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Posted: Monday, January 12, 2009 10:00 pm

No one knows exactly what the new year will bring, but the News-Sentinel talked to several local experts to try to get a sense of what 2009 will bring to the Lodi-Galt area.

Expert: Richard Jones, new school board president for Lodi Unified School District

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  • posted at 2:46 pm on Tue, Jan 13, 2009.


    Great question OTH. Our school districts are so top heavy with do little administrators that would be the best place to start, and finish.

  • posted at 12:46 pm on Tue, Jan 13, 2009.


    Things will get worse. Crime, especially gangs, will increase.Everyone wants to compare the depression of the 1930's to now but you can't. Now, you have too many factions in the U.S. that are helping it's demise. In the 1930's, you didn't have large foreign factions meddling in U.S. domestic affairs, Socialists controlling the government, or Islamic terrorist sleeper cells, so the conuntry didn't fall apart. What will happen now?

  • posted at 11:10 am on Tue, Jan 13, 2009.


    Mr JonesWhen you talk about reduction of staff does that include administrative staff as well?

  • posted at 11:09 am on Tue, Jan 13, 2009.


    Mr FarrellHow do you go out and spend money when you don't even know if you will have a job tomorrow? I know 3 people who have lost their jobs in the last 2 weeks

  • posted at 3:46 am on Tue, Jan 13, 2009.


    Mr. Patrick, as president AND CEO of the chamber, where are all those businesses and jobs that you are supposed to be bringing to Lodi? It's more like you're working for the Lodi winegrape commission, with your trips to China and Costa Rica. Why aren't you promoting Lodi's great illegal cheap work force and bringing those jobs and businesses here? It's time for you to fulfill the position you were hired for, otherwise step down and let someone capable bring the Chamber of Commerce back to the respected organization it once was.

  • posted at 3:32 am on Tue, Jan 13, 2009.


    Mr. Jones, if I had to bet who'd handle their situation most efficiently, my money would be on you. You, sir, should've been the person of the year in Lodi hands down. Good luck with your budget cutting decisions as we know it won't be easy to satisfy everyone and there'll undoubtedly be more reductions this year. Thank you for your dedication and service year after year.



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