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Phil Katzakian raises more than $14,000 for Lodi City Council campaign

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Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 6:03 am, Thu Oct 7, 2010.

In the race for Lodi City Council seats, candidate Phil Katzakian has raised more than double of any other candidate. Katzakian has raised $14,271 for his campaign, while Larry Hansen, the next closest, has raised $7,083 in his election bid.

Some of Katzakian’s biggest contributors are development companies. Hansen’s biggest donors are private citizens and F&M Bank.

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  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:04 pm on Thu, Oct 7, 2010.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    And Mr. Scott, you'll notice that many of these contributors to Hansen and Katzakian are daily advertisers in the News-Sentinel and many are contractors or vendors who seem to regularly land those gravy city contracts and projects.Does that leave a hint of pandering and favoritism or what?

  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:55 pm on Thu, Oct 7, 2010.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Doesn't the city of Lodi have non-interest bearing accounts at F&M bank? I thought I heard either council Mounce or Hitchcock mention that fact at a council meeting one night? If so, maybe that's why they are such large contributors to his campaign fund? Is it customary for anyone to have funds in any banking institution that don't draw some kind of interest? If not, maybe the city attorney should find out why and who is responsible for these accounts?

  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:51 pm on Thu, Oct 7, 2010.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Mr. Scott, my guess would be mainly that the heat is on in that area of ground contamination, a major polluter which was Lodi Printing. The big boys at the Sentinel know, and they'd love to tell, but if one certain person in this secretive group in Lodi decides to talk soon to save his own skin, we'll se another confrontation like the one in Bell, CA. It never amazes me that these people think that no one but their select little group is aware of what goes on in this dirty little town. When anonymous parties can leak top secret information and are never exposed just shows that these same rumors around town are based on the same scenario. Shame on you good old boys for thinking that even one of your own family, close friend or business associate, or even your own spouse will gossip or have one too many, of which there are many at every wine function that happen on almost a weekly basis, or even yourself when you're tipsy and in a braggart mood. It's known which of you are alcoholics, abusers, bullies, etc. So just keep thinking that no one knowsI just pray to the Lord to have mercy on your poor, greedy souls and that we see 3 new councilmen in November to end the reign of terror and then send Bob Johnson packing in 2 years and put Lodi back on the right track and watch these bumbling, controlling realtors, contractors, developers, bankers, brokers, motel and hotelatieurs, etc., come tumbling down and be at the mercy of the citizens and not the opposite.

  • Jackson Scott posted at 1:23 pm on Thu, Oct 7, 2010.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 392

    Boy, I had a good laugh this morning at my kitchen table reading Hansen & Katzakian's donor list- it reads like the membership list to the Good Ol' Boys Network.

    I'm still waiting to hear the real story on why Phil left the family printing business to go into real estate in a horrible market. I've heard rumors but....

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:31 am on Thu, Oct 7, 2010.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    I think Mr. Katzakian is going to need more than that money from the developers, fancy motel and restaurant owners, realtors contractors, wealthy and good old boys that contributed to his campaign. I expect to see that figure shot through the roof after his yes vote on the unneeded sewer/water treatment plant. I'll bet those $99 checks and cash donations will be pouring in soon, too. I'd wouldn't be surprised to see the mayor set up his campaign headquarters at the Wine & Roses. LOL



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