Marty n rich on Friday, November 15, 2013 3:21 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 10/17/2013
An editor's notes: On the sale of Geweke Toyota

It was 1991 and I'd just finished a game of racquetball at Twin Arbors.

Posted in Marty n rich on Thursday, October 17, 2013 3:03 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 10/02/2013
An editor’s notes: A farewell, a welcome and a step up

Lauren Nelson, our super-talented Lodi Living editor, has left us for a new job. That’s created other changes: The promotion of Sara Jane Pohlman, our former city hall reporter, to Lodi Living editor, and the hiring of Todd Wilson as our new city hall reporter.

Posted in Marty n rich on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 2:53 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 09/26/2013
An editor's notes: Celebrating page one

We're celebrating a bit of bright news today: Thursday's News-Sentinel page one design, featuring the America's Cup, was selected as a Top Ten winner by the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Posted in Marty n rich on Thursday, September 26, 2013 2:46 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 09/18/2013
On gathering public records

Local attorney and occasional LNS columnist Dave Wellenbrock tipped us to a session Tuesday night in Stockton on accessing public records.

Posted in Marty n rich on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 3:26 pm. | Tags: Public Records , California , First Amendment Coalition , Local Attorney And Occasional Lns Columnist , Dave Wellenbrock , Kris Anderson , Paul Boylan Comments (0)

Thursday 09/12/2013
You can change the way charities do business

Think about your favorite charity for a moment. It’s probably struggling to make ends meet.

Posted in Marty n rich on Thursday, September 12, 2013 5:34 pm. Comments (0)

Friday 09/06/2013
Surfing the Syrian war debate

I've been surfing the web, trying to make sense of the debate over intervening in Syria. Here are a couple of suprising turns of events I've come across plus some interesting summaries:

Posted in Marty n rich on Friday, September 6, 2013 5:29 pm. | Tags: Syria , Politics , John Mccain , Arab League , Middle East , United Nations , Debate , Intervention In Syria , Just War Comments (1)

Janet and Walter Pruss were model citizens

Very sad to read the obituary for Janet Pruss, who passed away Aug. 1.

Posted in Marty n rich on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 3:56 pm. | Tags: Janet Pruss , Walter Pruss , Bureau Chief For The Record , Human Interest Comments (0)

Thursday 08/01/2013
Get news fast. What's the Internet for, anyway?

I have signed up for a feature on Lodinews.com and several other newspaper websites that I just love — email headlines.

Posted in Marty n rich on Thursday, August 1, 2013 9:44 am. | Tags: Technology_internet , Headline , Sentinel , Newspaper , Lodinews.com , Online Registration , Local Sports Headlines , Local News , Lodi News , Eblast , Email , Facebook Comments (0)

Monday 07/29/2013
Local growers offer insights, hospitality

Quick: Name the one county in California that does not have a beef cattle operation.

Posted in Marty n rich on Monday, July 29, 2013 11:11 am. | Tags: Plum , American Farm Bureau Federation , Farm Bureau , Jack Hamm , News-sentinel , San Joaquin Farm Bureau , The News-sentinel , Jack Hayashida , Placer County , San Joaquin County , Bruce Blodgett , Executive Director , Joe Valente , John Kautz , Kautz Family Vineyards , Gail Kautz Comments (0)

Tuesday 07/23/2013
More help for parent pushing reading

If you're a parent struggling to help your kids embrace reading, the first thing you should be reading yourself is the Learning Link copy prepared every day by Cyndi Carter. Her articles on the comics page of the Lodi News-Sentinel are a treasury of information about kids and education.

Posted in Marty n rich on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 5:26 pm. | Tags: Lodi News-sentinel , Cyndi Carter , Education , Lodinews.com. , Education Cafe , Learning Link , Reading Comments (0)

Help for parents who push reading

Cyndi Carter and Peter Breech are putting together our second annual Little Buckeroos Reading Roundup.

