The value of agricultural land to Stanislaus County and the city of Modesto continues to be under assault.
If our friendly City Council members had even a slight understanding of this value ($2 billion per year), they would never have eliminated the agricultural mitigation measures for the Tivoli project.
Garrad Marsh must feel like the Lone Ranger. The difference is he does not wear a mask. Instead, it is the other members of the council who do. They are hiding behind the lame excuse that there is no policy on the matter to guide them, so they voted out any mitigation measures.
Like the Lone Ranger, Marsh can read smoke signals that clearly say that agriculture is our most valuable resource. From fields to canneries, vineyards to wineries, it is these salaries and sales that provide a consistent and reliable tax base.
The rest of the council prefers to blow a smoke screen. They are much too intelligent not to know the long-term sustainable value of agriculture to our economy. Yet they prefer short-term, high-profile development projects that overload our already stressed infrastructure. Makes you wonder what they have been smoking.