Kevin Valine Blog

  • Modesto News: Shedding light on streetlights plan

    Posted by Kevin Valine on September 4, 2014

    The white light at top center is an LED streetlight being tested by the city of Modesto on I Street; the orange light farther away is a traditional high-pressure sodium streetlight.

    This week, the City Council moved forward with a project to replace nearly 9,500 of its high-pressure sodium streetlights with light-emitting diodes, which use less energy, last longer and will save Modesto several hundred thousand dollars annually on its electric bill. But the city reached this decision after some less-than-illuminating moments.

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  • Modesto News: Could paying more for pensions help fire budget?

    Posted by Kevin Valine on August 28, 2014

    City officials have spent many weeks trying to figure out how to keep all of Modesto’s 11 fire stations open despite a very thin Fire Department budget. They have explored several options, but have not talked about having firefighters pay more for their pensions.

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  • Modesto News: Councilman Cogdill won’t seek re-election

    Posted by Kevin Valine on August 21, 2014

    Modesto City Councilman Dave Cogdill Jr. says he will not run for a second term in the November 2015 election, citing the need to devote more time to his family and business.

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  • Kevin Valine: Grand Prix ticket sales topped 8,000

    Posted by Kevin Valine on August 14, 2014

    The final numbers are in: 8,035 tickets were sold for the Modesto Grand Prix, which featured about 260 superkart drivers racing on downtown streets Aug. 2-3. City officials have said they hoped to sell 7,500 to 10,000 tickets for the first-time event.

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  • Kevin Valine: What was economic impact of Modesto Grand Prix?

    Posted by Kevin Valine on August 7, 2014

    City officials have said they expected last weekend’s Modesto Grand Prix to bring in about $1 million in spending from the race fans, drivers and others. But it may be difficult to quantify the economic benefit when you account for businesses hurt by the race.

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  • Kevin Valine: Public to get second look at College Avenue road diet

    Posted by Kevin Valine on July 31, 2014

    Modesto will hold a second meeting about its proposal to put a stretch of College Avenue on a “road diet,” a traffic-calming technique used nationwide to slow and improve the flow of traffic, reduce accidents, and make streets friendlier to pedestrians and bicyclists.

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