The Police Department is moving 10 officers from specialty units – including those who work at Modesto’s high schools – and putting them into patrol to meet a staffing shortage. Police Chief Galen Carroll said he is doing this because the department is losing officers to retirement and better-paying Bay Area agencies faster than it can replace them.
Stanislaus County has hired NCM Engineering Corp. to handle the work of getting government approvals for upgrading the Sperry Avenue and Interstate 5 interchange, though building the upgrades still depends on growth in Patterson and Diablo Grande.
The city could know within six months whether commercial flights will return to Modesto Airport next year. The city and its airport consultant – Sixel Consulting Group – say they are talking with Utah-based SkyWest Airlines about resuming passenger air service. Modesto is aiming for twice-daily flights between Modesto and Los Angeles in 50-seat jets.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department will pay a steep price for a surveillance camera to take video of suspected drug dealers in action. The Wescam MX-10 long-distance surveillance camera, which will be mounted on the department’s Cessna 206 airplane, will cost an eye-popping $414,060 for the equipment – and installation is not included.
A Stanislaus countywide ballot initiative in 2016 to raise the sales tax for road projects moved a step closer to reality Wednesday. The Stanislaus Council of Governments agreed to search for a suitable public outreach consultant and formally asked the agency’s staff to begin developing a spending plan that might build voter support for a higher tax.
Brian Whiteside, a 1988 Downey High grad and now president of VDOS Global, last week was granted an exemption by the FAA that will allow his company to use drones to perform safety inspections on oil and gas facilities in the Gulf of Mexico, along with other hard-to-reach structures.
Computer Science Week just wound up, but the whole month has felt tech-centric. There is a tech-tonic shift happening, pardon the pun, from the inkwell world where classrooms got their start. Encyclopedias to Google-ing. Wide-ruled binder paper to spreadsheets. Pencils to styluses.
Modesto officials’ effort to regulate those who grow medical marijuana is not quite ready for prime time. That was the judgment rendered Monday night by the city’s Planning Commission, which declined to endorse a proposed marijuana cultivation ordinance and forward it to the City Council for possible adoption.
The Salvation Army’s Modesto Citadel Corps has received a big donation: a 2-carat diamond ring that could be worth thousands of dollars and go a long way in aiding the charity in its work of helping the needy.
While we certainly need the rain, breaks in the wet weather make it much more enjoyable to get out and take in seasonal displays of lighting and decorations. A clear night Thursday had families and friends flocking to Ceres’ Christmas Tree Lane, where the glow of illuminated homes kept the atmosphere merry and bright. Christmas Tree Lane – neighbors at Vaughn Street and Henry Avenue off Moffet Road near Smyrna Park who annually deck their yards in yuletide splendor – remains aglow through Christmas. While you can drive through the displays, many park their cars and walk the route.
The Modesto Police Department DUI Enforcement Team will deploy saturation patrols Friday and Saturday to stop and arrest alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers. Patrol hours both nights will be from 10 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.