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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2007 10:00 pm

The public is invited to dispose of electronic items at a special event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the rear parking lot of the Payless IGA Market, 18980 N. Highway 88, Lockeford.

Items that will be accepted include, TVs, computer monitors, laptops, printers, fluorescent lamps, batteries, radios and stereos, VCRs, microwave ovens, cell phones, telephones and answering machines.

The event is sponsored by the Clements-Lockeford Chamber of Commerce, Waste Management and the San Joaquin County Public Works Department.

For more information, call the chamber at 727-3142.

David Sander declares Assembly candidacy

Rancho Cordova Mayor David Sander announced on Thursday that he will run for the 10th Assembly District seat held by Lodi Republican Alan Nakanishi.

Nakanishi is serving his third and final term. He cannot run in 2008 due to term limits.

A molecular biologist, Sander has served on the Rancho Cordova City Council since it became a city on July 1, 2003.

Other announced Republican candidates include former Lodi Mayor and San Joaquin County Supervisor Jack Sieglock; El Dorado County Supervisor Helen Baumann of El Dorado Hills; and Paul Hegyi of Elk Grove, chief of staff for Assemblyman Van Tran, R-Garden Grove. Democrat Jim Cook of Elk Grove, who ran against Nakanishi the last two elections, has also announced he will seek Nakanishi's Assembly seat.

The 10th Assembly District includes the Lodi area, north Stockton, Amador County, Rancho Cordova, El Dorado Hills and part of Elk Grove.

McNerney forms ag advisory board

STOCKTON - Congressman Jerry McNerney, D- Pleasanton, Thursday announced the creation of his Agriculture Advisory Board, made up of community members with experience in the agricultural industry.

"Whether they're from the Central Valley or the Tri-Valley, I've heard from people all over who say we need to do more for California agriculture, and I couldn't agree more," McNerney said in a statement released Thursday.

On Tuesday, Congressman McNerney spent the day visiting with farmers and others in the industry to discuss the reauthorization of the Farm Bill and the needs of producers in Northern California. He had lunch with a group of farmers in Stockton and visited with almond producers in Manteca, wine grape growers in Lodi, and an organic farmer in Brentwood.

The members of the board are:

• Tim Koopman, Sunol Valley rancher

• Jeff Colombini, Lodi Farming Inc., Lodi

• Dennis Gogna, O.G. Packing, Stockton

• Kenny Watkins, second vice president, California Farm Bureau Federation

• Frank Faria, dairyman, Escalon

• Mike Robinson, farmer and feed store owner, San Joaquin Delta Islands

• John Fugazi, orchard and row crops owner, Linden

• William "Bud" Bensley, ag credit

• David Phippen, almond grower, Manteca

• Tom Burlando, Diamond Walnut, Linden

• Bruce Fry, Mohr-Fry Ranches, Lodi.

• Gina Hultquist, U.S. Ag Bank

• Ricky Zolezzi, Peach and Cherry Grower, Linden

• Thomas J. Guido, Triple-E Produce, Stockton

McNerney plans to meet with members of the Agriculture Advisory Board several times throughout the year.

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Lodi Unified leaders are moving Lodi and Tokay high school graduations from the Grape Bowl to the Spanos Center at UOP in Stockton. They cite limited seating, costs and unpredictable weather at the Grape Bowl. But others say graduations at the Grape Bowl are an important Lodi tradition, and one reason many supported renovating the stadium. What do you think?

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