Kevin Valine Blog
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.
Some 3,251 tickets were sold in advance at $10 each, and 4,784 tickets were sold at the event at $15 each, according to Andy Johnson, fund development specialist in the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department. He said tickets sales brought in $104,270 in revenue for Modesto.
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.
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.
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.