INTERIM PARKS CHIEF LEAVING MODESTO
Modesto’s interim Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department director is leaving to become general manager of the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District in Ventura County. Today is Mary Otten’s last day with the city. Otten, 49, started with Modesto in 2007 as its recreation manager. The city has named Andy Johnson as Otten’s interim replacement. He has been Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods’ fund development specialist.
RIVERBANK FOCUSES ON MOTORCYCLES
Riverbank Police Services is participating in a 12-month traffic safety grant to reduce motorcycle-involved crashes on roadways and mountain range areas throughout the state. Each California Highway Patrol division is concentrating on locations where such accidents are the highest. Grant activities include enhanced enforcement and a public awareness and educational campaign. “Motorcycle fatalities in California increased 175 percent in 10 years, from 204 in 1998 to 560 in 2008,” according to a news release from the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, which runs Riverbank Police Services. The Riverbank agency also is cracking down on impaired drivers with special DUI saturation patrols this month and next. Funding for these operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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COUNTY VETS PANEL
WILL MEET MONDAY
The Stanislaus County Veterans Advisory Commission will meet Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the basement community room of the Modesto branch of the Stanislaus County Library, 1500 I St. The commission is looking for participation from veterans and family members who can attend the meetings. The purpose of the commission is to advise the Board of Supervisors and staff on matters pertaining to veterans. The public is welcome and is encouraged to volunteer to serve on a strategic priority committee. For more information, call Joe Madden at (209) 914-4764.