What is wrong with Modesto? Why is this not a nurturing place? Officials went to Sacramento for a school superintendent and to Colorado Springs for a city manager. It must be very discouraging and demoralizing to work for the city or school district knowing that advancement is not possible. It seems that the motivation is to spend more on executives and less on services. The mayor and City Council are getting pay increases for perpetuating an environment where local people are continually judged inadequate.