Kevin Valine Blog

  • Modesto News: Media attorney finds fault with district attorney’s response to records request

    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.


  • Modesto News: Downtown loses longtime business

    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.


  • Modesto News: Mayor to talk about water, budgeting, graffiti, panhandling

    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.


  • Modesto News: Don’t fear the red light cameras

    Posted by Kevin Valine on September 12, 2014

    Drivers who run a red light at a Modesto intersection equipped with red-light cameras don’t have to worry about getting a citation in the mail.


  • Modesto News: Shedding light on streetlights plan

    Posted by Kevin Valine on September 4, 2014

    The white light at top center is an LED streetlight being tested by the city of Modesto on I Street; the orange light farther away is a traditional high-pressure sodium streetlight.

    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.


  • Modesto News: Could paying more for pensions help fire budget?

    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.


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