Kevin Valine Blog
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 it. The payouts cover April 1 through June 30 and 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.
The largest payout was for $11,838.13 to fix the sewer line for an Oakdale Road fourplex owned by Foxborough Residential LP. A city contractor had drilled a hole through the line for a conduit for streetlights about a decade ago. The sewer line became more clogged over the years until plumbers could no longer clear it. They discovered the problem as they were replacing the blocked line.
The other large payouts were $8,500 for a woman whose car was rear-ended by a police officer; $7,500 to a woman who was hurt after tripping and falling on a sidewalk; $7,048 for a tree falling on a car; and $5,109.64 for a tree falling on a car and a house.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.