Posted in Marty n rich on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 4:33 pm. | Tags: Education , Parent , Cyndi Carter , Parenting , Reading , Reading Roundup Comments (0)

Thursday 07/18/2013
Detroit: When politicians fail, the people must not

Seems to me Detroit's declaration of bankruptcy — like Stockton's and San Bernardino's — is a threat to the very foundation of the nation.

Posted in Marty n rich on Thursday, July 18, 2013 5:54 pm. | Tags: Read , Detroit , Politics , Government , United States , Enron , Soviet Union , Declaration Of Independence , Consent Of The Governed , Stockton , San Bernardino California , Bankruptcy , Vote Comments (0)

Friday 07/12/2013
Subscribers: Sorry, if logging in is driving you nuts

I really appreciate every one of our Lodinews.com subscribers, and regret that subscribing may be more hassle than any of us bargained for.

Posted in Marty n rich on Friday, July 12, 2013 9:49 am. | Tags: Ipad , Subscription Business Model , Lodi News-sentinel , Local News , Online Subscribers , Sentinel , Town News , Iphone , Login , Smart Phone , Tablet , Logging In , Lodinews.com , Lodinews.com Subscription Comments (0)

Tuesday 07/09/2013
An editor and friend retires

 Never take newspapers, freedom of speech, or democracy for granted. Stand up and defend them, not for their sake, but for your own.

Posted in Marty n rich on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 3:43 pm. | Tags: The Palo Alto Times , Alpha Reporter , Newsroom Leader , Buzz Eggleston , Journalism , Sonora , Mother Lode , Buzz , Calaveras Enterprise Comments (0)

Thursday 06/20/2013
Lodi's rising star at Disneyland


Posted in Marty n rich on Thursday, June 20, 2013 9:52 pm. | Tags: Wade Heath , Disneyland Resort , Walt Disney , Delta College , Disney University , North American Hotel And Lodging Association Comments (0)

Friday 05/31/2013
Can Lodi take a balanced approach to pit bull regulation?

Lodi faces a tough collective decision on the possible regulation of pit bulls. You probably recall our story about the pit bull that attacked and killed a cherished pet dachshund named Shelby at Lodi Lake.

Posted in Marty n rich on Friday, May 31, 2013 5:31 pm. | Tags: Pit Bull , Bull , Human Interest , Dog , Lodi Lake , Kris Anderson , Animal Shelter , Neutering , Reporter , Shelby , City Law Relating Comments (27)

What was in my wallet? A counterfeit $10!

Friday last week, Christi and I had our friends George and Cathy Phillips in from Upland in Southern California so we went downtown to show them around.

Posted in Marty n rich on Friday, May 31, 2013 9:26 am. | Tags: Jasmine Harris , Olive Heaven , Cathy Phillips , George Phillips , United States Secret Service , Federal Reserve System , Puralinda Sanchez , U.s. Treasury , Us Federal Reserve , Secret Service , Amazon.com , Olive Oil , Counterfeit $10 , Counterfeit , Detecting Counterfeit Bills Comments (0)

Wednesday 05/22/2013
Introducing two young Lodi writers

I've just OKd two Newsy Neighbors posts that I'm very proud of.

Posted in Marty n rich on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 4:18 pm. | Tags: Lodi News-sentinel , Track And Field , High Jump , Gino Prieto , Jose Magallon , Tokay High School , Latinos Club De Las Americas Comments (0)

Tuesday 05/21/2013
In praise of the Sacramento Bee’s Bay Bridge investigation

If you missed it Sunday, go on the Internet and read the Sacramento Bee's investigative piece on construction problems on the new East span of the Bay Bridge.

Posted in Marty n rich on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 10:36 am. | Tags: Sacramento Bee , California Department Of Transportation , Jerry Brown , California Public Records Act , Bay Bridge , Dan Walters , San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge , Caltrans , Charles Pillars , Oakland , News Media , East Span , Engineering Comments (0)

Friday 05/17/2013
Can Lodi get a jump on a $17 million obligation?

