Lodi City Council candidates discuss growth
From left: Lodi City Council candidates Tony Amador, Larry Hansen, John Johnson, Phil Katzakian, Alan Nakanishi, Jay Patel, and Timothy Reed participate in a forum at the Lodi Boys and Girls Club on Monday, Oct. 4, 2010.
- What do you believe should be done to combat gang activity in Lodi?
"The best thing we can do is just give the police department our
support. As citizens, we can report crimes happening. As far as the
gang problem, we need more boots on the ground."
— Jay Patel
"One thing is to support the Boys and Girls Club. ... Maybe the
city council member can promote volunteerism. The Assembly of God
Church, and the city council used to come to the Eastside and
paint. And of course, we need to support our police force."
— Alan Nakanishi
"I think it's a job for the pros. We just need to make sure the
police department has the tools and the depth that they need to do
the job. And then, the councilmembers should try and support all
the youth programs out there ... to try and alleviate some of these
— Phil Katzakian
"I think to effectively intervene with gangs, we need to make
sure to give kids things to do. Our Parks and Recreation Department
needs to be funded, so it can do things like late night basketball.
... Police officers need the resources to suppress the gangs."
— John Johnson
"There are other issues in the family that are very difficult to
overcome. So absolutely the first thing is to be aggressive in
enforcement and then find some ways to get back to the techniques
we used in the past like midnight basketball and Peacekeepers."
— Larry Hansen
"There should be no sanctuaries in the city. Our number one
responsibility is the safety of the public. So they have to have
trust that the leadership is not depending on the police department
alone. ... Gang members are domestic terrorists, so the public has
to work with the police department."
— Tony Amador
"We can't expect crime and all these other things to go down
when you have less officers. We have to get more police officers,
get them back to full strength, so they can combat these
— Timothy Reed
Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 12:00 am
On Monday night, Lodi City Council candidates argued about
whether Lodi has done enough to attract businesses over the years.
That was one of several issues that the seven candidates debated at
a forum the News-Sentinel hosted at the Boys and Girls Club.
About 50 people attended and listened to the candidates discuss
pension reform, combating gangs in Lodi, redevelopment and even
their favorite book and movie.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010 12:00 am.