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Jay Patel thinks City Council should focus on bringing new business to Lodi

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Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 11:36 am, Thu Oct 7, 2010.

Describing the last 10 years as a “lost decade,” candidate Jay Patel said the Lodi City Council needs to be more pro-active to get businesses to come to town.

He hopes to increase economic development with business incentives and looking at the building and impact fees to see if they can be reduced or staggered.

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1 comment:

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:53 am on Thu, Oct 7, 2010.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Mr. Patel, your ambitions and ideas for Lodi will be what will change this town and finally dethrone the good old boy system we have now. I did attend the forum and was very interested in the ideas not only presente by yourself but also John Johnson and Timothy Reed. You, sirs, will be my 3 picks on my ballot to hopefully replace the incumbents and the open seat vacated by Ms. Hitchcock. I thought the forum was pretty well geared to favor the two incumbents and poorly presented by Hanner and Weybret.
    Last year I had the honor of moderating a real public forum at the public meeting room at LPD and slightly fewer people, amd Mr. Johnson was the only candidate that showed up and presented his ideas and thoughts at an open forum. There were no rehearsed questions, silly softball questions and the audience was given the opportunity to ask many of those questions without being handed a card telling them what to ask. That's the kind of forum that should be presented in 2 more weeks, if the Sentinel has the gumption to allow real questions from attendees. I again filled out a question card, basically the same question that I submitted 2 years at their scripted forum and again this year my card was magically left behind, as I'm sure others were that the moderators didn't want to ask that would've, or could've been, embarrassing to Hansen and Katzakian, and maybe even others. Ask the Sentinel why they can't, or maybe they don't want to, sponsor a real public open forum with the attendees chosen at random to ask any political question of any candidate of their choice? Thank you Mr. Patel, Johnson and Reed and good luck on November 2.

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