Those eager to use the long-delayed addition to the Virginia Corridor – the paved trail popular with walkers, bicyclists and joggers – should not have to wait much longer. Modesto expects the roughly three-quarter-mile extension from Bowen to Woodrow avenues to open during the week of Thanksgiving, which is about three months beyond the project’s original completion date.
The Center for Human Services – which helps young people and families throughout Stanislaus County through mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment programs and other services – soon should have a new home.
The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office has denied The Bee’s public records request for information regarding allegations that Ceres police officers used cameras in the workplace to record female city employees. A media law attorney says prosecutors provided confusing and contradictory reasons for denying the newspaper’s request.
It can’t be good for Modesto that as it’s trying to jump-start its downtown, one of the longtime businesses leaves. That’s what happened this month when Dittos Print – and its 15 employees – moved about three miles away to McHenry Village.
Mayor Garrad Marsh says that during his Saturday town hall meeting, he plans to talk about Modesto’s water, how the city is developing better budgeting tools, and new efforts to deal with graffiti and panhandling.
This week, the City Council moved forward with a project to replace nearly 9,500 of its high-pressure sodium streetlights with light-emitting diodes, which use less energy, last longer and will save Modesto several hundred thousand dollars annually on its electric bill. But the city reached this decision after some less-than-illuminating moments.
City officials have spent many weeks trying to figure out how to keep all of Modesto’s 11 fire stations open despite a very thin Fire Department budget. They have explored several options, but have not talked about having firefighters pay more for their pensions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.