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Lodi City Council could break with tradition when choosing who will serve as next mayor

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JoAnne Mounce

Posted: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:15 am, Tue Dec 6, 2011.

On Wednesday night, the Lodi City Council will select a new mayor — but it's not clear who that will be.

At the first meeting in December each year, the council typically votes to give the mayor's gavel to the vice mayor, in this case JoAnne Mounce.

That may or may not happen this year.

Mounce was chosen as vice mayor last year on a 3-2 vote, with Councilmen Larry Hansen and Bob Johnson voting against Mounce. Then-mayor Phil Katzakian and former councilwoman Susan Hitchcock joined Mounce in securing her position.

None of the current council members would comment for this story, but most said they are not sure what will happen Wednesday night.

Katzakian could emerge as a swing vote. He has frequently joined Hansen and Johnson on 3-2 votes with Mounce on the losing end. Hitchcock is off the council, replaced by Alan Nakanishi.

Nakanishi said because of state law, council members cannot discuss their votes before a meeting.

"I have not talked to anyone else, so I won't know until Wednesday," Nakanishi said.

Katzakian said he is not sure how the vote will go, and said he is not overthinking it before the meeting on Wednesday.

"Hopefully, everything works out OK. I plan to wait and see when I get there," he said.

In Lodi, the mayor is chosen after he or she is nominated by a fellow council member and a majority vote is cast. The vice mayor is chosen in the same manner.

Mayors have been passed up previously, but it is rare. The last time was in 2003, when the council bypassed then-vice mayor Emily Howard, and continued Hansen's term for another year during the complex and divisive groundwater contamination lawsuit.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodi news.com or read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/city_buzz.

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  • Robert Chapman posted at 3:43 pm on Thu, Dec 8, 2011.

    Bob Chapman Posts: 997

    Oh brother, ya gotta love the way Joanne squirms and even tries to redefine words to suit her needs. What a crock. Admit it, you got caught red handed doing exactly what you bring others to task for. BIGOT.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 3:27 pm on Wed, Dec 7, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4313

    Mr. Chapman wrote: "Appears the "closeted" bigot, Joanne Bobin, just outed herself."

    For your edification, Mr. Chapman, the definition of "bigot:" "a person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, esp on religion, politics, or race."

    Last time I checked, white males were not a different race - at least to me, since I am white. See if you can find another noun that applies. Ready, set, GO!!

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 3:21 pm on Wed, Dec 7, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4313

    Mr. Scott wrote: "Joanne, how long have you lived here?"

    I have lived in Lodi longer than I have not lived in Lodi. That adds up to a long time witnessing the power of the white male establishment in this town. More frightening than the cabal of individuals in power who control every aspect of your lives is the self-righteousness of the manner in which they accomplish that goal.

    Mr. Scott wrote: "Females: Evie Olson, Emily Howard, Susan Hitchcock, and they all were elected to the council along with Ms Mounce."

    So? The last time, according to this article, that a council member was "passed up" for the position of mayor was in 2003, i.e., Emily Howard - a woman by your own words. And no coincidence that opposing Ms. Mounce as vice-mayor were Hansen and Johnson. Seems they wished to avoid this "awkward moment."

    Interesting to note that a certain red-faced council member actually approached a local homosexual (since the LNS wouldn't allow the use of the G-word) restauranteur and urged him to run for council. Apparently, his selling point was that he was male.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 3:08 pm on Wed, Dec 7, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4313

    Mr. Bitz is correct. The LNS ditched this article when they "suddenly" realized how controversial the topic is.

    Mr. Kindseth - perhaps you should consult with your best buddy, Mr. B.S., MA. Would be interested to know what he thinks about the topic. Ooops, forgot, all ultra-rightwing religious bigots think the same. Women are subserviant to men.

  • roy bitz posted at 9:59 am on Wed, Dec 7, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 489

    This front page article seems to be missing from LNS website. Must be some sort of technical problem as I cannot find it there now. Strange.

