We combed through our coverage from 2012 and came up with some top quotes of the year.
Lodi Councilwoman Joanne Mounce, at a city council candidate forum:
"I expressed to one of my Rotarians as we were driving in a van to a Rotary event that I was going to run for city council. And he patted my hand and said, 'Well, JoAnne, no one from the Eastside could ever get elected to office in the city of Lodi.' And I spent the next year proving him wrong."
Lodi Councilman Bob Johnson, at the same forum:
"My big bugaboo is what I call the Eastside of Highway 99. All of that land zoned over there is for industrial use. Who in this room would not love to see another General Mills come to town? We have got to find a way to make that happen."
Doug Holck, international motorcyclist from Lockeford:
"Four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul."
Lodi High School student Kelsey Cooley, on the Flames boys basketball team's section title game vs. Antelope:
"There's a good chance we're going to win. Like, 100 out of 100."
Pastor David Rails of Lodi Community Church:
"Father, we need you to be part of our government. May we see that you are there at every (city) council meeting?"
Desiree Fassler, playing the Grinch at a Galt homeless event:
"I am a nice Grinch. ... The Grinch loves Galt because the Grinch is from Galt. But he does like to travel to Lodi and Elk Grove."
Father Michael Kelly, responding to a claim that he abused a former altar boy in 2000:
"I am completely and totally innocent of these allegations; they are utterly untrue. Never, ever, did I do anything of the sort to the plaintiff, or to anyone else, for that matter."
Tony Amador, unsuccessful candidate for the state Assembly, regarding the Grover Norquist tax pledge:
"The pledge, to me, doesn't make sense. What if we wanted to do something for the servicemen and women coming back with head trauma from Afghanistan? What if we needed more money to do that? I didn't want to close that door."
Traci Winters, on attending Lodi Rainbow Project meetings:
"I could have stayed home and done something else. I would never have met these wonderful people."
Lodi resident Lanay Crawford on the book "50 Shades of Grey":
"Most women want or wish to be desired by a lover and brought to that level of desire and ecstasy. The book seemed to help me take a break from my daily mundane routine."
Lodi High School student Benjamin Simi, on his style:
"I don't dress to impress, I dress to depress ... you just can't have this."
Sophoan Sorn, Lodi native and creator of San Joaquin International Film Festival:
"Film is the most powerful art. It makes you feel, see — it's all-encompassing."
Lodi Arts Commission and event chair Annalisa Babich Sharp:
"We have a rich arts community that people know little about. As wonderful as our wine community is ... another big movement needs to happen here in Lodi to create more visitors by involving the arts even more."
Former North San Joaquin Water Conservation District President Joe Petersen:
"It just blows my mind that we can't get more of a water right on a river that flows through our backyard. We are the second fiddle on the Mokelumne."
Fritz Grupe, real estate and green homes mogul, on the perks of planned communities:
"If you want to live in a neighborhood where a broken-down truck is repaired in the driveway, then live in that neighborhood. This is America. You're free to do what you want. But if you're in a planned community, you flat-ass can't do it."
Lodi Unified School District Cheif Business Officer Tim Hern on allowing the public to use the Tokay High School track:
"The law is clear in that we are not to allow students and non-student adults to intermingle without supervision. We're not a city. We're not running a park. We have a charge to keep our students safe."
Lodi Unified School District trustee George Neely, on the need for an all-digital school:
"We think kids know computers, that they're digital natives. But they know Facebook and computer games, not word processors and spreadsheets. They need to know about networking and hardware. I don't think we're doing that good a job at that."