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Posted by Kevin Valine on September 12, 2014
Drivers who run a red light at a Modesto intersection equipped with red-light cameras don’t have to worry about getting a citation in the mail.
Though the news just came to light, the Police Department suspended the program for six months starting in mid-May. Officials were reluctant to publicize the decision because of the high number of major traffic incidents throughout the city and their hope the cameras would continue to serve as a deterrent.
Police Chief Galen Carroll said his department primarily suspended the program because it does not have the staffing to review the pictures to determine whether a citation can be issued. Carroll said a reserve officer, who is retired, had been reviewing the pictures. But because of state changes to the pension rules, that retired officer was required to take six months off before going back to work.
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.
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.
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.