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Ken Carlson

County CEO says Focus on Prevention isn’t about New Age religion

Stanislaus County supervisors approved a $148,000 contract today with the Center for Collective Wisdom to guide the Focus on Prevention campaign, a long-term effort to tackle big problems such as a homelessness. The writings of center director John Ott caught the eye of one speaker at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Victoria Pope of Modesto opposed the contract because she claimed the Southern California-based center advances New Age religion. Saying that President Barack Obama had declared the U.S. is no longer a Christian nation, Pope said the county should maintain separation of religion and government.

Kevin Valine

City committees by other names? Not so sweet

The City Council adopted Modesto’s latest strategic plan this week. The plan covers important issues, but offers unintentional comedic relief in renaming three of the council’s four subcommittees. The new names are vague, a mouthful to say, and raise the wrong kinds of questions for the city.

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