Kevin Valine Blog
Posted by Kevin Valine on September 25, 2014
It can’t be good for Modesto that as it’s trying to jump-start its downtown, one of the longtime businesses leaves.
That’s what happened this month when Dittos Print – and its 15 employees – moved about three miles away to the McHenry Village shopping center over the Labor Day weekend.
General Manager Brad Braillard said relocating was not an easy decision for the company’s owners. He said they had been thinking of moving for about a year. “We didn’t want to,” he said. “We really liked that spot.”
Posted by Kevin Valine on September 18, 2014
Mayor Garrad Marsh says that during his Saturday town hall meeting, he plans to talk about Modesto’s water, how the city is developing better budgeting tools, and new efforts to deal with graffiti and panhandling.
Posted by Kevin Valine on September 4, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.