Last July I wrote a blog item commending the city of Lodi for steering clear of the underfunded retirement health benefit mess that Stockton fell into.

Posted in Marty n rich on Friday, May 17, 2013 3:39 pm. | Tags: Employment Compensation , Labor , Lodi , Jordan Ayers , Pension , Finance , Retirement , Sick Leave , Stockton California , Steve Schwabauer , Bob Johnson , Health Insurance , Municipal Finance , Unfunded Liability Comments (0)

Friday 05/10/2013
Soup in the business bowl, again

The mere fact I got out of the office is a sign of the times.

Posted in Marty n rich on Friday, May 10, 2013 10:49 am. | Tags: Business_finance , Dennis Cunnington , Legal Advertising , Tracy Kelley , Larry Underhill , Advertising Director , The Sentinel , Advertising Segments , Jim Roster , Readers' Choice , Lodi News-sentinel , Advertising Comments (2)

Tuesday 04/30/2013
Our connection to The Chron


Posted in Marty n rich on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 4:12 pm. Updated: 11:52 am. | Tags: San Francisco Chronicle , Sentinel , The Chronicle , San Francisco , Journalism , Allen Matthews , Marty Weybret , Jordan Guinn , Lodi News-sentinel , Managing Editor , Marc Lutz , Maggie Creamer , Frank Mina , Deb Wandell , Dan Evans , Daryl Bunao , Matt Wilson Comments (0)

Saturday 04/20/2013
A new face in the newsroom, and some new assignments, too

We've had a promotion and a new hire here, and a related reassignment of beats. Like the staff at many papers, our reporters are now stretching to handle multiple coverage areas. I guess it relfects that cliche: Doing more with less. But our staff here is passionate about journalism and very hard-working.  I'm excited about these changes and how our staff has responded.

Posted in Marty n rich on Saturday, April 20, 2013 1:50 pm. Comments (1)

Friday 04/05/2013
Learning and teaching are a two-way street

I have this habit of opening my mouth.

Posted in Marty n rich on Friday, April 5, 2013 3:38 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 02/13/2013
The best cover letter?

We're recruiting for a reporter position, so I have been sifting through resumes and cover letters.

Posted in Marty n rich on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 10:14 am. | Tags: Cover Letter , Lodi , Reporter , Richardh Lodinews.com , Letter Writing , Stuck In Lodi , Reporter Job , Ccr , Best Cover Letter , Most Creative Cover Letter Comments (0)

Tuesday 12/18/2012
A great lunch with old friends

I enjoyed the Lodi Association of Realtors annual luncheon at the River Mill in French Camp last week — lots of fun moments.

Posted in Marty n rich on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 5:45 pm. | Tags: Real Estate , Don Faught , Tim Stevenson , Lodi Association Of Realtors , River Mill , Marlene Gutierrez , Melanie Penino , Dana Swanson , Hazel Kerner , Kerry Suess , California Association Of Realtors , Davis Mahoney , Horizon Community Church , Real Estate Agent , Theresa Prim , Business And Economy Comments (0)

Friday 12/07/2012
Lodi takes care of its kids

I got our usual holiday season call from Lodi Adopt-A-Child manager Jerry Glenn on Wednesday.

Posted in Marty n rich on Friday, December 7, 2012 3:13 pm. Updated: 10:15 am. | Tags: Christmas , Jerry Glenn , Angie Valdovinos , Brenda Armento , Dyanne Jones , Kathy Reynolds , Lupe Cabrera , Isabel Ochoa , 100 E Pine St, Lodi, Ca , Lodi, Ca , Christmas Charity Comments (1)

Tuesday 11/27/2012
Unique postcard features President Obama with B.J. Hill

Reporter Ross Farrow passed along a unique postcard recently: President Obama meeting with B.J. Hill, who trekked through Lodi in 2008.

