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I heard it through the grapevine Politician ‘stuck in Lodi’ as supes plan group hug

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Posted: Monday, February 28, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:12 am, Mon Feb 28, 2011.

STUCK WHERE? After getting on the phone with a reporter to talk about the state of the union, Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River, said he spent his prep time for the interview listening to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Lodi.”

UNFRUITFUL LOBBYING TRIP? San Joaquin County Supervisors Ken Vogel and Larry Ruhstaller spent the week of Feb. 14 in Washington, D.C., lobbying about county and Delta water issues even though federal authorities told them that Congress is unlikely to approve earmarks for special local projects this year.

While announcing the trip at the Feb. 8 Board of Supervisors meeting, board chairman Larry Ruhstaller said, “We’ll go anyway. We like rejection.”

A WACKY NAME IN ARREST LOGS: On Jan. 24, Brandon Jordan Lodi was arrested on suspicion of battery — he sure picked an appropriately-named place to live.

NOW, NOW, LEROY: San Joaquin County Supervisor Leroy Ornellas was the only one of the five board members to vote against the county’s agreement with the city of Stockton to continue library service for branches that are outside the seven cities within the county. Among Ornellas’ concerns was that Stockton wouldn’t provide the county with a detailed accounting of how the county’s contribution is spent until November.

“You may want to join us for a group hug in November,” Board of Supervisors chairman Larry Ruhstaller told Ornellas.

“I’ll mark my calendar,” Ornellas replied.

VALENTINE’S ROMANCE: What a better place to get some See’s Candies for your valentine than at Lockeford Auto Repair. Must be one-stop shopping.

DOWNTOWN GALT — “DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH”? No, it’s not what you think. A Cambridge Times article focuses on a plan to invest $700,000 to polish up downtown Galt.

That’s the Galt in the Canadian province of Ontario.

The local Galt spruced up its older buildings along C Street between Fourth Street and Lincoln Way through redevelopment money in 2002 to make it resemble the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Galt in Canada, which merged with two nearby cities in 1973 to form the city of Cambridge, is exploring something similar. Described as a mix of 19th-century granite and brick buildings, the Canadian Galt may soon be restored to its past glory.

The Cambridge Times reports, “Downtown Galt is one of the most unique urban areas in all of Ontario. (It’s) often described as either a diamond in the rough or the city’s best-kept secret.”

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