  • John Kindseth posted at 8:17 pm on Tue, Dec 6, 2011.

    John Kindseth Posts: 228

    Poor Joanne Bobin,

    You stepped in this one, get a plastic bag for your shoes and throw away the brush.

  • roy bitz posted at 7:53 pm on Tue, Dec 6, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 489

    Glad you agree Robert.
    I hope we can keep this topic focused on our local leadership and how our local politicians represent rate payers interests.

  • Robert Chapman posted at 6:06 pm on Tue, Dec 6, 2011.

    Bob Chapman Posts: 997

    Roy Bitz, I agree with you. Joanne Mounce has a track record of doing good things for Lodi. She has opposed "rubber stamping" policies without vetting them first. This could aggitate some of the people on the council that fancies themselves as the power players. Like you, I see no reason she couldn't fill the Mayor's seat and do a splendid job.

  • roy bitz posted at 5:06 pm on Tue, Dec 6, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 489

    Interesting article---looks like a muscle move on the part of Johnson, Hansen.
    My guess is Mr. Nakinishi will support them so Phil won't have to---for once.
    I got a kick out of Johnson more than once when he would follow up to Ms. Mounce opposing comments on an issue saying--- "someone's got their undies in a bunch"---he did this more than once--- Ms. Mounce asked him to stop refering to her underware and he did but his bullying comments say a lot about his character and his bias.
    There is no reason for the council to deviate from the norm regarding selecting a Mounce for Mayor except she gets in their way.

  • Jackson Scott posted at 5:00 pm on Tue, Dec 6, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 382

    Joanne, how long have you lived here? Here is a brief history lesson for you. Females: Evie Olson, Emily Howard, Susan Hitchcock, and they all were elected to the council along with Ms Mounce. Minorities are a bit tougher to recall because none really had much of a campaign but what about Taj Khan for one example. Dr. N is Japanese. I'm sure some other old timers can help me.

    Lodi will usually elect a candidate who is qualified, no matter what the color of his/her skin. Except in the case of Emily Howard & Phil Katzakian, roflmao! Look, I'm a teenager!

  • Robert Chapman posted at 4:23 pm on Tue, Dec 6, 2011.

    Bob Chapman Posts: 997

    So Joanne, you are going to hold on to the premise that most white males are crying foul over BHO being black rather than his catastrophic leadership since he was elected? As my old grandpappy used to say, "bullpucky".

  • Robert Chapman posted at 4:13 pm on Tue, Dec 6, 2011.

    Bob Chapman Posts: 997

    Appears the "closeted" bigot, Joanne Bobin, just outed herself. Atta girl Joanne, I suspected as much all along. I am white and I am male, so I guess that puts me on your bigot list. How special do I feel now? An early Christmas gift, to be sure. Kinda shot yourself in the foot, eh old girl...... You can spin this post all you want but it still doesn't change what you posted about white males. Let me know what corner you are hiding behind so I don't accidently bump into you.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 3:47 pm on Tue, Dec 6, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4313

    How quaint for Mr. Baxter to use a popular teen acronym, i.e., LOL.

    In case you haven't noticed in the past 4-5 years, Mr. Baxter, the "white male" is the "new black."

    Thus, the major outcry against Barack Obama. We have more white males in this country crying foul than we have minorities doing the same. Great for you to perfectly illustrate the "bigot around every corner."

  • Joe Baxter posted at 12:54 pm on Tue, Dec 6, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1799

    JOANNE BOBIN posted, "Time to get rid of the all-white male-dominated council".
    For someone who fiinds "bigots around every corner" in Lodi, that statement is as bigoted as it gets.Evidently she is bigoted against males and whites. Apparently JOANNE is just like the bigots as she fiinds around Lodi corners. Pot = Kettle = Black, LOL,

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:55 am on Tue, Dec 6, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4313

    Seriously? Time to get rid of the all-white male-dominated council and vote in some progressive minorities and females who will actually have the capability of leading this city into the future.



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