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City commissioner Kuehne resigns as personal plans take priority

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Posted: Friday, October 19, 2007 10:00 pm

Family plans topped the city's for Doug Kuehne.

The local businessman and father of five stepped down from the Lodi Planning Commission this week because he's moved out of the city of Lodi, to a larger home for his family in Stockton.

"I'm going to miss being on the planning commission - I really enjoyed that," said Kuehne, 47, who owns King's Carpet Service on Guild Avenue. "It was a tough decision, but one I had to make for my family."

Members must reside in Lodi to serve on the commission. The city panel reviews development projects and zoning changes, and makes recommendations to the City Council.

Kuehne had spent just over two years on the commission, serving as chair for much of this year.

He was appointed to the panel in 2005 by then-Mayor John Beckman.

He said he simply couldn't find an affordable home for his large family within the Lodi city limits. The Kuehnes will move from a 3-bedroom place in Lodi to a 6-bedroom home in Stockton.

"If we could have found something affordable in Lodi, we would have stayed," he said.

With a love for politics, Kuehne said he'll likely seek a place on a Stockton board or commission.

He noted he'll remain active in the Lodi community. He'll continue to work in the city and take his young children to and from school in Lodi.

The city will accept applications for the vacant commission seat until Nov. 19.

Mayor Bob Johnson will then review the applications and make a candidate recommendation to the council.

Contact reporter Chris Nichols at chrisn@lodinews.com.

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6 comments:

  • posted at 11:48 am on Tue, Oct 23, 2007.

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    WELL SAID!!!!!!

     
  • posted at 5:26 pm on Mon, Oct 22, 2007.

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    bring his kids to school from out of town? Is he Samoan?

     
  • posted at 5:15 pm on Mon, Oct 22, 2007.

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    Doug has been a good commissioner who works well with both planners and the public. He will definitely be missed.

     
  • posted at 9:31 am on Sat, Oct 20, 2007.

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    Judy, you must not get out much. Home prices are down in Lodi & nationwide. The fact that this family went from a 3 to SIX bedroom home would naturally make the home price alot more. Maybe some of the tract junk near Century&Harney have 6rooms, but not alot of homes in Lodi do. I bet they will regret this decision, I know others that have went to Galt & Stkn who have.

     
  • posted at 5:02 am on Sat, Oct 20, 2007.

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    Glad he'll be off the PC.

     
  • posted at 4:28 am on Sat, Oct 20, 2007.

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    The man owns his own business and can't afford to live in Lodi. Heads up CC and city leadership. If people can't afford homes here, they sure can't afford all the extra costs you are placing on individual homeowners. Please get a clue before you make this city any worse. I'm sorry the Kuehne family has to live in Stockton, but sure understand their need to move out of Lodi due to rising housing costs. Lodi has lost its charm for many of us as it is made clear they only want the very rich to live here.

     

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