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John Johnson wants to bring frugality to Lodi City Council

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Posted: Monday, October 4, 2010 6:44 am | Updated: 12:19 pm, Mon Oct 4, 2010.

As an outspoken critic, John Johnson wants to bring more transparency to the Lodi City Council.  He has spent years analyzing the city’s books on the Lodi Budget and Finance Committee. During that time, he has criticized the council for some of its spending habits and management of the utilities.

He believes he will bring the frugality that he has learned over the years as the owner of a business-appraisal firm.

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6 comments:

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:53 pm on Tue, Oct 5, 2010.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    My problem is the way these 3 male council always disregarded any and all suggestions by the Lodi budget committee, and even overruled a decision by their own planning commission to keep the superWalmart project alive. Even the planning commission was upset with them and they had a very valid reason to deny the project to proceed. It's time the power play and bullying were put to the pasture.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:48 pm on Tue, Oct 5, 2010.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Kim, did you also notice how the 2 incumbents skirted the questions and added spin instead of answers on some of the questions?

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:46 pm on Tue, Oct 5, 2010.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Roy, do you think it could be those good old boys at the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District that could be one of those that encourage much of that overpumping? Who's to say that any of that 195,000 af has been maybe even sold? This water treatment plant was to be paid for by developers fees and those 3 yes votes, in my opinion, pushed this issue through before the election just in case they should lose Hansen and Katzakian and not have those votes? And by rushing this project through, the ratepayers of Lodi are stuck with paying this $40 million or so cost and the developers, guess who the local good old boy developers are who are smacking their lips already?, will be $40 million wealthier. And I'd just assume that nice bonus for the developers, some who can't even pay their present fees that are in arrears, will be shared with some, or all of those who helped them avoid paying up. Just check the voting record of the three males and see that it's close to the high 90 percentile that they've voted the same on all issues. The need for the water treatment plant is, in my opinion, Reynolds Ranch, superWalmart, the two new developments that have been approved but not yet started, more groundwater for the winegrape growers, most of who live in the county, greed and corporate welfare for the wealthy and well-connected. Just tie in all of the names connected to this issue and you can feel the greed and profits for only the select few. Lodi has plenty of drinking water, although it's becoming more contaminated due to large runoff and contamination by many of these winegrape growers and industrial businesses and the water treatment is needed to make both the ground and surface water drinkable at all, not to mention the saltwater intrusion that is around I-5 and gets closer day by day. Let the Lodi developers pay for their water treatment or bring in outside developers that actually have the ability, and more importantly, the cash to pay for their contract obligations, or force these local yokels to file bankruptcy and go back to selling houses. It's pretty obvious that most of those, no matter their wealth status, are cash strapped and can't come up with enough cash and can't get loans on much of their holdings, real estate, property, etc., that's not worth 2/3 of what they paid for it. This water treatment plant is for those who are cash bankrupt, with no assets that warrant collateral for any knid of loan, and who will get an infusion of nearly $40 million, thanks to those 3 who voted yes against the two females who were adamantly opposed to this project, as were the majority of Lodi ratepayers who can least afford another set of rate raises on top of the cost of water meters.

     
  • roy bitz posted at 8:08 pm on Tue, Oct 5, 2010.

    roy bitz Posts: 494

    I attended the panel discussion last night and I look forward to seeing an interesting city council meeting tomorrow night when funding of the water treatment plant (a plant we do not need and cannot afford now) will be finalized.
    Facts and data confirmed by city staff:
    Our area ground water overdraft is 200,000 afa.
    15,000 afa ( about 7% of the total over draft ) is used within the city limits.
    195,000 afa. ( about 93% of the total) is used outside the city limits.
    The treatment plant was approved by another one of those 3/2 votes, and it will create jobs and benefits, and pensions for many---at great expense to rate payers. I suppose that is the justification for this plant because the facts do not support the need for it.

     
  • Dave Christy posted at 3:26 pm on Tue, Oct 5, 2010.

    Dave Christy Posts: 27

    JOHN IS A VERY FAIR MINDED PERSON HE THINKS LIKE A TRUE LODI CITIZEN BECAUSE HE IS A LODI LIFER, BORN AND RAISED. WE HAVE KNOWN JOHN FOR MANY YEARS, HE COACHED OUR KIDS IN BASKETBALL, TOO MANY YEARS AGO. HE HAS SIMILAR VIEWS ON THE LEUD OVERCHARGE AS MANY OF US DO, AND MANY OTHER OVERSPENDING PROBLEMS IN OUR CITY. IT'S ABOUT TIME ,THANKS FOR RUNNING JOHN, WE'LL HELP ANY WAY WE CAN TO SEE YOU ELECTED. VOTE FOR JOHN JOHNSON FOR A BETTER LODI. DAVE CHRISTY

     
  • Kim Parigoris posted at 8:45 am on Tue, Oct 5, 2010.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 469

    I attended the debate and was very impressed with Mr. Johnson..very well versed on the issues, very articulate and very resolute. No mincing of words or dancing around the issues

     
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