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Clock is ticking for local produce if South Hutchins annexation passes

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Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:10 am, Thu Apr 19, 2012.

I am very sorry to see that the South Hutchins annexation is still going through on April 20 if we don't contact James Glaser at LAFCO (209-468-3198) or jglaser@sjgov.org. I had hoped that the city recognized the foolishness of going ahead with this premature development.

With all the talk these days about "going green" and saving the environment, one would think that the city would actively participate by preserving every bit of farmland it could. By gobbling up this farmland, the city is promoting pollution — allowing trucks to bring us produce from who knows where — and significantly filling up landfills with the extra plastic packaging that comes with hauled-in produce.

Studies have shown time and again that fresh local produce is healthier for you than produce being treated with toxic chemicals to preserve it during transit. What effect will this have on our children and grandchildren? I cannot imagine that all those chemicals will have a positive effect on a young child's immune system. Unfortunately, for the love of money the city of Lodi is only thinking of the here and now. Cement and asphalt are more important than our posterity.

My hopes for the city leading the charge and keeping the San Joaquin Valley green with fresh local produce are all but gone. I hope our next leaders will have the vision to lead this city in a wiser direction than the present ones. Thank you.

Nancy Stenson


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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 2:12 am on Sat, Apr 21, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Bob.... interesting conclusion... could you please expand and explain how this 30 arces will lead to 1000's more. I do not understand the connection.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 6:53 pm on Fri, Apr 20, 2012.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2866

    This is the first time Lodi has annexed any land south since they annexed the land from Century Blvd to Harney Ln. in the 70's. It seems to me it's only fair the owners of the land have the choice tyo sell it for development. It's not like Lodi is growing 15 to 20 percent a year. Last I heard it was at a snail pace of 2 percent per year. Lodi must have some growth or it's economic engine will slow to a stall.

  • Bob Smith posted at 9:44 am on Fri, Apr 20, 2012.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    This letter isn't just about the 30 acres. It's about what will happen to the thousands of acres of farmland that are going to disappear once we pull the trigger on this 30 acre piece.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:56 am on Fri, Apr 20, 2012.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2866

    If one were to go on google Earth and look at the land that has been developed for residential and commercial use compared to the land that hasn't it's quite small. In fact, Lodi is but a small blip compared to the land still being farmed or just wilderness.

  • Kenneth Huntley posted at 3:31 pm on Thu, Apr 19, 2012.

    Ken Huntley Posts: 42

    Just a thought, have you drove past the said 30 acres that the produce has been grown at? Take a gander, around this time through the summer, you'll see that these said farmers are using pesticides on the strawberry crops. Its not organically grown or anything. Nothing really special about this little strawberry farm since there are many strawberry farms in the area.

  • Bob Johnson posted at 8:19 am on Thu, Apr 19, 2012.

    Bob Johnson Posts: 31

    What the author seems to overlook is the fact that the property owner is taking steps to, in their opinion, maximize the economic benefit of their property. They could have chosen to leave the property in grapes, strawberries or have even left it fallow. As to "premature" development, this area was planned to be developed in the new Lodi general plan which was approved after numerous public hearings over several years.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:30 am on Thu, Apr 19, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I am little overwhelmed by this article. I had thought that this was about 30 acres on land... with the catastrophic predictions of environmental disasters if this project is passed, I would imagine we are gobbling up all the land between I-5 and 99. Can we please have a little perspective...

    All this for 30 acres?


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