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City Of Livingston Changes Motto To "Sweet Potato Capital"


The City of Livingston has used as its motto "The Last Stop" for decades, referring to the last traffic light on Highway 99 which disappeared 20 years ago.

Most of the people in this city of 15,000 don't remember it. Livingston is an agricultural community that grows 95 percent of the sweet potatoes in California.

"Nobody now remembers why we got the motto "The Last Stop" and so we felt it was outdated and we need to reflect who we think we are you know, so that's why we want to the motto "The Sweet Potato Capital," says Mayor Pro Tem Gurpal Samra.

He says there were other possible choices but "The Sweet Potato Capital" was the most popular.

"We're a hard working farming community, we are best known for Foster Farms, Gallo Wine, Gallo Cheese, and sweet potatoes so we're just trying to identify who we are," explains Samra.

Samra says the only complaint he's heard is the cost of changing the city seal  which carries the old slogan on uniforms, city vehicles, and stationary.

The Mayor Pro Tem says nobody is sure what the ultimate cost will be.

He doesn't think it will be significant and the change will be phased in over time.


Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio