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Observers say Mounce and Johnson will be hard to beat; Jarrett and Khan consider run

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Posted: Monday, June 23, 2008 10:00 pm

Two seats are up for re-election on the Lodi City Council this November. But with charismatic incumbents Mayor JoAnne Mounce and Councilman Bob Johnson looking to reclaim those spots, local political observers say it's hard to imagine a challenger breaking through.

"I don't think Bob and JoAnne can be beat," said John Johnson, who sits on the city's budget and finance committee and ran unsuccessfully for the council in 2006.

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  • posted at 10:47 am on Wed, Jul 2, 2008.


    Thanks, that proves it..;)

  • posted at 1:57 am on Wed, Jul 2, 2008.



  • posted at 5:46 am on Mon, Jun 30, 2008.


    I do not understand why this city would continue and employ Mounce, her record, or lack thereof speaks for itself...

  • posted at 3:37 am on Mon, Jun 30, 2008.


    Don't think I haven't been doing things already. Quite a few people have moved on from the school district due to certain exposure of their agenda. Quite a few. Another really bad admin left this month. Another will next month. They see the writing on the wall. Their agenda is political, not academic, and not needed. The more job titles they have under they, the more they can get their salary increased. But the amount of work done decreases.

  • posted at 4:31 pm on Tue, Jun 24, 2008.


    observer, great blog and such intelligent input.

  • posted at 4:20 pm on Tue, Jun 24, 2008.


    Good points S&W.....I guess that leaves out the papercutting taxpayer. ;)

  • posted at 1:53 pm on Tue, Jun 24, 2008.


    Leaders are always needed, regardless of the field of endeavor: Business, Government, Military, and Municipality.If you are not a leader, you are a follower. If you are a follower, and a "Legal Citizen" of the Great USA, you have the option to better yourself and become a leader. The means: Education, avoiding felonies, bettering yourself, and trying darn hard to make those in your community put trust in your values.Historically, politicians lie. Don't lie! Work hard!People who punch a time clock and rely on leaders, are just that.... People who punch a time clock, they expect great things. Get real

  • posted at 11:18 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2008.


    Sorry but I cannot vote for Khan!

  • posted at 9:08 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2008.


    You go boonablis, youth and your intelligence and, most of all, actually wanting to make a change instead of the same ol' same ol'. You got my vote. Where do I send those 20 contribution checks? They're all for $99 so we don't raise any suspicion.

  • posted at 9:01 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2008.


    t & c, you're pretty dense aren't you? You don't think the three ayemeegos aren't messengers for the gob?

  • posted at 6:23 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2008.


    I am willing to out forth a challenge to these sub par-quasi political figures. If boonablis is in there, things will change. Counter CultureYoung, smart, and ready for change. Ouch, what a combo

  • posted at 5:09 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2008.


    It`s definitely campaign season! I just received my first request for money from a CC candidate!

  • posted at 4:58 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2008.


    I'll be voting for both Mounce & Johnson. I like the fact that their backgrounds are in the private sector. No one to depend on except themselves.

  • posted at 4:56 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2008.


    No one could certainly do any worse than Mr. Johnson has. Out with the old and in with the new. Just what are his accomplishments besides making his niche in the housing boom and corruption here in Lodi that has everything stalled for his gob's?

  • posted at 4:48 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2008.


    Sorry for the spelling error. I meant to say "well heeled".

  • posted at 4:45 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2008.


    I have no personal inside track on Lodi's politics, so I don't know who is "connected" and who isn't. Most small towns have people who have grown up in the town and they rise to positions of authority and power; especially those who tend to have financial backing. That's just reality. Rich or poor, it's nice to have money. Papercut made a comment that ethnic minorities need to be represented on the City Council. Well, that's the great part about America. Ethinic minorities may run for office, just as anyone else can. it may be more difficult for them, but they just need to meet citizenship and other requirements, run for office, and then the good citizens can elect whomever they want. Papercut also mentioned Mr. Khan as a possible candidate. If I recall correctly, Mr. Khan is quite well healed.

  • posted at 4:35 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2008.


    Joanne already has my vote; but Bob Johnson has to go.

  • posted at 3:06 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2008.


    Voters will decide who they want to represent us in the City Council! There is poor leadership realities from the President all the way down the food chain. Perhaps since you have all the ANSWERS, well, you and edumacation, LOL; why don't you both run and get elected on the city council? Imagine all the corruption you two could expose? Imagine ALL the good you could do for those in Lodi? Here's your chance you two! Step up and run for office or get off your whining podium. You are either Part of the problem, or part of the solution!

  • posted at 3:03 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2008.


    papercut... I just love the "ayemeegos" slant you are on now, where have all the GOB's anger slip away too?

  • posted at 2:25 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2008.


    The boys and girls club only serves to keep the minorities in their own part of town. That's why Hansen, Johnson, Beckman and Katzakian throw so much money their way. They didn't even speak up a few years ago when there was a worker there busted for selling marijuana right on the job to those kids. The ayemeegos are from the old school of Lodi and don't want the minorities flooding the lily white programs on their side of town. This town should bd very aware and very ashamed of their leadership.

  • posted at 2:20 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2008.


    Doesn't Hansen still take his doggie to work everyday?

  • posted at 2:19 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2008.


    nellie, what's wrong with Mr. Davenport coming back for about six months? He'd have everyone at city hall who's anykind of corrupt exposed within two weeks. We need another hot headed honest, outspoken council rep or mayor like him again. Six months and the rats would be exterminated.

  • posted at 2:16 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2008.


    It's long due past time that there should be an ethnic minority on Lodi city council to represent those who are not so well connected or wealthy. Mr. Johnson should be replaced by Mr. Kahn, so the council could have some fair representation other than the three ayemeegos, Hansen, Katzakian and Johnson, who either approve or veto only those issues that benefit themselves and their wealthy contributors and owners. Mayor Mounce lives on the eastside and gives that area her best representation, but anything Madam Mayor sees as good for Lodi, the three ayemeegos vote down. Why is that boys? It's time for a change and to find someone concerned about all Lodi citizens and not just a select few. Vote Bob Johnson back out to his crumbling real estate mess he helped so hard to create. "

  • posted at 12:33 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2008.


    Anyone who is part of the top management of the Lodi Boys and Girls Club is another one of the eltists wrecking the town. They are joined at the hip with other elitists including at LUSD. They have become an elitist pact, trying to get political power and money for their own pocket books and not really solving Lodi's problems. Because they are part of the problem, a big part.

  • posted at 9:53 pm on Mon, Jun 23, 2008.


    Can you imagine the conspiracy theory and GOB posts by Papercut (original T&C?) if Randy Heintiz were elected?Dave Hinchman can joke about sleeping with the dog all he wants, the fact is he is just too smart to get involved with the major problems facing Lodi currently.

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