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Andrew Meredith, Darryl Clare to resign Galt council

Two councilmen make surprise announcements

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Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 12:00 am

Two Galt councilmen who are up for re-election surprised a sparse audience Tuesday night when they announced that they plan to resign before the November election.

Shortly before 8 p.m., Councilman Andrew Meredith went first, telling the crowd that he is buying a house in Flournoy. Councilman Darryl Clare then followed, saying he plans to cut his term short because he is traveling more for work and is moving to Southern California.

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25 comments:

  • posted at 3:46 am on Sat, May 8, 2010.

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    GaltWally respects Clare and is sorry to see him go. And Meredith cannot leave soon enough. Barbara Payne does well. GaltWally sincerely hopes that the Council will either replace with two who make PUBLIC PROMISES to NOT run for the seats this fall OR leaves them empty.

     
  • posted at 6:53 am on Thu, May 6, 2010.

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    Pre$$ure$on, no I don't see things changing any time soon. Districts within city limits are their own can of worms. With growth comes redrawing boundaries, with redristricting comes gerrymandering, etc. Arsenic poisoned, I have been getting bottled water since I lived in Woodbridge and got my water report. There were way too many things in my tap water that were 20 letters long and ended in "ine". If you drink from a tap that comes from a well, you are drinking multiple chemicals just as bad for you as arsenic.

     
  • posted at 12:35 am on Thu, May 6, 2010.

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    Hey Lodi people, take your race baited bickering to any of the “East Lodi” stories that your paper provides almost daily. This story was about the Galt city council, not your ongoing dislike for each other and the positions you represent. Hey arsenic poisoned, you need to get your facts straight. Ted Anderson, the former city manager of Galt, retired after many years of honorable service. He did not quit.

     
  • posted at 3:47 pm on Wed, May 5, 2010.

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    Gio, jealousy and hatred will get you nowhere.

     
  • posted at 1:31 pm on Wed, May 5, 2010.

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    pre$$ure$on wrote on May 5, 2010 11:13 AM:" weezer, what's your point? Lodi is 54% minority? Why are they locked into their own area by those city leaders and not given any representation? That's why the gangs thrive. "The gangs thrive in cities and towns along the 99 freeway because that was the plan for reconquista in California. Easy movement for one place to the next on a main artery, the 99.Meredith sounds like a socialist progressive, but he is moving to the countryside to "be closer to work"? I hope Flournoy enjoys their new comrade. He will probably start complaining about the methane from the livestock or the fertilizers, and run for their town council.

     
  • posted at 1:04 pm on Wed, May 5, 2010.

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    I guess the Sentinel lets me have 2 blog names every once in a while. I use the pre$$ure$on and sometimes it leaves the $ out and I become preureon. Kinda makes one feel like a true, blue News-Sentinel roadie. LOL

     
  • posted at 1:01 pm on Wed, May 5, 2010.

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    Cogito, truthfully, do you think it'll ever change? Aren't you ashamed that little stuck in the 50's towns like Lodi and Galt would want any part of their town to fall into disrepair and blight so the wealthy and well connected can fill their own bank accounts while merely creating slums in their own town?

     
  • posted at 11:31 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

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    Preuron, I understand what you are saying. The best remedy for that would be to have voting districts set up within city limits. That way, at least all areas would be represented. And each district would have a representative elected by the will of the voters, not appointed.

     
  • posted at 11:28 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

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    Weezer, don't get so bent out of shape. It's just my opinion! And, Reality, you're right about the district thing. Do you think the powers that be in Lodi, and I'm not referring to the council but the real good old boys, would ever let that come to fruition? And Galt is no different? Is it Cog? Don't you sit back and watch those phony balonies go through their motions every day in their own little hypocritical ways? Welcome to Galt, Walmart. I'll be watching the Lodi cc meeting tonight to see the good old boys puppets give the Kim Family Partnership that loan extension for two years with no payments because they're worried about another empty building in Lodi, yet they urged Walmart to abandon their building in the strip mall to move across the street and leave their present building empty. Workings of the good old boys puppets taking care of one another. It used to be called criminal or corruption, now it's called "unethical"

     
  • posted at 11:09 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

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    The problem being in both towns is the big white boss man refuses to give up their grip of dominance, especially to a minority.pre$$ure$on, what is an election? a : an act or process of electing (the election of a new governor) b : the fact of being elected (her election to the Senate)It doesn't make sense for an ELECTED official to "give up" their ELECTED POST. It's not a "grip."

