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Posted: Monday, December 22, 2008 10:00 pm

Ken Davis, the former Lodi Unified School District board president, has officially filed for a seat on the Stockton City Council. A Stockton resident, he has made public his interest in the soon-to-be-vacant seat.

The deadline to file for possible appointment was Friday, and 11 applicants did so, according to the Stockton City Clerk's office.

Davis, who has served on the Lodi school board for more than a decade, can hold both positions. He was recently replaced as president by Richard Jones.

If Davis is chosen to fill Steve Bestolarides' seat and leaves the Lodi school board, the remaining trustees can choose a replacement or hold a special election.

Former Lodi Planning Commissioner Doug Kuehne also filed his application for the Stockton City Council position.

The appointment to the seven-member board will likely happen early next month when Bestolarides leaves for his new position on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.

Graffiti cleaned up at Hutchins Street Square

The spraypainted graffiti that marred a wall at Hutchins Street Square was cleaned up Friday afternoon. The graffiti was on a wall facing Hutchins Street.

The city of Lodi maintains a 24-hour hotline for graffiti abatement. Calls to the City of Lodi hotline number, 333-5570, are immediately forwarded to the graffiti abatement worker on duty. Calls made after 3 p.m. are placed in a queue for the next day's shift.

The Lodi Public Works Department cleans up graffiti visible to the public, except for vehicles, free of charge. Residents with vandalized property can provide paint to the Public Works Department, which otherwise will use an earth tone paint that offers the closest available match to the exterior surface.

Property owners must provide a release of liability before the city will perform graffiti abatement on private property. Owners may leave their contact information on the graffiti hotline, 333-5570.

City of Lodi building revenue falls 27 percent

The city of Lodi saw the amount of money it collects from building fees decline by 27 percent from the same period last year.

From July through November 2008, the city collected $262,007 in Community Development fee revenue, according to a report by City Manager Blair King. In 2007, it received $357,586.

Despite the monetary decrease, the number of permits increased from 799 to 838. Also, there have been more residential additions and repair fee permit revenue - up from $30,569 in 2007 to $44,436 this year.

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