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Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2007 10:00 pm

From the Eiffel Tower in Paris to the Jesus statue at Corcovado Mountain in Rio De Janiero, art helps build a city's identity.

Lodi has some of it's own public art: the Walldogs murals, the water tower, the crane fountain at the train station, the School Street gateway arch, the bus shelter near the LOEL Center and the mural wall that welcomes Highway 12 travelers into Lodi.

The Art Advisory Board is looking to add more public art to Lodi.

What kind of art do you think Lodi needs? Do you want to see paintings, architecture, sculptures, street design, etc.? Do you have an example of art that you think would fit in Lodi?

Submit your ideas, along with your name, e-mail address and phone number to writer Lauren Nelson at laurenn@lodinews.com or call 369-7035.

You can also fill out a survey online at http://www.lodinews.com.

Bone marrow registry event on Friday

The Galt Police Officers Association is encouraging people to join the national bone marrow registry at a free event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

Local residents are asked to stop by for a simple procedure that would put them on a national list of potential bone marrow donors.

The event had been organized in support of Trevor Austin Kott, a Sacramento-area infant that died on April 25. Trevor was born on Oct. 15 and diagnosed with congenital acute myeloid leukemia the next day. A bone marrow transplant had been his only chance for survival.

Those wishing to participate in Friday's event must be between 18- and 60-years-old, have a driver's license or social security number and the contact information for two people who do not live with you.

According to a press release on the event, about one in every 200 people on the national registry are a potential match for someone in need.

For more information contact Mary-Frances Tassano at (209) 810-0698 or visit http://www.trevorkott.com

Employees plead not guilty to embezzlement

SAN ANDREAS - Two Calaveras County employees pleaded not guilty to stealing property from the Public Works Department, including a pickup truck one of them allegedly gave a friend.

David Sanders, 53, and Lee Rhodes, 48, were arraigned in Calaveras County Superior Court on Tuesday for embezzlement allegations going back as far as 18 years.

Sanders, a department supervisor, pleaded not guilty to two counts of grand theft.

Investigators alleged that he replaced the used tires on his personal truck with new tires belonging to the county and had county-owned equipment at his home.

Rhodes, a mechanic, pleaded not guilty to a felony vehicle theft charge for allegedly giving a county-owned 1994 Ford Ranger pickup to a friend's son.

An investigation into the Public Works Department employees began last month when someone noticed equipment being used after hours.

The department's deputy director, Edwin Hoag III, was also arrested for allegedly lying to sheriff's officials about documents requested for the investigation.

Sanders retired from the county, and Rhodes and Hoag are on leave.

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