Kevin Valine Blog
Posted by Kevin Valine on July 17, 2014
The city is thinking of going on a diet, but it won’t be counting calories. 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.
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.
The diet consists of changing the lane markings so there would be one lane in each direction for cars and a center lane for left turns. The city would use the space from reducing four traffic lanes to three to create more room for cars parked along the street, a 6-foot-wide bike lane on each side of the street and a 21/2- or 3-foot buffer between the bike lanes and traffic.
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.
Posted by Kevin Valine on May 29, 2014
They are grateful to have a roof over their heads at a price they can afford. But low-income tenants in housing provided by a Modesto nonprofit are upset about a proposed rent increase or monthly fee that could be as much as 10 percent of their net income.
Posted by Kevin Valine on May 22, 2014
Modesto officials often send mixed messages about how the city is doing. That erodes the public’s trust in City Hall and makes city officials’ jobs more difficult.