Community Briefing

October 17, 2007 

EQUAL RIGHTS HONORS: Stanislaus County Assessor Doug Harms and Agriculture Commissioner Dennis Gudgel will receive the county's annual Equal Rights Award in a ceremony today. The award is given to county employees for their work in promoting equal rights. Harms has been with the county assessor's office for 25 years. The Board of Supervisors' resolution notes that Harms spent two years in Nepal with the Peace Corps early in his career, and serves as co-chairman of the Rotary Club's International Committee. According to a resolution approved Tuesday by the board, Harms strives to treat employees in a nondiscriminatory manner, and works to assure that employees reflect the make-up of the community. Gudgel has worked for more than 20 years in local government agricultural positions, including nine with the Stanislaus County agricultural commissioner's office. Gudgel works to serve the increasingly diverse farm community in the county, and provides information on safety and regulations in several languages to reach workers, according to the county resolution. The award ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the board chambers at 1010 10th St., Modesto.

ACADEMY FOR BUSINESS OWNERS, EMPLOYEES: The Modesto Police Department is offering a free business academy class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24 at 600 10th St. The training is offered to those in small businesses, financial institutions and large commercial businesses. It's open to business owners and their employees. Topics include: forgery, fraud and ID theft; the homeless and panhandling; robbery prevention and security; gang and drug awareness; auto theft; alarms; tagging; and hate crimes. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration forms can be picked up at the Police Department, 600 10th St., or the northeast office at 3705 Oakdale Road. For more information, contact community service officer Bonn Panyanouvong at 572-9569.

FREE LANDLORD AND PROPERTY MANAGEMENT TRAINING: The Modesto Police Department is offering free landlord and property management training from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Police Department, 600 10th St. This training is offered several times a year as part of the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program and is open to rental property owners, managers and staff. Topics include: fair housing and applicant screening; crime prevention through environmental design; security lighting; Crime Free Multi-Housing Program information; fire safety and prevention; evictions; and gang and drug recognition. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.modestopolice.com/ cfmh/2007_schedule.asp. For more information, contact community service officer Carmen Soria at 572-9636, or e-mail soriac@modestopd.com.

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