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SJ Fair may return in June, Fant avoids school recall
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Sam Fant is on a roll.
First, Dec. 24 passed without those wishing to recall him from the Manteca Unified School District board obtainingenough signatures by the deadline.
On Tuesday, efforts that he spearheaded to rally community support to help convince his colleagues on the board to authorize spending $2.9 million in Mello-Roos taxes on Weston Ranch High stadium upgrades that involve article turf and an all-weather track finally succeeded.
On Wednesday as an active Democratic Party member he was working to bolster California Attorney General Kamla Harris effort in San Joaquin County to gain election to the U.S. Senate. He helped at two events including one hosted by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Today, if all goes well, he will be among the San Joaquin County Fair Board members voting to bring he fair back this June for a five-day run after a two-day hiatus. The 28-year-old Fant was just recently reappointed to the fair board by Gov. Jerry Brown after serving a four-year term.
Fant is also gearing up for a run for the Stockton City Council in the June primary. He wants to represent South Stockton, which includes Weston Ranch, although voting is citywide.
Fant, who was first elected to the school board in 2012, made it clear he isnt going to be a lame duck trustee. Not only does he expect to continue advocating for changes at the district-level as a board member as well as support successful school programs, but he may be around for another four years.
Thats because if he fails to secure a spot on the Stockton City Council November ballot or win outright during the June primary, Fant has made it clear he will seek a second term as a Manteca Unified trustee.

Singh, Zellner seek
council seats
Speaking of elections, there are two candidates already gearing up for the upcoming Nov. 8 Manteca City Council election.
Manteca businessman and real estate agent Gary Singh as well as Manteca insurance agent Jeff Zellner are planning to run. Both happen to serve on the Manteca Planning Commission. If they succeed they will follow Mike Morowits path to the City Council as he was serving on the Planning Commission when he was elected in 2014.
The two seats that are up in November are currently held by Debby Moorhead and Vince Hernandez.

Jubilee March 19
at Lathrop locale
Oakdale has the Chocolate Festival thats still chugging along after Hersheys pulled up stakes. Soon Lathrop will have the Ghirardelli Chocolate Jubilee.
If you love chocolate, mark Saturday, March 19, down on your calendar from noon to 5 p.m. The Ghirardelli Chocolate Jubilee will take place at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Outlet and Ice Cream Shop that is part of the firms distribution center at 11980 S. Harlan Road in Lathrop just off Interstate 5.
A favorite of chocolate connoisseurs since 1852, Ghirardelli will not only have a chocolate tasting tent but they are securing vendors that also offer chocolate delicacies. There will be entertainment as well as a play zone.
Proceeds will benefit the Manteca-Lathrop Boys & Girls Club.

Sunrise Kiwanis
doing yet another
good deed
When the Sunrise Kiwanis arent busy staging the annual Manteca Pumpkin Fair, writing checks to non-profits, placing American flags along Manteca streets they spend their free time providing manpower for community projects.
In the next few months, that will include painting the Boys & Girls games room at the clubhouse at 545 W. Alameda St.
One wall will be prepped for a new mural that club members will paint.
It is all leading up to an open house the club plans to stage for the community in July. It is designed to give people the opportunity to see first-hand kids involved in club activities.