Councilman David Cogdill Jr. has ignored the wishes of District 6 voters by approving the building of the Naraghi Lakes shopping center. This was done against the wishes of the community, and has now resulted in a lawsuit against the city of Modesto.
Cogdill has voted numerous times approving actions to bring the Salida community into the city of Modesto’s “sphere of influence.” During a time of budgetary crisis, these actions constitute a misuse of taxpayer funds.
In addition, on or about Jan. 28, Cogdill voted to begin the process of bringing the Wood Colony community into the city of Modesto’s sphere of influence. This vote included an allocation of $75,000 in taxpayer money.
Cogdill’s occupation as a real estate land appraiser and his association with the California Building Industry Association are a conflict of interest.
On or about Jan. 28, the council had an agenda item to forgive $8.5 million in fines to the Seneca Corp. Meanwhile public safety budget items are being reduced and taxpayer money is being spent on long-term city land planning and zoning.
Cogdill is not representing the needs of District 6 or the city of Modesto.
JOHN PATRICK WALKER