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Larry: I wish to clarify my alleged statements in Mr. Ross Farrow's column of February 12, 2013. I did NOT pledge to violate regulations, and I do NOT intend to construct anything, including an ag store with a deli, against county regulations and approval. These are the words of the writer, not mine.

Because of Supervisor Ruhstaller's comment that "we may not follow the rules" I stated to Mr. Farrow that "I probably SHOULD just do whatever the hell I want and ask for forgiveness". I was being sarcastic; that is NOT the way I operate. It was in reference to the previous owner not following the rules, NOT of a neighboring winery expanding without a county permit, as Mr. Farrow stated. I would never say anything about my fellow wineries or my neighbors.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 11:01 am

Josh Morgan

Josh Morgan: Doug, I thought you needed to stay away from these events.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 1:57 pm

Art Tanner

Art Tanner: I have to agree with Mr. Lawrence. What in the world is Farm Bureau doing sticking its nose into this sort of issue. I have never heard of Farm Bureau getting involved in anything like this. Tell them goodbye, Mr. Lawrence and get as many of your contacts to do the same.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 10:39 am


advocate: These Lodi/Stockton area wineries already have more than enough venues which do nothing but promote the use of the addictive drug alcohol and most have nothing to do with promoting their business, with most of those events being entertainment or fund raisers, many of which "donate" a paltry amount of money to these non profits and put the rest in their own pockets. And the fact that there's no regulation as to which patrons are too impaired to drive, many I know that can act straight but not even find the ignition with the key, and are allowed to get in their vehicles and drive our city and country roads, some still with drink in hand. Maybe the CHP should start staging checkpoints in these areas on these nights with the SJ county sheriff providing maximum saturation patrols on the same night to capture those who try to circumvent those checkpoints by taking other back roads who are too drunk/drugged to drive. Alcoholism is a terrible disease and these events seem to fuel the fever judging by the same faces that appear regularly at these events and their belligerent behaviors that most winery owners are afraid to chastise because this particular person is well connected or influential. Having poured many past large wine tastings in the Lodi/Stockton area, I can name at least a dozen of those personalities right off hand.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 7:51 am


advocate: Mr. Thompson, you'd better hope we don't get what you wish for. Mr. Vogel has been a stellar supporter of the Lodi area and Delta and has done such a great job that no explanation is needed for his success but for the fact that he ran unopposed in the last election due to the fact that his service has been exemplary.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 7:49 am

Brett Thompson

Brett Thompson: Way to go Larry! Those guys are absolute idiots. They always seem to be stifling growth, which is why this County is constantly struggling economically. I hope they all get voted out, especially Vogel.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 7:34 am

Jerry Bransom

Jerry Bransom: These guys approve GAMBLING on Cherokee Lane but a legitimate business... why have that? They are OK with MILLIONS being spent on those ridiculous bridges on Eight Mile but a legitimate business.. well that is what "they" consider ridiculous. You people will be looking for a new job next election if not sooner.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 9:30 pm

John Kindseth

John Kindseth: Sad when the bureaucrats, the proper owner of the land, and the public cannot come up with a solution.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 8:14 pm