     
  • posted at 11:06 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

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    pre$$ure$on, my point is simple. I just want to expose you for what you are: a racist.It may not be too obvious to yourself because you target "whites." I hate reverse racism!If Lodi is indeed 54% minority and you think you represent their grivances and concerns, why don't you run for office and bank on those 54%?One question though, are those 54% registered to vote?

     
  • posted at 10:42 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

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    pressure dont you remember when maggie talbot and eileen st yves tried years ago to get district elections. the idea flopped. they couldnt even get the support of the east side

     
  • posted at 10:09 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

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    Cogito,I agree with you but I only think it's completely unfair for the poor, lower, middle and upper class areas of towns or cities to be represented by anyone other than someone who resides in that district themselves. For example, Lodi has wealthy, well connected representation for the poorest parts of town and explains why it's a depressed blighted area while the old cronies with money let it destroy itself.

     
  • posted at 9:11 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

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    Last Year the City Manager resigned, this year it is 2 council members quitting. Its the Arsenic Water problem they all had in common during their last terms in office together. Read between the lines folks...

     
  • posted at 9:11 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

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    Pre$$ure$on, Galt has a large Latino population. A good Latino, or woman candidate could easily win here. We already have a woman council member, and a former, extremely popular, woman mayor. Issues are the only thing getting my vote. Race or gender has nothing to do with it. I think most people from Galt would agree. There are no big spending candidates here.

     
  • posted at 8:55 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

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    Sorry to see Daryl go. Not sure if any one on the current council will volunteer to sit on all of the boards that Daryl did. He was good for Galt. I voted for Andrew because he played the "veteran" card and I fell for it. good riddance Andrew, you are useless. how many residences pulled permits for solar panels? How about NONE!? You are your kooky ideas! and we knew with your ties in the union that you would never vote for a walmart in this town.

     
  • posted at 7:04 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

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    Cogito, just how many Galtonians or Lodians would vote for a real minority, not including the so called female minority status many businesses use to satisfy their minority status for government contracts, jobs and funding, that are Caucasian would actualyy vote for anyone rather the same old family name recognition or non-white? But I do agree that any citizen can run, but a poor minority couldn't raise enough money for and ad in the Penny Saver. I think you know why there aren't any minority anythings in neither Lodi or Galt. That's why they're afraid to enact a district system, the only answer. The LPD has districts with their own little seperate chain of command for each one, so why not for elected city council representatives from each one of those districts? I'd just love to see ex-police chief Larry Hansen living in the 400 block of Locust Street. Council member Mounce has lived there for years and as a representative is still being ignored by the council on any eastside improvements or problems. The problem being in both towns is the big white boss man refuses to give up their grip of dominance, especially to a minority.

     
  • posted at 7:01 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

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    Press-The gangs thrive because of MANY reasons, most of which is parenting. My kids arn't in a gang, are yours?

     
  • posted at 6:59 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

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    Press-It's called an election. Look it up sometime.

     
  • posted at 6:21 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

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    Pre$$ure$on, there are no laws stopping anyone from running for office. If minorities want representation, all they have to do is run for office and get more votes than anyone else. Simple enough. As a Galt resident, I'll be glad to see Meredith and all his silly ideas, like banning plastic bottles at council meetings, hit the road.

     
  • posted at 6:13 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

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    weezer, what's your point? Lodi is 54% minority? Why are they locked into their own area by those city leaders and not given any representation? That's why the gangs thrive.

     
  • posted at 5:18 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

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    pre$$ure$on, what's your ethnicity?You hate white racists but you are a racist yourself---only against whites or Anglos. Look yourself in the mirror.

     
  • posted at 4:42 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

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    It's time all of the three old, vote together, pretend WASP's should be sent down the road in Lodi. Congratulations Mr. Meredith, on your accomplishments in Galt for trying to break the chain of command among the same old gob diehards that still rule the city with an iron fist. I just wonder when the great white ruled towns like Galt and Lodi, to name just a few, will ever let their ethnic minorities have a say in their reigns of terror? I'll sure be amazed if they ever will move out of the 50's style mindset?

     
  • posted at 4:32 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

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    I can think of one, gravely high-pitched voice on Lodi's council who REALLY needs to go and "have his life back".....

     
  • posted at 3:40 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

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    If only we could get two of our guys to resign.

     
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