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So where will the SJ marijuana farmers go?

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POSTED July 29, 2017 1:04 a.m.

The Kautz Wine Family in Lodi hosted the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau’s annual Media Night on Thursday.
 It was a fantastic event centered near their home a half a mile from their winery. The idea is to get the farmers, media, and politicos breaking bread together in a casual forum.
Members of the media from throughout the county were treated to a rib dinner. Five agricultural notables and San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore were among the chefs in a special cook off. Judges voted for the Sheriff for having the best of the six entries ncluding his special sauce.
Ripon almond farmer Dave Phippen was a close second.
Four members of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors were also in attendance – not sitting at the same table, of course.  Among the hot topics was the upcoming decision on where to allow the growing of a “new” legal ag product to the region: marijuana.

Cats that fled fire return
Six frightened felines returned to their North Fremont Avenue home this week to find no one home.
Neighbors spotted the cats believed to be the same ones that darted out of the house earlier this week when firefighters pried open the rear door. Twenty other cats died from the fire and smoke inhalation.
It was not clear whether any of the neighbors were able to take them in under their roofs for protection.

Who has the right of
way on the sidewalk?
Who has the right of way is often a tricky question. It was even trickier in the case of one homeless woman on a bicycle and a worker loading his pickup truck with the rear bed extending over the sidewalk.
The cyclist rode around the back of the truck shouting that it was illegal to block the sidewalk.
But who actually had the right of way was another question since the woman was riding her bike on the sidewalk – on the wrong side of the street – and riding against traffic.

Goes from attempted
assault to applying
for gainful work
Job applicants don’t often come up to you on the street but this week was an exception. A homeless guy in his mid-20s, who had attempted to assault me on two occasions, walked up to me mumbling as I was covering a traffic accident. He wanted to give me a filled-out job application that he had crumpled up in his pocket.
 Reminding him of our two confrontations, he decided to walk on down the street and away from police officers on the scene.

Youth  are impressive
at junior police acadamies
Youth of the Manteca, Lathrop and Ripon communities who have taken part in the police departments’ junior police academies have demonstrated a lot of maturity in the past two weeks.
Too bad their parents were not on hand to see how their sons and daughters conducted themselves. Lathrop went the extra mile with their students taking 10 at a time out on the river in their Rescue Boat.

Good deed earns a ‘AAA”
Good deeds can catch up with a guy. I took a retired friend who likes frozen yogurt as much as I do to the Yogurt Mill in Modesto. It was a way to get him out of the house since he was living alone and needed to get out.
 We got there and were suprised by the number of people flowing into the front of the shop. We parked and went in and got in line – good stuff. But we had no idea what was coming as we walked back out to the car, sat down, put on our seat belts and I turned the key in the ignition – and nothing. No good deed goes un-rewarded, right?
We chatted in the parking lot for nearly an hour waiting for the AAA tow truck.

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