Modesto considers cash for grass

Officials expect to bring pilot program to City Council for approval in several weeks

Rebate would be capped at $500 for replacing 1,000 square feet of grass

Homeowners who already have converted their lawn would not qualify

Modesto gets push-back over massage business ban

Certified massage therapists say ban hurts them, other legitimate practitioners

City enacted moratorium to give it time to write ordinance to crack down on prostitution, human trafficking

Official says Modesto one of about a dozen cities that have passed temporary bans

This week's circulars

Sophia Johnson, 6th grader at Lakewood and elementary student rep on Modesto City Schools budget LCAP committee, speaks to trustees about restoring sixth grade camp for all schools. District said it will consider three day stay instead of one day trip after hearing her well researched argument. (Nan Austin/