Kevin Valine Blog

  • Modesto considers diet for College Avenue

    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.


  • Kevin Valine: Modesto hires consultant for city manager search

    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.


  • Modesto News: City drawing on wells amid drought, MID cuts

    Posted by Kevin Valine on June 26, 2014

    Modesto is feeling the effects of the drought, with the Modesto Irrigation District reducing the amount of water it sends to the city by 43 percent. The city is making up the difference by drawing more water from its nearly 100 wells.


  • Departing city manager gets nearly $25,000 send-off

    Posted by Kevin Valine on June 13, 2014

    When City Manager Greg Nyhoff left Modesto on May 30 for another job, he left with a full wallet after cashing in 261.4 hours of unused vacation time, sick leave and one floating holiday for $24,780.72.


  • Modesto News: Should field rep identify his connection with councilman?

    Posted by Kevin Valine on June 5, 2014

    Sebastian Jones serves as one of Councilman Tony Madrigal’s volunteer field representatives, attending events on behalf of the councilman. Jones also occasionally speaks before the City Council during public comment, but he and Madrigal have not spelled out their relationship at such times.


  • Valine: Low-income tenants stunned by rent increases

    Posted by Kevin Valine on May 29, 2014

    They are grateful to have a roof over their heads at a price they can afford. But low-income tenants in housing provided by a Modesto nonprofit are upset about a proposed rent increase or monthly fee that could be as much as 10 percent of their net income.


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