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Letter: Don’t nitpick, we have a fiscally responsible city council

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Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:00 am

I was very disappointed to read the headline “The cost of city council” mentioned in the Lodi News-Sentinel on March 4. Why are you nitpicking our city council? We should be grateful that we live in Lodi and have a fiscally responsible city.

We have lived in Lodi for 35 years, and feel we are blessed to live in Lodi. We often communicate with Joanne Mounce and Alan Nakanishi, and we feel that they really care about our city. Joann Mounce always returns my call when I call her.

They deserve to be compensated for all the hard work they do. Some of the council members work another job besides being a council member. They put in lots of extra time, even on their vacations, to be informed. I feel it’s worth it for them to go to other cities and conferences to get new ideas.

Also, they have managed our Lodi water extremely efficiently, and also our own Lodi electricity. We should be praising them, instead of finding fault with their conferences. Be glad that Lodi is fiscally responsible with a balanced budget.

There are so many things to criticize in politics. Publish articles about the corruption in the White House, the mismanagement of PERS in the state of California or problems with Stockton politics. Be thankful for the management of Lodi and our caring city council.

Pat Croft


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  • JoAnne Mounce posted at 5:09 pm on Wed, Apr 2, 2014.

    JoAnne Mounce Posts: 19

    Joanne - I think you are mistaken about your coffee shop blog. As I spoke with no one regarding your post.
    I have lived in Lodi on the eastside for most of my life and have never name dropped or have been taught to do so.
    You are a very interesting lady with over 4297 posts. I commend you for voicing your opinion so freely.
    You feel I am not doing a good job as a councilmember - fair enough.
    No dig here. Just pointing out facts.
    Please feel free to contact me anytime I can help you with something, Joanne.
    Or anyone else you know that who needs an advocate on council.
    Just call me at 333-6800 ext. 9286

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:35 am on Tue, Apr 1, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    "Interesting assumption," Ms. Mounce. Since you are a Lodi native, you are automatically entrenched in the belief that name-dropping is NOT an important activity in this town.

    Actually, name-dropping is a complete cultural activity here and is used to boost one's credibility.

    I've worked and lived in Lodi since 1977 and was immediately schooled in the social protocol by a native Lodian who was very familiar with the local mentality. With the exception of 4 years spent in a Concentration Camp in Arkansas, she was Lodi personified. She was not only familiar with the necessity of name-dropping, she quite often used it to promote herself and her family in this small-minded community.

    I also worked with an individual who put a great amount of value on knowing Phil Katzakian, having gone to high school with him, and was extremely jealous of the fact that Katzakian was the driver for the California Cooler race car - and by extension, was proud of the fact that he knew one half of the California Cooler inventors.

    That - is the Lodi mentality - bragging about WHO you know. Since you are entrenched in that mentality it is difficult to separate reality from fantasy - I understand that.

    As far as the "coffee shop" incident - I find that quite interesting since I posted that comment well before we were using our actual identities. HOW is it that you knew that it was I who made that comment? - which, by the way, was only up for about half an hour before it was deleted by the moderator. Hmmm.... nice to know that YOU have the appropriate connections to find out WHO wrote it and to have it deleted post-haste.

    And the fact that you were eating chocolate cake was the LEAST of the point of that comment. More prominent was the fact that you love to make it clear WHO you are. And by the way, I have never seen you at that coffee shop, but I have heard about your flamboyance there, and your ability to make it known to customers and staff just WHO you are.

    As far as "just blog," I'm sorry if I do not live up to your little put-down. Laughable, to say the least.

    If you were really an advocate for Lodi, you would stand up for the people. You do not! Take, for example, the medical discount for electric service. The city has changed this to make it much more difficult to obtain. My husband's physicians are absolutely frightened that they will lose their medical licenses if they state that he needs additional heating and cooling. They have refused to sign the form and have stated, "Too bad if you need heat and air conditioning - I'm not risking my medical license for you." Smacks of a message that doctors who OK this are on the 'list." Can't blame them really.

    Name-dropping in Lodi can be positive - OR negative.

  • JoAnne Mounce posted at 11:55 am on Sat, Mar 29, 2014.

    JoAnne Mounce Posts: 19

    Joanne - interesting assumption. EVERY citizen has access to me and I do my level best to return every phone call and every email.

    I don’t usually respond to these blogs. However, I do ready them so I know how citizens are feeling.

    Now, if I recall, I was sitting in a coffee shop with you and if you had anything to say to me or if you had a question or comment, I would have been delighted to speak with you or just listen, if that was required.

    Instead, you blogged about what I was eating and you where not nice about it either.

    At least the Crofts call me and tell me when they don’t like something, have concerns, or just want me to listen.

    They don’t just blog .

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:44 pm on Fri, Mar 28, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488


    My thoughts exactly, Mr. Chang.

    Seems this letter was solely for two purposes only:

    Demonstrate the Crofts frequently contact with and access to Councilperson Mounce.


    Make accusations of "corruption in the White House" (????), at PERS (funny - the City of Lodi contributes big bucks to PERS for its employees and now council members wish to participate in, according to Croft, a corrupt organization) and stories about corruption in Stockton (already covered in The Record).

    I suggest the Crofts subscribe to maybe the Record or the Bee if they want to read that stuff. Lodi News Sentinel should report on Lodi corruption and/or questionable practices of the Lodi government and city council.

  • Walter Chang posted at 9:41 am on Thu, Mar 27, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1184

    "don't nitpick"

    Yes, Pat said don't nitpick but that's not what was meant.

    Pat wants you to nitpick but just not at her (or his) friends at city hall.

    Pat suggest that the local newspaper, it's readers and all of the concerned citizens of Lodi, focus on other things instead!!

    So Folks, in the future...

    All "misdiected animosity" to the prez, PERS or Stockton only.

    Thank you for your cooperation.



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