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Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:44 am, Fri Dec 30, 2011.

“It’s life, and life is messy.” — Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, about her major financial and domestic issues

“If I said I’d tweet you from my iPhone and follow up on Facebook, you’d have no idea what I was talking about.” — Lodi High School senior class president Taylor Lee, about life four years ago

“I’ve overcome a lot in my life. If cancer thinks it is going to get me, then it has another thing coming.” — Lodi Mayor JoAnne Mounce, when she was diagnosed with cancer

“The level of community apathy, when it comes to education, is at an all-time low.” — Karen Isaacs, Leroy Nichols first-grade teacher, addressing potential school budget cuts

“(Former Mayor) Bob Johnson, have you been good this year?” — Santa Claus, from a Lodi fire truck during Parade of Lights

“Just in that two-hour period, the holiday spirit meter of Lodi goes through the roof.” — Jaime Watts, Parade of Lights coordinator, about the parade

“We’ll go anyway. We like rejection.” — County Supervisor Larry Ruhstaller, explaining why he was going to Washington, D.C., to lobby the feds for money

“Why, that’s mighty good brains.” — Lodi Zombie Walk organizer Tom Presler said as he grabbed some zombie cake

“Yes, this is an expensive program. If we have one kid not make a bad decision, I think one student is worth $10,000.” — Liberty Ranch High Principal Brian Deis, on the district spending money for an anti-bullying seminar in October

“It would be nice. The school needs to teach that they have feelings, too.” — Hanan Rashid, Gay-Student Alliance vice president at Tokay High, about new law requiring schools to include LGBT contributions in American history

“Father, we’re in trouble, and we need you. The answers to our problems won’t come from Washington, Sacramento or Carnegie Forum. Lord, the Lord Jesus Christ is the answer.” — Pastor Frank Nolton of New Hope Community Church during National Day of Prayer

“Now instead of teaching 31, you’re teaching 46, and it’s not teaching anymore. It’s babysitting. Sometimes there’s nowhere to sit, and you’re having to corral students.” — Lodi Unified School District teachers union President Jeff Johnston, in a February call for the district to hire more substitutes

“I’m not Pastor Tim. I’m just Tim. The danger of being a pastor is being locked in your office and losing touch with the real world.” — Tim Stevenson, pastor of Horizon Community Church in Galt

“It’s amazing what they know about everybody. Every time you swipe your Safeway card, they are gleaning a lot of information from you and putting it into a database. They know what kind of cheese you like.” — Sandra Kiriu, Galt principal planner

“I think my instructions from the Lord is to shut the ministry down.” — Ken Owen, explaining why he disbanded Christian Community Concerns

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