Posted in Marty n rich on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 3:17 pm. Updated: 6:59 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 11/20/2012
Fear of flubbing the introductions

Ever suffered "introductophobia"?

Posted in Marty n rich on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 5:25 pm. Updated: 5:41 pm. | Tags: Lodi News-sentinel , Kmax-tv , Lodi , Courtney Dempsey , Theresa Larson , Sentinel , Good Day Sacramento , Pawn Shop Insider , Marty Weybret , Introductophobia Comments (0)

Tuesday 10/30/2012
Hurricane update from the Big Apple

Just in case our readers were worried about the Lodians in New York whom I wrote about yesterday:

Posted in Marty n rich on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 4:59 pm. Updated: 5:36 pm. | Tags: New York City , Empire State Building , New York , Manhattan , Skyscraper , Trump Tower , Megan Bedford , United Nations , Mike Weybret Comments (0)

What is your favorite advice on writing?


Posted in Marty n rich on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 12:25 pm. Updated: 1:55 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 10/29/2012
Lodians in New York City wait out Hurricane Sandy

As Hurricane Sandy hurls devastating winds toward the East Coast, three young Lodi natives wait expectantly in a second-story Manhattan apartment, six blocks from an evacuation zone.

Posted in Marty n rich on Monday, October 29, 2012 2:44 pm. Updated: 7:30 am. | Tags: Lodi California , Adrienne Reynolds , East River , Manhattan , New York City , Ann Yacopetti , Mike Weybret , Megan Bedford , New York University , Annie Santos , Rex Reynodls , Marjie Yacopetti , Ron Yacopetti , Christi Kennedy Weybret , Lodi News-sentinel , Jeanette Bedford , Steve Bedford , Sentinel , Hurricane Sandy , Storm Posts , Headlamps , Apple Laptops Comments (0)

Friday 10/19/2012
Thursday was Ralph Lea’s day

You may have missed it, but Thursday was Ralph Lea History Day in Lodi.

Posted in Marty n rich on Friday, October 19, 2012 6:08 am. Updated: 8:48 am. | Tags: Lodi California , Mayor , Joanne Mounce , History , Lodi Historical Society , Ralph Lea , Geography Of The United States , San Joaquin County Historical Society Comments (0)

Monday 10/15/2012
Berta's brain cells were firing right up to the end

Berta Peterson passed away Sept. 28 and her family celebrated her life with a grand get-together at the Lodi Womans Club Friday.

Posted in Marty n rich on Monday, October 15, 2012 2:26 pm. Updated: 5:01 pm. | Tags: Berta Peterson , Steve Von Berg , Peterson , Irrigation , Lodi Womans Club , Carol , Laughter , Humor , Family Life , Lodi , Grape Grower Comments (0)

Friday 10/12/2012
Scare at Bear Valley is over; 2012-13 ski season is on

Christi and I were worried to hear rumors last month that Bear Valley Ski Resort  might not open for the 2012-13 season. 

Posted in Marty n rich on Friday, October 12, 2012 5:04 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 09/27/2012
Good news: The Tokay track reopens

The all-weather track at Tokay High School has reopened most weeknights and may soon open for limited hours on weekends, too.

Posted in Marty n rich on Thursday, September 27, 2012 10:01 am. Updated: 6:49 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 09/13/2012
There's 'thank you' and then there's the really thoughtful thank you note

We had some Christi's museum buddies over for a little barbecue and river cruise Sunday.

Posted in Marty n rich on Thursday, September 13, 2012 7:51 pm. Updated: 8:37 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 09/11/2012
Emma Greene heading to UC Davis

Emma Greene is off to UC Davis soon.

Posted in Marty n rich on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 4:56 pm. Updated: 7:05 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 09/06/2012
The budget can be made simple but not easy

Journalist David Wessel appears to have done the impossible. In his new book, he made the federal budget understandable.

Posted in Marty n rich on Thursday, September 6, 2012 10:16 pm. Updated: 10:30 pm. Comments (0)

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