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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.
The meeting will start at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 324 College Ave. City officials unveiled the proposal last month at a College Area Neighborhood Alliance meeting at the church.
The city is looking at putting College Avenue from Needham Street to Briggsmore Avenue – a distance of about 1.7 miles – on the diet. College is four lanes along that stretch and has street parking on both sides nearly all the way.
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.
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.