January 3, 2006

Lodi Kicks-off Year Long Centennial Anniversary Celebration with Proclamations, Unveiling, Presentations, and New Heirloom Police Department Badge


The City of Lodi, incorporated December 6, 1906, will use the first Council meeting of the year to kick-off a year-long celebration marking the 100th anniversary of Lodi’s incorporation with proclamations, an unveiling, presentations, and a new heirloom Police badge. 


Shortly after the Wednesday, January 4, 2006 Regular City Council meeting is called to order, the City will begin a series of presentations marking its Centennial.


Proclamations will be presented by the offices of State Senator Charles Poochigian and former Lodi Mayor, Assemblyman Alan Nakanishi.


“Tree Lodi” will announce its goal of planting 100 trees to mark the anniversary celebration.  The members of the Lodi Centennial Task Force will be introduced.  Local artist Tony Segale will provide information regarding the upcoming “Wall Dog” Centennial Wall Mural Project.


The Centennial banner will be unveiled with a drum roll.  Two Centennial banners will be hung throughout the year, one in the Council Chamber and the other on the front of City Hall. 


What might be the highlight of this memorable Council meeting will be the presentation of the Lodi Police Department’s Centennial badges.  The Lodi Police Officers Association commissioned the production of heirloom badges.  Other than a slight alteration of the badge with the word “Centennial 1906-2006”, the badge resembles what Lodi police officers wore a century ago.  Police Chief Jerry Adams has issued a general order declaring that the Centennial badge is the official badge of the Department through December 31, 2006 and it is to be worn by uniformed or plain clothes staff that wear a badge.  Private funds were used to purchase the badges.  No public funds were expended.


Finally, there will be a time for group photographs and the first 100th anniversary “Birthday” cake of the year will be cut.


On Memorial Day Weekend 2006, May 26th through May 29th, mural artists from around the country who refer to themselves as “Wall Dogs” will gather in Lodi to paint murals on downtown walls.  Up to 100 artists are expected to participate in this first Wall Dog event west of the Rockies.  More information will be provided closer to the date of the event.


Lodi was named after an Italian town or a race horse, depending upon which story one prefers.  It is known for its wine grapes.  The population is 62,467 (2005).


The Lodi City Council meets at the Carnegie Forum, 305 West Pine Street, Lodi.  The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.  For more information, please contact the City Clerk’s office at (209) 333-6702 or the City Manager’s office at (209) 333-6700.  For information regarding Centennial badges, contact Police Chief Jerry Adams at (209) 333-6725.


Contact:   Susan Blackston

 City Clerk

221 W. Pine Street

Lodi, CA  95242

Phone (209) 333-6702

Fax (209) 333-6807