The Lodi District Chamber has announced its endorsements in local political campaigns.
The endorsements, with excerpts from the chamber's press release, follow:
Lodi City Council: Incumbents Bob Johnson and JoAnne Mounce
"Bob is a friend to the business community in his voting. He is diligent on researching the issues and getting input from all sides, and is objective in his decision-making. He says Lodi has a combination of a spending problem and a revenue problem. He always asked himself if a city function can be privatized for savings. With taxes down due to the economy, the city needs new revenue which must come from new sources. Bob was the only city council member voting 'no' on the pension reform recently determined by the council. He said future employees the city hires should not hurt future budgets, but perhaps the city did not go far enough with current employee benefit changes. ...
"JoAnne came in on good faith, having not received our endorsement in previous election years. Her positive attitude and answers sat well with the panel. While her answers on a battery of questions asked did not mirror Mr. Johnson's, the panel saw them not in conflict with the Chamber on these issues. This her second time as mayor in her city council service; her depth of understanding on issues facing the city for the most part equals Bob's and other long-term city council members."
U.S. Congress, 9th District: Ricky Gill
"Ricky is a rising fiscal conservative who truly represents the values, interests and well-being of citizens in the 9th District. Ricky has garnered the respect of many across the nation, which should create a great deal of hope for the people of San Joaquin County. We can have a representative who will be heard, listened to and respected in Washington. His youth is overshadowed by his intellect and wisdom on issues of matter and challenge in our world today."
State Senate, 5th District: Bill Berryhill
"Bill Berryhill has been a standout legislator here in the Valley, championing the fight to preserve our all-important Northern California water. Bill has demonstrated he is rare in Sacramento because he works well across the aisle, which has been important on water and other issues. That is why he did not sign the no-tax pledge, as it would take him away from the bargaining table. Make no mistake, Bill is a fiscal conservative who says we have been too weak on crime. We agree crime it is a big issue and getting worse. His other main issue is regulatory reform ..."
State Assembly, 9th District: Tony Amador
"He has a simple platform he will take to Sacramento. Says Tony: 'No new taxes and I'll work to get over-regulation off the backs of business so business can create jobs. I will do what he can to stop the bleeding; the ballooning debt that cripples our state. I will work with those on either side of the aisle to solve the problems that are killing our economy.' Because Tony is local, we know him well; he is honest, and will not play politics. He will vote his values, which reflect those of Lodi. Tony will be a voice and vote for conservative values, and pro-jobs legislation."
San Joaquin Delta College trustees
David Tanner: "Mr. Tanner is up-to-speed on campus stats; he is a fountain of information about student life on campus, facts and figures on Delta's finances, budgets, past and present and much about the history of mismanagement by the trustees on any number of issues. He is a businessman, experienced on other boards such as St. Joseph's Hospital. He not only knows where Delta misstepped, he has studied other community colleges in California to see what they are doing right."
Jass Sangha: " ... what an experienced, successful businessperson can bring to the Delta board is knowledge of budgeting, focused decision-making, and development of a business plan as well as the discipline to stick to the plan. These are the acquired skills of Ms. Sangha. We were impressed with her rapid-fire answers to our questions, and also with her character-drenched, rags to riches story. She would add a great deal of spark to the board and a double dose of accountability."
Claudia Moreno: "Claudia is a veteran of education, a teacher and union worker who comes from a business-oriented family. While the union leader background gives us pause, we think she will work for needed improvement and can make the right decisions, those best for the college and students, without undue favoritism toward teachers. She says she will work for a Lodi campus, and that what has happened to Lodi, the broken and re-broken promises of Measure L, is not right. She will work with Lodi to find solutions for a Lodi campus."