SALIDA — Modesto's proposed annexation of Salida will be discussed at the town's Municipal Advisory Council meeting today at 7 p.m. in the Salida library community room, 4835 Sisk Road.
Modesto Mayor Garrad Marsh, City Councilman Dave Cogdill Jr. and Stanislaus County Supervisor Terry Withrow are expected to answer questions.
Marsh said the reason to absorb Salida's prime business park sites near Highway 99 is to produce thousands of jobs in a county with 15 percent unemployment.
The annexation could include the unincorporated town plus land in the 3,400-acre Salida Community Plan, a blueprint for extensive growth that could double Salida's population and create an industrial center with 27,000 jobs.
The mayor is faced with selling the idea to Salida's 13,700 residents, many of whom are skeptical or outright opposed.