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Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 10:00 pm

Stockton man dies in vehicle accident

A Stockton pedestrian was killed Tuesday morning while walking across Armstrong Road, west of Lower Sacramento Road. Ezequiel Lopez, 62, was hit by a vehicle driven by Dale Christian Williams, 19, of Lodi.

According to the California Highway Patrol report, Williams, who was driving a 2003 Jeep Rubicon, did not see the victim crossing the roadway until he was within 20 feet of him.

Lopez, was subsequently hit, thrown onto the vehicle, back onto the roadway and died on scene, according to the report. The cause of death was multiple extreme trauma, the coroner reported.

Williams was not injured.

The accident is under investigation, however, alcohol does not appear to have played a role, according to the CHP.

Art Hop unveils Lodi Lakeside Mural

The Lodi Arts Commission hosted a fundraising event for the Lodi House at December's First Friday Art Hop at Hutchins Street Square. The community was invited to paint a portion of a mural, supplied by Lodi artist Jim Bacon's "Lodi Lakeside." The balance was finished by Lodi Middle School students. The artwork is now ready for the unveiling.

This unique artwork will be the grand prize in a raffle culminating at the Lodi Art Center's Art on the Square Festival, the first weekend in June. Tickets will go on sale at this Friday's First Friday Art Hop and will be available through June 4. The artwork is on display at Hutchins Street Square. For more information, call 333-5511.

Changes at Lodi Memorial Hospital

Lodi Memorial Hospital is proposing a bylaw change to raise the number of consecutive years that a director can serve. If approved by the association, the term will raise from nine to 15 years.

It would be a change from the 1996 rule that restricted the number of consecutive terms.

The justification for this change is that the average number of experience years for directors will fall below five years if the terms are not extended.

Association members are asked to return their ballots before the Feb. 15 deadline.

Looking for Super Bowl stories

Are you or someone you know going to this year's Super Bowl? Have you been to a past Super Bowl? Are you or someone you know a member of a fan club of a team (Pittsburgh Steelers or Seattle Seahawks) participating in Sunday's big game?

The News-Sentinel is looking for locals to share their Super stories. If you have a Super idea, contact the News-Sentinel sports department by phone at 369-7035 or by e-mail at sports@lodinews.com.

Wine meets chocolate in February

Some 30 Lodi wineries will participate in Wine and Chocolate Weekend Feb. 11-12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Participants can get a chance to find a golden ticket to win a weekend in Lodi wine country, or one of 100 other prizes, at any of the participating wineries.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door of any participating winery. For more information or a map or the wineries, visit http://www.lodiwine.com or call 365-0621.

General Plan map may be chosen in February

Galt Mayor Darryl Clare predicts that the City Council will choose a future growth plan at the Feb. 21 council meeting.

The City Council, meeting jointly on Monday with the Planning Commission, debated the issues on where Galt should someday grow until about 11 p.m. No decisions were made at Monday's meeting, the latest one involving adoption of a new General Plan, the city's land-use bible. The new General Plan will replace the existing one adopted in 1989.

Tentative plans call for the city to grow from its present 23,000-plus to between 44,000 and 50,000 over the next 20 years.

Once the City Council adopts a preferred map, consultants will propose a sample land-use map and road system to accommodate new growth, said Galt Principal Planner Sandra Kiriu.

The council will determine land uses for the city later this year. After that, an environmental impact report on the proposed General Plan, followed by public hearings on the EIR. Kiriu expects full adoption of the General Plan late this year or early 2007.

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