Kevin Valine Blog
Posted by Kevin Valine on August 21, 2014
Councilman Dave Cogdill Jr. says he will not run for a second term in the November 2015 election.
He said he wants to direct more of his time to his family and business. Cogdill and his wife are the parents of two teenagers, and he and his uncle Jim Cogdill own Cogdill & Associates, a real estate appraisal firm specializing in commercial, industrial and agricultural properties.
Cogdill, 43, said he is announcing his decision to give potential candidates enough time to prepare if they decide to run for his 6th Council District seat, which encompasses northeast Modesto. He said he will continue to find ways to serve the community when he no longer is on the council.
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.
Posted by Kevin Valine on July 24, 2014
Modesto paid $51,963.40 in the second quarter to resolve 20 lawsuits and claims filed against the city. The payouts cover April 1 through June 30 and include such incidents as a police officer rear-ending a car; tree limbs falling on cars and a woman injured when she tripped and fell.
Posted by Kevin Valine on July 17, 2014
The city is thinking of going on a diet, but it won’t be counting calories and cutting back on carbs. Instead, it is considering what is called a road diet, which is a traffic-calming technique used nationwide to slow and improve the flow of traffic, reduce accidents and make streets friendlier to pedestrians and bicyclists.
Posted by Kevin Valine on July 10, 2014
Modesto has hired the executive search firm Bob Murray & Associates to help find its next city manager.