The late George House, who represented the 25th Assembly District from 1994-2000, impressed friends and foes as a man who framed life through the Bible and Constitution and never wavered in his belief in either. He died July 14 at age 86.
If you think Stanislaus County could be getting jilted if the state can’t fund its new $267 million courthouse downtown, then consider sparsely populated Siskiyou County, where work on its $66 million facility is supposed to begin next week but could be a no-go as well.
Glen and Mary Mount helped bring the only flying B-29 to Modesto in 2014. Now the Modesto residents are part of a crew that flies Fifi – the same type plane as the ones that dropped atomic bombs on Japan in 1945 – on tours all over the United States. And Glenn Mount will be aboard when another B-29, Doc, flies Sunday for the first time since 1955.
One news release this week, about a federal bill to provide primary care services at home for Medicare patients, caught my attention because it was from Compassion & Choices, a group that does not conceal its origins with the Hemlock Society.
It should have been a routine matter for the Modesto City Council to accept the recommendations of Mayor Ted Brandvold’s budget review committee. But there was nothing routine Tuesday night when council members took up this matter.
After pulling out of Chicago plans, filmmaker and Modesto native George Lucas is looking for another city to become home to his art museum. Why not home, meaning his former hometown? Certainly can’t hurt city to make a pitch.
The Downtown Modesto Partnership is close to hiring six employees who would help keep the city center clean, escort people to their cars, serve as an extra set of eyes and ears for the police and perform other tasks.
The fire season arrived ahead of schedule, and conditions are now what officials usually don’t experience until July or August. And while they used to count on county jail inmates to remove grass and other fuels in parks, along waterways and roads, Proposition 47 has rendered many inmates ineligible for road crew duty, the sheriff said. They’re too busy picking up trash illegally dumped along county roads.