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Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:12 am, Sat Nov 3, 2012.

The two incumbents and challenger running for two seats on the Lodi City Council have all raised thousands of dollars.

Incumbent and former mayor Bob Johnson raised $21,627, the most of any of the candidates as of Oct. 20. Second is incumbent and current mayor JoAnne Mounce, who raised $13,958. Challenger Doug Kuehne, who owns King's Carpet, raised $5,765.

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  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:46 am on Tue, Nov 6, 2012.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Fact or fiction, councilman Johnson?

  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:39 pm on Mon, Nov 5, 2012.

    advocate Posts: 502

    And how about the Kim Family Partnership, developers of the Holiday Inn Express and council's forgiveness of hundreds of thousands of dollars in monthly payments for a one year period and a reduction of their loan from 10% to around 4%? A partnership with several successful properties that seemed well able to afford to make those paments and adhere to the 10% loan was also let off the hook because they seemingly made a bad business decision. And the Van Ruiten group that opened the first wine tasting room in downtown Lodi, but were so skeptical that it would never work that council sent $40,000 their way to pay the fees? You also allegedly helped them with the disposal of their wine effluent and delivery to the sewer treatment plant at White Slough which I hear eventually overloaded the tests at White Slough and garnered a sanction from the state water board and I believe, a $20,000 fine. If this is the appearance you seem to give as a council member, pandering to those who least need it, and often friends and business associates, then you should be worried about it the next time the doorbell rings.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:47 pm on Mon, Nov 5, 2012.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Mr. Johnson, you'll be the first to know when one of those many suspicions comes true. We'll see how the Wednesday agenda at the council meeting when the issue of the leasing of two properties on Beckman Road and the purchase of another property on Cherokee lane belonging to Mr. Geweke, another of the good old boy group in Lodi, and how much more the offer will be to him than the property to be purchased and the two lots to be leased on Beckman Road are realistically worth. I assume it will probably be another one of those Lodi realtor highball estimates that seem to have been the cause of the overpriced housing and commercial market in Lodi for many years. I understand that you are still a part time retired real estate appraiser, or maybe you have now completely retired up possibly due to a nice gain in your personal wealth. Your real concern to me seems to me, as a council representative, to keep the economy of Lodi rolling and credits coming into the general fund. Yet I see that council has forgiven Mr. Gillespie his part of the contract of Reynolds Ranch apparently. And Mr. Doucette who was excused from both of his contracts concerning the Gateway projects. After all of the staff of time, money, annexing the land into Lodi, changes to the general plan and many other expenses it appears that they were allowed to walk away because they made a bad business decision. So when there's money to be made again, I suppose I'll be the first knocking at the door as always. What about the fees and revenues that could be going into the general fund and the replacement land acre for acre that was to be purchased by them?

  • Bob Johnson posted at 1:40 pm on Mon, Nov 5, 2012.

    Bob Johnson Posts: 31


    For years you have continually hinted that I (and other councilmembers) have been on the "take".

    While I can't speak for anyone but myself, I suggest that one way to put this issue to bed is for you to request the Grand Jury look into my conduct as a councilmember for the past eight years.

    I am confident of the result of any such investigation - how confident are you?

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:35 am on Mon, Nov 5, 2012.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Thank you for your response councilman Johnson. Too bad I've never received a response from you at my personal e-mail account from the dozens of questions that I sent to the city clerk it were forwarded to all council and management members. I still haven't gotten an answer from any of you concerning the numbers from the unnecessary and unneeded water treatment plant, where I believe $45,000,000 was applied for in bond funding when the engineer's estimate was only $32,000,000 and the low bid came in at just a little over $23,000,000. Why nearly twice as much bond money was asked for on this unnecessary and unneeded water treatment plant? I have taken a different approach Mr. Johnson, rather than the lookout here I come approach and commenting on people and issues I have no documentation about. For that reason I'm hoping your reelected this year so we can set yourself, Mr. Hansen, and Mr. Katzakian straight on those issues that are facing the east side, such as a lack of even street lights in some neighborhoods, and all of the other issues the Eastside residents have been left behind on. If it weren't for mayor Mounce the side of Lodi would be a ghetto instead of a slum for the fact that the good old boy city council members like yourselves continue pandering to the wealthy and well connected, developers, realtors, brokers, bankers, friends and relatives and nearly anything to do with helping those out that also seem to be some of your larger contributors. I'm looking forward to working with you in the near future at not only council meetings but as a representative from the city of Lodi and a general plan of what your personal outlook is for the future of the east side of Lodi.

  • Bob Johnson posted at 8:49 am on Mon, Nov 5, 2012.

    Bob Johnson Posts: 31


    I am waiting with baited breath for you to take the lead in this effort.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:57 pm on Sat, Nov 3, 2012.

    advocate Posts: 502

    And no mention of those contributions under $99 that don't have to be declared? Bob Johnson's big contributors seem to consist of the garbage barons, realtors, brokers, builders, developers, even Browman from Walmart, and a sampling of the good old boys and girls club. It's time for Lodi to pass an ordinance requiring an eastside ethnic resident to be a council representative of the forgotten eastside of Lodi.



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