Kevin Valine Blog
Posted by Kevin Valine on November 21, 2013
The Modesto Youth Soccer Association probably won’t know until January whether it will need to ask Modesto for financial concessions in MYSA’s operation of the city’s soccer complex at Mary Grogan Community Park.
MYSA board president and interim Executive Director Frank Cousineau said his nonprofit still is gathering data on the revenues and expenses of running Mary Grogan. He expects to have enough information by mid- to late January for the MYSA to make some decisions.
Modesto spent about $10 million in development fees and fee reserves building the first phase of the 42-acre complex next to Enochs High School. The phase includes seven lighted soccer fields, a concession stand, and a parking lot with more than 500 spaces.
Posted by Kevin Valine on October 31, 2013
Critics of Modesto’s Measure X don’t like that it’s a general tax, which means it can be spent for any general government purpose, even though the city intends to spend half on public safety, a quarter on roads, a tenth on reserves and the balance on parks, economic development and other purposes. But a fiscal expert says it may be a good thing that Measure X is a general tax. It gives Modesto the flexibility it may need to deal with new financial challenges.
Posted by Kevin Valine on October 24, 2013
Modesto City Councilman Dave Geer endorses one of the candidates seeking to replace him in the Nov. 5 election in part because of concerns raised about one of the other candidates.
Posted on October 10, 2013
Modesto has denied The Bee’s California Public Records Act request for its investigation of a top official fired by the city, even though it and a neighboring city have released similar records in previous incidents involving public employees.
Posted on August 23, 2013
About 10 months ago I wrote about how Stanislaus County had been awarded state funding to install traffic lights at an intersection where six people died after an Amtrak train slammed into their sport utility vehicle in 2007.