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Feb. 26, 2009
Contact: Jeff Hood, communications specialist, (209) 333-6801

Lodi Improvement Committee unanimously backs Measure W

The Lodi Improvement Committee, an all-volunteer group charged with advising the Lodi City Council on neighborhood improvement issues such as fighting blight and crime, voted unanimously Tuesday to endorse Measure W.

Measure W, which goes to Lodi voters on Tuesday, March 3, will determine the fate of the City Council-approved plan to create a redevelopment project in much of east Lodi. Redevelopment is a process in which a greater percentage of future property taxes can be retained by the City to reinvest in the community. A "Yes" vote is in favor of the Lodi Community Improvement Project, adopted by the City Council on July 2, 2008. A "No" vote opposes.

The Lodi Improvement Committee voted 6-0 in support of Measure W at a special meeting Tuesday, Feb. 24. Committee members voting in favor were Fran Forkas, Reyes Jaramillo, Steve Jarrett, Tim Mustin, Eileen St. Yves and Robert Takeuchi.

The Committee originally was formed in 1993 as the East Side Improvement Committee to fight crime, drugs and blight in Lodi's oldest neighborhoods. It was renamed in 2005.

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