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Recalling George Barber, a fine man and San Joaquin County supervisor

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Posted: Saturday, May 7, 2011 12:00 am

George Barber will be deeply missed. The longtime San Joaquin County supervisor was a politician from another era. Genial, a good listener, with a depth of knowledge.

Mr. Barber, who passed away a little over a week ago at age 75, was old-school, and we liked that.

In his 24 years on the board of supes, he'd turn out for every chicken dinner, school fundraiser and Rotary meeting to which he was invited. He knew, it seemed, every single voter in northern San Joaquin County.

Old school meant shaking hands and keeping promises, not Tweeting and Facebooking and emailing. Old-school meant pulling parties together, not driving them apart.

Mr. Barber was decent, patient, with a depth of knowledge about land use and water that was absolutely unrivaled. He was a farmer, and he was good with ideas, good with people.

And this, for a politician, is rare: You'd have a very hard time finding anyone who didn't like George Barber.

— Lodi News-Sentinel

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