Kevin Valine Blog
Posted by Kevin Valine on October 16, 2014
The Center for Human Services – helping young people, families and individuals with mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment programs and other services since 1970 – soon should have a new home.
The Modesto-based nonprofit, which rents space at McHenry Village, purchased part of the former Roller King skating rink on Briggsmore Avenue for $1.4 million in September. It is working with Paradigm Construction on a $1 million upgrade and could move into its new home in mid-2015. CHS also is working with Oak Valley Community Bank on the project.
The rink closed in 2005, and a building shell was constructed at the site. Paradigm will finish the interior work, which will provide CHS with 18,600 square feet of space.
Posted by Kevin Valine on October 2, 2014
The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office has denied The Bee’s public records request for information regarding allegations that Ceres police officers used cameras in the workplace to record female city employees. A media law attorney says prosecutors provided confusing and contradictory reasons for denying the newspaper’s request.
Posted by Kevin Valine on September 25, 2014
It can’t be good for Modesto that as it’s trying to jump-start its downtown, one of the longtime businesses leaves. That’s what happened this month when Dittos Print – and its 15 employees – moved about three miles away to McHenry Village.
Posted by Kevin Valine on September 18, 2014
Mayor Garrad Marsh says that during his Saturday town hall meeting, he plans to talk about Modesto’s water, how the city is developing better budgeting tools, and new efforts to deal with graffiti and panhandling.
Posted by Kevin Valine on September 4, 2014
This week, the City Council moved forward with a project to replace nearly 9,500 of its high-pressure sodium streetlights with light-emitting diodes, which use less energy, last longer and will save Modesto several hundred thousand dollars annually on its electric bill. But the city reached this decision after some less-than-illuminating moments.
Posted by Kevin Valine on August 28, 2014
City officials have spent many weeks trying to figure out how to keep all of Modesto’s 11 fire stations open despite a very thin Fire Department budget. They have explored several options, but have not talked about having firefighters pay more for their pensions.