Kevin Valine Blog

  • Modesto News: Councilman Cogdill won’t seek re-election

    Posted by Kevin Valine on August 21, 2014

    Modesto City Councilman Dave Cogdill Jr. says he will not run for a second term in the November 2015 election, citing the need to devote more time to his family and business.

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  • Kevin Valine: Grand Prix ticket sales topped 8,000

    Posted by Kevin Valine on August 14, 2014

    The final numbers are in: 8,035 tickets were sold for the Modesto Grand Prix, which featured about 260 superkart drivers racing on downtown streets Aug. 2-3. City officials have said they hoped to sell 7,500 to 10,000 tickets for the first-time event.

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  • Kevin Valine: What was economic impact of Modesto Grand Prix?

    Posted by Kevin Valine on August 7, 2014

    City officials have said they expected last weekend’s Modesto Grand Prix to bring in about $1 million in spending from the race fans, drivers and others. But it may be difficult to quantify the economic benefit when you account for businesses hurt by the race.

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  • Kevin Valine: Public to get second look at College Avenue road diet

    Posted by Kevin Valine on July 31, 2014

    Modesto will hold a second meeting about its proposal to put a stretch of College Avenue on a “road diet,” a traffic-calming technique used nationwide to slow and improve the flow of traffic, reduce accidents, and make streets friendlier to pedestrians and bicyclists.

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  • Modesto News: Trip and falls, car crashes and falling trees cost city $51,000

    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 the city. The payouts cover April 1 through June 30 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.

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  • 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.

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